2020 has been a year of change. A lot has happened these past four months. We’ve had to pivot and find new ways to work and be close to our loved ones, but we’ve managed to do it. We’re still adapting to the new rules and regulations the government has put into effect to deal with the pandemic, and even though things seem to be getting better, we must continue with our plans and our daily lives as best as we can. As we adapt to the new normal, having your wedding, event, or that photo shoot you’ve been longing to have can be a daunting thought during these times, and that’s why I want to offer you some advice and helpful tips to have a successful and safe photo shoot during Covid-19.
1. Each state is handling things different, and each of them has different plans and rules to follow, which can even expand specifically to individual counties. Before contacting your photographer, or planning your event, make sure you know what your states rules are.
2. If your state and county are either open or semi-open that means that some restrictions have been lifted. For example, in Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf has moved many counties, including Allegheny county to a green phase, which now gives us the ability to gather in larger groups and have medium sized events. This is great news if you’r wedding, or event is around the corner!
3. Once a customer contacts me and we go over dates, and what type of photo shoot they want, I like to go over what the current restrictions are, if any, and explain to them up to what point we can cover the event or desired shoot. If it’s a family photo shoot, or couple’s shoot there are no current restrictions, but I still like to let them know what precautions I’m taking in my business to keep everybody as safe as possible.
4. As a photographer I want to protect my health, and the health of others, especially when working with my clients, so here are some of the things I’m doing during this time to make sure I achieve that.
- I love to hug and greet my clients, but unfortunately a smile and an elbow bump is what we’ll be doing during these times.
- I will have all my gear sanitized and clean upon arrival.
- I will have my mask handy in case I have to get close to people or food, and I’ll make sure to wear it.
- I’ll be using longer lenses to have the proper social distance.
- If you feel more comfortable having your shoot in an open space, I will be happy to make that happen.
- If I feel sick or ill, I’ll be honest and let you know so we can find a solution as to who can cover your event, or if possible, we’ll re-schedule the shoot.
- I will take care of myself outside of my work environment, and I’ll avoid unnecessary large gatherings and exposure that could put myself in a compromising position.
- I ask that my clients are as transparent as I am with them. If they’re not feeling well, to let me know as soon as they can so we can make proper arrangements.
- If any of my clients have any special requests, I’ll be happy to consider them as much as I can.
- Finally, I like to let my clients know that there are always risks associated when we’re out and about and this won’t be the exception. Even by taking all these precautions, we’re all vulnerable to a certain extent.
While these are scary and sensitive times, I want to make myself available, and as adaptable as possible to be of service to my clients and photograph their special moments. I’ll comply with the government’s guidelines on Covid-19 to keep myself and my clients safe and healthy.
Lastly, I want to encourage open conversations, and the freedom to ask your photographer as many questions as you feel you need to ask to feel safe to bring them into contact with you, or with your family, and if that’s not something the photographer is willing to do you may want to reconsider and hire someone who is willing to do so.
I would never want my clients to worry about me, which is why I’m taking all these precautions, and I ask them to be as open as possible when it comes to their shoot, their safety, and anything else they might need. With this in mind, stay informed, and be kind to one another, and we’ll go through this together.