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March 17, 2020 Update:
At this time all sessions will be temporarily suspended until it is deemed safe to resume. Stay safe, stay home, wash your hands.
Hope to see you all again soon :)
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Keeping our families safe and healthy is a top priority at all times, but particularly now with COVID-19 (coronavirus) on everyone’s mind. Canada is not currently a high-risk area, with most cases directly coming from international travel, and infants and children are not as affected as older adults and those with pre-existing conditions that put them at higher risk. While this does provide some comfort, things can change, and we’ll be monitoring the situation closely.
This post is not to cause fear or panic, simply to provide information and ease any concerns over scheduling a photo session during this time.
I want to outline the ways in which I am working to ensure the safest practices possible and how we can work together to help prevent the spread of this virus.
Firstly, as always, I will reach out to you to reschedule your session if anyone in my family is sick, and I ask that you do the same, especially if anyone has a fever. Let’s be overly cautious on this.
Follow infection prevention guidelines
To minimize the risk of infection, everyone should take these necessary infection prevention measures:
- Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched household objects and surfaces, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at least two metres away from anyone who is coughing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or your bent elbow/sleeve if a tissue is not available).
- Remain informed from reliable sources, such as the World Health Organization, your local ministry of health (ie: the Ontario Ministry of Health), your local public health unit (ie: Ontario Public Health) and your local city’s public health (ie: Hamilton Public Health).
- In addition, here is a parent resource for talking to children about COVID-19.
In The Studio
- Here are ways in which I am keeping the studio and clients as safe as possible:
- Thoroughly washing my hands at the beginning of every session, and throughout the session as needed.
- Hand sanitizer is readily available for anyone to use.
- Thoroughly wash and sanitize all props between clients.
- Thoroughly wash and/or sanitize all newborn clothing, wraps, and anything that comes into contact with baby.
- For items that are unwashable, sanitizing spray will be used as needed.
- Sanitize all surfaces that clients will be touching. (ie: doorknobs, railings, chairs, coat racks, etc)
- Toys will not be provided for children to play with in the studio. Any items used as props will be sanitized between use.
- Rescheduling sessions if I or anyone in my family is sick. If needed, I can recommend another photographer in your area, or simply wait until we are safely healthy, and keep in mind that we can still create a beautiful gallery with an older newborn.
- Sessions are not booked back-to-back, allowing time for proper cleaning in between.
- If you have traveled outside of Canada, I ask that you do not schedule a studio session within 2 weeks of your return.
- If there are additional measures you’d like me to take before your session, please reach out.
Thank you to APNPI, the professional organization I belong to, for providing guidelines for photographers and the basis for this post.