2020. What can I say.
Thanks to the C-word decimating the photography industry, there were many times over the past few months I didn’t believe I’d be able to do this end of year round-up at all. I’m not going to lie, it’s been a real struggle. However, despite being unable to work at all for huge chunks of this year, I count myself hugely fortunate that I’ve been able to continue doing what I do, albeit in hugely strange, limited and difficult circumstances.
These photos probably won’t look the same as those from previous years. Even when I’ve been able to shoot, due to social distancing and mask-wearing, I’ve had to rethink my entire ‘up close & personal’ photography style and approach… Working out ways to put families at ease when you can’t even shake their hands… Ways to play with children when you can’t touch their toys… Ways to show I’m smiling when all they can see are my eyes… Ways to make sure the kids know I love hanging out with them when I can’t say yes to an outstretched pudgy hand… Ways to find creative shots from limited positions and limited locations… Ways to capture close connection when I can’t actually get close.
Other than a small handful of ‘normal’ shoots in January and February (and a couple of shots of my own sons), all these photos were taken since Covid, some during the ‘doorstep shoots’ in the Spring (a huge creative challenge to try to create something beautiful in one doorway!) and the rest during socially distanced shoots, mostly outdoors with a couple of exceptions. I’ve barely touched my trusty 24mm wide angle lens and instead have had to learn to love my usually less-used 85mm telephoto. I’ve become intimately acquainted with almost every weather app, determined not to let our great British weather scupper these precious opportunities to document these families when they arise, when the stars align and no one is quarantined and the guidelines allow it.
Putting this post together containing just a few of my personal favourites, blew my mind, in the most wonderful way. There’s no denying 2020 has been a stinker. It’s so easy to just feel like this year has been full of hardship. But that’s just one side to it. These photos made my heart ache, and sing. Through all these shoots there’s been a palpable fierceness and an intensity to the joy that feels like it comes from a sharpening of our understanding what’s truly important, and this I believe is such a valuable silver lining to all this horror.
Yes, 2020 was full of hardship. But 2020 was also full of everything below… All that joy, all those smiles, all that love, all that fun, all that laughter, all that play, all those adventures, all that magic.
It’s been tough. But the magic is as strong as ever, if not stronger.
SOME RESOURCES FOR YOU 🙂
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