What do you do when you’re a family documentary photographer in lockdown with no families to photograph? You start a collaboration with your 9 year old daughter to make photos of Lottie dolls of course!
Meet the Fleming Family:
Living just outside London, single Mum, Amber Fleming, is isolating with her 3 kids; 15 year old teenager Florence and 8 year old twins Humphrey and Hattie. We have been granted exclusive access to document the life of the Fleming family as they adapt to the changes brought about by the covid-19 pandemic.
The background to this project:
My youngest daughter and I began ‘Lotties in Lockdown’ to combat boredom and to keep our days exciting and varied during the extensive period of social distancing that the UK has been thrown into. As a documentary photographer who is normally busy photographing families it is a way for me to photograph a family without leaving the house and it’s been an incredible way for us to connect and collaborate on a creative project. Many of the props and details are handcrafted by my daughter, so this has also been the perfect way for me to document her talent for crafting and her brilliant observational skills. Inspired by her play and the care she takes when creating family scenes, the project has since snowballed and become part of our daily lockdown routine. At the end of ‘homeschool’ each day we set up a scene and take a new photo of the Lottie family and their social distancing efforts, my daughter gets to indulge in her favourite play and I get to document a family life of sorts… and the bonus is that no consent is needed as GDPR doesn’t apply to Lotties! To follow along and see what the Lotties get up to next, as well as lots of behind the scenes action, visit me on instagram.