Covid-Secure Shooting – November 2020 & beyond

Iíve been shooting safely since mid June 2020 & will continue to do so throughout November.

From my last ‘Corona-safe’ pre-Lockdown shoot

The current lockdown (from Thursday 5th Nov) allows productions like TV, film and photoshoots to proceed, as long as there are strong Covid-secure procedures in place.

Of course, we want to be safe and we also want to help safeguard ourselves and our friends/relatives. And there are some practical ways to do that.

At the same time, a session is about you looking and feeling good, and about the energy of our connection – it’s just as important we keep all that good stuff.

Unchanged Quality & Qualities

I’ve been shooting safely in my light and airy studio since June so I know shoots work practically, feel great and we still get awesome shots.

My Covid-Secure Approach

Definites

  • The 10am shoot time means you will miss the circa 8am high traffic period on tube/buses/rail that TFL encourages people to avoid. Though if you can walk or cycle, why not? If you are travelling from elsewhere in the country, it may be possible to start a little later. Drop me a line.
  • Elbow bumps not handshakes when we meet. There’s nothing normal about that, but it’ll have to do…
  • There’s a bathroom to wash your hands upon arrival, and there will be hand sanitiser in the studio for use in-shoot.
  • My studio is a good size, so the makeup/changing area will be just for you, and I’ll ask you to sit 2m from my workstation when we review images.
  • When we are shooting in the studio, I will wear a mask. Obviously, you don’t need to!
  • The way I shoot means we will be 2m apart when shooting, inside or out.
  • The studio is well ventilated anyway, but the windows will be open & we’ll also have a fan running.
  • I normally shoot 1 person a day, so there will not be overlap between any client.
  • Friends and family members will not be able to sit in on a shoot (except for actors under 16, when it is a requirement).
  • The client area and high-transit areas will be properly cleaned between each client – think makeup table, clothes rail, hangers, door handles etc…
  • It’s really important not to come to the session if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, or have been exposed to someone who has. I know after all this time off you’re probably raring to go, and I am too, but it’s better for us both to err on the side of caution.
  • For that reason, I will be more flexible about rearrangements within 48 hrs. This a two-way street – because I only shoot one person a day, if you cancel on the day or the day before, I probably can’t replace you with someone on the waiting list and lose my day’s wages, so please use this flexibility responsibly.

Maybes

  • You might want to think about travelling slightly lighter. 10 tops, not 100, for example!
  • Get to the session on foot or bike if you can.
  • Try not to arrive too much before the shoot time.
  • If you’ll need wipes and tissues please bring your own.

Any questions just drop me a line at michaelwharley@michaelwharley.com and look forward to working with you!

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