COVID19 Sessions at different alert levels

What a weird world we are living in right now!

This page is to give you the best idea possible about what we can achieve together at different alert levels. This will differ depending on the type of session you are after (so scroll to the session you're looking for), but will be in line with government regulations. Our absolute priority is to keep you and your family safe.

A COVID19 QR code will be available for you to scan in if you come to the studio.

Health and Wellness - please let me know if anyone in your bubble has been unwell coming up to your session. I am very happy to reschedule due to sickness and will be doing so too if anyone in my bubble is unwell. Let's keep each other safe!

Cleaning between sessions - anything used in a session will be cleaned before another client is able to use it. There will be a maximum of one newborn studio session per day, to allow for cleaning between sessions.

Vaccinations & certificates - I have had both doses of the vaccine, and everyone else that lives under the roof of the home studio has also been double vaccinated. Once we move to 'red', by law, I will be required to ask for vaccine certificates for sessions that are deemed 'close contact'. This includes all sessions in which I need to be within 2m from the subject, in particular, newborn studio sessions. If you don't have a vaccine certificate, feel free to get in touch and we can chat about what can be achieved in a 'non close contact' session.

Masks - while I will be in a mask during level 3, I am also happy to wear one at any alert level if you wish me to do so. Adults, during level 3, please bring a mask to wear if you are coming into the studio (though this will be able to be taken off when you are having your photos taken).

Maternity Sessions

Alert level 4: Unfortunately, no sessions can take place at level 4.

Alert level 3 -

  • Stage 1: Sessions can take place, but will be socially distanced, and only one bubble is allowed (max 9 people + me). I will be wearing a mask, and staying 2m away. Feel free to bring a mask along, but you won't have to wear it for the photos! The wardrobe will be available for your use. If you prefer a studio look (against a backdrop), this can be achieved - but it will be outdoors. I have a backdrop that will be set up outside, to give the illusion of a studio set up.
  • Stage 2: Outdoor sessions can proceed with up to 24 people + me. Otherwise, the rules are the same as at stage 1.
  • Stage 3: Same as above, except that social distancing is removed as I will be allowed within 2 metres (e.g. to fix hair or show you a pose).

Alert level 2 & 1: Sessions will proceed without restrictions.

Red, orange and green levels: Sessions can proceed as normal.

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Family Sessions

Alert level 4: Unfortunately, no sessions can take place at level 4.

Alert level 3 -

  • Stage 1: Sessions can take place, but will be socially distanced, and only one bubble is allowed (max 9 people + me). I will be wearing a mask, and staying 2m away. Feel free to bring a mask along, but you won't have to wear it for the photos! If you prefer a studio look (against a backdrop), this can be achieved - but it will be outdoors. I have a backdrop that will be set up outside, to give the illusion of a studio set up.
  • Stage 2: Outdoor sessions can proceed with up to 24 people + me, so this is when extended family sessions are possible.
  • Stage 3: Same as above, except that social distancing is removed as I will be allowed within 2 metres (e.g. to fix hair or show you a pose).

Alert level 2 & 1: Sessions will proceed without restrictions.

Red, orange and green levels: Sessions can proceed as normal.

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Newborn & older baby sessions

Alert level 4: Unfortunately, no sessions can take place at level 4.

Alert level 3 -

  • Stage 1: This is the trickiest stage for newborn photos, for two reasons - I have to socially distance (which means I can't handle the baby and can only direct posing from afar), and sessions must take place outdoors (so baby must stay dressed warmly). Only one bubble is allowed (max 9 people + me), I will be wearing a mask, and staying 2m away.
    We have two options - either an outdoor session where parents hold the baby at all times (somewhere like a park or a beach would work), or, we can achieve a 'studio look' in open air. I have set up a backdrop in the mouth of my garage (with the door open), allowing shelter from the sun but still an open-air setting (as I stand in the driveway). This allows me to direct you to place the baby so that we can get photos that appear to be indoors, but are actually outdoors.
    Please note that we will not be able to achieve all the normal photos I would usually be able to get - I can't take photos from above (because I have to stay 2m away), and we won't be able to do any special poses due to safety.
    We can, however, get some great simple photos of the baby by themselves or interacting with older siblings and parents. You can see an example of this kind of session here.
    Because the newborn stage is so fleeting, feel free to chat to me about a mini session during this stage to capture just a few photos while they are tiny, and opt for a proper newborn session experience once we get to stage 3.
  • Stage 2: Outdoor sessions can proceed with up to 24 people + me, so this is when extended family can join. Unfortunately these will still take place under the stage one conditions.
  • Stage 3: This is when normal studio sessions can take place, where I can get close and pose the baby. I will still wear a mask for your safety.

Alert level 2 & 1: Sessions will proceed without restrictions. I'm happy to wear a mask.

Red & orange levels: Normal close-contact studio sessions can take place with a vaccine certificate. If you do not have one, we can discuss socially distanced options, such as the ones highlighted above in stage 1.

Green level: Sessions can proceed as per normal, but with masks when you're not being photographed.

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This pose is possible at stage 1, with a parent's help to pose the baby and child.

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This - and most other parent poses - are possible at stage 1, with a parent's help to pose the baby.

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This picture shows the angle that we can take of any prop photos while maintaining a distance of 2m. This pose is possible at stage 1, with a parent's help to pose the baby and child.

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Unfortunately, this kind of image can only be done at stage 3, as I need to be standing directly over the baby to get the high point of view.

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