(CNN)As families find themselves isolated with loved ones because of the coronavirus pandemic, tensions can run a bit high -- and finding joy in moments of panic becomes harder each day.
These photographers are spreading joy to people impacted by coronavirus by taking portraits at their doorsteps
That's why photographer Cara Soulia and her friend Kristen Collins launched The Front Steps Project. Every day, Soulia spends hours traveling from home to home in Needham, Massachusetts, to photograph families on their front steps.
"Showing up and seeing a family, especially kids, if they are involved, so excited that you've arrived, just for five minutes and just for a simple photo, is really, really uplifting," Collins, who handles the project's planning and operations, told CNN.
"The positive energy is fueling our days and it's why we keep going."
Within 48 hours of starting the Front Steps Project, two other Needham photographers -- Caitrin Dunphy and Topher Cox -- joined the group to help capture as many family moments as possible.
Families who want to be photographed can fill out a form. After that, Collins assigns each of the three photographers around 30 families to visit and uses Google Maps to create easy routes for them.
Since the project's launch March 17, the team has received more than 325 requests from families from Needham alone.
To follow social distancing precautions, the photographers always stand at least six feet away, and spend only five minutes with the families.
While cheering people up is one of the main goals of the project, the group is also using the effort as a way to help the most vulnerable in their community.
Families getting their portraits taken are encouraged to donate to the Needham Community Council (NCC), a non-profit that supports people in Needham who have under-met health, educational or social needs. So far, the effort has raised more than $12,000 for the NCC.
"It's certainly been a distraction from the news," Soulia told CNN. "For the photographers, it's been a great way to get some fresh air and say hello from afar to really friendly people who are also craving human connection."
One of the photographer's most memorable moments so far is when she accidentally photographed a group of people at the wrong address, which she didn't realize until after she'd taken their photo.<