It’s no secret that the COVID-19 virus is having a drastic impact on our society. From both a personal and economical standpoint, it feels like changes are coming to us on a daily basis. Because of this, I wanted to document what these changes meant for our family. Not only to show what life looks like while being stuck at home (for us) but also to give me a reason to stay behind the camera as more and more weddings are being rescheduled. What began as a day of taking pictures quickly turned into a 50-day photography Bootcamp.
Self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic looks different for every family. What started as a project to show the changes that may occur during this time, quickly reminded me how resilient kids are when the world around them zigs instead of zags. Because our son couldn’t play with his friends, he made new imaginary playmates and found make-believe games to entertain himself. Walks around the block turned into ninja adventures and bath time became a prehistoric event.
I quickly realized that I wasn’t actually documenting life-altering changes. Instead, I was documenting the everyday possibilities of a child. The ups and downs of everyday life. So in my attempt to document historic and unique changes, I realized that every day is a historic event filled with unique moments we can never get back. We don’t need a pandemic in order to appreciate, document, and cherish the little things that happen around us on a daily bases.
50 Days of Quarantine Slideshow
Below is a slideshow of my favorite images from the 50 days set to some nice music. Hit the full-screen button, hit play, then kick back and enjoy. If you want to see the full set of images from all 50 days, feel free to start scrolling!
The arrival of our new daughter, Ryken, has slowed down my ability to edit and post daily. But the shooting continues forward. Slowly but surely.
Photography Gear Used
For all the photography nerd like myself that are curious, the gear I used for this self-assignment was a single Sony A9. This camera is equipped with an amazing silent shutter. This allows me to capture images without broadcasting to our son that I’m taking pictures.
As for lens choice, the first two days I used a Tamron 20mm f2.8 lens that I have on loan for review. This lens was great for giving that wide-angle view while still allowing me a close focus distance. For the rest of the days, I opted to change over to my Sony 24mm f1.4 G-Master lens. This still allowed me a wide-angle of view but with much more light-gathering power. This was more important to me than the extra 4mm frame of view.
Aside from the camera and lens, I also used an off-camera light for a very small amount of images and only on a couple of the days. This was in part to create something a little more eye-catching and also just to help me change things up from a shooting aspect to give me some variety. The lights I used are from Light and Motion and are the Stella 2000, Stella 5000 Pro. and Stella CLx8. The “what you see is what you get” quality of these lights makes them ideal for quick in the moment setups. They are also water resilient and the 2000 and 5000 Pro can also be fully submerged into water.
Where Is This Going
I would like this project to not only be a glimpse into what life is like during the COVID-19 pandemic. but also as motivation for all of you taking the time to read this.
The current struggle we are faced with is a unique moment in time and it was a great motivator for me to start documenting our everyday life. But the truth is, I have always felt that real-life family moments were extremely important to document. So while the life of being self-quarantined is a historic event, the reality is that every single day of your life is a historic event. Every day is filled with moments you will never get back. Events that will shape what your family looks like in the future. So I encourage every one of you to start taking more real-life images of your home life. I also encourage you to bring in an outside photographer to document your life from time to time as well. When your kids look back at images, they want to see you in front of the camera as well.