Keeping you & your family safe

Hester Barnes Photography & Film – response to COVID – 19

I am so pleased that the time has come when I can start taking photographs and making films again. My priority is to keep you & your family safe and well. Please read this before your session to ensure we all do our very best to stay fit & healthy.

Studio sessions at Hester Barnes Photography, Guildford, Surrey

I will clean the allocated studio room area (predetermined with you prior to the shoot. This is within my family home) using disinfectant / antibacterial cleaner before and after each session. All surfaces will be cleaned. All props will be washed before and after your shoot. I will leave 72 hours between sessions to allow time to clean. This will also ensure there is no contact between clients arriving at the studio. Please do not bring children or pets with you to the studio area. I will provide some information on entry and exit prior to your shoot. There will be an allocated cloakroom for clients which also be cleaned prior to your arrival. Windows and doors will remain open to allow free flow of air.

Hester Barnes Photography home studio

Home Studio at Hester Barnes Photography & Film in Guildford. Perfect for headshots or mini branding shoots.

Studio sessions at your place of work

Your place of work should be treated as a studio for purpose of the photoshoot. Please follow the guidelines above. The area should thoroughly cleaned using disinfectant / antibacterial cleaner before my arrival and when I leave. All surfaces will be cleaned. All props will be washed before and after your shoot. Prior to my arrival please provide some information on entry and exit route. Ensure there is an allocated cloakroom for my use which has been cleaned prior to my arrival. Please keep windows and doors open to allow a free flow of air.

Sick policy

Please let me know if you or your family has, or has had, COVID-19 symptoms. These are a cough, fever, sickness or has been in contact with anyone who has these symptoms. I am very happy to rearrange appointments until you are well, at no extra cost. Please monitor your health and that of your family prior to the photoshoot. Where appropriate bring your own disposable gloves and face masks. I will inform you at the earliest opportunity if I, or anyone I have come into contact with, is experiencing COVID symptoms.

Wash your hands

I will wash my hands for at least 20 seconds before sessions. If outdoors, or on location, I will use hand sanitiser prior to your arrival. Hand sanitising gel will be available for you to use too however feel free to bring your own. I kindly ask that all customers use this before, during and after our photoshoot.

Equipment & props

I will ensure that my camera and bags are cleaned with antibacterial cleaner before and after each shoot. When possible I will store my kit within a clean plastic box. If you request to use my props they will be cleaned before and after use.

Social distancing

I will make every effort to keep 2m social distance from you and your family, both on location and at the home studio. I shoot with long lenses so will be able to keep my distance. To help keep my distance we will have to avoid shaking hands, hugs, making each other cups of coffee, adjusting clothes & hair, assisting posing, wrapping babies and helping with your little children. I will ask you to help pose the members of your family and will try my best to provide clear instructions from 2m away. Some of my sessions, and therefore style of photography and film, will be amended to follow the government guidelines on social distancing. Please maintain 2m social distance where possible and supervise your children at all times.

Number of people

At the time of writing sessions are limited to a maximum of 5 people with pets. Where this is a Busy Lizzy Mini Family shoot sessions are limited to 4 people plus pets to take account for the Busy Lizzy Manager who may be on site.

Or 4 if you have booked through Busy Lizzy

A new way of shooting

I am very much an up close and personal photographer so I have had to adapt my style to align with government guidance. Therefore children who are unable sit up will need to be held by a parent or carer. For Busy Lizzy Mini Family sessions please bring your own blanket should you not wish to sit or have your children sit on the grass. For all other family & newborn photoshoots I will provide blankets and throws that will be washed before and after your session.

I have tried a few practice sessions wearing a mask and gloves and found it is very difficult to operate my camera effectively. To create beautiful images I have to interact with you and your family; laughing, joking, telling stories, pulling faces – it is not possible to do this from behind a mask. If you would prefer I wear a mask we can delay your session until you feel it is safe to do so.

If you have any question or think I may have missed something out please get in touch. I can’t wait to meet you and get back to what I love. Taking pictures.

Hester x

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