“As a Stage 4 Lung Cancer patient, I’m unfortunately all too familiar with wearing masks in public settings and having to distance myself from the world, especially when undergoing treatments. Seeing my dear friend Cristina use her talents to help ensure that the basic needs of so many in our community are met at this critical time is inspiring. Participating in this amazing project allowed me to connect and contribute to Feeding San Diego and this community that I love so much, too. I hope folks will continue to stay safe. The sooner we successfully fight this invisible enemy, the sooner “high-risk” folks like me can rejoin the world safely.” – Francine 

Local photographer Cristina Schaffer is raising money for Feeding San Diego through Front Porch Portraits. 

A note from Cristina:

“These are unprecedented times right now. Social distancing and staying at home is challenging, financially and emotionally. We are missing school and work; rescheduling important events; caring for our kids and our elders; some of us, who own businesses, have had to lay off employees who are like family. We know we will get through this if we work together. And our new definition of “working together” is by staying safely apart.

As the Shelter-in-Place mandate continues, I am raising money for Feeding San Diego by offering Front Porch Portraits. In a nutshell, I will drive to your home and capture a few portraits of you and your family on your front porch, or looking through your window. They can be fun photos or serious ones. The portrait will capture this time in our lives and be a historical reminder of what we are experiencing. Of course, we will adhere to all CDC recommendations of safe distancing.

What I ask in return is that you donate to Feeding San Diego. ($20 or more) I am doing this so that, while we maintain our safe spaces, we can also work together in helping our community. A few days after I capture the photos, I will email to you a high-resolution digital file of your portrait.

This can provide a needed distraction for you and the kids. This will also help you remember this time in our lives that will definitely shape us as we move forward. And together, we will be helping provide food assistance in our community. Please help me support Feeding San Diego as the organization continues to respond to the community’s needs during the coronavirus outbreak. Your support helps give people in need access to healthy food at all times, but especially in times of crisis.”

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a Front Porch Portrait, please email Cristina at info@cristinaschafferphotography.com.