Save Scout By Signing Up For #TheFrontStepsProject

Photos by Adrianne Mathiowetz.

Inspired by Needham-based photographer Cara Soulia, Scout Somerville staff photographer Adrianne Mathiowetz asked to bring the “Front Steps Project” to Somerville and Cambridge in an effort to raise funds for Scout Magazines. Two other photographers, Amanda Macchia and Scout Cambridge staff photographer Sasha Pedro, graciously hopped on immediately.

The Front Steps Project is a way of fostering connection, documenting the people of the community during this time of separation, and raising awareness for Scout’s fundraising efforts—all from the safety of home. 

Scout is in trouble, and we want to continue doing the important work of documenting the community, but we need your help. If you are able to give us the gift of a donation, we would love to return the favor with a family photo.

While the coronavirus outbreak has left all of us sitting inside, there’s still nothing wrong with walking to the front door. That’s where photographers like Adrianne, Sasha, and Amanda come in. They want to take photos of you from a safe distance (of about 10 feet) at your front door with your family, your roommates, your dog—anyone who’s been keeping you sane during this time. 

These sessions will last about 5 minutes, and you will be emailed your photos the next day. While this is a photojournalism project and we’d love to share these photos, any participant can opt out. 

All we ask is that, if you get your photo taken, you donate whatever you can to our Save Scout Magazines fund. Any amount is greatly appreciated. 

If you’d like to make a monthly contribution, Scout memberships are also available to help get us through the pandemic and bring back our editorial staff.

To sign up to have your photo taken, email publisher Holli at 

To donate, please click here.

You can also send a check to: Banks Publications – 519 Somerville Ave. #314, Somerville, MA 02143.

To read more of our coronavirus coverage, click here. 

Scout to the South:

Georgia and her partner Claire and her sister Theodora and her husband Wael alternate between each other’s houses in Harvard Square, allowing them to maintain social distance and isolation from others while still getting much-needed family time. Photos by Sasha Pedro.

About the Author

Lilly Milman
Lilly Milman is the managing editor at Scout Magazines. She started as an intern while attending Emerson College in downtown Boston, where she received a B.A. in Writing, Literature and Publishing.