ADP’s COVID Game Plan

 

**Alexa received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and is fully vaccinated as of April 26th, 2021**

Safety + compliance have always been my #1 priority during this unprecedented time. I pivoted my business to 100% virtual at the beginning of this crisis + followed all of the stay-at-home orders outlined by our state. I relaunched outdoor photoshoots on June 10th, 2020 + in-home photoshoots on July 6th, 2020. As I reopened my business, I did so with caution + adhered to the below guidelines, to ensure we all worked together safely.

As vaccinations roll out, the safety policies + procedures I initially implemented will continued to be followed. Please review those policies below:

Update as of June 2021: If all adults in your family are vaccinated, facemasks will be optional for outdoor photoshoots. I am more than happy to continue wearing my facemask outdoors, but will discuss with each family whether they'd like me to keep my facemask on during the session or remove it. I will happily oblige either request based on everyone's comfort level. I will continue wearing my facemask for all indoor photoshoots, including at newborn sessions and headshots.

 

SESSION AVAILABILITY + BOOKING

My calendar is currently open + available for bookings.  A specific date will be selected + confirmed upon receipt of the deposit at the time of booking, but with the understanding that the shoot date may shift based on any changes to stay-at-home orders or shifts in phases issued by NYS.

I will be driving myself to every photoshoot, which will help me avoid using public transportation/Uber which can increase risk of exposure.

 

SAFETY + HEALTH PROTOCOL for OUTDOOR SHOOTS

I’m a hugger so this one is a toughie, but all families will be greeted with air hugs + a wave from a safe distance. Social distancing of at least 6 feet + facemasks will be required while walking to our shoot location during all outdoor sessions. 

Once we arrive at the shoot location, families can remove their facemasks + should maintain social distancing from me. I understand that young children may not completely understand this rule so I will do my best to keep my distance while they're running around having fun!

All posing will be directed by me from a safe distance of at least 6 feet. I will do my best to articulate exactly how to position yourself + your family, as well as note when clothing or hair needs rearranging.

During the session, families typically like to look at a few photos from the back of my camera (to make sure they love how they look obviously!). This will still be permitted, however facemasks will be required to be put back on. I will hold the camera and scroll through the photos myself while you look through some sample photos.

 

SAFETY + HEALTH PROTOCOL for INDOOR SHOOTS

Prior to my arrival, please wipe down surfaces throughout the living room + bedrooms with disinfectant. For newborn sessions, key surfaces include the living room coffee table, master bedroom dresser, + all door handles. For cake smash sessions, the key area is the living room floor where I plan to lay out my backdrop.

Upon my arrival, I will immediately wash my hands + continue to wash my hands frequently throughout the shoot (this is something I've be doing before times of COVID so this procedure is nothing new!). Please have facemasks on as I arrive at your home, while we are greeting each other, + preparing to begin the shoot.  Once we begin shooting, your facemasks can of course be removed, however I will wear my facemask during the entirety of the session. When you are not being photographed, during solo shots of the children for example, please put your facemasks back on.

For newborn sessions, I will swaddle the baby myself before we begin shooting but will leave all shushing, rocking, + other forms of soothing the baby to you in order to keep a distance as much as possible during the session.

All other procedures listed in the 'outdoor shoot' section should be followed for indoor sessions.



RESCHEDULING POLICY

If you or a family member experience any of the following symptoms within 48 hours of your session it is important that you call, text, or email me to reschedule your session:

  • fever of 100.4 or higher
  • experiencing a cough, shortness of breath +/or sore throat
  • have had new loss of taste or smell
  • have been vomiting or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours
  • been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19

There is no fee for having to reschedule! This is for everyone’s health + safety.

 

ADDITIONAL TIPS TO A SUCCESSFUL OUTDOOR FAMILY SHOOT

Please find below a list of suggested items to bring with you to your shoot:

  • Facemasks for everyone!
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A blanket to sit on
  • Books to read together as a family. Consider books with ‘pretty’ covers or books that have meaning to your family, as the cover will appear in the photos.
  • Bubbles! Bubbles are perfect to get those authentic smiles + they look particularly beautiful in photos.
  • Snacks! Consider choosing snacks that come in neutral colors like cheerios, puffs, and pretzels. Avoid snacks that will stain your child’s mouth like lollipops or gummies
  • Anything comforting for your kids that brings out natural smiles like a stuffed animal or special toy

 

Thank you so much for your continued support + understanding during this challenging time.

 

With love,

Alexa Drew