1. Studio cleaning policy
Before and after every studio session the studio is deep cleaned by using disinfectant / isopropyl alcohol and/or steam cleaning. All surfaces that could be touched and all props used are sanitized. All blankets and outfits used are washed between portrait sessions. The studio will be aired thoroughly to minimize any droplets in the air.
2. Time between sessions
At least 30 minutes will be left between sessions to enable a deep clean of all surfaces and accessories to take place and to ensure there is no contact between customers arriving and leaving the premises.
3. Sick policy
Customers will be required to disclose if anyone coming to the session has had a fever or any other symptoms such as coughs, sickness or vomiting or has been in contact with anyone displaying Covid-19 symptoms, suspected of having Covid-19 or has had a Covid-19 positive test result at least 24 hours before their session. Appointments will be re-arranged, at no cost.
4. Self monitoring
All photographers / staff and customers will be required to monitor their temperatures and health before coming into the studio. Disposable gloves and masks will be available in the studio and these should be used as deemed necessary and appropriate.
5. Hand washing
All photographers and staff will be required to thoroughly wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds before all sessions. Appropriate sanitising hand gels will be made available and customers requested to use these upon arrival at the studio.
6. Social distancing
All photographers and staff agree that every effort will be made to keep the 6 feet social distancing advice at all times where possible both in the studio and on location. This includes shaking hands and moving / adjusting hair or clothes. Parents may be asked to help move their children and babies as requested by the photographer. During the portrait session instructions to the clients will be given from the distance stipulated by and in accordance with the social distancing rules.
Due to the restrictions imposed by social distancing, it may not be appropriate to offer usual studio sessions and poses, particularly with regard to newborn and maternity sessions. To carry out these types of sessions where social distancing may not be possible due to safety, a bespoke policy will be put in place between the photographer and their customer (see point 7).
All studios should operate an appointment only booking system to ensure no contact between customers and minimise risk to photographers and staff by ensuring that the measures on this protocol are conveyed to customers before their appointments.
7. Local Lockdowns
The Studio will adhere to instructions given by US and local State Government as pertaining to any local lockdown regulations issued and these local lockdown regulations will supersede previous Covid-19 Regulations where applicable. The Photographer commits to checking for continuing updates and making adjustments in relation to local lockdown regulations.
8. Face Coverings
The Photographer and staff will wear face coverings (unless exempt on medical grounds) in indoor settings.
Customers (over the age of 11) attending the Studio will also be required to wear face coverings (unless exempt on medical grounds).
However, to facilitate the taking of photographs, customers will be able to remove their face coverings temporarily, only at the direction of the photographer and/or staff PROVIDED the photographer and/of staff member maintains 6ft social distance and remains wearing a face covering.
The face covering are to be replaced immediately after the photograph has been taken. If a break is required in the photography session for customer’s comfort or to change the studio set the customer will be required to ensure face covering is in place.