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Iwade couple David and Jemma Rannard offer front door photos to mark VE Day celebrations

A husband and wife have adapted their photography business to offer doorstep souvenir shots of VE Day celebrations.

David and Jemma Rannard of Sittingbourne-based Click:Create Rannard's Photography and Design have been offering to take family portraits outside homes as part of the coronavirus lockdown.

David and Jemma Rannard and daughter Eva of Click:Create at Iwade offering VE Day photos on your doorstep
David and Jemma Rannard and daughter Eva of Click:Create at Iwade offering VE Day photos on your doorstep

But todaythey have widened the experience to include VE Day events.

David said: "The family photos have really taken off. It is a way for people to keep in touch during these terrible times.

"When we realised people were making the effort to stage VE Day parties at home we thought it could be a natural extension of what we do."

The couple charge £20 for a 10-minute photo shoot and donate £5 to the NHS.

David uses zoom lenses for the unique doorstep photo sessions.

Apprentice daughter Eva Rannard with mum Jemma of Click:Create at Iwade
Apprentice daughter Eva Rannard with mum Jemma of Click:Create at Iwade

He said: "People book via our Facebook page. When I arrive I knock on their door then stand well back. The family comes out and poses and I take pictures with my long lenses. All social distance guidelines are observed."

Wife Jemma, a graphic designer, is usually on hand and the couple now have an apprentice in the shape of their nine-year-old daughter Eva.

David said: "Eva loves it and is getting first-hand experience. A lot of our usual work dried up because of the lockdown but this is one way we can carry on. We lost a friend to Covid-19 which is why we donate part of our fee to the NHS."

He said he has had offers of work for his front door photos from Gillingham, Canterbury and Whitstable but has had to decline them.

He explained: "It really only started as a bit of a service to villagers in Iwade where we live. We have done a few in Sittingbourne but I didn't think it was right for us to travel too far.

David and Jemma Rannard and daughter Eva of Click:Create at Iwade offering VE Day photos on your doorstep
David and Jemma Rannard and daughter Eva of Click:Create at Iwade offering VE Day photos on your doorstep

"It really angers me when people don't take this situation seriously and ignore the advice we are being given. The more we all sacrifice now, the quicker it will be over."

The couple have been running their business for eight years.

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