I hope everyone had a good weekend. Today I am coming to you with a different type of post which I felt was the right time to post. The whole lockdown ordeal was a bit of a rollercoaster for everyone. However with restrictions lifting and a new normal coming into place I think its safe to say that lockdown is hopefully a thing of the past *fingers crossed*. I wanted to look back through my black and white camera roll and show you the different phases of lockdown that we had.
And even though I am happy that we can venture into the cities, meet friends and go out for food, I actually didn’t mind lockdown in a sense. I won’t say I am grateful for it, however there have been a few silver linings.
First up, the photo above was taken on top of ‘The Beacon’ which is the moors near where I live. This was the second week into lockdown and my mum, my brother and I walked up it on our daily walk. We weren’t sure whether it would be allowed, three people out together as we are talking strict lockdown at this point. However at the beginning of lockdown I would religiously go for a walk every day.
I also had to include a shot of the Wagamamas takeaway me and my boyfriend had. We saw each other the weekend before lockdown and had a takeaway and movie weekend. Little did we know the day after he left we would be in lockdown. I was really naive to think that lockdown would only be a few weeks and then we would see each other again. But in reality we went nearly four months not seeing each other so least we had a good send off.
At the beginning of lockdown I got really inspired by the FaceTime photoshoots that kept popping up on Instagram. I think they were a fun way to experiment and adapt with the situation we were in. I played around with the idea with my friend Rosie, however I know Sarah Ellen Photography did some absolutely gorgeous ones!
Lockdown also made me appreciate what I had around me. There are some gorgeous country lanes really close by and I have never walked them before. I also ran along them a lot as they were really quiet… but the hills... my god!
VE Day was a little bit different to what everyone might have imagined it to be. But it was a lovely day and it was the first sort of ‘normal day’. By no means was it normal as we had a socially distanced street party. However we got to socialise with neighbours and just celebrate the bank holiday. Someone in the street was playing 1940s style music, and we sat drinking pimms in the sun until the evening.
I spent a lot of time doing self-care and really mastering that skincare routine. My skin is so sensitive so if I do too much my skin will break out. But I have had the opportunity to find out what works and what doesn’t.
I have done a hell of a lot of baking during lockdown. From brownies, to cookies, to cinnamon rolls to cakes you name it. I even did a breakfast morning for my family where we had homemade pain au chocolate and American style pancakes.
The next photo is when I went on a walk and it was on one of the hottest days of the spring. I did a big H&M order just in time because this weekend was quite warm. I also got my new phone so I just had to test out the camera on it.
The first beach trip just hit so differently this year. Normally we would have been in the sea in March. However because of lockdown we had to wait. And we were a little skeptical because of all the news reports talking about beaches being absolutely flocked with people. But we are lucky to have some really quiet beaches near where I live so we have been able to take advantage of that.
I am actually quite frustrated at myself because I haven’t physically been in the water yet, and usually I am always in the sea when I go to the beach. But the first time at the beach just felt SO GOOD. It really makes you realise what you take for granted without even realising.
Unfortunately over lockdown we lost my Grandad. You don’t realise how different and hard it is losing someone during this time especially, until it happens. With funeral restrictions and social distancing, me and my brother were lucky to even be in the crematorium for his funeral. We had another service this past weekend for him, and despite everything its been lovely seeing family come together.
During lockdown I have been adapting to a new way of shooting content. I have actually really enjoyed seeing everyone else adapting and creating home content. And at the start of this post, where I mentioned silver linings, I believe this had been one. I have been able to reevaluate how I take my photos, how I want them to look, and what content I enjoy creating. But I won’t go on too much about this because I have spoken about it on the blog before.
Finally, coming out of lockdown has been a bliss to look back on. Starting to meet up with friends, and family friends. Going to the beach with my gran who has now joined our ‘bubble’ too. Its the little things this time last year we would just do. And now when we can start doing them again, they just mean a lot more.
And I had to chuck in a photo of some wine because I feel like I have just drunk more wine then ever before during lockdown and I have no guilt about that either.
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I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandad; hope you’re okay lovely. These are some gorgeous shots – and really capture the essence of your lockdown. Thank you for sharing these; they look wonderful. I love the idea of FaceTime photoshoots too!
Paige // Paige Eades
Thank you so much Paige!
Sorry for the lost of your Granddad, I am so happy your family were able to see him off during these crazy times. I hadn’t seen my boyfriend in that same length of time. It is amazing what we had taken for granted. Your photos are gorgeous as always. I hope you are doing ok : ) xo
Thank you! Hope you are doing okay too!
Wow that must have been a bit of shock for you and your BF. And yes indeed you do have some great country lanes around you. So glad you can get to discover them. And I am sorry you lost your granddad that is never easy. Lets all hope that 2021 will be a better year…
Yes lets hope it will be! Thank you so much!
I love black and white photos. You could literally photograph the grass, but in black and white it looks so much more interesting xo
Ahah yes that is so true!
Really good post Emily xx but I suppose I am biased
Thank you xxx
Love all the black and white photos but I’m sorry to hear about your granddad
Thank you xx
Such Lovely photos!
Thank you Christina!
Wow… lovely pictures 🙂
Beauty and fashion/Rampdiary
These photos are beautiful! I like that you slowed down to enjoy the important things in life.
Thank you so much!
I’m so sorry to heard about your granddad- it’s tough to say goodbye any time, but especially during a scary period like lockdown. I’m glad things are slowly opening up for you! We’re still experiencing a surging of cases in my area- what I wouldn’t give to be able to escape to a little deserted beach! 🙂
Le Stylo Rouge
Ahh no! I hope you stay safe!!
Carina | https://carinazz.blogspot.com/
Thank you so much!
This is such an interesting take on the lockdown! I think seeing the photos in black and white almost makes the lockdown more bearable!
☼ cabin twenty-four
Yes that is so true!
Loving the black and white photo style! It really brings out textures and depth and evokes almost a nostalgic mood.
Eileen | http://www.yesmissy.com
Yes! I do love a good black and white edit!
This is such a great post and a lovely way to look back at everything we went through in lockdown! I’m so sorry to hear about your grandad though Emily, I’m sending you lots of love!
Thank you Grace!
I like these black and white photos. They look like editorial from magazine. You are so talented.
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Thank you so much! most of them were taken on my phone!
All of these photos are so beautiful, the black & white feels so editorial! I’m so sorry for your loss too, it’s such a terrible thing to go through during a normal time, but with the current circumstances it can be so much harder. I hope you’re doing well, sending you love! 🙂
Thank you so much Melissa x
This was such a lovely post and I am so sorry to hear about your granddad. Hope you are doing better, wishing you the best.
Mish | https://latteswithmish.com
Thank you so much Mish x
These photos are absolutely gorgeous! It’s making me wish that I had taken more photos during the course of the lockdown!
B&W adds such a beautiful touch of drama to even the most ordinary photographs! Your editing is absolutely on point as well! 🙌
Thank you so so much!
I love your photography. I just find your blog randomly and now you gained a new followers. I hope you re ok. x
Ahh thank you so much! You too Marie!
I feel so sorry for you…… It’s really a hard time when our relatives die…. Also this pandemic has made it worse……
All your images and content are beautiful…..
This is my first visit to your blog and I’m certain I’ll be visiting frequently….
JENISH | https://knowafactfromj.blogspot.com
Thank you so much Jenish that really means a lot!
You’re looks so good even in black and white!
Thanks for sharing
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I’m also suffer much in this pandemic too. I lost almost every things, then I started it over from zero. I’m not sure about the future, but we have to take it positivity! Think positive! All the best ❤️
Thanks for sharing
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Yes thinking positive is the most important part!