Sherman photographer offering 'porch portraits' during COVID-19 outbreak

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - COVID-19 has many families stuck at home under quarantine, so a Sherman photographer is capturing the moment, in what she calls porch portraits.

"All of us have been getting down and getting the blues and I just thought what can I do to give back to my friends, to my community," photographer Kendra Sikes said.

Sikes has had a photography business called Celebrate in Style for about eight years.

"Photography is a side hustle as a fun way for me to be creative," Sikes said.

Sikes said she had seen the trend of porch portraits online, and knew she wanted to do the same, so she took to social media.

"I just invited anybody and everybody that was at home, which is everyone, to sit out on their porch and I would come and grab their picture," Sikes said.

So she set out to take their pictures from a safe distance.

"My family decided to go with me, and so they got to wave from their friends at the car and we spent two hours going around Sherman," Sikes said.

Sikes offered the pictures free of charge.

"Some were ready like a magazine shoot and some wanted it to be just like they had been, quarantined in their house, and so it was really funny to see what people came up with," Sikes said.

Sikes hopes it's a gesture that can inspire others to spread positivity during the virus outbreak.

"I challenge everyone to do something outside of your norm to brighten people's day, if you're not a photographer there's plenty we can do from a safe distance apart," Sikes said.

Sikes said she plans to do porch photo shoots again next weekend.

She can be reached on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CelebrateInStyleEvents/