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Socially Distancing PORTRAIT Photography…

Socially distancing portrait photography is going to be around for a while, so I thought I’d best embrace it.

During the lockdown I have taken my camera out on my exercise walks and documented the changing world around me, I’ve listened to entertaining podcasts on surviving and thriving, I’ve watched webinars on marketing, editing and photographing and I’ve not been within 2 metres of any other humans other than my wife and daughter that lives at home.

Now exercise and lockdown restrictions have been eased, I feel comfortable photographing families and children whilst adhering to social distancing safety measures. I’ve spent 8 weeks keeping me and my family safe, I’m not going to risk me, my family or your health by doing anything stupid.

This is a momentary pause and a reduction in the everyday frenzy of life. There is a heightened appreciation of the things we have failed to value highly enough. Initially in an uncertain whirlwind of fear and anxiety we lifted down memory boxes (this sounds better that biscuit tins and cellophane flip albums) and flicked through old photographs, like the world was ending and we wanted one last look at the good times we had been a part of. I’m not going to mention the lovely benefits of passing round actual printed photographs rather than sharing screens, if you know you know.

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I have the best job in the world, this is a fact and it’s not open to debate, but how can I work the way I’ve always worked with my wings clipped. I need to embrace the new normal and learn how to adapt and change, without compromising any of my skill set and experience.

the pessimist complains about the wind, the realist adjusts the sails. William Arthur Ward

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Anybody who has been in front of my camera will know that I will never compromise when it comes to the quality of my images, doorstep snaps will be short lived and as professional portrait photographers we will return to capturing the most natural images, but without any physical connection. The best possible lighting and the most flattering composition are skills that are second nature to me. Social distancing portrait photography is a new way of working and I’m looking forward to stepping up to the challenge.

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I’ve been meeting people at predetermined locations and my old normal reaction would be to shake hands with the adults and high five the children, or have my finger gripped by a baby (got to be one of the best feelings ever).

Hand sanitiser, check – No touching my face, check – Instruct models from a distance, check – Talk a little louder due to 2 metre distance, check and be as friendly and welcoming as I’ve always been, check…

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COVID 19 will not kill my business

Thankfully I have plenty of loyal friends who want me to work with them and they trust me to adhere to all the current guidelines. If you’ve never been in front of my camera, you can be certain that during these strange times I am definitely safely winging it.

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Social media reminds me to wish you happy birthday as another year goes by. Time is something we have all been made very much aware of as the days, weeks and months pass us by. If you’ve been putting off having a family or children’s portrait taken, maybe now is the time to organise it. If you need a haircut and some beautifying before you dare step in front of my camera, why not buy a gift voucher (this gives you 12 months to get yourself tiptop).

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A life lived in fear is a life half lived…

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Thank You for trusting me and working with me during this new learning curve, the new normal…

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I’m hoping to return to my studio in June, if you’d like to book a socially distancing portrait please email studio@garywalsh.co.uk

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Social distancing is something we have to do together…

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