There’s no doubt in my mind that we will all remember 2020 as a year when we all had to learn, adapt, accept a new way of life. Covid19 has affected each and every home across the world with devastating effects on each and every one. From various mental health implications and anxieties, general life adjustments to serious economics issues and most of all the uncertainties of what the future will hold for us all.
As a makeup artist my working world has been tipped completely upside down. My usual role is to be with my lovely clients creating beautiful looks whilst at a very close proximity throughout the application of all the skincare and makeup. However as you all know this is something that is unheard of during the majority of 2020, there is no way I can continue my job as it was for the time being with social distancing.
I’ve had to put my thinking cap on and learn how to pivot, so during the lockdown I decided that I would offer private one to one virtual makeup lessons to help women who wanted to feel good about themselves again and pick up some tips and advice along the way. I felt that, myself including, we had all decided to not make an effort with our appearance anymore as other than our walks we had nowhere to go besides our own four walls. The lessons were such fun, connecting with women from all over for an hour or so via Zoom, Skype and Facetime to create some news ideas. Most of all though it was great to reach out and enjoy each other’s company whilst taking the time to practice some make-up self care and get a bit creative!
I struck up a conversation about this with my uber talented friend Danny Lowe whilst he was deciding how to evolve into a new role too for himself in these challenging times. As a photographer he faces many of the same issues as our creative industries are halted. Luckily part of the beauty of what is happening currently is people coming together and taking care of each other and Danny has started capturing just that by photographing family lives behind the safety of a window.
We decided that as we were both in the creative community that we would focus on showcasing that first with a collection of images of families who were from similar artistic backgrounds, I was delighted to be included in that bracket. The collection of images gave the women a real boost of confidence to have a moment in the day to get made up and document their strength. Not to mention the unity it creates to have your family together, laughing and enjoying the novelty of this special shoot being photographed through a window in their own home. The joy, the unity and the pride of the families in our community really shine through in this collection and will be important to each of us as a way to look back on what we all went through, together. I hope you enjoy them and more importantly that you all stay safe, at home if you can!