Caitlin steps out for front door photography

Caitlin Knox (bottom right) with children Haillie, Rory and Gracie, dad Alan at the back and daughter Sophie.

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Mum of four Caitlin Knox has been celebrating family life during lockdown by photographing families on their front steps.

The amateur photographer, from Fort William, got the idea when a friend shared a Facebook post about #TheFrontStepsProject which had been started by a like-minded snapper in Boston who set out to capture families at home during lockdown.

Taking up the story Caitlin told the Lochaber times: ‘It went viral worldwide with lots of countries taking part and I  thought I’d love to try that where I live in Upper Achintore.

‘So, bearing in mind the popularity of the local buying and selling page, I posted about heading round on a daily, socially distanced walk sometime to take photos and the response was phenomenal.’

Caitlin has loved taking photos as a hobby for more than 10 years and has documented the lives of her four children through the lens since they were little. She has never pursued it further except for family and friends.

The stay-Caiat-home mum now works around the shifts of her paramedic husband, often with her four-year-old tagging along for her daily exercise.

‘I’ve taken more than 50 family photos now including capturing birthday memories and a special pregnancy announcement,’ she added.

Such is the appeal of what Caitlin is doing that a community group has been set up where everyone can share photos and let people know who is doing what in each area. The hash tag has also been altered slightly to #FrontStepProject.

‘With word of mouth and sharing there’s been people from Caol, Corpach, Inverlochy and Claggan all taking part,’ she said.

‘It’s become a real community project and it’s entirely free. It’s been lovely getting out and about and chatting to people who maybe haven’t seen anyone in a while.

‘Everyone has been so grateful for their photos and it feels like I’m spreading some joy when most of the news these days is doom and gloom.

‘In 50 years, when our children set up memory pages on Facebook, it will be lovely to have all these photos on our doorstep.’

Anyone wishing to join in or find out more can join the public group on the Fort William Front Step Project Facebook page.