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Photographers capture life during pandemic

Forrest, Shannon and daughter Leland Waits of Louisville appear in The Front Steps Project. Photo: Kate Vogel
This Front Steps Project photo taken in Louisville by Kate Maree Photography.
The Front Steps Project photo taken in New Bedford, Mass. Photo: Chelsey Puza Photography
The Front Steps Project photo taken in New Canaan, Conn. Photo: Christina Saburro Photography
The Front Steps Project photo taken in Baton Rouge, La. Photo: Lens Art; Photography/Tobi Gomez
The Front Steps Project photo taken in Long Beach, Miss. Photo: Jessica Holland/Bloom Photography and Design
The Front Steps Project photo taken in Short Hills, N.J. Photo: Jordan Rosner/Jordan Elyse Photography
The Front Steps Project photo taken in Kennebunkport, Maine. Photo: Tiffany Mizzell Photography
Wrigley Media, Lexington, created the trailer for the book. Photo: Kate Maree Photography

The Front Steps Project: How Communities Found Connection During the COVID-19 Crisis, hit bookstores in late November. The inspirational and heartwarming photo book includes hundreds of photos from the social mission and fundraising movement that swept communities across the U.S., Canada and beyond last spring. 

The Front Steps Project is a collection of grassroots portraits that aims to connect communities living in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through more than 400 photographs, stories and quotes from photographers, The Front Steps Project book showcases the myriad emotions witnessed by photographers around the globe as they donated their time and skills—from afar—to unite their communities. 

Launched in March in Massachusetts by friends Cara Soulia and Kristen Collins as a local fundraiser, #TheFrontStepsProject went viral, connecting thousands of people across the globe and raising $3.5 million for food pantries, frontline workers, hospitals, homeless and animal shelters, and more. 

Using photographs chosen for the keepsake book, including those shot by Kentucky photographers Kate Vogel and Amy Jayne, Wrigley Media of Lexington produced the video trailer to promote the book. Wrigley’s partnership with The Front Steps Project is one of several COVID-related projects the company is involved in, including production for the Superhero Mask Project, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and LexArts. 

The Front Steps Project is powerful; it’s impossible to look through the photos without smiling,” says Wrigley Media Group’s Owner & CEO Misdee Wrigley Miller. “It’s an honor to be a small part of a project that was created to bring communities together, despite being isolated,” she says.

Published by West Margin Press, The Front Steps Project book is sold at independent and local bookstores.

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