Cape May Photographer Coronavirus Project

Cape May photographer Mary Pat Myers coronavirus project

Cape May Photographer Mary Pat Myers is doing five-minute portrait sessions in exchange for a donation to area food banks. The photos are taken from no closer than ten feet from the subjects. “I use a long zoom lens and won’t touch anything in the photo set-up,” Mary Pat explains on her website.

“Everyone is having fun with this,” Myers explained. “People should sign up through my website in my Instagram bio.” Some of the posts are well-staged, others are relaxed poses. Mary Pat schedules appointments and then texts people when she arrives at their home. There is no physical contact in the new normal brought on by COVID-19.

Mary Pat started with local government officials. Cape May Mayor Clarence Lear and his wife Karen.

Creativity and fun are elements that Mary Pat Myers tries to encourage. Families enjoy her visits.

Local business owners Wendy and Laura from the Mission Inn got in on the project and promoted it on their own Instagram

As coronavirus keeps Cape May in quarantine, the front porch project is giving families a chance to have some fun and support local food banks.


Mary Pat Myers has been a professional photographer in Cape May for nearly 30 years. ” In 1990, I had a career as a Human Resources Director for a high tech computer firm but I still had this itch that there was something else out there for me.” Myers said. “When my parents moved to Cape May, I quit my  job, purchased a pro camera,  sold the house, packed up the cats and headed to Cape May.”

The front porch project to support local food banks is a labor of love for Mary Pat. Local families interested in participating in the five minute sessions can visit Mary Pat’s website.


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  1. David Greene
    April 21, 2020 / 10:36 am

    Delightful article, and photos. Thank you, John, for the ray of sunshine. And kudos to Mary Pat Myers for this project.

  2. April 21, 2020 / 10:50 am

    Thanks, John for sharing this! Everyone has been so wonderful that we meet and photograph and so generous with their donations. And, it keeps me showered and off the couch! Stay safe everyone!

    • April 21, 2020 / 11:03 am

      It’s a wonderful project. You have such a way with people getting comfortable in front of your lens.

  3. April 23, 2020 / 9:52 am

    Great to see and read about these fun “Porch Project” photos that add some levity to an otherwise heavy subject and time. These photos will surely be an iconic collection as we look back on this crazy time!

    Cape May Strong!! Stay safe everyone.