Front Steps Project- Dallas

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The front steps project is a donation-based, fundraising portrait project of Dallas families during the Covid-19 stay order and the slow reopening after the shutdown. The project is benefitting the North Texas Food Bank, an organization that has seen an unprecedented demand as local families lost their jobs and wages in late March.

Over the course of the project, 500 families have been photographed and together we’ve raised OVER $25,000 for the North Texas Food Bank. That’s 100,000 meals to children and families in need. Amazing, Dallas!

Participation in this project has allowed Dallas families to give back to our community during a time we feel otherwise helpless. It is also a way to document this historic, life-changing moment. A moment when we got to know our kids, our communities, and ourselves a bit deeper. A moment we will look back on as a catalyst of change and progression both in the world and in our lives.


Portraits are taken from a responsible distance of at least 6 feet and will last about 5 minutes. I focus on a single neighborhood per day and limit my sessions from 5-7 pm. You will receive 3-5 digital files via email and in exchange, I ask that you donate to the GoFundMe at the top of this page.  Suggested donation is $75-$150.

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


1. Click the “sign-up” button at the top of the page
1. Sign up for your area only. DATES/LOCATIONS are listed in the menu on the sign-up page. (If you have any questions about your area, send an email on Instagram)
2. Sessions are 5-7pm daily. You will most likely be reassigned a new shoot time on your day once the map of addresses is made. Before you sign up, please be sure you’ll be available.
3. Make sure to follow us on Instagram at @julianewmanphoto so we may tag you when your images go online.


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!