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Family porch photos bring laughter and fun to coronavirus quarantine

A bit of humor and silliness can be just what we need during this difficult time while we’re all isolating at home, dealing with a new normal.

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During quarantine, I’ve been scrolling social media an awful late lately. As you scroll through, you stop on something that looks a little interesting – like Lisa Alexander’s front porch photos.

The Snoqualmie resident said got the idea from other posts on social media, and found a way to make it her own.

“I had seen it on Facebook or seen it in different areas, … and I just thought it was a good idea. I thought it was a great way to bring some fun and cheer to this somewhat dreary situation,” Anderson said. “Not trying to make light of it, but trying to make it more fun.”

With staged family photos, the worst thing is often your kids fighting or your husband doesn’t want to be there, Anderson said.

“In this case, we’re like ‘please let the kids fight, let the husband look mad!’ Because that’s real life and that’s what we’re trying to portray is this is real life, and this is our life for quite a while now.”

These silly photos could definitely be seen on family Christmas cards later this year. For now, it’s just a fun hobby for Anderson.

“I do this for fun. I am not taking a dime,” she said. “I stay more than six feet away; I don’t take my kids with me. … I think it helps all of our mental health to be outside, especially with this weather, and then also get people to laugh and be goofy.”

The families Anderson has photographed all come up with their own ideas and bring their own props. She texts from the car when she’s here, and they come out to the porch, snap a few photos, and off they go.

“They’re having fun, I’m having fun.”

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