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Doorstep 'porchtraits' offer a glimpse of life during lockdown




Pets, newborn babies, the odd glass of wine, avid gamers and smiling faces – these pictures give a snapshot of life during lockdown across the region.

Photographers whose normal work has dried up as a result of the pandemic have been out and about capturing doorstep portraits, otherwise known as ‘porchtraits’.

Neil Baxter, Beckie Egan and Tom Soper have been in great demand after offering to photograph what they describe as a unique moment in time.

Holly Jay Lewin and son Blake, who celebrated his birthday in lockdown. Picture by Neil Baxter Photography. (34858520)
Holly Jay Lewin and son Blake, who celebrated his birthday in lockdown. Picture by Neil Baxter Photography. (34858520)

Neil Baxter, of Bury St Edmunds, usually spends his time photographing weddings but he headed out with his camera again once lockdown rules were eased last week.

He said while he was happy to take standard doorstep portraits, he had particularly enjoyed visiting those families which had got creative depicting their life during the pandemic.

Neil photographed one family where the daughter had embraced home baking, the son had barely got off his games console and the mum had enjoyed the odd tipple.

Helen took to the wine as Eva took over the kitchen and Joe can't get off his games console (34858512)
Helen took to the wine as Eva took over the kitchen and Joe can't get off his games console (34858512)

Or there was Brandon couple Emily and Connor Woodger, who he first photographed in Mexico when they married a few years ago. Last week, he revisited them and met five-month-old Amelia, who survived coronavirus last month.

Neil’s first shoot was of a couple celebrating their seventh wedding anniversary – who he also photographed on their wedding day.

“I’ve loved taking pictures of those who want to tell their lockdown story, where they have taken a bad situation and embraced it,” said Neil.

Emily and COnnor with Amelia, five-month-old Covid-19 survivor. Picture by Neil Baxter Photography (34858490)
Emily and COnnor with Amelia, five-month-old Covid-19 survivor. Picture by Neil Baxter Photography (34858490)

“I’ve had requests from all over for me to come and take doorstep pictures, even as far afield as Norwich.”

Neil is asking for a £10 donation per shoot, with all proceeds going to My WiSH charity.

Get in touch with Neil through his Facebook Wedding Photography by Neil Baxter page or at neilbaxterphotography.com

irsty & Tim and their 4 day old baby girl - Elmswell. Picture by Beckie Egan (34840040)
irsty & Tim and their 4 day old baby girl - Elmswell. Picture by Beckie Egan (34840040)

Wedding and family portrait photographer Beckie Egan has been cycling from her home to families in Stowmarket, Needham Market and surrounding villages as her daily exercise throughout lockdown.

On her busiest day – VE Day – she photographed 17 families and witnessed plenty of street parties and jubilation along the way.

“It has been amazing. I thought at the start I would just be taking photos, but you get little glimpses into people’s lives – and there has been so much joy,” said Beckie.

Electra and family. Picture by Beckie Egan (34840162)
Electra and family. Picture by Beckie Egan (34840162)

Her youngest subject was a four-day old baby, while she has also photographed 24 dogs, four birthdays and one would-have-been-wedding day.

Requesting a £10 donation per family, she has already raised more than £900 which will be split between The Mix, in Stowmarket, and Stowmarket and area foodbank.

Now, she is hoping to reach £1,000, which will mean she has photographed 100 families.

Tracy and Barry. Picture by Beckie Egan (34840272)
Tracy and Barry. Picture by Beckie Egan (34840272)

For more information, contact Beckie through Facebook at Beckie Egan Photography or at www.beckieegan.co.uk

Tom Soper has concentrated his efforts on Victoria Street, in Bury St Edmunds, and hopes to compile some sort of record of life in the street during lockdown.

“It has been great. By the end of this week I will have photographed about 30 houses. This is such an unbelievable unique time,” he said.

Ross, Gemma and Seb. Picture by Tom Soper (34840440)
Ross, Gemma and Seb. Picture by Tom Soper (34840440)

For more information, go to www.tomsoperphotography.com/


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