How It All Started
On March 18th, Kristen Collins and Cara Soulia began taking photographs of residents and their loved ones in exchange for a small donation to their local community council in Needham, MA. Within weeks of their (what was once small) noble endeavor, aptly named, “The Front Steps Project,” the photographs went viral. Suddenly, photographers across the nation were inspired to create their own Front Steps Project to aid their local communities.
Coming November 2020
We’re so excited to announce that coming in November of 2020, we at West Margin Press will be publishing the official The Front Steps Project book to commemorate this massive effort of good will. Containing over 300 photographs curated by Collins and Soulia, and capturing dozens of stories from both the participating photographers as well as their subjects, we’re pleased this book will serve as a heartwarming keepsake of togetherness during such unprecedented times in our country.
As a tribute to their work, a portion of the book’s earnings will be donated to the United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to help people impacted by the pandemic.
The project has garnered awareness world-wide, gaining traction in countries such as Ireland, New Zealand, Poland and Scotland.! More than 450 photographers have voluntarily replicated #TheFrontStepsProject in their own communities, and under its name the project has raised over $1,850,000 for local food pantries, hospitals, animal shelters and more impacted by COVID-19.
A Life Changing Experience
Collins says, “this project has been a life-changing experience for both of us…witnessing hundreds of our peers voluntarily put their skills to work to spread joy and raise vital funds has been uplifting and inspirational.” Through starting the Front Steps Project, Soulia says, “I never imagined I would be connected to hundreds of selfless, caring, talented people from across the U.S, Canada and even the globe. It’s been inspiring to meet them -virtually- and learn about the impact of COVID in their lives and communities.”
About the Founders
Kristen Collins is what she describes herself as a “coffee-moment idea” machine. Having spent the better part of 25 years volunteering in and around her community, her work has centered largely around finding ways to bring the stories of the people and places around her to the mainstream media.
Cara Soulia is a newborn and family photographer based outside Boston, Massachusetts. Like so many, Cara’s path towards her “dream career,” has not been linear. She worked for years in the finance industry, doing photography on the side until finally making the leap to follow her heart and start her own business.
Kristen and Cara’s idea for The Front Steps Project was born from a small community lead plea for donations and has since erupted into a global phenomenon.