Covid-19 Studio Protocol
I take the safety of all my customers extremely seriously, and my studio has always been super clean because of all the tiny people who come to visit, but with the current Coronavirus pandemic I have introduced even more safety measures and purchased PPE so we can all be as protected as possible during this emergency.
The one thing to consider is the risk of infection and how to reduce that risk, and the most obvious way is to reduce contact between you, your baby and myself.
Newborn sessions mean I have to handle babies in order to wrap and pose them, so when l do l’ll wear a mask and use antibacterial hand gels (which I always did anyway!).
Distancing is important, so while I cannot distance myself from your new baby, I will distance from you: asking you to safely place your little one down and step back, so I can then scoop baby up and begin the session.
There will be some small changes during the session, too: I will be changing what poses I do (to minimise handling time), and I will only use props I can keep safe by washing and spraying.
Usually, my newborn sessions take between 2 – 3 hours, but I will now try to shorten that by making poses simpler because it makes sense to lessen any risk by spending less time in contact with your baby where possible.
For sitter and cake smash sessions I can keep my distance, giving parents directions to help me get baby in the right spot and also changing their outfits. In the short term (until Government guidelines change again) I will have to ask that only ONE adult brings baby to the studio, simply because my new studio is smaller than the last!
There is one aspect of my work that I now have to suspend for a little while longer, and its such a huge shame:
Siblings with the baby cannot happen at the moment I’m afraid. Distancing from the parents will be difficult enough in my small studio, but with toddlers running around having fun it will simply not be possible. So for the moment it’s only mum and dad at sessions, but getting an image of the two of you with your new baby is still possible if you’d like that.