How To Be Safe During Your Photo Sessions
Updated: Apr 4, 2020
Is social distancing enough?
There is much uncertainty going on right now during the COVID-19 crisis. Before I was a photographer, I worked within the surgical field, and keeping myself and my equipment sterile was a key point of my job.
Currently, we are still doing photo sessions during this epidemic. This is our way of supporting families and couples during this COVID epidemic. Bringing joy to families and documenting moments that can’t be replicated. By being together and creating art that symbolizes the deep love for your family, I believe it is something many people can use right now.
Photos that were taken right at home, in your backyard or a rural park is still guaranteed to be moments you will cherish.
With safety at the forefront of our minds, our goal is to provide small families and couples an opportunity to thrive during a time when they are together like this.
I am going to explain some tips if you are still having your photos were taken, or what to do if you are a practicing photographer during a time where social distancing and a sterile environment is so crucial.
How can I protect myself and my clients?
STERILITY + SANITATION
Regularly Cleaning Equipment Did you know that your phone is one of the dirtiest objects you will come into contact with all day? Not only do I regularly clean and sanitize my electronic devices but also my camera equipment.
Wash Hands Frequently As someone who was formerly in the medical field, I can still attest to the fact that few things beat good ol’ soap and water. I can also attest to the fact that I am a 100% certified pro to hand washing :D
Make sure you feel 100%. This goes for both photographers and their clients. Rescheduling is easy. It is better to play safe than sorry. I build trust between myself and my clients and so that they feel safe and comfortable with postponing or rescheduling a session.
Protective Equipment Hand sanitizer? Check. Face mask? Check. Expert knowledge of lighting and posing that won’t even require me to be in your personal bubble? Check!
6 Feet Bubble? No problem, I can double that. You can bet that even before everything that is going on today, I was using my long lens and zoom lens to take gorgeous photos. Close-ups from far away are no problem when you carry the proper equipment.
Avoid crowded locations where people gather. Did you know, a lot of the time, we as people get so hung up on taking our photos somewhere scenic or iconic when, in reality, the location makes up only about 5-10% of the artwork.
I don’t mean that there is no background and that there aren’t places that take breathtaking photos. What I mean is that when we are photographing people-- the people are what matters most. The next time you are looking at a favorite picture of you and a loved one, pay close attention to what your eyes gravitate towards the most. I can guarantee it isn’t the background. Photos that were taken right at home, in your backyard or a rural park is still guaranteed to be moments you will cherish.
Maintain small nuclear groups. This may not be the time for a group shot of a full-fledged family reunion but rather a time to focus on the faces and loved ones that are closest to you. The looks that during a time like now, you could never imagine not seeing every day. Maybe you can work from home and have a new opportunity to spend more time with your loved ones. Maybe the kids are out of school. Maybe you have noticed just how bare your walls are or how long it has been since you updated your family photos and wall art.
By taking the proper measures, we are providing our services to those who want to take advantage of being together or documenting milestones such as a graduation. If you have questions or want to inquire about creating artwork for your family, feel free to contact us today!