Careful Actions During COVID-19
As parts of Indiana begin to open and stay at home orders are lifted, I’m grateful that I’m able to get back to work, though I know we’re not out of the woods yet. My number one priority is the health and safety of my clients and myself. I want to assure any present or future clients that I have been and will continue to take every precaution available to me.
First and foremost, I’ll be paying attention to the local government rules and regulations concerning capacity and social distancing. I’m relying on health experts and leaders to provide best practices and safety guidelines as well as creating some of my own.
As long as there is nice weather, I’m encouraging clients to take the shoot outside where individuals can stand further apart. I’ve also taken advantage of weekends and worked with clients, such as Stifel, to photograph in their office on a Saturday when we could have the whole place to ourselves to maintain proper distancing. This also has the added benefit of not disturbing others in the area who are doing their day-to-day activities.
When working to find the best pose for my clients, I’m practicing verbal posing as much as possible. I’ve even developed a habit of holding my breath if there’s a need to adjust something directly on the individual.
I’ll also be sanitizing my equipment before and after each session with a keen eye to avoid cross-contamination. It does no good to wipe down my camera only to transfer germs from the door handle I used on the way inside. This is especially true when it comes to shooting interior home photos.
When I work with The HomeWright to photograph remodeled homes, I often stage rooms by shifting around furniture or moving personal items out of the shot. For the safety of the homeowners and respect for their home, I wear a mask and am very careful to sanitize after each house to halt any cross-contamination.
I truly care for each and every one of the people I photograph and the organizations they represent. I will do my best to keep everyone safe, and I encourage other photographers to do the same.