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COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS & UPDATED STUDIO POLICIES

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has changed our lives in ways we never imagined. Making sure that I can provide a clean, safe space for you and your families is more important now than ever. Whilst we still don’t know what our “new normal” will look like and don't yet know when I can reopen I am putting extra precautions in place on top of the rigorous procedures I already have to sanitise the studio. I have carried out thorough risk assessments for all scenarios relating to my studio and outdoor sessions, adhering to strict government guidelines.

 

Please see below for an updated list of precautions and studio policies that will be in place as we move forward.

 

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ILLNESS POLICY

 

Clients are required to disclose and reschedule their session if their child or anyone coming into the studio has had a fever or any other symptoms such as cough, runny nose or vomiting in the last 24 hours. To reschedule, please contact me as soon as possible. There is no fee to reschedule.  

 

STUDIO CLEANING & SAFETY

 

  1. The morning of your session I will give you a ring and run through some questions to ensure you are symptom free and you will be required to sign a waiver that states if you test positive anytime after visiting the studio you will notify me as a matter of urgency
  2. I will wear a N95 mask and visor for close contact work such as newborn posing and gloves will be worn if required by the client
  3. Hands should be washed prior to the session by both myself and clients and hand sanitiser is available at all times
  4. All surfaces are wiped down with disinfectant, including door handles and anything you come into contact with
  5. All floors will be thoroughly mopped and cleaned with bleach
  6. Tissues will be available in order to follow government and PHE guidance to “CATCH IT. BIN IT. KILL IT.
  7. The bin is being emptied and changed after every session
  8. Washing/sanitising of all blankets and props after each session
  9. Toys will unfortunately no longer be available for children to play with during sessions - but please continue to bring your own tablets / toys 
  10. No outside props are to be brought to the studio
  11. Until further notice, only one studio portrait session will be scheduled per day
  12. No personal contact will be allowed. This includes me arranging your hair, clothes and posing but I will try my best to direct you.
  13. Only immediate family members will be allowed to attend and I ask, where possible, for you to make alternative arrangements for those not having their portraits taken to minimise exposure
  14. No shoes allowed in the shooting area of the studio
  15. Until further notice, all prints will be posted and products will be contactless collection
  16. I have subscribed to email updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Government via gov.uk, and will reflect any changes in advice in my studio policy immediately 

 

OUTDOOR SESSION

 

  1. The morning of your session I will give you a ring and run through some questions to ensure you are symptom free and you will be required to sign a waiver that states if you test positive anytime after visiting the studio you will notify me as a matter of urgency.
  2. Masks and gloves will be worn if required by the client
  3. I use a long lens for outdoor sessions anyway which mean I will naturally be more than 2 meters away
  4. Everyone taking part in the session must stay a minimum of 1 metre away from me during the session
  5. No personal contact will be allowed. This includes me arranging your hair, clothes and posing but I will try my best to direct you.
  6. Ordering appointments will take place via an online conference 
  7. Until further notice, all prints will be posted and products will be contactless collection
  8. Hand sanitiser will be available for you to use at the beginning and end of the session if you need it
  9. I have subscribed to immediate email updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Government via gov.uk, and will reflect any changes in advice in my studio policy immediately

 

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your understanding and for helping me keep my studio and outdoor work space a safe environment.

 

Jemma x 


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