A front porch photo project by a Kamloops photographer will soon benefit the Big Little Science Centre, following successful fundraisers for the Kamloops Food Bank and the BC Wildlife Park.
Natalie Dollman started the project in March, when people began isolating themselves and working from home at the recommendation of health officials due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dollman initially wanted to benefit a non-profit however much she could, but after bringing in $1,000 for the food bank, she decided to switch it up and direct some of the funds she had brought in to the wildlife park, which was facing a cash crunch after closing due to the pandemic. The park will reopen to the public on June 1.
Now that she has cleared $1,000 for each of those organizations, Dollman is switching it up again — this time shooting for another $1,000 for the Big Little Science Centre.
“They got displaced already this year and I knew that they were probably struggling, too, because who knows when they’re going to be able to open? It’s so hands-on there,” she told KTW.
The science education centre was put out by the domino effect caused by the fire that destroyed Parkcrest elementary last September. Its Holt Street location was needed by the school district, so the centre moved to the former Value Village site downtown at Seymour Street and Fifth Avenue. But despite moving in, its plans to reopen there were halted by the pandemic.
Dollman is charging $75 for a five- to 10-minute photo session, with $25 of that amount going to the non-profit. The remaining $50 goes to Dollman, but can also be used as a credit for a future session.
The Kamloops photographer said residents have been receptive to the idea, thankful for a reason to get dressed up and change out of their pyjamas.
The project has also been good for Dollman, who would normally be shooting weddings, births and newborns at this time of year.
“It has definitely kept me busy for the past few months,” she said.
Now that B.C. has undertaken its restart plan, Dollman said she is finally able to reschedule some of her usual work, but is instead staying outside, where there is less risk and physical distancing is easier.
Anyone interested in booking a shoot can contact Dollman on her website at http://www.nataliedollmanphotography.com/.