The Doorstep Session...
On the 2nd of May I did my first doorstep session with some of my favourite people in the world, it was the first time since the March-Lockdown that I’d photographed another family and I was really nervous. Partly because I wasn’t sure if I was strictly allowed or not, and partly due to this being a new way of capturing people for me: I don’t spend my time arranging people neatly in front of doors usually! Haha
It was Ryan’s Birthday and we were taking his present to leave of the doorstep, so I took my camera along too. Both Brooke and Ryan had got a bunny each just before lockdown, they’d introduced them to us over a Skype call; nevertheless, they were eager to share them in real life too, so of course they joined the photo shoot! This session became the first of many. I’ve loved photographing families on their doorsteps and in their gardens. (Only after permission was give by the Government to enter a garden, of course.) I began doing these sessions like a bag of nerves and now I feel I’ve become braver! By this I don’t mean I’m getting closer to people, I’m just pushing my kit and using it to it’s full potential. Seriously, I must change my lens’ about 101 times during a 15 min (ish) session.
I honestly feel these sessions have improved my photography skills or maybe they’ve made me look at things differently? Before I would always look for the best location or the prettiest background and I’d choose to have people in or out of the direct sunlight. Just like you can’t move mountains you can’t move someone’s from door either and when you’re planning around a baby and their nap time you just can’t be that fussy! So I’ve had to go with it… Direct, harsh sunlight and grey, windy days have become my friends. Yes, if you wanted the “perfect photographically balanced” photo with just the right amounts of shadows and highlights and perfectly positioned hair then your going to struggle and maybe my style isn’t for you, but I’ve become to see these “flaws” as atmosphere, character and personality, after all, I want to capture people during what has been one of the most challenging times we’ll ever (hopefully) have to face in our lifetimes! These portraits should be full of character and charisma and should represent the times we are and have lived through do far, so if you’ve spent your days in joggers and a string vest or jumping on the trampoline like crazy people then that’s what you should be doing in your photos!
So far I’ve raised £100 for the NHS with the help of you lovelies! Before the trend of doorstep photos fizzles out, I’m planning on doing them until the end of June. For each session booked I will donate £5 to the NHS too. I’m happy to do them weekdays, weeknights and weekends so please get in touch! Couples, families, newborn babies, rabbits, dogs, guineapigs OK, I think you get it! You’re all welcome.
Each slot last for around 15 minutes, you get 5 digital images include in the price with full printing rights. If you’d like more that’s fine they’re only £5 each extra (less than a Gin and Tonic!) Don’t let this time pass without a souvenir, do if for the children and future generations to look back on. Book your slot now!