A lockdown perspective from Kelly Bond Photography
The studio is quiet. No clients are allowed to visit for their photo session with their tiny newborns, or extended family. My Nikon D800 sits on its shelf, while my MacBook sees more light of the day at the moment. Lockdown and social distancing have limited my physical interaction with people, but my business has not stopped. There is always something to do, and this pandemic doesn’t make me a sitting duck waiting for it to pass and to be ‘back to work’.
I am using this time to update many business aspects that have taken a back seat while I have been non stop with sessions. The actual photography part of my job is absolutely the best bit without a doubt, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the other parts, and I am really excited to be working on the other parts as I get closer to officially opening the Kelly Bond Photography dedicated studio!
I wanted to share with you all the bits and bobs I have been up to during a particularly busy week. A lot of the week was spent here:
A new desk area was created, and my beautiful iMac set up so I could spend dedicated time on admin based activities rather than the hop on and quickly update social media snippets that I usually resort to.
Here I completed a multiple exciting things over a week:
- updated my blog with some tips on how to take your own pregnancy photos (click here to have a read)
- re-edited some images from a twin session and shared on social media (take a look on facebook or instagram)
- completed approximately 16 hours of training over the week through an AMAZING online summit covering so many aspects for my business
- updated areas of my website with more recent work, with special focus on the available cake smash sets I offer (take a look around the website – any questions, feel free to get in touch)
- registered Kelly Bond Photography on Google business. (one of those things I just hadn’t got round to!) So if you have had a session with me previously, I would appreciate a few minutes of your time to leave me a review on Google. Just type Kelly Bond Photography into Google and click on review. Thanks!
I had some deliveries of items I ordered ready for when clients can come back – how gorgeous are these tones?!
I’m also thrilled to have come across a gorgeous local business for little softies for the babies and received this lovely order from Snuggly bundles.
Extra curricular activities
(but definitely no less significant)
- Entertained, fed and watered my 3 children (aged 9, 7 and 4), successfully keeping them alive Mon-Thurs without another pair of adult hands to help. Fairly proud of myself! Big shout out to single parents – you are heroes! My husband has now been furloughed so thankfully I do now have some extra help (hence finally writing this blog!)
- Wrote letters with my children to family members and posted them. This is something I really recommend to do with your children. In years to come, future generations will research the time when the world went into lockdown, and your real life experiences of it through letters to each other can be handed down over generations.
- Participated in the weekly street meet ups involving dancing twice a week, and a Friday fashion show with homemade outfits. You can see the extent of this fun on this blog – click here.
- Interviewed for Mix96, our local radio station, who wanted to feature a story about the positive effect lockdown has had on our street. You can find the article here.
- Lastly, I run a daily photography game for my Facebook followers which is an outlet for you to challenge your creativity with the guidance of a word of the day – all ages welcome, you just need to be able to take a photo. I would love you to join us. Just visit my page and join in however often you like – word of the day (mostly) announced at 10am each day (unless I get distracted by the juggling of homeschooling activities!)
Thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet sharing my ramblings of a busy week for me. I plan to have many more busy weeks as I put focus into this photography business that I love so much. It is such a dream job, to make such precious memories for special times in your life; I am very eager to open the studio doors to welcome clients and meet your new family members.
Stay safe and well.
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