We have written a COVID 19 policy for our Newborn studio sessions. However, we are not yet offering Newborn Sessions in line with Government advice. This is an overview of what to expect once we can re-open safely.

Overview of Covid-19 Policy

Newborn Love accepts its responsibilities for studio operating during the Covid-19 pandemic. We need to ensure we are protecting staff and visitors in minimising the risk of spread of infection. Our policy introduces consistent measures in line with the Government’s recommendations on social distancing.

These are exceptional circumstances and we will comply with the latest Government advice on Covid-19.

We have undertaken a risk assessment in line with the Government’s guidance on Covid-19. We completed this risk assessment prior to any studio activities resuming. You can find a copy of this policy on our website and will be shared with all visitors prior to their visit.  

Our Covid-19 policy will be reviewed and revised as necessary. This policy is specific to Newborn Photography Sessions.

Covid-19 Policy

COVID-19 Health Check

The day before attending your studio session, we will be asking you to complete a ‘health check questionnaire.’ This includes asking who you have been in contact with and if you have any of the recognised COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Has a high temperature,
  • Anosmia (loss of smell) or
  • A new persistent cough

We will also give an update of where we have visited and who we have been in contact with. Sessions will be cancelled or postponed if anyone has symptoms or has been in contact with someone with symptoms.

Arrival at the studio

On arrival, we will ask you to remove shoes before entering the studio and leave any non-essential items in the car. We will maintain a 2-metre distance or minimise the amount of time we are in closer contact with you or your baby. We ask that siblings do not attend the session during this time. It may be possible to arrange for a family member to bring siblings at the end of the session but the adult may need to remain outside the studio or wait in the car. We want to minimise the number of people entering the studio. Please wash your hands and use a sanitizer on arrival. We will be wearing masks and will have disposable ones for you to wear if you wish.

Covid 19 policy washing hands

Refreshments

During this time, we are unable to offer refreshments but you are welcome to bring your own tea/coffee flask, water bottle and snacks.

Cleaning and hygiene

In order to keep the studio as clean and hygienic as possible we will introduce the following measures:

  • Studio professionally cleaned before each session using a disinfectant on hard surfaces.
  • We will wash all props and blankets after each session
  • Only studio session per week to allow time in between for deep cleaning
  • Shoes removed upon entering the property
  • Frequent handwashing and use of 65% alcohol sanitizer for both photographers and visitors
  • We will cover the sofas with blankets that will be washed afterwards.
  • Bathroom cleaned and for use of visitors only for the duration of a session
  • Photographers will wear face masks at all times. Parents have the option to wear masks.
  • We will not be able to provide refreshments, cups or mugs. Please bring your own.
  • Please do not bring props into the studio during this time.
  • Soiled blankets will be bagged immediately and washed straight after the session
  • Parents will need to change nappies and bag them to take away with them
Covid-19 policy cleaning

Social Distancing

This COVID-19 policy details how we will maintain social distancing or at least minimise close contact. Our studio space allows us to maintain a 2m distance. However, the nature of newborn photography means that there will be times we need to be closer to your baby than 2m. Normally, we are able to soothe, pose and handle your baby, however, we need to maintain distance for the time being. This means parents will have a more ‘hands-on’ role.

We will minimise the time spent in close contact with you and your baby in the following ways:

  • Session times will be reduced and will be no longer than 2 hours.
  • Photographers will ask parents to assist with handling, soothing, wrapping and posing their baby. We will be using a ‘stand-in doll’ to demonstrate this safely.
  • All sessions will have baby wrapped or dressed, at this time we are not offering shots with baby undressed. The studio will not be heated and the windows will be open for additional ventilation.
  • Once baby is wrapped, we will be able to briefly handle them to make refinements or to keep baby safe.
  • Siblings should only come to the studio at the end of the session and leave straight after.
  • We may incorporate some ‘life-style’ images where we can use a longer lens and stand back
COVID-19 Policy lifestyle

Viewing Sessions

Normally we invite families back to view their images. However, we will be conducting viewings remotely using software called N-Vu. This allows us to help you with the selection of images as well as show you the products available. You are welcome to collect your products from us as that will be a quick handover that can be done at a distance. However, if you prefer, we can add the cost of delivery onto your purchase and send it as a tracked package.

COVID-19 Policy Written June 2020 reviewed daily based on Government updates.

If you have any questions about any aspects of this policy, please do not hesitate to contact us

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We have signed the Master Photographer’s Association COVID-19 Protocol. you can find out more HERE


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