A dad from Preston decided to document the experience of home-school

Posted on - 9th March, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, People, Photos, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston News, Proud Preston
Si Miller's lockdown photos include the day they were taken.
Si Miller’s lockdown photos include the day they were taken.

A Preston Dad, who works as a photographer, has been using his skills to document his children’s home-schooling experience.


Si Miller has been posting to his Instagram page and website daily to show the realities of home-schooling in lockdown.

Due to weddings being cancelled during lockdown, Si found an alternative so he could still use his photography skills.

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Si said: “So during this lockdown I started taking photos of the kids as we started another period of home-schooling, I started taking photos of the kids to document this very unusual period of our lives and it ended up turning into a daily part of our lives that I turned into a project.

“It has been such a challenging time for everyone, especially the kids. They have coped amazingly, but sometimes found it hard to understand why they can’t just see their friends and visit our family. I also feel very grateful that I have been able to spend so much time with them.

“We have had loads of fun and my wife has planned a lot of themed meals and days to keep everyone entertained. We have celebrated birthdays, had loads of Facetime calls, joined in with zoom classes, PE with Joe Wicks and loved Saturday nights mini Disco with DJ Slug.”

Si Miller's lockdown photos include the day they were taken.
Si Miller’s lockdown photos include the day they were taken.

Schools in England reopened on Monday 8th March, with all years going back at the same time.

Si added: “Home schooling has been both rewarding and hard work. There have been times when we just are watching TV or the iPads.

“For me it was important to photograph the boring bits as well as the fun times. It was also important to me to keep photographing, as most of the weddings I was booked to photograph have postponed to next year.

“It is a very hard time for the wedding industry but hopefully things are looking brighter.”

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From 29 March onwards, up to six people can attend a wedding in any circumstances which includes the couple.

From no earlier than 12 April, up to 15 people will be allowed to attend a wedding ceremony and reception which may rise to 30 from 17 May.

Then from 21 June at the earliest, the government aims to remove all limits on social contact which includes lifting all wedding restrictions.

You can take a look at Si’s Instagram page here and his website here.

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