Successful local photographer, Cheryl Catton, has turned her eye to documenting the lives of Woking’s residents during lockdown.
As part of her new ‘Project Doorstep’ initiative, Cheryl is busily capturing the impact of this unprecedented period using stunning imagery – and all while raising money for a great local cause. Cheryl, who lives in Horsell, is donating all proceeds from Project Doorstep to Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.
Cheryl usually photographs pregnant mums-to-be, newborns, families, headshots and events, but had to temporarily close her business due to Covid-19. She started documenting life in lockdown for her own family, before deciding to make the best use of her skills, by capturing memories for other families, whilst helping others in need.
“Working as a professional photographer locally, I had a huge desire to capture this extraordinary, historical period in our lives. These five-minute sessions involve capturing portraits of families right on their doorsteps, whilst also adhering to social distancing rules,” said Cheryl.
“The portraits provide families with a unique and memorable way to mark this unprecedented period – and it’s a great way to raise much-needed funds for a fantastic local charity.”
Woking & Sam Beare Hospice and Wellbeing Care is a patient-led charity that delivers specialist palliative care to people who have advanced life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their carers and families. Each year, its hardworking staff care for around 2,000 patients and their families.
“A couple of years ago, I helped one of my photographer friends with some family mini-sessions at her local hospice. The experience was humbling. Meeting so many incredible families really put life into perspective for me and it left me wanting to try and help. When lockdown hit, as I was unable to offer Woking Hospice mini sessions, I decided to try and raise money for them instead.”
Cheryl, who has already raised almost £500 for the charity photographing families as well as local businesses, is hoping to share her images in some way, either in a special exhibition, book or blog, as well as contributing images to the council as a record of Woking’s exceptional community spirit in these difficult times.
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