They are snapshots in time.

Little pieces of personal history.

History captured from more than a socially acceptable distance away amid a pandemic.

But each image in a porch portrait project in Hudson tells an individual story unique to each family snapshot.

There are stories of youth soccer games missed.

Senior proms that in all likelihood will never happen.

And college adventures cut short.

When photographer Lauren Wood looks through the long lens of her camera, she says she sees stories of hope and perseverance.

In spite of the trials and tribulations of everyone working, studying and just plain living under one roof, Wood said, it is reaffirming to see all the stress and anxiety melt away when everyone in the family pauses, stands together and smiles for just a moment.

The beauty of the porch project, Wood said, is just how relaxed and at ease her subjects are.

Often and unfortunately, Wood said, having a family portrait taken can be a source of great stress — from picking out just the right outfit to coordinating everyone’s busy schedules.

“It is rare in the busyness of our daily lives that you can just capture a family just the way they are,” she said.

The coronavirus and the state’s shelter at home order has put on pause all those things that seemed to be so important at the time.

Wood said her love of photography started a few years back capturing those very simple moments with her own family — her husband, Jeremy, and daughters, Juliana, 9, Emmalyn, 8, and Maeve, 3.

Photography has since become a nice side gig in between juggling the demands of a young family.

Like everyone else, Wood said, she felt hopeless at first as the initial cases of the coronavirus were reported.

She heard about other photographers doing porch portraits and initially began carrying her camera on walks and did impromptu shots with families who happened to be outside.

As word spread around Hudson, she began getting requests from streets interested in participating.

She doesn’t charge anything for taking the photos and posts them on her Instagram account portraitsontheporch for the families to share.

When this is all over, Wood said, she is hoping some organization like the Hudson Historical Society might be interested in keeping the collection of photos for safekeeping to offer future generations a glimpse of what life was like during the pandemic.

This whole process has helped her, too, Wood said, and has given her something to do and hopefully is helping others through these tough times.

She said she’s been thinking a lot lately of an old Mr. Rogers quote.

Fred Rogers once said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ ”

Wood said she likes to think of herself as a helper.

“That quote just resonates with me,” she said. “What can you do? This is something I can do.”

Craig Webb is writing a regular feature about life in the pandemic. If you have a suggestion for a future topic or a slice of life, he can be reached at