Doorstep Photo shoots have become very popular in this strange, surreal time we are currently living through. Normal has disappeared and we have been in lockdown for weeks. Photographers, like other small businesses have had to adapt to current circumstances. Whilst I have been very sad to see nearly all of this year’s wedding bookings reschedule to 2021, I decided to get out with my camera to capture some family memories for people. It is fair to say that I have loved it!
Posing a family in front of their front door is not the normal way I like to photograph people! Infact, the less posed, the better. I am all about real moments, connections, love and fun within the family. But I soon realised that these are real moments, the love and connections of people are shining through in these images. The photographs represent a time in history that these families will look back on and remember forever. They represent the good things that have come out of this terrible situation we have been living through. Forced time at home has reconnected us with the people we love the most. It has strengthened bonds and taken us back to our roots. Family means everything.
I have loved hearing stories of how the kids have adapted, coped and flourished during lockdown. Children have learnt to ride bikes, scooters and skateboards. They have baked like never before! They have got creative, learnt instruments and painted beautiful rainbows. Some have become closer to siblings. They have built dens, made up games, got active in the sunshine and enjoyed walks out with the family. I have heard about how some children have become calmer, happier and anxiety has disappeared. I am a great believer in searching for the good things in every situation. While I hate the tragedy that Covid 19 has brought, I love the good things that have come out of this surreal time.
I am a lover of family stories and documenting moments. Doorstep portraits are a way of doing this at this present moment. Life continues, pregnancies are blooming, babies have been born and children are growing fast! Whilst I can’t get out to do the normal photo shoots that I love, I will be continuing to offer doorstep photo shoots to capture these moments.
Last week I offered doorstep photo shoots to raise money for a charity close to my heart- Brain tumour support. This charity offers a lifeline to families who are going through their darkest times, following a brain tumour diagnosis. Like most UK charities, Brain Tumour Support is in crisis because of Covid 19 and needs support to continue their amazing work- supporting people so they are not alone. I have been overwhelmed with the generosity of donations last week and am very proud to say I have raised £560. If you would like to support this charity, please take a look at their current appeal to see how you can get involved. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated.
Going forward, I am happy to be offering Doorstep photo shoots until the end of May. They are available in Balsall common and surrounding areas. They are £30 and you receive 5 digital images, with an option to purchase more images if you wish. All shoots are taken following social distancing measures. I would love to hear from you if you would like to book a shoot.