“I need to connect with other people in some way to keep my sanity,” said Colleyville photographer Rachna Agrawal, “While also supporting my community!”
Rachna was inspired to follow the #TheFrontStepsProject movement and selected GRACE as the beneficiary. More than 140 families—some 500 people—in the area supported her entry and gave more than $10,000 to the effort, far exceeding her $7,500 goal.
Inspired by a photographer out of Boston, #TheFrontStepsProject movement has swept the country as a way to document this unique time in our history with photographs of families on their front doorsteps.
“Photography has always been my hobby and something I enjoy doing for others,” said Rachna. Beginning March 21 for the next two months Rachna set out to do all of the above, and support the critical COVID-19 relief efforts at GRACE.
“The purpose of this project was to bring us together when we might feel isolated,” she said. “Participating in this project was also an opportunity to step up to help those who need it most right now in our community.”
The instructions were simple: Be you! The intent was not a typical “get-dressed-up-and-pose-for-the-photographer session”.
Rachna directed families to “stand outside in your pajamas and slippers; kids in mismatched clothes; in bike gear headed off to a ride”. Rachna’s #TheFrontStepsProject Album shows just how fun and creative our community is.
Rachna was recently contacted by the organizers of #TheFrontStepsProject who are compiling a coffee-table book from among the tens of thousands of photographs. Several of her photos are being considered for the book.
“Thanks to all the families that participated for their generosity and for making #TheFrontStepsProject a huge success,” said Rachna. “I’ve had so much fun spreading laughter and joy through this project and hope to continue doing so through photography.”