Studio Covid Protocols

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Update as of September 2022
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Preventing the Spread of Infectious Disease

Keeping our families safe and healthy is a top priority at all times, but particularly now with COVID-19 (coronavirus) on everyone’s mind.

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.

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 department.
  • 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.
  • I will wear a mask for studio maternity and newborn sessions (clients can choose if they wish to wear one one or not)
  • For studio sessions other than maternity and newborn, I will wear a mask if requested
  • Hand sanitizer is readily available for anyone to use
  • Props and fabrics are washed between clients
  • For items that are unwashable, Thieves sanitizing spray/wipes will be used as needed
  • Sanitize all surfaces that clients will be touching. (ie: doorknobs, railings, chairs, coat racks, etc)
  • 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 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.

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