The Safe Operation of Professional Photography in a COVID-19 World
Adherence to State and Local guidelines
Above all, professional photographers believe in being good community citizens. We urge all members to work cooperatively with their state and local leaders to provide a safe environment for all. By adhering to guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control, we believe we can reopen photography businesses safely, and at the same time, contribute in to the emotional and financial healing process that needs to take place in a post-COVID-19 world.
Personal Protective Equipment
The use of PPE such as masks and gloves should be used while working with clients. We recommend that this measure continue through the end of phase three as outlined in recently released federal guidelines. The guidelines can be found at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/
Employees & Guidelines
Any studio employees or photographic assistants who are sick should be expected to stay home. Studio owners should provide training and educational materials available through the CDC website on proper sanitation, hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, use of PPE, and other protective behaviors. Break rooms or other areas of the studio should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and not used for congregating by employees.
Social distancing / No touch
Photographers should maintain social distancing, using no-touch posing methods when at all possible. Until further notice is received from the CDC and other health officials, the maximum gathering for a photographic shoot of 10 or fewer persons should be observed.
By appointment only
Professional photographers should hold to strict appointment times, allowing sufficient time to sanitize photographic equipment and common areas after each client session. Only one client (and family) should be allowed in studio facilities at any given time. If the session is held offsite, only one client (and family) should be staged in the immediate area.
Temperature checks and screening questions Temperature checks should be conducted for each photographic client (including each member of the family present) prior to each session. Any subject or family member with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees should be rescheduled. Screening questions could include:
How are you feeling?
Have you had a cough or any flu-like or COVID symptoms in the last 14 days?
Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms with the last 14 days?
Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
Adherence to sanitation protocols Standard sanitation protocols prior to each client should include but not be limited to:
Washing hands regularly before and after photographic sessions
Sanitation of all props, chairs, benches with which a client may come into contact
Sanitation of restroom/dressing facilities if available to clients in-studio
Sanitation of common areas, including door knobs (interior and exterior), counter tops, pens and pencils, tablets and monitors
Removal of unnecessary paper products or décor (magazines, newspapers, extraneous sales materials)