June 3, 2020

The Pelham Front Stoop Project

** Scroll to the end for an exciting update! **

Just before the “Stay at Home/NY Pause Order” was issued here in NY, I got wind of a fabulous project that had been started in other parts of the country – the “Front Steps Project” – and immediately went into planning mode.  It was perfect, I thought. It would give me a place to channel my energy and would tap right into that famous Pelham community spirit. (Did you see what Pelhamites were doing??? Sewing masks?  Rallying behind local small businesses?  Delivering groceries?  Making rainbows everywhere with paint and construction paper and chalk? Buying only a REASONABLE amount of supplies and toilet paper?)

When we were ordered to stay home, I was forced to exercise my “patience” muscle and put the project on hold.  It was brutal.

During the last two weeks of May, social distancing guidelines were sufficiently relaxed and the Pelham Front Stoop Project was underway. Pelham’s legendary community spirit did not disappoint.

Four local photographers (Liz Farrell, Jelena Mileno, Lori Carlton and yours truly) teamed up with the Junior League of Pelham (liaison Lisa Horten and behind-the-scenes organizational wizards Jill Kirby and Stacy Gatto) to bring The Pelham Front Stoop Project.  Super quick and fun front stoop portraits for Pelham families in exchange for donations to the Pelham Cares: Neighbor to Neighbor Campaign.  Over the two week span of the project, we photographed over 300 families and raised over $16,000 for the campaign.  (That’s LOTS of meals bought at local Pelham eateries and delivered to our essential frontline workers!) We also saw a lot of “quaranteam” smiles and had a lot of fun.  There’s no place like Pelham!

I mean, LOOK at all these families – look at all these smiles!  Mind you, this is a small sampling of the families I had the pleasure of photographing — my personal count was at least 114 families in two weeks.  Can you imagine?  The smiles, though … they’re contagious and their effects are long-lasting.  A special memory of a special time.
Guys, seriously — remember this was beautiful.
We got a write up on the new blog fo the “Pelham List”, which is fun, and we’re meeting up at Cantina Lobos tomorrow night to celebrate the project together with to-go margaritas.
Feels good to be out there …
Thanks for looking,

** Exciting Update! **

Images from Pelham’s own Front Stoop Project will be included in an upcoming book published by the originators of the project in Needham, MA!  Click HERE for details and to pre-order!  You’ll be hearing more once we get closer to publication …


Jaye McLaughlin Photography specializes in documentary style lifestyle family and newborn photography in Westchester County, NYC, Connecticut and beyond.  I would love to begin planning your family photo session. View more of my work in my family portfolio HERE.  Check out some brand new sweetness in my newborn portfolio HERE. If you’re interested in a family, newborn or maternity session and would like to learn more, click HERE.  To get in touch, just go HERE, or email me or call me directly at jaye@jayemclaughlin.com or 914.263.0236.  I look forward to hearing from you!