“It was just such a fun way for all of us to get out of our houses,” she said. She’s meeting people she would have never met before, and people are seeing who else lives in the ‘hood, she said.

There have been a few surprises along the way, including photographing the family that lives in her past home and the realization that not many people actually know their neighbors these days. 

On one block, however, 11 families participated in the porch-traits. “It was awesome,” Joni said.
And while many small businesses are looking for ways to stay afloat with limited hours and capabilities, Joni isn’t doing the porch-traits for her business.