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THE FRONT PORCH PROJECT: Andalusia local photographs families in quarantine

By: Ora Nelson

Andalusia local Skip Enzor is putting a new spin on the situation with families staying at home more and more with his “Front Porch” photography project.

“We [CantSkipThis] have been blessed because of the community’s involvement,” said Skip Enzor, photographer of the Front Porch Project and owner of CantSkipThis. “I wanted to raise some money for charity and take people’s minds off staying home the whole time. It [taking and posing for pictures] is a good distraction and get people active while they don’t have to leave home.”

It first started in his neighborhood after Enzor noticed parents setting up a “zoo” of stuffed animals for the neighborhood kids to “keep the kids entertained and the parents sane.”

“The first time, we just loaded up Mixon [the Enzor’s 18-month-old son] and the camera on the golf cart and drove around the neighborhood,” said Enzor. “We make sure to stay on the road, on the golf cart, and use a zoom lens. We’re much further than the recommended six feet.”

Enzor has photographed 77 families so far and plans to do many more.

“I know that other states are being put under “stay at home” orders,” said Enzor. “If that happens here, then we’ll stop going out to do the [photo] sessions.”

Enzor posts the photos online and encourages people to download them and do what they want with the photos.

“The sessions and photos are free—we wanted to make sure of that right now when people might be tight on money or worried about finances—but we encourage those able to do so to donate to the Megan Kelley Smiles Foundation through the link we include in the descriptions we post with photos,” said Enzor.

“You know my parents own the Little Caesars here in town,” said Enzor. “And since they’ve donated to the Megan Kelley Smiles Foundation, we just made the Front Porch Project be presented by Little Caesars.”

For each round, the person(s) or family’s photo with the most likes via FaceBook will win a free pizza party “for their quarantined crew.”

“They [the Megan Kelley Smiles Foundation] were supposed to do a 5k marathon [Smiles for Megan 5k] in May and when I realized they might not be able to do it, I wanted to help them out,” said Enzor.

The Megan Kelley Smiles Foundation is a non-profit foundation created in 2015 after Megan Kelley’s almost two-year battle with cancer ended with her passing.

The mission of the Megan Kelley Smiles Foundation is to enhance the lives, care, and treatment of young local [Covington County] cancer patients as well as their families.

Enzor prefers if donations can be made by PayPal or any card rather than by cash or check.

“We’re keeping the health of the community always in mind,” said Enzor.

Enzor’s photography company can be found on their FaceBook page, CantSkipThis, and donations to the Megan Kelley Smiles Foundation can be made at https://www.mksmiles.org/.