Please roughly follow the guidance steps below. Please read the guidance carefully…. and then have fun with the project.

Note - this guideline may need to be varied on a case by case basis.

The guidelines refer to using photographs, logos and a Tracker.
These are all on a Google Drive which has been set up for the project.

         Please copy any emails to

Note - please plan to use a camera unless you have a phone with a top end camaera that takes high resolution shots that could be blown up to at A4 size. Also do not use a wide angle lens or focal length under 50mm.

1. Which vintage photo am I restaging?
Make sure you know which of the vintage photograph(s) you are restaging. If you
have not received an email with this information attached you can find the vintage
photos on the Then & Now Google Drive in the folder called "0 ORIGINALS from
Heritage Centre". You can download your photo by right-clicking on it.
Please refer to the Google Drive help page for info about how to access the Google

2. Where was it taken?
Identify the location so that you know what/where in the village the photograph is
depicting. If the present occupants are to be included (which we are trying to do
wherever possible) identify who they are and a means to contact them. Refer to the
Help Resources.

3. Who do I contact?
As necessary, get in touch with the present occupants/owners to explain the project
and to request their permission/participation. Remember, wherever possible we
want to include the present occupants in the restaged photograph.  Refer to the Help
Resources for ways to explain this.

If the vintage photo is just of a building that can be taken from a public place and
there is no option to include the present occupants, then permission may not be
- you can contact the owners/occupants verbally, by email or by letter
- if you feel more comfortable putting something in writing, use the sample text on
the Help Resources page to help you explain why the present occupying is being
contacted. If there isn't an obvious contact point, then this might be a better route.
If contacting by email or letter please try to include:
~ the photo(s) to be re-staged
~ your contact details
~ the Lymm Photographic Society and Lymm Heritage Centre logos.
You can find each of those logos and the original vintage photos on the Google Drive
(see separate instructions on the Google Drive help page).  The logos are in the main
folder and can be downloaded by right clicking on them.
If needs be, in your initial contact email/letter/conversation you can offer to send a
low resolution version of the images after the shoot for the participants own
reference or for use in social media.

Please assess any risks that there might be associated with your shoot. Think about
and plan how to avoid these, in discussion with the owners/occupiers as relevant.

4. When do I take my photo?
Agree a date and time for the shoot to suit everyone involved. Beforehand perform a
recky to establish where you will need to stand to faithfully reproduce the vintage
photograph. Take a few trial photographs making sure you know how to match the
composition in the original photo.
Please fill in the Tracker on the Then & Now Google Drive to indicate the date you
have arranged. If that changes subsequently please go back into the tracker and
update it with a new date.
To access the Tracker see separate instructions on the Google Drive help page (step
Advise anyone else who should be made aware out of courtesy.

5. Making it happen
Keep in touch with your participants to check that the planned date and time is still
OK, rescheduling as necessary, updating the Tracker on the Then & Now Google

6. Final preparations
Remember to check that your equipment, battery etc are working before the shoot
and pack any spares you might need. We have found that it is also useful to take a
high viz vest if you have one to wear during the shoot.
Print off at least one copy of the vintage photograph to take with you and to show
any people you plan to have in your photo. We have found that a hard copy (on A4
preferably) works much better than having it on a phone and handing that round.

7. On the day (read this before you leave for the shoot!!)
Arrive at the shoot early and be organised to minimise the amount of time that the
participants need to take out of their busy days. Wear your high viz if you have one
and be aware of pedestrians and vehicles around you. Think back to your risk
planning in step 3.  Safety first!
Referring to the vintage shot, compose the framing of your shots to be as identical
as possible to the original vintage shot. If you are putting any people into the photo
stand them in as close a position and pose as you can to the original. If you are
struggling to match the composition exactly, zoom out a little/stand back and then
we can crop the photo later.
Be polite (but firm) when arranging the people, so that we reproduce the old photo
Take a number of shots - you can choose the best later. By all means show any
participants the photo back in your camera's viewfinder.
At the end of the shoot, please remember to thank the participants verbally.

9. What do I do after the shoot?
Now go to the Lymm Then and Now "After the Shoot" page to find out what to do
                                       Well done for getting this far.
Also please note :
- advise the occupants that the book will not be available until the end of 2019 or early 2020
- if they ask about having a print for their premises advise them that this might be possible around the time that the book is published.
Lymm Then & Now Project 2019
Project - before the shoot

This page is intended for the use by LPS members participating in the photographing of restaging of old photos of Lymm as part of the Then & Now (working title) collaboration with the Lymm Heritage Centre.
For example, Jackie's restaging of Nick the Landlord outside the Spread Eagle took an initial chat, a later verbal conversation as a reminder, a quick look at the vintage photo and a pause while Nick found an apron to recreate the old landlord in the original photo. The Fire Engine shoot was understand much more complicated to organise.
All vintage photographs copyright Lymm Heritage and Information Centre 2019
All other photographs and this web site (incl content) copyright Lymm Photographic Society 2019