Our Note on COVID-19
Like everyone else, I am rapidly changing how business is done during the COVID-19 era. I have been familiar with COVID-19 since January 2020, when it started to hit China. I teach English part-time online to students in China, and have heard directly from dozens of Chinese families how this virus had spread rapidly there and how things are changing each week. I want you to know that in every aspect of my life, I take safety and cleanliness immensely seriously. I ask my clients do the same by washing their hands before sessions, using sanitizer, and refrain from coming closer than 6 feet. I'm staying as up-to-date as possible with CDC guidelines and our family is following these closely.
Normally, I am a little more hands-on with my sessions. I’ll fix hair, clothing, etc. I may stand next to my clients and occasionally show some of my favorite shots throughout the day. However, due to six-foot social distancing I will not be able to do things I normally do. So if I stay away from you - please know this is only because I have to for our safety and because I care about you so much! I will do my absolute best to catch any thing I see (flyaways, something on your jacket/dress, etc.) - but this will definitely require more teamwork! I'll also do my best to zoom in on photos to check clothing/hair more closely. You can help by doing things such as keeping your phone in your back pocket or in a bag left on the side of where we’re shooting. You may also want to carry a compact mirror with you if you want to check make-up, hair, etc. (Although please know I will happily take out fly-aways and blemishes during my editing process - so don’t fret too much!)
For pet photography sessions, I am personally OK with touching animals (and plan on doing so minimally - such as to say hello, give a small belly rub/ear scratch, or hand them a treat) and I think some level of a friendly connection makes for overall better photographs - but I will also try not to handle your pets at all should you let me know that’s what you want. I will not take offense to this at all! I ask that you let me know via e-mail before our session starts. Again, this may require more teamwork. You also may want to bring a friend, partner, or family member to help during the session since I recommend dogs stay on leash and their guardians close by (leashes can be removed in Photoshop).
Also, please let me know how high-risk you may be of COVID. I work from home as a photographer and English teacher, with the exception being outdoors for sessions (which are almost all outdoors). It is so important for me to know how many people you may come into contact with on a day-to-day basis and if I need to take any additional precautions. If you or someone in your family has been sick recently, please let me know immediately! I may want/need to alter our session - either how/when it's done.
As of the time of writing this, masks are not required in outdoor spaces where social distancing can be maintained. This gives me confidence that we can shoot a pretty “normal” session. With the different long lenses I have, I have no concern about still being able to get amazing shots of you while standing more than six feet away! I will come to each session with freshly washed hands, will have sanitizer/hand wipes with me (either on me or in my car), and will have a mask in my car to wear if needed/desired.
As for weddings, I'm staying as up-to-date as possible with the news much like you are! I am happy to photograph intimate ceremonies and small wedding celebrations! Again, just know I won't be able to be as friendly and close as normal! :) If you are having your ceremony this year but your reception next year, we can figure out a plan that works.
Lastly, I just want to say, it has been really sweet to watch couples who have been forced to change their wedding plans still go through with intimate (and safe!) ceremonies and not let this virus stop them from being married! Marriage is about, to me, a union of two individuals who love each other endlessly and accept each other wholeheartedly and unconditionally. It is not letting anything get in your way of being together. I know many of you have had to change plans, and perhaps that's been heartbreaking in some or many ways. I'm so sorry if that's the case for you. My heart goes out deeply for those who may not be able to have beloved family members at their ceremony (I personally relate to this). I get it, six thousand percent. You aren't alone. But, you can (and WILL) still make a million happy memories, you WILL still be married, and you WILL still get to celebrate with loved ones.
So, whether you are having a civil ceremony this year and holding off on just the reception, or postponing everything until next year - take a deep breath and know that no matter what, in 5, 10, 20 years down the road - you'll still look back on your wedding day(s) with a big smile on your face. You'll still have amazing memories. You'll still be with 'the one'. :) No matter what you decide, it's the best decision for you. Everything else will fall into place.
Thank you for understanding all of our new protocols and procedures, which by now I'm sure you're used to! I can't wait for the day until we can safely go back to normal. :) Let's keep creating and capturing priceless memories!
Summers Wedding, spring 2019