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COVID-Safe 

We’ve made some changes to the way we operate so that we can continue to provide our services to all families in a safe way while helping prevent the spread of illness and COVID 19. These changes have been made in direct consultation with the ACT Government and adhere to current ACT Public Health Directions.

The following policy was last updated on the 20/7/2020, is subject to change as developments occur and effectively immediately until further notice.

Studio attendance for newborn and baby photography

The number of persons that may attend our indoor business premises equates to 1 person per 4 square meters of our available floor space where unassisted social distancing and personal hygiene can be maintained.

  • 2 parents and 1 baby (from one household) may attend the full duration of studio sessions
  • Up to 2 siblings may attend the final 15 minutes of a studio session for the purpose of family/sibling photos
  • You must stay at home if symptomatic of any illness no matter how minor you feel it is. With the exclusion of Christmas Mini Sessions, we will reschedule your session to the nearest available date with no financial loss with a minimum of 24 hours notice required.
  • Your photographer will make arrangements to reschedule a session if the photographer is unwell.
  • If you or your close contacts (defined as more than 15 minutes face to face contact with another person) have been to any COVID hot spot locations within 14 days of the session date, please stay at home and contact us to reschedule (excluding Christmas Mini Sessions) with a minimum of 24 hours notice.
  • If you or your close contacts have entered Australia from overseas within 14 days of the session date and are exempt from mandatory quarantine OR are awaiting test results for COVID 19 please stay at home and contact us with a minimum of 24 hours notice to reschedule.

Hand hygiene

It is a requirement that all persons entering our studio wash their hands in soapy water and apply hand sanitizer before, during and after the session.

  • Hand washing in soapy water followed by the application of hand sanitizer after using the bathroom, before entering the premises and before leaving the premises.
  • Application of hand sanitizer immediately coughing, sneezing, touching the face and after touching personal items.
  • Parents are responsible for ensuring children practice good hand hygiene

Respiratory hygiene

It is a requirement that all persons entering our studio practice good respiratory hygiene

  • Coughing or sneezing into the crook of the arm followed by hand hygiene using sanitizer or soapy water.
  • Parents are responsible for ensuring children are capable of and practice good respiratory hygiene
  • Parents and Children must be well.  Children must not attend with coughs and runny noses.

Sanitizing props

  • Soft props (wraps, blankets, posing pillows, prop layers, beanies) are washed after each client and line dried in the sun.
  • Hard props are wiped down in soapy water and sprayed in a hospital grade disinfectant after each client.
  • Props that can’t be washed in the conventional way (handmade curly wool felted layers, flokati rugs, furs, backdrops, hair flowers) gently steamed, sprayed in hospital grade disinfectant and aired outdoors.

Cleaning the studio between clients

  • High use touch points are cleaned after every client (light switches, door knobs, posing stools, newborn posing bag, surfaces near the client seating area).
  • Floors are vacuumed (HEPA filter)
  • The entrance door and walls near the client seating area are cleaned after each client.
  • Bins are changed and washed.
  • Soft props are not left in studio on open display and are stored appropriately.

Siblings

  • Welcoming siblings at the end of sessions allows us to focus on capturing newborns at their sleepiest and to maintain a safe environment conducive to newborn photography.  It further allows vigilance in tracing touch points that require cleaning between clients.  This is the perfect amount of time to capture family connection and a reflection of a child’s span of enthusiasm to participate.
  • Parents are responsible for ensuring children maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Parents are responsible for supervising children at all times and restricting their movement in the studio to the area in which children are to be photographed.
  • Siblings must not arrive before the time specified by the Photographer and our time with siblings must not exceed 15 minutes.

Additional preventative measures

  • A health risk assessment and temperature check is required prior to entering the studio
  • Persons presenting with symptoms of illness will not be permitted to enter the studio
  • Mask wearing is currently not mandatory but subject to change if the need arises.
  • The client may request a “masked studio session” if desired.  All persons attending wear a mask for the duration of the session with the exception of having photographs taken.
  • Persons entering the photographers private residence to use the rest room must sanitize hands before entering.
  • Touch-up’s to make-up and hair can be done in studio and the photographer will provide privacy should you need to change or would like privacy when breastfeeding.
  • Shoes are to be removed before entering the studio or our private residence.
  • Non-essential items from home should not be brought into the studio.
  • Phones must be wiped down before entering the studio or left outside the studio.
  • We are a low volume business and do not book more than one studio session per day.
  • The photographer frequently practices good hand hygiene throughout the session regularly applying hand sanitizer.
  • 1.5 meters is visually marked on the floor. Parents are responsible for ensuring children maintain a 1.5 meter distance from the Photographer.
  • Siblings may attend in the last 15 minutes of the session specifically for sibling photos and one family photo
  • ACT Public Health information is clearly displayed in our studio.
  • Online training in COVID 19 infection control has been undertaken.
  • We are not taking studio cake smash bookings during cold and flu season.  Studio cake smash sessions are open for booking from September to March.

Outdoor family photography, outdoor cake smash photography and outdoor maternity photography

Under the rule for outdoor gatherings and within the maximum numbers included in our family sessions, we are permitted to photograph outdoors on land open for public use with social distancing of 1.5 meters maintained.

  • Our family photography sessions include up to six individuals from the same household
  • The use of specific lenses allows the photographer to stand a greater distance than 1.5 meters from clients
  • ACT Government have requested populated area’s be avoided to discourage larger outdoor gatherings
  • It is everyone’s responsibility to maintain physical distance of 1.5 meters.  If a site is too crowded and distancing requirements cannot be maintained the Photographer will move your group away from others.
  • You must stay at home if symptomatic of any illness no matter how minor you feel it is. You should contact us with a minimum of 24 hours notice and we will reschedule your session with no financial loss.
  • Your photographer will make arrangements to reschedule a session if the photographer is unwell.
  • f you or your close contacts (defined as more than 15 minutes face to face contact with another person) have been to any COVID hot spot locations within 14 days of the session date, please stay at home and contact us to reschedule with a minimum of 24 hours notice.
  • If you or your close contacts have entered Australia from overseas within 14 days of the session date and are exempt from mandatory quarantine OR are awaiting test results for COVID 19 please stay at home and contact us with a minimum of 24 hours notice to reschedule.

FAQ’s 

Q: Can I bring extended family to the studio

A: Studio sessions are inclusive of immediate family (mum, dad, siblings) from the same household.

 

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