James Ward Photography: Blog https://www.jameswardphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) James Ward Photography (James Ward Photography) Mon, 27 Jul 2020 17:26:00 GMT Mon, 27 Jul 2020 17:26:00 GMT https://www.jameswardphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u82149839-o188472218-50.jpg James Ward Photography: Blog https://www.jameswardphotography.co.uk/blog 120 96 Witness the Fitness https://www.jameswardphotography.co.uk/blog/2020/7/witness-the-fitness Last week I had the pleasure of doing a fitness shoot with one of my daughter's friends @iz_fit_ . The shoot was a gift from Izzy's Mum as a reward for all her hard work and commitment to her school work during lockdown. Izzy had wanted to do a shoot to get content for her impressive Instagram feed and possible attract brands to offer sponsorship or ambassadorial roles.

I met Izzy and her mum at Westminster Lodge running track in St Albans Verulamium Park and we spent 2 fantastic hours making the most of the park's fitness facilities to show off Izzy's athleticism and dedication to her art. The first "warm up" shots were taken on the running track with Izzy moving through a series of stretching poses. I was both surprised and delighted at the ease at which she posed for the camera and how comfortable and totally in the zone she was.  This was the first time Izzy had taken part in a professional photoshoot but I could easily have been fooled into thinking she was a seasoned pro in front of the camera. 

After spending an hour at the running track and shooting a couple of different sets on the track and by the discus/ shot put nets, we moved on to the outdoor gym area of the park. This is where Izzy really came into her own and started clambering, climbing and holding the most amazing shapes and poses on the climbing wall and other available equipment. This is a girl who is at absolute ease with her physique, strength and ability and made my job easy!

If you are interested in your own fitness/portrait shoot, packages start just £75. Please email me at james@jameswardphotography.co.uk for more details

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Lockdown Memories Doorstep Portraits https://www.jameswardphotography.co.uk/blog/2020/5/lockdown-memories-doorstep-portraits Lockdown Memories Doorstep Portraits Project.

 

On 23rd March 2020 something unprecedented, unpredictable and totally beyond most people’s comprehension happened in the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister placed the entire country on lockdown, a phrase which will come to symbolise the events of this year.

While this announcement was felt on a national scale, it was the personal stories which emerged as a result of these monumental changes to life as we know it, that become most poignant.

As a professional photographer, furloughed from my job as a property photographer, I wanted to find a way to utilise my skillset, fill my time and, most importantly, raise money for the people who have come to be known as our modern day Superheroes – the NHS.

And so, the Lockdown Memories Doorstep Portraits Project was born, capturing a snapshot of life in lockdown and recording a little bit of history for everyone who takes part. Here was a way I could tap into the personal stories of the community in which I live, whilst raising money for the NHS and still respect social distancing measures.

To get the project started, I took a photograph of my own family in our front garden on Friday afternoon and posted it to Facebook, along with a brief description of the project and what I was hoping to achieve. I also set up a just giving fundraising page, for people to make donations to if they wished. Unsure of how the idea of having doorstep portraits taken would be received, I set a modest fundraising target of £500.

After a few hours of the Facebook post going live, it hadn’t really mustered any interest and I had a feeling that the project may be a non-starter. However, I was very wrong! Within 72 hours of the project being announced, the initial fundraising target of £500 had been smashed.

On the Saturday morning, I packed my camera and with the sun shining, set off to photograph the 1st of 5 families that had booked in for that day. It felt great that people wanted to be a part of the doorstep portraits project, and as much as I love my family, it was great to see and speak to different people. All the families, I photographed that day were excited to be involved in the project and were happy for me to use the photos on social media to help raise awareness. That afternoon I posted the photos from the day on Facebook and my partner Lauren sent a message to our streets WhatsApp group. Within a few hours I had 18 bookings for Sunday, the project was taking off!

Fast forward two weeks. Over 120 families photographed and over £2500 raised so far. I could not have imagined the support the project has received. I have been getting so many enquiries that I had to set up an online booking page. The project has also been featured on the blog of Sim Imaging, a supplier or wedding albums and photos books to the photographic industry. You can see the post here Sim Blog

At the time of writing this post we are awaiting an announcement from the government outlining the next stages of lockdown. I plan to continue the project for as long as lockdown restrictions are in place and see how far I can take it and how much can be raised for the NHS.

 

 

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