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Bagshot photographer captures life in lockdown with doorstep portraits of families

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Bagshot photographer captures life in lockdown with doorstep portraits of families

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 6:00am 5th May 2020.

A Bagshot wedding photographer is getting creative during her daily exercise to document what life is like during the coronavirus outbreak.  

Lauren Henson is taking photos of families in lockdown on their doorstep while she stands two metres away. 

She says it has been a great way to meet people in her community without breaking social distancing rules. 

doorstep photography during coronavirus lockdown


Lauren told Eagle Radio that so far she has captured some heartwarming moments including taking photos of a couple on what would have been their wedding day - as well as other special occasions: 

"I had a lady the other day who really wanted to book a maternity shoot but obviously can't now.

"She was so grateful that she could document her pregnancy some way, even just on her doorstep.

"I saw a lovely couple who had their ruby wedding anniversary.

"They dressed up in a tuxedo, full-length dress and had champagne and it was really lovely to see." 

Lauren, like many self-employed people, has been unable to work as the coronavirus outbreak has cancelled or postponed weddings. 

She is happy to be back behind the camera, and say she has had great feedback: 

"The families I have met have been so lovely.

"They say that it's lifted their spirits for that day

"That it's given them a reason to put on a pair of jeans or brush their hair.

"For me especially to get out and meet the neighbourhood. I live on my own so its really good to get out and have a conversation." 

doorstep photography during coronavirus lockdown
doorstep photography during coronavirus lockdown

As well as her doorstop photography Lauren has also been taking other photos of life in lockdown, like empty streets and coronavirus signs in shops.

She will submit them to the Surrey History Centre and is hoping to get her photos published into a book.