Updated: May 19
I’m sure like many of you, I’ve been looking forward to the day some sort of normality can resume.
I am cautiously outlining the steps for when we can have your photoshoot. I’ve outlined a couple of points to consider when booking a shoot. I hope to minimise the risk to myself, my family and my clients during this time and we can discuss the measures we can all implement to ensure we follow all the guidelines we have been given by the Government.
Once we are given the go ahead to work outdoors again, here are the steps that need to be followed. These apply largely to equine shoots but they are also mostly applicable to canine shoots too:
· Your yard owner/manager/land owner must be happy for me to visit your yard, I will follow the protocols they have in place for visitors to the yard and I will minimise my contact with any gates/surfaces where possible. The shoot should fit in to any time restrictions you have in place on your yard, as many have implemented to allow social distancing to happen. This too applies to any yard day bookings where there are multiple shoots happening on the same day in order to reduce the number of people on the yard at one time.
· You should bring a helper to the shoot, ideally someone from your household, to help you with outfit changes, holding your horse etc. If your helper is not someone from your own household you should still follow government guidelines and keep to social distancing rules. If you were hoping to have group shots with people not from the same household as you, this will need to be postponed until a future date.
· If you, someone in your family or someone you’ve come in to contact with displays any of the symptoms of the virus, you should alert me and we will postpone the shoot where it’s deemed necessary. The same applies for myself, if I feel ill or anyone I live with shows symptoms, I will be in touch to make the changes to your shoot.
· If you wish to postpone your shoot please let me know at the earliest opportunity, we can move your shoot to a date later in the summer. You should also be aware that as the summer progresses we may resort back to tougher lockdown restrictions but they also may ease too. There was the suggestion that certain regions may be restricted more than others over the coming weeks so this will also be factored in to the viability of your shoot.
· Gift vouchers will be honoured for an extended period to allow for the time I’ve not been able to work and restrictions remain in place.
· I won’t be able to accept any cash during this time, most of my payments are normally done via an online bank transfer or Paypal.
For the large part, shoots will run as normal. I am able to maintain my distance due to the equipment (long lenses!) that I work with and the ability to work outside. For now I will be limiting the distance I am travelling to shoots but that will be discussed on an individual basis.
I will still be accepting bookings, as I have been these past few weeks, on the basis that things may change on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis based on Government guidelines. I’ll only be going to one shoot per day rather than scheduling multiple shoots in across an area to ensure I am able to clean my equipment and change between visits.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and I will answer them as best as I can for you. At this time I would recommend that if you aren’t sure you are able to meet the criteria above, we should look to postpone your shoot to later in the summer.
In most cases we should be able to work your shoot as normal, and that’s something I’ve been looking forward to! I can’t wait to see you all again soon, albeit without the pony cuddles which I always love, sadly!
Let’s all keep doing our bit to support our NHS and other key workers to ensure the impacts of this horrible virus are kept to a minimum.