Gallery: 34 images chronicling Cheshire life in lockdown
PUBLISHED: 13:04 19 June 2020 | UPDATED: 08:43 22 June 2020
Sarah Jane King
Louise Cuppello and Sarah Jane King capture this unprecedented time in history
Cheshire's doorstep photographers
'The first picture I captured was this intimate moment of Mrs Potter quietly doing a jigsaw becuase there was nothing else to do.' Picture by Sarah Jane King
A thoughful portrait of Maureen Sayers looking out of the window of her home. Picture by Sarah Jane King
Grigor Shorley-Smith playing the piano in the front room of his home. Picture by Sarah Jane Smith
Special newborn moments were captured on camera by Sarah Jane King including those with sister Skyler and Sophia Shepherd and their new sibling
A picture speaks a thousand words for this young school girl, Farrah Armitage. Picture by Sarah Jane King.
Harriet Bollard bounces past the window of her home. Picture by Sarah Jane King.
Tent tales: many families have taken to camping in their gardens including this duo with their dog, Sammy. Picture by Sarah Jane King.
A typical famly lockdown? Scott, Maddie, Connie and Helen Pearson embraced the humour of life in lockdown. Picture by Sarah Jane King.
Newborn moments: Sarah Jane King captures this tender moment for this new family. Skyler, Sophia, baby Theo, Mariana and Jordan Shepherd
Boy's best friend? A tender moment between Will Scott and dog, Jack. Picture by Sarah Jane King.
More times with your prized pets has been one positive of lockdown. Sarah Jane King captured Stanley relaxing in the sun
Making memories: the Ennis family are smiling through lockdown. Picture by Sarah Jane King.
Treasured meetings: this grandfather meets his new grandchild for the first time. Picture by Sarah Jane King.
Treasured meetings: grandmother Pam Abadi meets her new grandchild Theo for the first time. Picture by Sarah Jane King
All smiles for the camera and Sarah Jayne as she captured her local community in lockdown. Picture by Sarah Jane King.
Adam is a well know athlete and is locked down in beautiful Bollington with his wife Kelly and three children. Picture by Louise Cuppello
Claire pictured with her children. Happiness on a doorstep. Picture by Louise Cuppello
Craig, Steph and children - I like the pedestrianised street outside of their home. Picture by Louise Cuppello
Demi and Robbie with friends. I love documentary style photography. Lockdown in terrace houses seems to capture that perfectly. I love the neighbourly feel of this image. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
I loved the happiness in this photo, it's my favourite couple photograph. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
Cheers to brighter times: Tamsin Coves raises a glass to neighbours. Picture by Sarah Jane King.
Laura and family: Laura's mum had been staying in lockdown so I documented her birthday drinks in the front garden. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
Lisa, Paddy, Jessica and Simon the sausage dog. This is was one of my favourite images as I feel it really portrays a neighbourly feel in lockdown, plus the houses are very rustic and pretty. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
Goostrey residents Lydia and Christian. I love their thatched cottage. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
Matt and Amy Mellor were due to be married so decided to don their wedding attire for the shoot. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
Naomi and Jonathan in Holmes Chapel. I really liked the humour of this photograph of bearing marriage but having fun during lockdown. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
The Birchenall family, I love the vintage feel to this image. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
The Bolton family with Simon the sausage dog in Wilmslow. A log of people wanted their family pet in the photograph. I have photographed so many sausage dogs. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
The Edgley family welcomed their second child during lockdown. This is such a tender moment. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
The Walvin family captured through the window of their home. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
The Webb family had their baby just before lockdown. I was lucky to be able to capture their first family photo. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
The Woodside-Covertry family pictured in a beautiful field attached to their house. Pictured by Louise Cuppello.
The happiness of this image of Victoria and Marc outside their Congleton home shines through. Picture by Louise Cuppello.
Knutsford-based Louise Cuppello, who runs The Bride Tribe, has loved photography since she got her first Polaroid camera, aged nine. She left her career as cabin crew for Monarch Airlines and now captures weddings and families and creates gorgeous images. She has been doing doorstep portraits throughout lockdown to raise money for Middlewich and District Food Bank. So far, she has raised more than £1,000.
“The main reason I started was to document life during Covid-19 while trying to raise funds for people less fortunate than ourselves. I started with a donation to NHS Charities at first but then realised there were other charities who may not have been getting that same kind of support. Middlewich and District Food Bank felt right. Everyone has felt the impact of coronavirus but I really wanted to try and help those people who might be without such a basic thing as food.
“I first started shooting locally but then as the lockdown eased, I was able to go further afield to Hale, Macclesfield and Congleton. I’ve been blown away by how people have reacted to the project – the communities have really come together to help each other. I’ve photographed babies just weeks old, met so many fur babies and sausage dogs, including a particularly lovely one called Simon, couples who dug out their wedding attire for the shoot, others who were supposed to be getting married, and neighbours who are now firm friends.
“Among my favourites, though, were the families who welcomed new babies. These first moments navigating life with a newborn, and babies meeting grandparents for the first time felt incredibly special to be a part of. The whole experience has been wonderful. I feel as though together, as a community, we have documented a part of history that can never be rewritten. Every doorstep I visited was so unique and inspiring and I’m proud to have been a part of a project of positivity that has not only brought people together and filled me with happiness and hope but has also raised money for people in real need.”
Visit gofundme.com/f/doorstep-photographs-for-the-food-bank to donate
A different view of Tatton: Life in lockdown at the Cheshire estate
Sarah Jane King, Sarah Jane King PhotographySarah, who also lives in Knutsford, has turned her lockdown photography into an exhibition, Life in Lockdown, with donations going to Cheshire Community Foundation’s Knutsford Fund and Covid-19 Appeal.
“It started earlier on in lockdown when we could only go out for one hour of exercise. I used to go out every day with my son for a bike ride and I started to take photographs of small, quiet moments of people in their homes. I wanted to capture the lives of people in Knutsford, the teddies in windows and the pets who were getting many people through.
“I was really inspired and curious about how people were surviving lockdown and managing their lives, not only dealing with the enormity of the situation at hand but their ability to be creative, pass the time and still connect. The first picture I got was of a woman sitting quietly, with all the time in the world, doing a jigsaw. I caught her in silhouette, and I was really pleased with it.
“What would ordinarily be a challenge for a photographer, trying to take pictures on bright sunny days and lots of reflections through windows, has been one of the joys of the project as seeing what is reflected in the windows of people’s houses has also given an idea of lockdown life.
“I also shot Knutsford Royal May Day pictures of people, taken safely while they were in their homes or gardens, and they really embraced the fun and community spirit of it. What has been really special for me is capturing on camera those special moments that make you smile and laugh, as well as reflect. I feel as if we all know each other a little better and we’re doing something for the good of the community, not just as people, but supporting the Cheshire Community Foundation which is doing so much. It’s been a wonderful experience.”
Visit cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk to donate