We're Open, Tallahassee: Vicki Young Photography captures Fort Braden families with free photo shoots

Posted at 7:07 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 19:07:50-04

FORT BRADEN, Fla. (WTXL) — Being resilient in the face of this pandemic is something words cannot describe the way photos can.

What began as an idea among two neighbors led a local photographer to give her time and talent to capture families and their "Life under Lockdown."

Hannah Crow and her neighbor, local photographer Vicki Young, teamed up to offer free 20-minute front porch photo shoots to families living on Highway 20 between Crow's Corner and Geddie Road.

"I've seen things in the City of Tallahassee and wanted to find a way to bring that to our community," said Crow.

So, they began capturing Fort Braden families and their lives during stay at home orders.

"I wasn't sure what we were getting into," Young said.

The goal was to capture raw, real and authentic pictures of 14 families.

"I set a goal of five people, saying that would be a success, posted it on Facebook on Thursday and by end of day Friday, it was completely booked," said Crow.

One family was the Bennetts and their newborn baby boy.

"We definitely wanted to capture that moment, and then to have that memory for a lifetime that we can share with him as he gets older, and obviously with both our parents, and to show them their grandbaby, a picture of him when he first got home," Dan Bennett said. "This was not what we envisioned when we knew there would have to be a plan b, but it was really cool that Vicki was able to do this for us. I think we will forever remember that moment of trying to get everybody ready for the first time to be presentable and capture a really good family picture."

At Crow's Corner, a brand newly painted mural is going up. It is the first big piece of art in the Fort Braden Community.

Crow is hoping they can take more community photos with the mural in the background.