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Front Step Sessions: a way for Missoulians to connect

Posted at 5:19 PM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 00:32:37-04

MISSOULA — Photographer Ashley Farr has started a project to bring Missoulians together by taking photos of you and your loved ones at a safe distance.

Farr, who was been born and raised in Missoula, owns Ashley Rhian Photography and started her Front Step Sessions to connect with the community in the isolating times that the coronavirus has caused.

"I really enjoy connecting this community and Missoula means a lot to me so I just thought it would a fun way, for me to continue doing what I like to do and a way to boost esteem in this community since people are locked in their homes," said Farr.

The greatest impact of the project is that Farr is offering these sessions for free -- hoping that people will donate to the Poverello Center.

“I just think the Poverello Center is a place that probably needs it a lot right now since they are are vulnerable community within our community," said Farr.

Farr had heard about other front porch photography sessions and wanted to join in, "it’s totally up my alley for what I like, I just love people, whether or not they come from I just love people of all kinds," said Farr.

Farr believes her project will bring Missoula as a community together. “Like we are all in this together and I think you are able to see it more when you see pictures like this, because everyone is at home and you are not alone," said Farr.

Since Farr is only shooting this project on Sundays, she has been busy, even booking out multiple days.

“People are super excited about it which is super weird, I mean its fun and that’s why I did it because I thought it would be such a fun thing to do for me and for other people but like I am getting loads of emails about it, it's pretty crazy," said Farr.

Farr is offering her sessions every Sunday from 4 until 8 p.m. every Sunday until May 24. If you would be interested in a Front Steps Session of your own or you wish to donate you can visit her website here.