The Doorstep Portrait Project was started by myself (Stacey) to raise money for our local NHS Harrogate Hospital, to put smiles on the faces of our community & document this historic event.
I got in touch with fellow local photographers to see if they wanted to come together for this project. A few kindly agreed! There are 6 of us involved in the project all over Harrogate, Myself Stacey J Evans Photography, Lianne Price Photography, Nicole Wilcox Photography, Sarah Warne Photography, Charlotte Hedgecock Photography & Rachael Fawcett Photography. This is a team effort and everyone involved is equally huge part of this project!
This project has been a fantastic way to bring the community together and providing everyone with a positive keepsake in these unprecedented times, whilst raising money for a fantastic cause!
We have started The Doorstep Portrait Project for Harrogate Hospital and are offering doorstep portraits whilst out on our daily exercise in our local areas. We are all following all of the government guidelines and have seeked the relevant advice from local authorities to ensure that we are following all guidelines and carrying out the project safely.
We are encouraging people to get dressed up, make signs, decorate their windows and even put on some fancy dress to have portraits on their doorstep or even inside of their window if they don’t want to come outside.
I (Stacey) had the inspiration from something I had seen being done in the USA which was being carried out by photographers to make profit and not following their government guidelines, it was getting a lot of bad publicity.
It made me think maybe I could make this into something positive, if there was a way to do something similar whilst sticking to the government guidelines, be able to raise money and show support to Harrogate Hospital, give something for the community to get involved in, put smiles on the faces of our community and also document this moment in history. I realised I wouldn’t be able to cover the entirety of Harrogate so I got in contact with some other local photographers.
There is myself Stacey J Evans Photography, Nicole Wilcox Photography, Lianne Price Photography, Rachael Fawcett Photography & Sarah Warne Photography. We are all in different areas of Harrogate and can cover Starbeck, Hookstone, Bilton, Jennyfields, Shaw Mills, Harlow hill, Leeds road, Goldsborough & Knaresborough
There is no fee for what we are offering but we are kindly asking for a donation via our just giving page which goes directly to The Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity who we are doing this all in aid of. The charity funds specialist equipment, training and services to improve treatment & staff facilities for all departments at Harrogate Hospital. This can make a huge difference to everyone.
If feels great to be able to do what we love whilst raising money for a great cause as well as giving the community the opportunity to have a keepsake of these times. Its also great for people to be able to say “hi” to someone that isn’t someone that they are isolating with, this is great for peoples mental health! Everyone will have days where they feel low and I’m hoping this also will give them a little something to look forward to and take focus away from their everyday life in lockdown just if it is for a couple of minutes.
We are hoping that once we are back to some sort of normality we can showcase this project somewhere locally for all to see and enjoy and we can meet everyone properly and thank them for being a part of the project, supporting us and showing their support for our local hospital and NHS.
This is our way of showing our support to the incredibly brave and heroic NHS Staff that are putting their lives on the line to take care of us and our families!
Thank you to all NHS Staff & all key workers, you are all our heroes!
Stacey said: “ When I got in touch with the other ladies about starting this project I never expected it to be as popular as it has become. It is bringing a lot of joy to the community and all of us involved. This has been great for my mental health as I know it will be to others in the community too, Just having someone different to say “Hi” to can make such a difference during these times. This is also a great way to document this moment in history. I really couldn’t of asked for a better bunch of fellow photographers to of got involved. Some of us have never met but have come together for this great cause. I want to thank the other ladies for getting involved and for our incredible community for showing so much support to us and for donating via our just giving page for our charity, The Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity, the money we raise will really help our local Hospital! This is show how much we all appreciate the amazing job the Hospital and NHS staff are doing to keep us and our families safe”