Canon 5DMK4 | Canon 24-70mmLII

 f5 | 1/800 | ISO 320 (family image) + f5 | 1/2500 | IS0 250 (beach image)

LXC Preset – Tweaked

So talk to me, were you one of the many photographers across the UK who took up Doorstep Portraits this year? Who could have predicted that simple family portraits in front of houses would be the next big thing in photography? For most wedding photographers, 2020 has been a huge financial challenge and being able to generate an income within your neighbourhood and within the guidelines has been a much needed lifeline.

But very few have really seen it as a particularly creative challenge. Then along comes the very brilliant Jen Owens who has taken this concept and merged it with her love of digital manipulation. In her Lockdown Portraits, families are magically transported out in the landscape. The resulting images are incredible and must be so much fun for the subjects to recieve in these restricted days.

Read Jen’s take on this shot below … 

What Jen said ...

“I’ve been working on my concept photoshop photography a lot over the last 18 months and love creating images by compositing lots of different shots together. When lockdown doorstep shots were popping up on my feed from the different communities across Scotland I thought it would be fun to do some here in Dunbar, but I wanted to add a twist. After chatting to a friend she pointed out I could bring my love of Photoshop to it all – ‘Doorstep Twist’ was born!

This wonderful family love the ocean and we have endless North Sea coastline here. I took a few shots at one of my favourite beaches and used it as the backdrop to their doorstep photo. When I shoot each image I try to use the same angle so that it looks more realistic when they’re combined in Photoshop. It’s then a case of making it all fit together by cutting out the family image, tweaking all the colour levels to make sure they match as best as possible, adding shadows… I didn’t add too many other elements, just a couple of water splashes off the bottom step, which really finished it off well.”