A WHITCHURCH-based photographer believes that people are remaining positive across the town, despite the lockdown.

Sophie Hughes, who runs her own photography firm, has spent the last few weeks walking the pavements of Whitchurch photographing residents on their doorsteps.

As well as photographing families, Sophie has also been raising money for charity by encouraging residents she photographs to donate.

She says her project is helping spread positivity, and adds that she is thrilled with the outcome.

"I'm thrilled with how the project is spreading happiness and it feels wonderful to be raising money for charity," said Sophie.

"I can't wait to get back to photographing sessions and events properly when it's safe to do so.

"Honestly, I've mostly seen such positivity.

"Throughout lockdown I've been getting the best of people as I'm a break in their day. They are happy in the moment and enjoy a chat with a fresh face.

"I have tended to do something fun with the children to raise a smile too.

"It has been amazing to hear how different people's lives are right now, there are humbling stories on every street. It's crazy that I've even seen new-born babies before most family members.

"For example Darcy-Marie who was two-weeks-old, having been born in hospital during lockdown, with staff in full PPE."

Darcy-Marie's mum Jade Thornton said the visit from Sophie was special, as she has not yet been able to have professional photographs taken.

"Sophie coming round and taking a few photos meant the world to us," said Jade. "She created some beautiful memories for us to look back on.

"With the coronavirus situation it's been really hard not seeing our family as were all really close.

"It's been heart-breaking that they haven't got to meet our princess properly yet."

To donate to Sophie's fundraiser, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sophiesdoorstepphotos and to have your street pictured, email sophiesdoorstepphotos@outlook.com or visit www.facebook.com/SophieHeartsPhotography