It is an understatement to simply say We Can’t Wait to See You! However, that is the truth! We want you in our studio and in our gardens. We can’t wait to catch up and see how each of you is doing.
But in order for that to happen, we have to make sure that it is safe for us and for each of you. Below you will find the guidelines set forth by the Professional Photographers of America. We want to share this with you so that you know that we have your well-being in mind. Safety is the most important step in reopening our studio.
That being said, we want you to know that we will be adhering to each of these guidelines and we are confident that you can take part in a session in a safe environment. However, in return, we ask that each of our clients do their part as well.
In celebration of Mother’s Day we included some images below that celebrate some of the beautiful Hayes & Fisk moms, so be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post!
We hope to see you soon!
Professional photographers serve as the primary keepers of our world, national, and family histories. Prior to the mid-1800’s, almost everything we knew about our world was written by hand. However, when we think of our world today, we think in terms of the images created by highly skilled professional photographers.
As an industry, professional photography has embraced the need to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing, including shelter in place orders. As a leading organization, we urge members to be responsible community members and are grateful for the thousands upon thousands of professional photographers who are doing all they can to ensure the safety of others during this difficult time.
As the smallest of small businesses, professional photographers are often the hardest hit by the financial loss resulting from economic downturns. That is especially true with the current circumstances. Many will be eager to get back to work quickly once restrictions are lifted. In preparation for that, we offer the following guidelines for professional photographers to use as they follow state and local leaders’ phased-in efforts to re-open businesses:
Adherence to State and Local guidelines
Above all, professional photographers believe in being good community citizens. We urge all members to work cooperatively with their state and local leaders to provide a safe environment for all. By adhering to guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control, we believe we can reopen photography businesses safely, and at the same time, contribute into the emotional and financial healing process that needs to take place in a post-COVID-19 world.
Personal Protective Equipment
The use of PPE such as masks and gloves should be used while working with clients. We recommend that this measure continues through the end of phase three as outlined in recently released federal guidelines. The guidelines can be found at: https://www.whitehouse.
Employees & Guidelines
Any studio employees or photographic assistants who are sick should be expected to stay home. Studio owners should provide training and educational materials available through the CDC website on proper sanitation, hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, use of PPE, and other protective behaviors. Break rooms or other areas of the studio should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and not used for congregating by employees.
Social distancing / No touch
Photographers should maintain social distancing, using no-touch posing methods when at all possible. Until further notice is received from the CDC and other health officials, the maximum gathering for a photographic shoot of 10 or fewer persons should be observed.
By appointment only
Professional photographers should hold to strict appointment times, allowing sufficient time to sanitize photographic equipment and common areas after each client session. Only one client (and family) should be allowed in studio facilities at any given time. If the session is held offsite, only one client (and family) should be staged in the immediate area.
Temperature checks and screening questions
Temperature checks should be conducted for each photographic client (including each member of the family present) prior to each session. Any subject or family member with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees should be rescheduled. Screening questions could include:
- How are you feeling?
- Have you had a cough or any flu-like or COVID symptoms in the last 14 days?
- Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms with the last 14 days?
- Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
Adherence to sanitation protocols
Standard sanitation protocols prior to each client should include but not be limited to:
- Washing hands regularly before and after photographic sessions
- Sanitation of all props, chairs, benches with which a client may come into contact
- Sanitation of restroom/dressing facilities if available to clients in-studio
- Sanitation of common areas, including doorknobs (interior and exterior), countertops, pens, and pencils, tablets and monitors
- Removal of unnecessary paper products or décor (magazines, newspapers, extraneous sales materials)
Since today is Mother’s Day we thought we would include a few images to celebrate all of the fabulous mothers that are part of the Hayes & Fisk Family!
We Can’t Wait to See You!