‘We will be here when this is over’: Photographers share message of hope

Covid 19 spokane photographers with signs

SPOKANE, Wash.– A group of photographers in the Spokane area created a photo collage they hope will encourage and inspire people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jaime Fletcher, who owns Jaime Denise Photography, told 4 News Now that the photography community in Spokane is struggling right now. Restrictions are keeping them from work during the start of what should be their busy season.

Even though these photographers are facing hard times, Fletcher said she wanted to find a way to remind people we are all in this together.

“I’m so thankful and lucky that our photographer community is beyond supportive of each other. We are always there for one and other. This virus has brought us “virtually” together in such a bigger way than I could’ve imagined,” Fletcher said.

Clara Jay Turner, of Clara Jay Photography, participated in the collage, too. She moved to Spokane less than a year ago, but said she’s proud to call this place home now. Turner is looking forward to the future when she’s back capturing special moments for people.

“I have been privileged to photograph some of your most precious moments, but today I pray with you as we weather this storm together,” Turner said. “I also want to extend my deep gratitude to all the health care workers, who probably wish they were stuck at home like many of us, but are fighting on our behalves. Thank you.”

While so many people are facing hardship, these photographers hope this collage will remind you of the power of community.

“This collage is a reminder to us, and to our clients that we will be here when this is over, and we are here now to encourage you through the hardships you are currently facing by reminding you that friendship and love goes a long way,” Fletcher said.

Here is a list of Instagram handles for the photographers who participated in this collage:

  • @kali.hylton
  • @clarajayphoto
  • @alexandraraephoto
  • @thepapertigerphotography
  • @tiffanigivenphotography
  • @madisonemilyharephoto
  • @whisperingdaisyphotography
  • @susannabroganphoto
  • @jaimedenisephoto
  • @amystonephoto
  • @jessicamummphoto
  • @jenniferdebarrosphoto
  • @alissafergphoto
  • @rachsham
  • @jennifergentryphotography
  • @hannahvictoriaphoto

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