Life in Lockdown | East Dulwich | personal project

When lockdown kicked in, I saw my bookings disappear and I really didn’t know what do to. I promised myself I would keep shooting - so I took lots AND LOTS of pictures of Ivy and her dad at home. Whilst this is something I don’t regret for one minute - in fact I just created a Fine Art Album which hopefully one day will be a beautiful memory for Ivy of that time the whole world was in lockdown - I did still miss photographing other people and families.

And so I decided to take my camera with me on my daily exercise allowance - and photograph local East Dulwich families for my personal “Life in Lockdown” project. It started off quite small, but soon became very popular within our local community and I ended up photographing over 100 families! The project was even featured in local magazines and newspapers.

I learned a lot during these shoots. First of all you only have a couple of minutes to figure out how you’d like to portray the family. You need to come up with some ideas FAST. We’ve also had some really sunny days in lockdown, which was lovely, but bright sunlight can make a photographer’s life quite tricky too. 

And then there’s the challenge of trying to create a bond with the child(ren) whilst social distancing at the same time. I am extremely pleased with the result though, I met so many wonderful families and this project really helped me getting through this difficult time. I also like to think it gave the local community something to take part in, to look forward to and enjoy, and perhaps even to look back on with a more positive memory than you might expect from these challenging times. Interested in seeing the whole project? Check out my Life in Lockdown gallery here!

Lockdown Life at casa Arrowsmith

It took me a while to write this one - I really needed some time to get used to this whole living in lockdown situation. It all happened so fast and the first couple of weeks I think I was both partly in denial and in shock. I imagine I’m not the only one who felt this way. 

I did my last family photoshoot in early March. Since then all my shoots have either been postponed or cancelled. With no other projects on my hands except entertaining our nearly 2 year old (which is a separate full-time project on its own) I started to think of ways to keep myself creatively challenged. Because, let’s be honest, a five minute arts and crafts activity (read: cleaning glue and glitter off your table) with Ivy is just… well… it’s just not the same. 

And so, like several other family photographers, I turned the camera on my own family and started to  document our life in lockdown. This is super challenging if you only have (in my case) a small London flat and you’re dealing with the same subjects ALL the time. But it’s fun and it makes you look at your environment in a totally different way. 

Once all of this is finally over I’m planning to make a book out of this photo diary - and one day we can show the pictures to Ivy and tell her all about the time the whole world was in lockdown…

Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day is only just around the corner I have been thinking a lot about the relationship between a mother and her child and how I love to document that special bond. The thing that moves me, and made me want to become a photographer, is seeing people and their emotions in images. It’s absolutely amazing to see love in an unposed image and it fills me with a true sense of reality, of life and of living. 

So often mums are telling me that it is always them behind the camera making sure all the important moments of their family’s life are documented. Knowing it’s often the mums who aren’t in the picture, on my shoots I always make sure I have some great shots of mum and her child(ren). 

If you’re a mum, when was the last time you had a picture taken of yourself with your kids? One that you REALLY loved? Would you not love to have some genuine, emotional and honest images of yourself and your little ones?  

Family documentary photography has become a little bit of a “thing” over the last few years, and with good reason. It is totally worth documenting both your children AND you. Just the way you are. Unposed and intimate pictures that show true motherhood (which can feel totally overwhelming sometimes). 

So please don’t wait until your kids are at uni to get those images. Book your family photo session now and enjoy a joyful and authentic documentary-style family photoshoot that will tell your story. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there.

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