When lockdown began in March, it was unprecedented just how much the creative industry was impacted. So many of us lost work overnight and had to find new ways to survive. For Nick Walker, a wedding photographer based in Cornwall, he revived his much-loved landscape photography, releasing prints of the beautiful Cornish coast via Of The Land and Sea.
The new venture became crucial as 40 weddings were cancelled when Covid-19 hit and restrictions were put in place. "It happened just as our busiest season was about to start," says Tracey, Nick's wife and business partner. "Even with social distancing, no weddings were allowed to take place so our main source of income for the year was shattered. It was shocking to see how quickly we could lose all our work and have absolutely no control over it."
So far, Nick and Tracey have successfully generated income from selling the framed landscape photographs of beaches and coastal vistas, often at sunrise or sunset. In the process, they've also been able to spread some positivity, as Tracey explains: "The idea of having a little bit of Cornwall on their walls has cheered people up, especially those who haven't been on their usual holidays this year."
Next year is looking very busy for Nick as many of his booked weddings have been rescheduled for 2021. "It's going to be a bit bonkers but for now, Nick's taking it all in his stride and just says, he'll sleep next winter," Tracey adds.
It wasn't always this way. Nick began his career as a graphic designer before discovering a passion for photography in 2007 during a trip around the world with Tracey on their honeymoon. "When we returned to the UK, he carried on photographing local landscapes in his spare time, whilst working full-time as a graphic designer," says Tracey.
"In 2011, Nick offered to photograph a friend's wedding in Dorset as they weren't going to bother with a photographer. This is something he vowed he'd never do as he thought it would be far too stressful, but he soon got a taste for it and gradually over the next couple of years, started building up his photography portfolio before leaving design behind in 2015."
If you love Nick's landscape photographs of Cornwall, you can purchase a print via www.ofthelandandsea.co.uk and support an independent business. For more info on his wedding photography, visit nickwphotography.com.