COVID SAFETY MEASURES
Still open and welcoming lots of new families.
2020 is certainly a year none of us expected. We have all needed to take action and follow the governments guidelines to fight this invisible virus.
I thought it would be helpful to let parents know what covid safety measures I have implemented. Nothing is more important that safety at baby photo shoots.
I take the wellbeing of my clients very seriously and this will not change. In the current situation further measures have been put in place, to continue to ensure the health and safety of my clients, and my family too.
WHAT CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE?
Medics consider that the risk to babies is low. Babies are either asymptomatic or are mildly unwell.
I have made the decision to have 24 hours between each studio shoot. This allows me to deep clean the studio, fabrics and props (this was standard practice before the pandemic). Further cleaning of door handles, seating skirting board etc will also be carried out.
I will be wearing an N95 mask (following the government guidance for photographers). My mask will be worn when I meet parents and throughout the session.
I ask parents to bring their baby into the studio in their car seat and for all non-essential items to be left in the car. If it is not raining this will include coats.
Before entering my studio I will be asked parents to put on their masks, I also have masks available should you forget yours. Once in my studio I will ask parents to use my automatic hand sanitiser that is located at the entrance, the same will apply when leaving the studio. Also parents will be asked to remove their shoes or wear shoe protectors that I have available.
You will be required to check in through the NHS COVID-19 APP. Natural Essence QR code is displayed in the studio.
I will be mindful of distancing from parents and I will asked parents to do the same. When photographing newborns I need to handle the baby, but will keep this to a minimum. I will be wearing a face mask at all times and parents will also be required to wear a face masks, when not being photographed.
The baby will remain in their car seat until the shoot begins. I will ask one parent to place their baby on the changing mat. Once the parent has moved back I will gently take their baby and begin the photo shoot.
The shoot time has been reduced to limit the time we are all together. Usually sessions are up to 3-4 hours, I will do my best to be under 2 and a half hours.
To aid with the shortening of the shoot, posing will be simplified. Beautiful wrapping the baby will be a big part of the session, as this helps babies settle. The wrapping is also a great idea as a window will be open to ensure good ventilation. Be assured the studio will still be lovely and warm.
I offer two types of Newborn Photography. A mini newborn session and a full newborn session. The full newborn session includes family and sibling photos. I will take a variety of images of you all and individual ones with the baby, I will aid with the positioning if you are happy for me too.
I will use hand sanitiser through out the session and will encourage parents to do the same.
In normal circumstances I would provide refreshments, tea, coffee, water and some cheeky biscuits. Sadly, for now I will need to ask my clients to bring their own food and drinks and take home their rubbish.
Parents will asked the day before if they are all well and do not have a temperature. I will also confirm to the parents that I nor my family is experiencing any symptoms.
Should the unfortunate outcome be that the parents or I do have Coronavirus related symptoms, the session will be postponed for two weeks.
COVID SAFETY MEASURES AND SIBLINGS
I love photographing siblings with their brand new brother or sister. In the current situation I would need to discuss with the parents if this is a possibility. My studio isn’t big and I need to ensure that the sibling and I can be mindful of being socially distant. I need to ensure that I can provide a safe environment for them.
As long as the parents feel that they can help their children to be mindful of socially distancing, they can attend the shoot.
They will be photographed first and I will ask for the sibling to be taken home as soon as their photos are taken. This is standard for all my sessions that include siblings. By the sibling leaving they do not get bored and the environment becomes lovely and relaxed for the shoot to continue.
VIEWING YOUR IMAGES
Usually after the shoot families are invite back to the studio for their gallery reveal. I am still offering this as it give you the best experience of viewing your photos. In my studio social distancing isn’t a problem when visiting for your gallery reveal.
However, I can offer a ZOOM to reveal is you wish.
At the gallery reveal parents choose the collection they would like to purchase and discuss wall art if they wish. All payment will be taken online.
WHAT HASN’T CHANGED
I take great pride in delivering a high standard images and service and that will not change.
I am sure you’ll agree that these new covid safety measures for newborn photo shoot will help protect us all. It will also give you the knowledge that you and your family are in safe hands.
NATURAL ESSENCE PHOTOGRAPHY IS COVID SECURE
October has 2 sessions available
November has 3 sessions available
December has 4 sessions available
NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR EARLY 2021
If you have any questions, would like to discuss or secure a newborn shoot , please do get in touch HERE or call 07900 433 058. Sessions are limited to allow for early and late arrivals.