Urmston family photographer {Leanne, Andy + Ozzy’s doorstep shoot + lockdown interview}

As part of May’s doorstep shoots, I asked families about their own unique experience of lockdown. I wanted to build up a little collection of our different memories and experiences of this strange old time – hopefully a meaningful little ray of sunshine amongst all this chaos. Many families answered these and they’ve been so heartwarming to read! I’m sharing them on the blog during June, and I really hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

I’ll hand you over to the lovely Leanne!



What has lockdown looked like for you and your family?

It has been a bit of a juggle at times, with both Andy and I working from home and a 2 year old to look after we’ve had to split our days and pick up extra work in the evening. When Friday comes around we’re both absolutely wiped!


Favourite lockdown activities?

We’ve spent a lot of time in the garden as the weather has been so nice, it’s been a life saver with Ozzy and I really enjoy gardening so it’s been a little project.



Most memorable / moving / thought-provoking lockdown moment?

We’ve had Andy’s 40th during lockdown. I was really worried it was going to be a let down for him , but I was so touched at how everyone made an effort to get cards and gifts to him. We had friends turn up on the door step to say hi, a very drunken zoom party and all our neighbours came out to sing Happy Birthday and have a beer with him. He said it was one of the best birthdays he’s had!


Funniest lockdown moment?

We were watching Normal People one evening and caught our neighbour peering through the window with a shocked look on his face! Obviously it was during one of the very sexy scenes, I’m convinced he thinks we were watching porn!



Most joyful lockdown moment?

I don’t think I’ve got one clear moment, but it’s been so lovely to spend so much time with Ozzy and see how much he’s developing and coming on. He knows so much now and has a new word every day!


What do you most want to remember about this time right now?

How nice it’s been to spend time in our little family unit and how well we’ve got on and how we’ve dealt with it. We’re a good team!



Has lockdown changed you, either as individuals or as a family?

I don’t think so. We’ve probably had to be a bit more tolerant with each other, learn how to plan our time and be understanding of each other a bit more.


Aside from the obvious of being able to see your family and friends again, what are you most looking forward to in life after lockdown?

A holiday!! I’m really looking forward to when social distancing is over, whenever that it is. I hate not being able to get close to other people and having to think about how far you are from people in the street or in the shops. It feels so unnatural and awkward. The idea of crossing the road to get away from someone just goes against my nature. I just want to give everyone a great big hug!!



Thanks so much to Leanne, Andy + Ozzy for brightening up my own lockdown, I had a blast!






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Because the best stories are always the real ones… So many of these magical little adventures happen to us and our families every day, often without us really stopping to appreciate them. This free Facebook group is a little project set up to encourage us to regularly record, honour and enjoy images of our own family’s precious everyday stories.




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Take care folks and enjoy those lovely families of yours!

Anna 🙂

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