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SWFL couple takes photos of families outside their homes during self-quarantine

A picture is worth a thousand words. And, for some Southwest Florida business owners, pictures taken by a local couple are worth a lot more.

Chris and Jordan Paul are capturing the beauty of families just outside their homes during self-quarantine, and they’re doing this to benefit local businesses.

“Who doesn’t wanna look back 20 years from now and be like, ‘Oh, my gosh, remember when we were inside the house 24/7,’” Jordan said.

From toddlers to high school graduates, each of the photos tells a story of people doing their part and staying at home.

“There’s so much craziness and chaos in this mundane world that we’re living in right now,” Jordan said. “And I think that as families we forget just the small moments that we want to capture.”

It’s a big moment for the Stovall family in Estero.

“It’s actually been at least 18 months or two years since we’ve had family photos done. So we thought why not take advantage of the opportunity?” Jen Stovall said. “It gave us an opportunity to get dressed, get dolled up a little bit.”

And it’s also an opportunity to give back.

“The ‘payment’ is just supporting local small restaurants and local small businesses,” Chris said.

So far, the Pauls have only taken photos of families in their neighborhood. But they say they are also encouraging others to do something similar in their communities.

“On the signup, we have a box that’s part of the agreement that’s for purchase or as payment,” Jordan said. “That they agree to purchase a gift card or a meal from a local restaurant.”

Reporter:Brea Hollingsworth
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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