Photographer Christine Havill, from Chorleywood, has been supporting local businesses on the High Street with her Business Doorstep Portraits.
Lockdown has created several challenges for all types of businesses; essential businesses had to adapt to a completely changed economic landscape, whereas others had to close.
Christine, being a small business owner herself, was well aware of the struggles faced, so she decided to venture into the High Street, maintaining social distance and taking doorstep portraits of local businesses.
She wrote on her website: “A business isn’t just made – there is someone behind it pouring love, hard work and time into making it a success. And COVID-19 has hit us all hard.
“It’s more than a business headshot, or a mini personal branding photoshoot – it’s documenting this time in our history and highlighting that the businesses on our High Street are doing everything that they can to support others and stay afloat.”
The photographer was inspired by people doing doorstep portraits for families and she had the brilliant idea to change the subjects for this project.
Speaking to CHORLEYWOODnews, Christine mentioned: “It all started through having connections on Facebook already and reaching out to certain businesses on their pages.
“It’s been really lovely to meet these business owners and they’ve also been sharing the posts and explaining also how they’ve struggled throughout this time, when they’re going to reopen and how they will reopen.
“They had to close the shops and really focus on what they can do like refurbishing, painting, reorganising things.
“Some business owners were really positive in terms of saying they never had this time to really organise things, and others were a little bit deflated saying it’s been really tough as they’ve lost a lot of business.”
To see the portraits visit christinehavillphotography.com/
Picture courtesy of Christine Havill Photography