The end of lockdown?
As lockdown measures began to ease and Zoom calls moved to social distancing in the park people searched for conversational topics to engage with.
How was lockdown for you? What did you do during lockdown? How is your family?
These questions seem to be the commonplace starters to conversations and their replies are becoming almost rehearsed.
Photo studios reopening
Photo studios were officially allowed to reopen on the 15th June in England. We carefully moved toward opening back up again with great success.
Advice and safety measures are always changing, full details about what we’re doing can be found at Covid-19 Safeguarding.
Since re-opening I’ve enjoyed learning about other people’s experiences and how they’ve differed from my own.
As a creative there was an unspoken pressure to make the lockdown a time of productivity. Whilst some chose to learn a new language, keep fit with Joe Wicks or dust off their bikes photographers were getting creative in really interesting ways.
Many of us embraced online training, Instagram Live and even started photographing Lego!
There must be thousands of photography related podcasts and YouTube channels born out of this time.
For photographers during lockdown there seemed to be two routes that people chose.
The first was the document the experience. To create a photographic time capsule of “these strange and unprecedented times”.
For others is was a time to throw procrastination to the wind and finally get around to working on “that project”.
My own experience was a walk down both paths.
I’ve never considered myself a documentarian but one of my more enjoyable projects certainly occupies the documentary realm.
I am however a creative with an abundance of ideas and interests that I seldom have the time to properly explore.
Lockdown has been tough on all parents with responsibility of home schooling being something I’m sure not too many would run back to.
This hasn’t really left us with the time that not working for nearly three months might suggest we’d have.
It has allowed for reflection and pockets time that have been very productive and enjoyable.
I’d like to share a few projects and experiences that were either born out of the lockdown or were shaped by it.
Photography Without Frontiers
Launched by Ronan Ryle and internationally renowned photographer, Damian McGillicuddy, ‘Photographers without Frontiers’ sees over 100 photographers from all over the UK come together to offer families a chance to capture a precious image of their loved ones and at the same time raise funds for the NHS.
This is our opportunity it give back something and a chance to work with likeminded photographers around the UK.
Creative ideas for grandparents in lockdown
Since March 23rd 2.2 million vulnerable people in the UK have been shielded from the Covid-19 pandemic. My parents were part of that group.
They describe themselves as “just 70” which as a phrase perfectly describes the internal frustration of how age is perceived by many in the early years of retirement.
This project was created by accident as a way to keep my parents (and my daughter) amused during their period of self isolation.
Read the full article at Creative Ideas for Grandparents in Lockdown
Creative Photography for Kids
I’ve always wanted to create a creative photography course for children. As I’ve mentioned having time has been one excuse for that idea being put on hold but I also wanted to experience the project with my daughter when she was old enough.
Lockdown of course meant that I’d run out of excuses.
I’m delighted to tell you that my daughter and I managed to create a whole six week course which we’ve made available completely free.
You can sign up for the course by filling out this form.
London In 360
The problem with being a professional photographer for twenty years is that it’s hard to make photography a hobby.
You take pictures of your family and there’s always projects you occasionally work on but they rarely become habit.
360 photography in 2020 was the first personal photographic project that I’ve embraced to the extent that it’s become a daily occurrence.
You can read about my journey into the world of 360 Street Photography in an article I wrote for the Croydonist.
Sharing our favourites
We’ve always shared favourite images on our website and social media channels but I wanted to collect and organise some of those images.
Throughout the lockdown we’ve posted several articles sharing favourite images from specific genres that we photograph.
The hope is to give people an idea of not only what to expect from their photo session but so they can let us know which type of images they’d prefer.
Saving people money
We’re passionate about seeing photos in print which is why we include mounted prints in some of our packages.
There are some great deals out there from photo labs offering free prints.
We’ve done the research for you and found a way to get 2300 prints for free in the next year