How COVID-19 Affects Your Photo Session

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By now you all are aware of the looming threat of Coronavirus and the impact it may have on our community. Just this evening, a case was confirmed in Cole County, and many more are popping up around the state of Missouri. Whether you have a wedding coming up or have a portrait session scheduled with me, I’d like to share with you the plan of action I am planning to take with my business. In addition to watching my own health cautiously, I am also continuing to monitor the reports of the CDC and WHO.

My goal as a business owner is to be transparent, flexible and understanding of all concerns regarding the virus. The wellness of my clients is not only important to me personally, but also to my business. Looking ahead, I would like to let you know the options you have regarding your session. 

HOW I CAN HELP:

  • I will be even more flexible than usual about cancellations and reschedules – the Coronavirus is causing enough stress, a photo session should not add more.
  • I will wash my hands thoroughly before every photoshoot and avoiding touching my face during sessions.
  • I will not touch you, and I will keep a 5ft distance (if possible) during sessions unless you request a specific shot that requires me to get closer. I will choose lenses that let me stay a little further away.
  • I will be honest with you about my own health and my travel schedule.
  • I will minimize my personal exposure to large events, sick people, and crowded places as much as possible. Most of you know that I occasionally work at the hospital as an RN. I can assure you that, if I do go into work at the hospital, every care is taken to wash my hands thoroughly throughout the day and at the end of my shift, as well as any further precautions deemed necessary in regards to my patient load.

PHOTOGRAPHY-FOCUSED COVID-19 SUGGESTIONS:

  • Be honest with others about your health and travel. Be honest with yourself. Now is not the time to pretend like you are healthy if you are feeling off. Stay home. Reschedule stuff.
  • If you are getting married, keep your guests posted about ways you can help them! Post on your wedding website about the virus situation in the wedding location, and tell sick guests to PLEASE stay home. Tell people what precautions you will be taking as their wedding host. Keep them updated with travel plans. Communication goes a long way. Use your wedding website as a tool!
  • If you are needing to reschedule your wedding, grab as many emails as possible of guests so that you can keep them quickly informed of any new dates. You could even consider creating a Facebook page to keep people informed.
  • Remember, we are all in this together. We are all a little scared. We are all getting hit economically and worried about loved ones getting sick. Be kind. Be understanding. It will go a long way!

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GET SICK BEFORE YOUR PHOTOSHOOT?

  • The sooner you can let me know, the better!
  • We will postpone your session until a date when you are feeling healthier – no biggie!

WHAT HAPPENS IF GET SICK BEFORE YOUR PHOTOSHOOT?

  • If I feel sick (cough, fever, body aches) before your photoshoot, I will inform you as soon as possible and ask how you would like to proceed. I always promise to be honest with my clients about my own health, so that you can make an educated decision. 
  • Again, we can postpone the session to a later date and any payments you’ve made will apply to your new date.

WHAT IF I HAVE TRAVELED RECENTLY BEFORE YOUR PHOTOSHOOT?

  • I will always be open and honest with you about my travel itinerary. If you are uncomfortable with my recent travel, we can reschedule your session for a later date.
  • I have no plans to travel out of state any time soon, but will be traveling within MO occasionally.

I hope that you all are staying safe and healthy. I know this is a lot to deal with and was not expected when you scheduled your session or wedding! By now I’m sure you can see how fast something can spread, and I want to make sure I’m doing my part for the health of my family, my clients, and for the vulnerable patient population that I work with occasionally.

Please email me at amandamusselmanphotography@gmail.com if you have any questions at all.

Credit: Katy Weaver Photo, Laura Rowe Photo & Design

Mar 17, 2020

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