From Friday 15 May, the NSW government relaxed restrictions allowing public gatherings of up to 10 people in Sydney. We are also now allowed to have up to five visitors to our homes.
An outdoor family photoshoot has always been permitted but I chose to close my business while Australia was under social distancing.
Now that restrictions are starting to ease I feel comfortable resuming outdoor and studio shoots while maintaining recommended hygiene practices and physical distancing.
If you or a family member are feeling unwell then please inform me so we can reschedule – and I will of course do the same.
From Monday 1 June, restrictions are easing further with pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants allowed up to 50 customers. But I will still be observing physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times and following the 4 square metre wherever possible.
My lenses are long enough that I can always maintain a safe distance, particularly for outdoor shoots. For at-home sessions, the same physical distancing and hygiene rules apply and with my style of newborn photography (natural, candid shots with no posing), I would never handle your baby anyway so nothing will change in that regard.
Within the studio, we ask that only one family be present at a time and will always schedule appointments with enough time in between that no one will be waiting (we do this anyway!) and hand sanitiser is provided and encouraged. Door handles, chairs etc are all wiped clean between sessions.
We've had to change the way we do a few things (there's no fixing flyaway hair or straightening necklaces now! Well, there is but we just have to be bossy from now on) but on the whole it's back to business as usual so thank you for your patience.
We are keen to do everything we can to flatten the curve but also understand that life goes on and your milestones don’t stop just because of a pandemic. Stay safe everyone, we’ll get through this by all working together and doing everything we can to stop the spread.