Navigating our way through a ‘new normal’ – Safety measures taken for my studio sessions

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Navigating our way through a ‘new normal’ – Safety measures taken for my studio sessions

Navigating our way through a ‘new normal’

The news we have all been waiting for – slowly, but surely, businesses have been given the go ahead from the Government to reopen!

It is such an exciting and yet apprehensive time, as we all navigate our way through a ‘new normal.’  I wanted to write this blog to let you know about the new measures that will be put in place to protect my clients and my own family.

Guidelines say that where possible, a 2 metre distance must be adhered to and where this is not possible, PPE must be work and processes put in place to limit contact as much as possible.

With my style of newborn photography, I am lucky that adapting my session workflow to adhere to the new guidelines and minimising contact, will be fairly easy. Older baby sessions (sitter, cake smash, milestone) generally aren’t very hands on for me, because I usually ask the parents to help put baby back into place if they are crawling around, while I am at the other end at the ready with my camera! With regards to maternity sessions, I will minimise the level of adjustments I make during these sessions (to hair, outfits etc), so I am not too close for too long.

Rest assured, I will still be able to capture a gallery of beautiful memories for all sessions.

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Milestone photography. First birthday photoshoot in Woking. Photographer Cheryl Catton. Baby in bath with bubbles

Working with pregnant women and babies, means that cleanliness has always been a top priority, even before Covid hit. Most of the below, are processes I already had in place. However, there are just a few additional measures that have been added in.

The studio & props

  • The studio will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after each session
  • I will be leaving a 48 hour gap between newborn sessions
  • My beanbag which is faux leather will be wiped down with a disinfectant
  • All materials used during each session (wraps, blankets, maternity gowns, baby outfits) will be washed between sessions
  • Props used during the session will be disinfected
  • No shoes to be worn inside the studio
  • Unfortunately no props from home can be brought into the studio
  • Sadly I am now unable to offer studio refreshments, except bottled water
  • Hands will be sanitised by myself and clients before entering the studio and as clients leave

Before the session

  • If clients, or any members of their immediate family have been unwell, or had a temperature, I ask if they can kindly let me know at their earliest convenience (if clients need to advise the day of the session, this is also okay). I will also do the same if I, or any member of my immediate family becomes unwell.
  • Sessions will be postponed and rescheduled to a later date.

The session

  • Immediate family only for the session (excluding furry friends).
  • Minimal contact, wherever possible.
  • Newborn sessions – To produce the images in my newborn galleries, I usually position and wrap the baby. However, parents will have the option to try and do this themselves. In this case, slight changes might be made to my workflow and may include more wrapped/swaddled shots.
  • Sitter and cake smash/milestone sessions – I will rely on the parent/s to move their little one back into position.

PPE and sanitiser

  • A mask will be worn by me at all times and I will be frequently sanitising my hands through the session
  • Clients will be asked to bring their own masks, however masks will also be available in the studio
  • Hand sanitiser will be available in the studio. Clients will be kindly asked to sanitise their hands upon arrival and to use throughout the session.
  • I will wear cotton clothing that will be washed and fresh for each session

Toilet facilities

The toilet facilities are in my home. In the event that a member of your family needs to use the toilet, I want to assure you that the space will be thoroughly disinfected before and after use, including door handles, light switches, soap dispenser, taps and all surfaces. A freshly washed hand towel will be provided for you to dry your hands. Clients will be asked to wear a mask.

I hope that you feel reassured by all the measures I am putting in place and am looking forward to getting back behind the camera and photographing beautiful memories for families again.

Cheryl x

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