Who could’ve imagined that to celebrate 10 years of being a wedding and family videographer I’d essentially be out of work and creating my own personal vlogs and family films to keep busy during a pandemic lockdown…?

Who could’ve also predicted as someone who used to hate school I’d be in charge of my 5 year olds learning and attempting our version of homeschool…?

Life has suddenly become very different for some of us. Especially our little ones who find themselves home with parents trying to juggle life! Who knew Zoom ‘Show and Tells’ with school friends would also be a thing…?

young girl in bedroom having a video call in lockdown

We may’ve found the first few weeks challenging trying to find our new ‘normal’. Lee working from home full time and me trying to keep up with the admin side of a wedding videography business can be full on juggling at times. But now things are definitely in a better ‘balance’ and I’m even finding time to capture a bit of our own family life in photos…

dad and daughter cuddle and read together

empty a59 in burscough lancashire during lockdown

self portrait of mum and daughter baking at home during lockdown

As well as create my own personal family films too.

Personal Family Videography and Photography – Lockdown Life

As a family photographer and videographer I find it WAY easier documenting other families lives as you can sit back and watch for the moments and connections. It’s a lot different watching it as a parent and still trying to parent whilst trying to be a film-maker too.

However now I have the time to be patient and wait for the moments. There’s not that rushed feeling to try and capture our life as well as other families. I leave my camera out and nearby, just in case. It’s much less pressure!

dad and daughter walk a country path in burscough

girl reaches out for dads hand in lancashire

girl sits to rest during lockdown walk in Burscough

So here on this personal family blog you’ll find my first creative attempt at a vlog sharing our Lockdown life in Burscough, Lancashire.

My first video was more of a video memory to reflect over the challenges and struggles I faced as a Mum trying to quickly adapt to the pandemic and the life changes.

I’d love to know if this connects with you and your family life right now in some way…

Fear and Gratitude – Lockdown Family Vlog

My second family video is more about a video diary of the following weeks as we settled in to our new ‘normal’.

What I really love about this is capturing the strangeness of walking down empty roads (we live on the A59 in Lancashire that connects the North West and is usually constant with traffic), the corona virus signs in shops but also how loud the birds singing is! Everything seems so peaceful…

It also goes to show how much Paisley is loving lockdown life right now. She loves having our attention and having us around. She’s a real home bird and this new normal suits her down to the ground!

This is us raving to Fatboy Slim during Camp Bestival’s Lockdown family festival on YouTube!

girl dances to live feed of camp bestival in lockdown

documentary family photo of girl and dance in living room

Me, well I’d love to be back filming weddings and families again around Lancashire and the North West please but maybe a little time to enjoy this slower pace of life too…

Slowing Down – Lockdown Family Video Diary

funny photo of girl spraying hose in garden in lancashire

girl plays with hose in garden for photos

fun action shot of water bomb hitting a girl

Creating Your Own Family Videos at Home

If you’re feeling inspired to give this a go yourself I have a few family vlogs to help!

Getting Creative – Create Better Family Videos At Home With Your Phone

Editing Your Own Family Films and Videos

Book Your Very Own Family Photography and Film Session To Celebrate Family Life

If you enjoyed my vlogs but wouldn’t know where to start capturing your own family life, even with the help of the vlogs then what about hiring me to document some of your family time once we’re allowed to socialise again..?

As it’s all a little unknown right now I’m offering simple family photography and film vouchers that can go towards your own session. You get a whole year to use them towards any of my relaxed family sessions, from ‘taster’ photography and film sessions at home to full Day in the Life’s.

Or if you’re expecting and want to capture as much of their first year then you could put it towards a ‘Sweetest Year’ session.

If you’d like to find out any more about what could be perfect for you and have something amazing to look forward to then get in touch and I can send you over a brochure to enjoy reading whilst in lockdown!

I look forward to hearing from you, Charlene x