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I have spent a lot of time researching and asking questions on the best way to open safely and ensure I do my absolute best to keep you and your family safe while they are in the studio with me.
Below are the best guidelines I have been given and I will be following when we re open the studio.
UK SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERS DURING COVID-19
Melanie East, specialist newborn photographer and trainer, newborn safety expert AND Dr Daniel Langer, Consultant in paediatric medicine with specialist interest in infectious diseases and immunology.
The following guidelines have been drafted for newborn photographers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
WHEN TO START PHOTOGRAPHING NEWBORN BABIES AGAIN?
Newborn photographers should not be photographing newborn babies until hairdressers have re-opened. This is because the nature of newborn photography requires close contact.
CLEANING AND SANITISATION
The studio will be thoroughly disinfected with disinfectant before each session including the floor.
Limited studio sessions per week to allow deep clean between sessions. Props will be thoroughly wiped with disinfectant before and after use.
Teddies, felt hearts, snugglies, headbands and any other soft props or material which cannot be washed at 60 degrees Celsius will be quarantined for at least 72 hours between sessions.
Parents will be sent a questionnaire which should be returned the night before the session confirming that they, and anybody within their household are not experiencing symptoms relating to Covid-19
The photographer will confirm that they and anybody within their household are not experiencing symptoms relating to Covid-19
If either of us or anybody within the client’s or your household are experiencing symptoms you will postpone the session for at least 14 days.
My camera will be sanitised before use.
Windows will be open throughout the session to allow ventilation.
Clients will have access to use toilet facilities and there will be sanitising facilities, the lid must be closed when flushing and the bathroom must be sanitised before the next client.
No refreshments will be provided during sessions - clients should bring their own.
Parents must sanitise hands on arrival.
Shoes should be left outside.
Face coverings will be worn by photographer and parents. If photographing parents, when parents remove mask in order to be photographed, I must stay at least 1 metre away.
Hands will be washed thoroughly and hand sanitiser used before I touch the baby and whenever I touch the baby.
Whereas I appreciate I cannot maintain a 1 metre distance when posing a baby, as much distance as possible will be between the photographer and the baby whilst also maintaining baby safety.
Baby will not be left unattended in props.
I will not be wearing gloves. This gives a false sense of security and prevents proper sanitisation.
The best way to keep as safe as possible is to wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap if you have basin facilities within the studio.
This is guidance, and is not an exhaustive list. A risk assessment based upon session and set up will be completed for each session held.
Where possible all viewings will be moved to an online appointment via zoom. At which I will screen share with you at a pre arranged time
in order for you to view your images in the best way and make your package selections.
I have completed courses in both Infection prevention and also A Covid-19 course.
You can see my certificates below.
Please be assured I am doing everything I can to make sure the studio is safe for your return.