Through Lockdown we witnessed a host of photographers take to their neighbourhoods to create family portraits, socially distanced with families in their gardens and at home. We caught up with Blackpool Photographer Zoe Taylor to find out about her Doorstep Portraits series.
Q. Along with the images you have sent, can you please explain your work and the different individuals that you have taken doorstep portraits of?
A. It has been really interesting to find out about people’s lives in lockdown and to capture a relaxed style portrait. There have been some great characters and stories too. I often encourage people to try and bring some of their personalities to the photos. These have been particularly fun, involving pets, horses, showgirl outfits and musical instruments.
Q. Why do you think doorstep photography has been so popular?
A. It has been an unusual and difficult time for everyone, so spreading some positivity and helping friends and families to connect online has certainly contributed to the success of doorstep portraits. There has been a great response to the photographs I have shared on social media
There have also been some fab historical moments, including birthday and anniversary celebrations. So it has been great to document these happy occasions in people’s lives.
We have been raising money for a good cause in the process too. 50% of sales profits are donated to the Streetlife Charity Trust.
Q. Are you based in Blackpool? Do you only offer the doorstep photos there?
A. Being based in Blackpool, the doorstep portraits began locally. Since restrictions have relaxed, I have now extended further afield, including Cleveleys, Thornton and St Anne’s areas.
Q. What typestyle of doorstep photos have you been doing?
A. Every home has a front door, so doorstep portraits are for everyone. Over the past few months I have met lots of amazing people, families and couples.
Q. You generally might focus on wedding photography, was there a moment when you were worried or concerned when weddings began to cancel cancel?
A. Lockdown saw all weddings postponed for the foreseeable future. This has been difficult for couples who, like us, had been really looking forward to their special day.
The wedding industry will recover and we hope on reflection that documentary photography might be considered even more important in people’s lives.
Missing wedding action has been a challenge but we are looking forward to all our future amazing weddings to come. We have a feeling that the post-lockdown parties will be extra special.
Q. What else have you been doing to occupy yourself in lockdown?
A. During lockdown, I have been keeping busy doing the things most wedding photographers put off. Website updates, writing blogs, networking, marketing and social media.
Keeping fit has been a personal goal. When the good times roll again, we want to be wedding-ready.
Creating macramé wall hangings and experimenting with hand-dyed clothing has also been a welcome creative outlet.
Q. When do you think you will return to wedding photography and do you think you will expand to doing family portraits, or is it just something you are doing only in lockdown?
A. lockdown is lifted the doorstep portraits project will likely come to an end. We are documentary wedding photographers covering the UK. We also offer fun lifestyle and engagement shoots. At the moment our next wedding is scheduled for the Autumn, and I can’t wait!
Find out more about Zoe Taylor and ZT Photography here https://www.ztphotography.co.uk/
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