Tuesday afternoon was one of the more unusual. Working from home and sultry 25 degree heat aside, I participated in a closing family photo shoot.
Essentially, a photographer came on her daily practice break and spent 20 minutes taking pictures of my wife, daughter and I outside the front of our house while socializing away.
We posed with fishing chairs in the driveway, my daughter blowing a dandelion and I tossed her into the air, along with all kinds of shots of her controlling her as she walked down our quiet street, with a bright blue sky as a backdrop.
Free: My daughter enjoys her lockdown photo shoot with proud parents in the background
It was surreal and I’m pretty sure the neighbors were shaking their blind and laughing at our folly. If the lens were on the other side, I would do the same.
I have to admit that when I discovered the shoot myself, I was a bit taken aback.
A week earlier, I had opened my wife Danielle’s birthday card and it said: be prepared for our lockdown photo shoot on Tuesday. I thought she was joking, but it turned out she wasn’t.
But despite my cynicism, it ended up being a joke: mainly because, unlike a conventional photo shoot, I didn’t care what I looked like.
Our wedding photos, engagement photos in Sardinia, a maternity photo in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and a newborn photo shoot at home, I remember being somewhat aware of it to make sure I looked as perfect as possible.
The thought: “you will look at it for years to come,” puts pressure on the shoot.
This time, the goal of the game was the more lockdown chic the better.
Look of Love: The short shoot was a bit of a light relief from the realities of a pandemic – for a while my wife Danielle (photo) and I had forgotten the madness
We can look back and reminisce about our personal lockdown adventure with a biting toddler and a custom office for the master bedroom.
Dirty shorts, wrinkled T-shirt, lockdown belly, and messy, self-cut hair was truly yours.
You could choose to throw in some other pandemic props: toilet roll, wine bottles and the remote come to mind. We kept ours pretty quiet.
Consumer Trends examines how photographers adjust to fill the void of canceled bookings.
Mess: We had dozens of photos from our shoot (I picked a few without showing my daughter’s face) and you can see how relaxed I was
I raised £ 1,700 for a good cause
Kerry Green, 42, has been a photographer for over a decade. She usually captured weddings and family portraits at home.
But since she closed in March, she had to adjust – and that’s how she ended up taking photos of us on the doorstep, Danielle saw her on social media.
You can see a collection of her lockdown shots on her photography company Facebook page.
Kerry Green: The Photographer has become a fundraiser hero in lockdown
She says she photographed 80 families in front of their house. She charges £ 50 for the shoot, and part goes to Southend Hospital Charity.
Her initial goal was to raise £ 100 for a good cause – a goal she achieved in a few days.
She is now on her way to raise £ 2,000 for the charity from the lockdown shoots while also keeping her own bills paid.
Kerry says, “The inspiration behind the lockdown shoots was seeing lots of kind acts and wanting to do something yourself.
“I have a large family and we have a volunteer who shops for us because my mom, who is 70 and has diabetes and asthma, lives with us.
‘My brother, who has autism and cannot live independently, also lives with us.
“I live with my partner, John, my oldest daughter Ella, 19 years old, who also has autism and cannot live independently, our 8-year-old daughter Alice and our 14-month-old son, Lucas.
This project has been very good for my mental health and has given me the opportunity to have a different goal than mother, daughter, sister, partner and caregiver.
Kerry Green – photographer
“There are many family members in our home. I felt very helpless because there was nothing I could do but stay home to protect the NHS.
“This project has been very good for my mental health and has given me the opportunity to have a different goal than mother, daughter, sister, partner and caregiver.”
She believes the portraits have given families in our local city a great memory for future generations.
She adds that it is odd to keep social distance from customers – but it was great to see more of the area and meet all kinds of families.
A photo that stands out, she says, photographs a paramedic with his family describing how coronavirus affected his work.
There are photographers across the country who do the same, or adjust in other ways to make ends meet.
How do photographers deal with canceled jobs?
Photographers are usually freelance, and much of their income usually comes from booked jobs – from weddings and corporate events to specialized photography such as food or fashion.
Some, who are limited companies, have been able to renew themselves, but for others, they have taken the opportunity to do something different.
I asked others how they adjusted and the responses were overwhelming.
As for the lockdown shoot craze, you can check out the thousands of social media posts with #doorstepportraits and #doorstepphotography.
Sally Rose is an East London photographer who mostly shoots fashion and wedding photography.
Since the government has relaxed restrictions on closing, it has started offering the service to capture key moments that occur when the door is locked.
She has captured birthdays, weddings that would have been, new babies or commemorating posterity offspring, and has booked five for this weekend alone.
Others, including Debbie Hare in her Berkshire and Surrey area do the same.
Outside of the lockdown shots, one photographer Jan Enkelmann started a project that cut off the rare empty streets of London. You can buy the prints for £ 45 here.
Meanwhile, Charlotte Scholey from London, has made FaceTime photo shoots with people around the world and will be one fine arts book – all profits are donated to Alzheimer’s UK.
She said, “I’ve tried to make it my challenge to photograph as many different countries as possible.
‘FaceTime photo shoots are a challenge in themselves, because it is a completely new way of photographing. However, it was so much fun. ‘
Customize: A food photographer says they plastered their wall to have empty space for enticing product shots, like this burger
A food photographer known as Figgy Roll says their main customers are a farm shop with a fishmonger and butchers.
Now to shoot from home instead of in the store, they said they should have learned to cook, filleting a fish, and even plastering a wall to have an empty space for shooting.
Based in Frome, Somerset, they say they’ve been very busy as small businesses realized they had to work visually with their products and go online quickly to sell to the locals.
They said, “I had to communicate with the fisherman to catch fish for the Brixham farm, to make sure I can get up at a stupid hour to arrive at about the same time for the fish shots before I get the enter shop. “
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Carla SpeightBased in the Northwest, she is a celebrity photographer and photographs Jason Manford and Lewis Capaldi, among others.
She started an online academy to help small business owners, PR and marketing professionals and content creators navigate the art of professional image creation during lockdown and ongoing social distance measures.
Margaret Pattillo, is also a celebrity lifestyle photographer who has shot Bill Murray, Lil Kim, Rick Ross, Ricky Gervais, Ben Stiller and Jamie Foxx in her career.
She has also adapted by making FaceTime photo shoots. So far, she has shot several influencers and models with a combined following of over 32 million, including Demi Rose, Amanda Elise and Barbie Blank.
Meanwhile, Graeme Purdy, an international wildlife photographer, had to cancel a trip to remote Siberia last month – where he hoped to photograph rare Amur leopards – and adapted to be home.
He enjoyed taking out and photographing British wildlife, especially elusive foxes, for a photo project called ‘Mr Fox Comes to Tea’.
He feeds a few foxes every night for weeks, waiting to take the perfect photos, with prints soon on sale.
Mr Fox Comes to Tea: Photographer Graeme Purdy was unable to photograph rare leopards in Siberia and instead adapted to the local wildlife
Zelda the Dutchman, a professional photographer based in Bournemouth, Dorset, has a home studio – clients have delivered their products to their home and collected them when they are ready.
She’s moved a lot of her business outside – for example, she created a pop-up studio in a gazebo in the yard for anyone who wants to take business photos without going in, but with social distance.
Marc HaydenBased in North London, mostly photographs sports and activewear.
Since the blocking, he has had to adjust to photograph more products, such as trainers, at home.
He said, “I was able to set up a studio in the garage and it worked out well. I enjoy developing my product photography, and I was planning to do that. ‘
Home studio: Marc Hayden photographs clothes like sneakers in his garage – here’s his studio and the end result of a Nike Air Max shoot
We can make it an annual event
When we received the photos the day after the shoot (some are at the top of the story – I chose not to publish photos showing my daughter’s face) we were blown away by how much we loved them.
For £ 50 we had the images – but as you browse you remember the hard work photographers do outside to take just the pictures – which in itself is a task with lighting, along with the potential for unruly children and pets – hours of editing and endless buffering of file downloads.
In my opinion it was more than worth the money.
The shoot felt relaxed – after a busy morning at work, I just stepped out the door when Kerry arrived and she left.
We can look back and tell my daughter: this was our conclusion.
One of the real benefits of working from home is spending more time with her – and I was lucky enough to see her first steps, which I might have missed otherwise.
This will be a way to remember even if the photos don’t come first, like our wedding photos or her newborn photos.
We enjoyed it so much that we might book Kerry for something similar next year – an easy, casual, stress-free way to take some professional photos as our daughter grows up, just in a natural environment with little fuss.
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