Lock-down & Doorstep Photography

During my time in lock-down I have been extremely busy with designing, learning new skills like teaching myself Adobe illustrator for re-branding my business card.

The colour I used are this year bridesmaid wedding colours, I want to highlight keys points of my business brand; which are important like modern, elegant, quality, creative, original, outstanding, inspiring, relaxing and enjoyable.

This took me a few attempts to get this looking like this; showing my family & friends

Then I had an idea in keeping with my cosplay theme that I was creating before lock-down. My personal project for my portrait, work with composition with more than one photograph. (Please see previous post on Cosplay in Plymouth Devon). I thought why not use toy figures so I went online and brought some figure to photograph.

These were taken in my back garden and I wanted to re-enact
a battle scene reminiscent of childhood imaginative play of good versus evil.  Where good win the war, how fitting that
during lock-down that evil is a virus and the good is the workers (people) who are trying to save lives. 

I wasn’t the only photographer who was spending their time in lock-down photographing still life. My project and work has been on hold during this difficult times of social distance and I kept setting myself mini-projects like my business card, up-dating my website and re-branding stationary, watching training videos, all achievable goals.

Then a month in, I started to get cabin fever. I was irritable, restlessness to the point of walking around the house, eating way too much and OMG my daily pleasure was one walk around the block and food.  On my walks I had to cross over whenever a person was walking towards me, but I have noticed myself and my neighbours smiling more and saying “hello”. Neighbours and children were seen in the streets playing, walking their dogs or having their daily exercised of one walk a day. The air was cleaner without all the cars on the road, it felt safer for kids to ride their bikes around their neighbourhood. This felt like a community and when we had a street party with social distance I met people on my street laughing and keeping our spirits up during this hard time. Stranger, family and friends help each other out by going shopping, checking in on their health, phoning more. Yes a real conversation on a phone or face time then a quick text message 

I wasn’t the only photographer adapting to this new social norm and this is when doorstep photography starting happening around Plymouth Devon and the world. With my long camera lens; I was able to photograph and adhere to social distance. I myself went to nearby Ham woods for a portrait session and below are the photos.

Doorstep photography or photographing at a social distance is a new way for us photographers working around this new norm. What is doorstep photography? It is portraits taken on your doorstep. We are able to adapt to this new portrait photography around the corona virus (Covid-19) to stop the spread of the virus by avoiding social interaction under lock-down.

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