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Irving Park Photographer Reboots ‘Front Porch Project,’ Offering Holiday-Themed Family Pictures — From A Safe Distance

With the coronavirus pandemic worsening, Jackie Bravo Vicere wants to help families commemorate the holidays and big life events while encouraging them to stay home.

The Chavez family portrait taken by Jackie Bravo Vicere.
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IRVING PARK — An Irving Park photographer is offering families a chance to take socially distanced holiday portraits from their front porch. 

Jackie Bravo Vicere began her Front Porch Project in March, offering portraits for free of neighbors from their front porches after the stay at home order went into effect. 

She moved into Irving Park in April 2019 and originally planned to offer her portrait services to her new neighbors for free as a way of introducing herself long before the coronavirus pandemic. 

Now, she’s returning to the project for a holiday edition as the state enforces more restrictions to slow the virus’s spread.

“So it’s the same idea as last time, but also trying to encourage people to stay at home again, voluntarily,” Bravo Vicere said. “I’m taking a donation-based approach this time so people can pay what they can afford.

“We’re back inside again and since March a lot of people have, for example, gotten a dog or had a baby since then. I did a lot of pregnancy announcements back in the spring and now those people have their new baby and their families are not yet going to be able to see them yet.”

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Jackie Bravo Vicere takes front porch portraits of the Lozier family in Irving Park.

During the original edition of the series, only a handful of families decorated their front porch, wore themed outfits or used props. This time around, Bravo Vicere is encouraging her subjects to get into the holiday spirit with decorations. 

Credit: Jackie Bravo Vicere
Jackie Bravo Vicere photographed the Weber family on their front porch while they were dressed in beachwear.

“I’m hoping they can use these images as Christmas cards or ‘thinking of you’ cards or whatever they want to do with them this holiday season,” she said. “And it’s kind of cool to continue this project and also encourage people to stay at home.”

Chicagoans who want to ask Bravo Vicere to take their portrait can reach out to her via her Facebook page, Just In Time Productions.

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