Local photographer brings The Front Steps Project to Panama City Beach

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It's a moment captured in time on your front steps, and it's a moment no one is surely to ever forget.

Laura Jennings photographs a family of four who is self-isolating in their home. (WJHG/WECP)

"Someday you're going to look back and tell your children and your grandchildren about the world pandemic, and how we were all confined to our houses," said local photographer Laura Jennings.

"It was a beautiful way to commemorate this very weird time in our world because we will remember this forever," Panama City Beach resident Candice Dunn said.

The Front Steps Project is a nationwide initiative to get families out of their houses and interacting with others at a safe distance. It was started by a Massachusetts photographer who highlights faces in her community during a time no one sees much of each other.

"If you're just going to sit in your house and go stir crazy all day, you're going to lose your mind," Jennings said. "So it's important to get outside, get some sun, talk to people, keep your six-foot distance."

Jennings, who runs her own photography business called Laura Jennings Photography & Fine Art, went around her Panama City Beach neighborhood offering to take family portraits for free or for a donation to a local charity.

"I want people to feel a little sense of normalcy," Jennings said.

Families are free to dress as they please.

Jennings' own family took part in the project themselves, having fun with their newfound freedom.

"There's fruits and veggies all throughout the picture, there's a little bit of wine, a little bit of whiskey, and just basically what our life has looked like inside these four walls," Jennings said.

These portraits act as a keepsake for families to remember what life was like during the pandemic. They're also an uplifting reminder that through the dark people were still having a little light-hearted fun.

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