thinking about lockdown
Lockdown by Wedding Photographer Natalie Martin. The up’s and the downs. Loosing creativity and finding it again.
As we head into 2022 I can’t help but look back at my time throughout lockdown.
Lockdown for me like most others was very hard. It started off rather lovely. We enjoyed some gorgeous weather and much needed family time. Our day consisted of walks, garden fun and games.
Then when my other half went back to work that was that. It was just me and my two kids. No matter how much I love them it’s not normal to spend months day in and day out together, with no breathing space!
I missed weddings more than I knew I would. I missed mixing with others and I missed the focus of work. My weddings went from 30 down to 3 in what felt like days and so did my motivation to do anything.
The one thing that kept me going was our garden and how lucky we were to have the space. The beautiful weather that came with the Spring/Summer lockdown. I picked up my camera one day and I felt like a new person, I felt revitalised!
I used the time to capture what I saw. The good, the bad and the ugly of everyday life. It was almost like a little personal project which gave me a focus.
I learnt quite a few things about myself that I didn’t know as I had time to reflect. Things like how little patience I have when trying to home school my seven year old.
I learned how when things are tough, in a house with two young children there is always a way to bring yourself out of it. A way to keep focusing on the positives.
I found myself having mum guilt a lot. It helped to pick up the phone and talk to my friends and family. This was an invaluable support network through hard times.
Lockdown by Wedding Photographer Natalie Martin