Since my studio has had to temporarily close due to social distancing rules, I've been really missing my newborn photography, cake smash photoshoots and family portraits. I started thinking of ways that I could continue to take photos of people, only for my family to quickly become irritated with me constantly asking if they'd pose for me. Scrolling through Facebook I spotted that several portrait photographers around the world have been offering free doorstep portraits in their local communities, to help raise money for various good causes, so I had to get involved.
I had read in the news that The Trussell Trust "reports its network’s busiest ever period, with 81% more emergency food parcels being given out across the UK, including 122% more parcels going to children, compared to the same period in 2019." Whilst many have been generously donating to our wonderful NHS, some doctors and nurses have in recent days been saying they are embarrassed by the amount of food being donated, when so many people are struggling to find enough food to eat. Unbelievably one in five families in the UK is struggling to feed their children during the pandemic.
So I decided to set up a fundraiser for Andover Foodbank on Facebook. This works by me taking photos from a minimum 2 metre distance of people (or pets!) in the doorway of their homes and I take the photos as part of my daily exercise outing - walking, jogging or cycling. I then send via email a link to download a digital image in high resolution format for print and/or low resolution for sharing online.
If you would like to get involved, please get in touch via my Contact Page. There is no obligation to have your photo shared - it can remain private to you and your family. Any donation you could give, from £5 to £500, would make a real difference. You can donate via my Facebook fundraising page or you can give me cash or a cheque made payable to Andover Foodbank, which I will pass on to them.
I hope to hear from you soon!
Check out my Facebook Fundraising Page for updates to this project!