The studio is now open and is operating according to government safety guidelines. I have carried out a risk assessment and the following procedures will be put into place to ensure I am working as safely as possible to minimise the risk of any infection during a studio photo shoot.
- Clients will be welcomed into the studio from a 2m distance. When welcoming clients, I will not wear a mask as young children may well be scared by the mask and I will need to greet them and let them see my face before putting the mask on. If the child is particularly shy, we may spend slightly longer than usual having a chat outside the studio without masks (and at a safe 2m distance). Once we are ready to start and the child has seen my face, I will put my mask on and we will enter the studio space. From this point on, the 2m distance is difficult to maintain but I will keep my distance as much as possible.
- During family studio shoots, I will be able (for the most part) to maintain a 2m distance whilst clients are in the backdrop area of the studio. However there will inevitably be points during the session when the 2m distance is breached. I will wear a mask during all shoots to minimise any risk at these points.
- During cake smashes (or shoots where children are being photographed and parents are watching) I will be able to maintain a 2m distance from the child on the backdrop, but parents in the viewing area will be closer than 2m to me. Therefore during these situations it is highly advisable for masks to be worn by the clients as well as me. There will be a limit of 2 adults viewing the session; no other family members or friends will be allowed in to the studio during the session. It is also important to note that children who are crawling or walking may well come closer to me than the 2m distance and this will be difficult to avoid.
If clients have displayed any covid-19 symptoms, or if they have come into contact with anyone suspected of having covid-19, then they will not be allowed into the studio and the shoot will be re-arranged; the new date will be at least 14 days from the date of the original session.
All clients will be asked to complete a declaration before the session that they have not displayed any symptoms within the last 24 hours and that they have not come into contact with anyone displaying symptoms within the last 14 days. Sessions cannot take place unless this declaration is completed.
I will not work if I have any covid-19 symptoms or if I have knowingly come into contact with anyone with symptoms.
- Soft furnishings in client viewing area will be removed (cushions and fabrics)
- Floors, tables, door handles and all surfaces will be cleaned after each session
- Props will be cleaned after each session
- Fabrics will be cleaned after each session where possible. If a fabric is unable to be thoroughly cleaned (such as delicate fabric used to stuff props, baskets etc) then that fabric will be left unused for a minimum of 72 hours between sessions.
- Toilet facilities will be cleaned thoroughly before and after each session.
- Teas and coffees and snacks will unfortunately not be offered for the time being. Clients will be advised to bring their own snacks and drinks.
Hygiene & hand washing
- Hand sanitiser will be available and must be applied by all clients and myself upon entering the studio.
- Shoes will be removed before entering the studio.
- A mask will be worn by myself as the photographer. It is highly recommended that clients also wear masks as a matter of course (these can of course be removed when clients are being photographed.)
- Gloves will be worn by myself (as well as using hand sanitiser) when handling newborns.
Due to the nature of newborn photography, social distancing will be impossible and the role involves hands-on direct touch between myself and the baby. If the client is not comfortable with this, then it will not be possible to carry out a newborn session at this time.
As previously mentioned, hand sanitiser, gloves and a mask will be worn at all times during the shoot.
Siblings may attend for their own part of the photo shoot but must then be collected by someone or taken out of the studio for the remainder of the session.
Please remember that although every reasonable precaution will be taken in accordance with all government advice and guidelines, it is impossible to completely eliminate any element of risk; social distancing cannot be guaranteed 100% of the time and the studio is not a sterile environment. If you have any concerns or doubts about safety during a studio shoot then you should consider booking an outdoor shoot wherever possible.
Still worried about a studio shoot? Ask me about outdoor location sessions instead!