In light of recent events, the passing of my cousin from COVID-19, I feel it's important to dedicate a page to my response to the pandemic.
Creating an environment that's safe and comfortable for my clients has always been important to me, even before the pandemic. But it's needed, more than ever, because even though we've been through this pandemic for nearly a year, an alarming number of people in the public still do not care and are living life as if everything is normal, and that because there's "a 90-something perfect survival rate and most only have mild symptoms that it's not that serious." Well...that 90-something survival rate means nothing to those who lost loved ones to COVID....
Until the pandemic is under control and I have been fully vaccinated, in addition to CDC guidelines (wearing a mask, distancing as much as possible) I will be implementing more strict measures in my business and I ask that my clients respect these changes.
I will book everything at least 7 days apart.*
This includes everything from weddings, intimate ceremonies and elopements, to portrait sessions of all kinds (engagements/couples, family, maternity, etc.). Basically, no more back-to-back gigs. This is so there's no crossover between my clients (and their guests) when it comes to contact-tracing in the event there's exposure to COVID. *See updates below!* =)
With that said, I ask that everyone I book please be transparent about COVID exposure if they find out they, or someone who attended their wedding/session, had COVID at the time of me being there. The very last thing I want to do is to unknowingly spread COVID (that is, if I end up being an asymptomatic carrier) at my next gig/session. And in the event I do have COVID, I will have an associate photograph on my behalf until I am 100% well + test negative.
Sessions will be held in locations that have very minimal to no crowds.
I want everyone who books a session with me to feel comfortable and safe. If a popular location is desired for your session, I ask that sessions be scheduled when there is a small chance of the location being crowded, such as on a weekday or in the early morning on a weekend.
If you're feeling unwell, please reschedule.
This is something I've requested since the beginning of the pandemic, but I want to post it here, too. Doesn't matter if it's a cold, flu, or COVID - whatever sickness it is, if it can be spread and cause others to fall ill then please reschedule until you are 100% better (and have tested negative if it's COVID). I am currently not charging rescheduling fees for sessions if clients are feeling ill, so please reschedule if you're feeling unwell. If I am feeling unwell, I will message you and ask that we reschedule until I am feeling better and test negative (if it's COVID). If you cannot reschedule, then I will have an associate cover for me.
If you have previously been infected with covid, I ask that you inform me.
I'm all about transparency in my business, and I'm always open and honest with everyone I book. I ask that everyone who books with me do the same. If you have previously been infected with covid, please let me know. I'll ask some simple questions such as: when was your last covid test and what the results were, how long ago were you infected. This is so I can take any extra precautions during your session. Everything will be kept confidential, of course.
I'd like to thank you everyone who has been given me comfort during this difficult time.
And to everyone who has booked me, thank you for also taking the necessary measures to stop the spread of COVID.
To book your wedding or session, please fill out my contact form.
For questions, you can email email@example.com
This page will be updated if any more measures need to be taken.
February 12, 2021: I've been scheduled to receive my Pfizer vaccine! I'm scheduled to get the 1st dose on Feb. 13, and then the final dose on March 6. Even after I receive my vaccines, I will still implement the measures above. The one thing I'll be a little more flexible with is scheduling weddings and sessions (after March 6).
*March 9, 2021: Ya girl is fully vaccinated as of March 6!!!! I will still be wearing my mask to protect myself from catching COVID and to also protect those who aren't vaccinated. I will also be loosening up on how many gigs I can take within a week now that I'm protected and others are beginning to, too! While we aren't fully out of the dark yet from this pandemic, that light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter!!
December 21, 2021: I've received my booster! But, also, the Omicron variant is spreading, so I will be wearing my mask when within 6-feet of anyone during weddings and sessions.
January 2, 2022: Along with wearing my mask when within a close distance, I will also wear my mask indoors and I'll also test for COVID regularly to ensure I'm all good before a wedding and gig.