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'Porchraits:' Calgary photographer capturing family moments during COVID-19

A Calgary freelance photographer has been keeping busy shooting "porchraits" of families around the city since the COVID-19 pandemic sapped his usual source of income.

Neil Zeller takes photos with a long lens to maintain physical distancing

Why this Calgary photographer is capturing "porchraits" during the COVID-19 outbreak. 2:19

A Calgary freelance photographer has been keeping busy shooting "porchraits" of families around the city since the COVID-19 pandemic sapped his usual source of income.

Neil Zeller says the sessions are in high demand and he's on track to complete 200 in little over a week.

He says clients wear whatever they want, whether it's pyjamas or formal wear, and he takes photos outside their homes with a long lens to maintain enough physical distancing.

Zeller says he was inspired by isolation portraits taken by Yellowknife photographer Pat Kane, and he's since heard of several other shooters offering similar sessions during the pandemic.

A Calgary freelance photographer has been keeping busy shooting "porch portraits" of families around the city since the COVID-19 pandemic sapped his usual source of income. Huxley LeClair Meadows poses for a portrait on March 25, 2020. (The Canadian Press/Neil Zeller)

Zeller makes his living shooting live events and leading photo tours, all of which have been cancelled for the next six months because of COVID-19.

He's not charging anything for his latest portraits, but clients can donate whatever they can.

Check out some more of Zeller's creations below:

(Neil Zeller/Twitter)
(Neil Zeller/Twitter)
(Neil Zeller/Twitter)
(Neil Zeller/Twitter)
(Neil Zeller/Twitter)

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