Super snapper Lucy Lake has been capturing special moments for families in lockdown.
The 31-year-old photographer was furloughed from her office job due to Covid-19, and is using her time off to brush up on her passion.
Lucy, from Hartshill, worked as a photographer for four years before taking on a team leader role in an office, but wants to reignite the spark for snapping with her Doorstep Project.
During her daily exercise or on the way to the supermarket, Lucy has been visiting families on their doorstep to take their portraits.
She said: “I used to work as a photographer at schools and for sports teams, but have since been working in an office as a team leader.
“I was furloughed six weeks ago, and instead of sitting at home, I wanted to do something quite positive.
“I decided to do the Doorstep Project a few weeks ago to get me back into photography. I’ve done them for family, friends, and now friends of friends too.”
Lucy has been arranging slots with people in the area and asking them to dress in bright, happy clothes.
The shoots take around five minutes with social distancing being adhered to. Lucy then emails the photos to families after they’ve been edited.
She added: “I thought it would be nice for the community as I’ve recently moved back to Hartshill and have lots of new neighbours.
“The shoots have been free of charge but if I do more I think it would be nice for people to give a donation to the NHS in return.
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“I keep my two-metre distance and it only takes about five minutes. It’s lovely to even include the painted rainbows that children have been making in support of the NHS.”
Lucy said that channeling her creativity into the project has had a positive impact on her mental wellbeing.
The photographer said: “It’s really given to something to concentrate on. I normally work 40 hours a week and photography is pushed to the weekend, then the weekend comes and you’re too tired to do it.
“It’s been nice to give people the chance to dress up, as a lot of people aren’t going out at all. Some people have newborns and been unable to attend planned shoots.
“I’m more than happy to do newborn shoots on the doorstep, or through a window. It’s nice for people to have a keepsake of this time.
“I usually gift my partner a collage of pictures every year, but we won’t have any this year, so I think these doorstep photos will be really treasured.”