Professional photographer Elliot Sylman wanted to do something to give back during the COVID-19.
Two weeks ago he decided to do porch pics of families coping with COVID — at a safe social distance, of course.
Instead of charging his normal $400 per portrait, Sylman, who’s been in the business for 35 years and does lots of charity work, asked his subjects to donate to the Reena Foundation.
He’s even shot people four or five floors up in apartment buildings.
“I can’t work, so I may as well raise some money for COVID relief for the Reena Foundation,” he says, noting he’s seen the work Reena does up close and “it’s a great cause.”
Reena serves both developmentally delayed and autistic adults and children in a variety of group home and supportive settings — also offering respite and other care to parents needing a break.
In the past two weeks, he says he’s done 150 portraits, 17 alone last Friday when he shot our little family — my wife Denise, me, Fritzy, Flora and our new rescue, Monty, a four-year-old long-haired dachsie.
Reena Foundation executive director Sheila Lampert, said Elliot’s porch pics are giving an opportunity to connect while raising funds to cover COVID-related expenses — such as PPE — to protect front line staff.
“Reena Foundation is very grateful to Elliot for this creative show of compassion,” she said.