26 August 2020
Celebrating Little Victories with KG Photography
Kev has worked with Filament PR’s Managing Director, Anne-Marie, for too many years to think about in her former life, while employed by other PR and marketing communications agencies. When Anne-Marie launched Filament PR, Kev was one of the founding associates, and has since been commissioned to collaborate on projects with clients such as Durham BID across campaigns including Fire&Ice InDurham, Balloons InDurham and Christmas InDurham to name but a few!
A cornerstone (and the resident funny man) of the Filament PR team, we caught up with Kev to find out more about what he’s been up to during lockdown, as well as taking a moment to celebrate his own #LittleVictories, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. After all, we need to take the rough with the smooth, and no matter how big or small your “winning-at-life” moments are, in tricky times, they all certainly need celebrating!
How did lockdown impact your business? Feel free to talk about the good, bad and ugly!
All work that was booked in from 16th March onwards was completely cancelled – wiped out! Thankfully it’s starting to pick up again now. I was especially gutted as we had a job booked to fly out to California in September. That’s now been postponed and moved back to August 2021, so hopefully I’ll still be on.
Both Nicky and I have never been out of work for this long since coming back from London in 2000. After a few weeks of AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, we’ve been learning new skills or renewing skills. Nicky has been making face masks and set up a little Etsy account called NorthernSewnCo. she’s donating a portion of the profits to two local charities Fighting All Cancers Together (FACT) and Wag&Co. – a charity that aims to end loneliness for older dog lovers through companionship through little furry friends.
What have you been doing during lockdown – anything creative to keep you busy?
I’ve done some Facetime portrait shots, which is quite interesting, and I’ll be looking into Hockney-inspired photography, which will either be very pleasing or a disaster – watch this space!
What life lessons have you learned from lockdown and how will you be taking them forward now that lockdown is starting to be lifted?
Don’t worry. Everything will be okay in the end.
What have you enjoyed about lockdown?
We had some really lovely weather in Newcastle during lockdown, so it was great to get to spend some time with Nicky and our two boys in the garden, being together as a family, without the go-go-go of work.
I’ve also been using lockdown to try and get healthier and have taken up running. It’s a bit of a love/hate relationship, but I’m starting to get there.
I’ve also enjoyed the sense of community spirit. We set up a neighbourhood group to help keep people connected by popping letters though doors, and a WhatsApp group for people to post in if they needed help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, anything like that – even just to have a good old natter with someone on the end of the phone.
What have you hated about lockdown?
The weather/being with the family/getting healthier – all of the above! Haha!
At the beginning of lockdown, I was really worried about the unknown and how it would affect people that we know and love. But we quickly established a routine, with the boys starting home school at 9.30am until 3pm, and then got them involved in learning new domestic skills (with a bit of downtime thrown in too!).
We did lots of bread making and trying out new recipes – things to keep us occupied and entertained while at home. We actually shot a stop motion video with a carrot and coriander soup recipe we were making, which took six hours just to shoot! Nicky is a director of a mental health charity called Cook Yourself Happier, so we sent it to them.
First thing you did when lockdown was lifted?
Throughout lockdown I’ve been shopping for my elderly parents, so luckily, I’ve still been able to see them (albeit briefly and socially distanced).
So the first thing I did when lockdown was lifted was to head to Metro Centre for some new shorts – with the hot weather I lived in the same three pairs for best part of nine weeks! And then of course, headed to the pub for an obligatory pint – it would rude not to support the local economy!
What’s the one thing you’ve missed as a result of lockdown and will never take for granted again?
Being able to give our family and friends a good hug.
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Our huge thanks to Kev for taking time out his day to chat with us. While the news of your new shorts and the fact you’re not bumbling around in the same three pairs is great (and we’re of course celebrating that #LittleVictory with you), we’ve got everything crossed your commission in the USA comes off for next year – now what a celebration that will be!
Also, a big well done to Nicky on establishing the NorthernSewnCo. – she’s just shipped off her sixth order to the USA! If you’d like to check out her store, buy yourself a mask and help raise money for two brilliant charities – they’re all #LittleVictories in their own right! ‘ then visit Etsy and place your order today.Back to Blog