COVID-19 AND WHAT WE ARE DOING TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE
Amidst the panic and hysteria of the Coronavirus and the tizzy that is unfolding before everyone's eyes, I wanted to shed some light on the preventative measures and cautionary actions I take to ensure that my studio is not only meticulous clean and sanitized for you and your children, but that it is a safe place, as well.
What do I do to ensure the safety and health while you are here?
1. Strict Illness Policy
We ask that anyone who is exhibiting any symptoms of being unwell to reschedule their sessions. Whether they are symptoms of the Coronavirus or not, any symptoms that hint that you may be unwell we ask that we keep those germs out of our studio to ensure that nothing gets passed around.
This also goes for myself and my own family; if there are any symptoms present amongst ourselves, I promise to be honest and will reschedule your session as to not spread any germs onto you or your loved ones.
We will absolutely reschedule your session, free of charge, if you are experiencing symptoms. While we do not offer refunds for cancelling sessions, we can ensure that you will get what was promised to you and are happy to reschedule if need be. Communicate with us and we will be happy to cater to you to make sure that your session still goes as planned, maybe just a little later rather than sooner!
2. Meticulous Sanitation Before & After Each Session
My studio is mopped, cleaned and sanitized before every session and all props that have been handled or touched (including my camera) are disinfected and sanitized after each use to prevent the spread of germs and sicknesses. I have always been extremely meticulous about this in my studio. There is honestly no surface I wouldn't lick in my studio if you asked me to! I know it's THAT. CLEAN.
3. Regular Hand-Washing Habits
During a session, I will regularly take breaks specifically to wash my hands. This habit continues throughout my daily life as to not spread germs that can be easily spread. We also ask for clients to be extra-vigilant in washing their hands - not just after using the washroom, but any time you cough or sneeze, finish a task, etc. Lots of germs can be washed away by a quick wash with warm water and soap.
**It would be a good idea to wipe down your phones and tablets frequently, as well!
4. Exercising Social Distancing
I've been extra-conscious in minding my distance from crowds of people and possibly exposing myself to any illnesses or viruses. Not only for the health of my family and myself but also to ensure that I am not exposing you and your family to anything that might have followed me home and to my studio.
5. Being Mindful
During a session, I will be mindful of what I am doing. I will not touch your baby's face, I will not breathe onto them. Your family's safety is one of my greatest concerns during the studio. Risks in the studio do not just include falling or accidents with props. It extends into the invisible, and what goes into preventing those sneaky little germs from following you home.
6. Not Panicking
It is hard to not let the sheer panic of the crowds around us affect our moods, decisions and actions. By focusing my attention on the safety of my family and, additionally, the families who enter the safety of my home with the goal of creating beautiful memories to treasure, we encourage everyone to remain calm and trust that we have taken the very necessary steps in ensuring the environment here is very safe, very clean, and very relaxing to unwind and escape.
You are safe here. You can see (and even smell) the cleanliness and know that here you are all safe.
We wish everyone safety and health amidst this pandemic that has grabbed hold of the globe. Stay safe, be smart, and don't panic. Wash your hands, don't touches your faces, keep away from strangers and crowded places.
Don't forget to still have fun. Don't be afraid. And use this time to grow closer with your family members and treasure these close moments that this time will bring.
This is what we make of it. It can be a time of fear, panic and illness. Or, we can make it a time of quality bonding, improving our habits in keeping germs at bay and learning a little more about what kind of people we ought to be amidst a time of fear.
... And, if you need a Newborn Photographer in December, you know where to find me! #CoronaVirusShutDown2020