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UPDATE: We’ve hit our original goal (over 10K raised!) and completed the first GoFundMe campaign.  Let’s keep it going!!!

Over the past 3 weeks, I have photographed 160 families who have participated in my Front Steps Project- Dallas fundraiser and together we raised OVER $10,000 directly for the North Texas Food Bank. That’s 30,000 meals to children and families in need. You can see the progress of the closed fundraiser here.  In addition to what is shown here, over $3000 has been given by charitable foundations in honor of my fundraising after photographing foundation families. Now that I’ve hit my goal, 50% of all donations from the new (current) fundraiser will be given back to the Food Bank. That will be a total of $15,0000 to the NTFB by project’s end. And even more if we keep going into May!

*We will be extending the project into May. If you would like to see your neighborhood participate, please get in touch via Instagram or send us an email through the website*

More about the project:

These are strange times, indeed. It is easy to feel powerless right now. And disconnected.

Like everyone, Dallas residents need to do their part in the COVID-19 crisis and stay at home. 

But we still need connection. And community. And that is why I am taking part in The Front Steps Project; a national fundraising effort started by a photographer in the Northeast to bring photographers and families together to support local charities.

Portraits are shot from a responsible distance of at least 10 feet and will last about 5 minutes. I focus on a single neighborhood per day and limit my sessions from 5-6:30pm. You will receive 2-3 digital files via email and in exchange, I ask you make a good faith donation to the GoFundMe to benefit the NTFB.  The suggested donation amount is $50-$100 but any amount will help. And thank you!

We will be posting these images on Instagram using the hashtag #thefrontstepsproject and #thefrontstepsprojectdallas.  Find us at @julianewmanphoto

This is not a typical get-dressed-up-and-pose-for-the-photographer session. Want to stand outside in your pajamas and slippers? Sounds good to us. Kids in mismatched clothes but you’re thrilled they got dressed? Fantastic. Wearing your running outfit because you’re headed off to jog in the nice weather? Love it!  

So far, I have seen participation from Lakewood, Hollywood Santa Monica, University Park, Highland Park, Lake Highlands and Forest Hills. If you would like to see your neighborhood represented or to request more dates for the above areas, please send a note to or reach out through Instagram.


About North Texas Food Bank: Vision for a hunger-free, healthy North Texas with a mission to close the hunger gap in North Texas by providing access to nutritious food. The North Texas Food Bank provides over 60,000 boxes of food across 13 counties weekly and expects the need for food assistance to grow in the coming weeks and months. 

About Julia:
I am an NYC-based photographer who just moved with my husband and two young boys ages 3yrs and 7mos to Dallas in early March. Never would I have thought that this is how we would become involved in the local community but here we are. As a mother, I understand the importance of a village and hope this fundraising effort will provide some relief to struggling families who have been physically cut off from their village as an effect of COVID-19.

Special thanks to @carasoulia for starting this project in Needham, MA and for graciously sharing a template so that we can move quickly on this project!