Moments in time: Mandurah photographer captures life in lockdown with The Driveby Project

Your driveway might not be the first place you imagine for a family photoshoot, but in the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19, we all have to think outside the box a little.

One Meadow Springs photographer is doing exactly that to capture life in lockdown throughout the Peel region.

Melanie Edge would normally be snapping family photos on the beach or pregnancy portraits through her self-run photography business, Lion Fox and Co.

But instead, with her usual work on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, she is keeping herself occupied with The Driveby Project.

Her Instagram page, featuring beautiful images of families outside their homes, joins a movement sweeping the globe of photographers documenting the impact of the pandemic.

Ms Edge took on the new project after a friend suggested she jump on board the trend.

She has since used it as an opportunity to connect with families in social isolation - from a safe distance.

This is something we have never experienced in our lifetimes so it will be cool to look back on.

Melanie Edge

"I thought it was a really good idea and I've seen it done a lot in the US, but I wanted to put my own spin on it," she said.

"It's a driveby shoot so generally when I do it, I'm sitting in the car and I stop to take a snap and then get on my way.

"It was my idea to then include the captions and I've just found that when you put a story like that with the image, it makes it really powerful."

Meadow Springs photographer Melanie Edge is keeping herself busy with The Driveby Project. Photo: Kaylee Meerton.

Meadow Springs photographer Melanie Edge is keeping herself busy with The Driveby Project. Photo: Kaylee Meerton.

Ms Edge said she likes to choose the fun, candid pictures of families in the hopes of creating positivity in the community.

"I don't want the whole posed smile in this project - that's not my type of photography and I also want it to be more meaningful," she said.

"I think the stories deserve more and I want it to be the kind of image that stops you in your tracks.

"For me, when they send their stories through, that really touches me because they are all so raw and open about their experiences.

"I think the stories are what make it important."

While Ms Edge described family shoots as her "bread and butter", she said her "niche" was working with women and promoting body confidence.

"I love it so it is so hard not being able to do it," she said.

"This is a good distraction though and it's been really cool.

"I'll keep going with this project until things get back to normal because I want it to be something that we can all reflect on."

She hopes to put all the photos and stories together in a coffee table book for locals to reflect on when the pandemic is over.

"This is something we have never experienced in our lifetimes so it will be cool to look back on," she said.

"The response has been so supportive so that's really cool."

To see more from The Driveby Project or Lion Fox and Co, check them out on Instagram.