It’s that time! We’ve received word that we are able to open our doors again, and I can’t wait to see all of you! I want to first thank everyone who chose to reschedule instead of cancel their sessions, even when we had no idea how long this would take. And, I want to say an extra thank you to anyone who purchased a gift card during the crisis. Because of you, my family was able to stay afloat. We all thank you. This small business thanks you!
Now, it’s no surprise that there will be some changes for our sessions coming up this summer. To keep my family healthy, and to keep your family healthy, I hope we can all work together to have safe and fun sessions by utilizing the safety measures I’m putting in place. I will officially be reopening June 5th for outdoor sessions only. Please also keep in mind that sessions can only have up to 10 people. That means NINE family members and me. Anything for larger groups or events will have to be postponed until the state gives us further guidelines.
Location, location, location.
I will only be shooting outdoor sessions for the foreseeable future. These sessions will occur on private property or limited locations I’ve chosen that will have lower crowds, making it safer for all of us. Since families will not be masked during the session, you’ll notice I’ll be shooting with a longer lens and keeping at least 8-10 feet between us (the CDC recommends 6 feet, but I would like to be extra sure we all stay healthy!).
Are masks required?
Please don’t be surprised! I’ll be wearing my mask when I greet you and do anything that requires that I get closer than 8 feet to your family. I will likely lower it when I get further back to actually take the portraits, so that you can both hear me and everyone is able to feel more relaxed. When you’re not being photographed, I’d highly recommend you wear your mask – and take it off during the portraits. Additionally, sessions will be zero contact. That means no handshakes, hugs, fixing your hair, holding your bags/belongings or touching any personal items. Oh! And don’t forget the hand sanitizer. I’ll have my own on me, but please provide your own so we can be extra careful.
Newborns and Little Ones
All of my newborn sessions will now take place outside of your home until further notice. As with family sessions, these will be zero contact sessions.
Please know that you are responsible for the movements of your children and pets during any sessions with me in the near future. Although I love being able to help during sessions, everyone’s health must take a priority. I will verbally provide posing suggestions and instructions throughout our sessions.
Contracts & Ordering Sessions
All contracts will be updated to reflect these new policies. By signing, you are agreeing to them – and to letting me know if we must reschedule. All ordering sessions will continue to happen virtually following your session, as has always been my policy. I look forward to seeing what artwork you choose from your session!!!
It is strongly encouraged that any family members attending your session (and myself) take temperatures before coming to the session. If anyone registers at 100.4 or higher, we will reschedule the session for at least 14 days later. Additionally, if anyone is experiencing coughing, shortness of breath, or any other symptoms, we will reschedule for at least two weeks later. Finally, if anyone has tested positive for the virus, please let me know and we will reschedule. Although I know it can be frustrating to reschedule, your health and mine (as well as my family’s) is of the utmost importance.
I know that all these rules seem overwhelming. But I want to be sure everyone is as safe as possible while we document your family’s story. I appreciate your support and understanding as we figure out how to make these sessions as safe as we can. I can’t wait to see your smiling faces and watch your family enjoy the summer months in Philly. Let’s capture those memories!
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