My business Covid-19 Response

Plan

On March 15th, 2020, my photography business had to close, like so many others, to slow down the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19.

When the Irish government released the ‘Roadmap for reopening society and business’, they also issued a specific ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have also published guidance & checklists on how to produce a ‘Business COVID-19 Response Plan’.

While the complete Response Plan is available to you on request, I wanted you to get access to the most important information in a way that could be easily digested.

If you are thinking of hiring me for a photo session or have already hired me, I would ask that you read it all, however long it may be.

COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

A quick breakdown of Covid-19 Safety Precautions

  1. I will be taking precautions outside of work. This is very important, as it means fewer chances of me getting infected!

  2. I will keep a log of contacts in case I need to provide the HSE with a list of contacts for tracing. I also use the HSE Tracking app.

  3. Sessions will need to be rescheduled if anyone involved (client-side or my own family) present symptoms (see HSE list of symptoms), or travelled outside of Ireland in the last 14 days, or has been asked to self-isolate by a GP. Even if that means rescheduling on the day. Clients will be required to fill out a “client screening form” that serves as a self-declaration the day before the session, and need to update me if anything changes in between filling it out and my arrival time.

  4. In case I am the one who presents symptoms, and the session/event cannot be rescheduled, I will work with several photographers to provide backup. This is not guaranteed, but we are a tight community of brilliant artists willing to help each other.

  5. During each photo session, I will aim to maintain a 2-meter physical distance, but this will not be possible at all times in order to create the images you see on my website, in which case 1-meter will be respected, and not for an extended period.

  6. I own masks and have educated myself on safely wearing a face covering. Depending on the session/situation/location, I will opt to wear a mask indoor. This is something I will discuss with my clients ahead of time. It can create an emotional distance with children and make it more difficult for them to relax in my presence.

  7. I will take my shoes off when I arrive at a client’s location and leave them outdoor (front or back of the house).

  8. I will drive to the session / I will not use public transport.

  9. I will follow the respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene recommended by the HSE.

  10. I will wash my hands with soap & water as soon as I arrive, and use a hand sanitiser regularly during the session (especially before or after touching something).

  11. During long sessions, I do need to use the bathroom. I will use my hand sanitiser right before and right after.

  12. I will refrain from touching things as much as I possibly can, but sanitising of high-touch areas once I leave is recommended.

 

If you are concerned about Covid-19 why not opt for a short, outdoor session

We will still create meaningful photos for your family.

  • Either pick a location you would visit with your family on a regular family day (local park, beach, pet farm, walking path…)

  • Or bring me with you on a mini-adventure / day trip to a new location, for some excitement!

  • Stay home and think of a few backyard activities: the perfect opportunity to capture your home and remember that’s where you spent most of 2021.

On behalf of myself , Declan and Family . What can I say that has not already been said about Natalie . Professional, outstanding and nothing was a problem, the support she gave me that morning was unreal, the end result" Album " photos " was away beyond our expectations . I would highly recommend Natalie for any photo shoot. Thank again .
Noreen

On behalf of myself , Declan and Family . What can I say that has not already been said about Natalie . Professional, outstanding and nothing was a problem, the support she gave me that morning was unreal, the end result" Album " photos " was away beyond our expectations . I would highly recommend Natalie for any photo shoot. Thank again .
Noreen

On behalf of myself , Declan and Family . What can I say that has not already been said about Natalie . Professional, outstanding and nothing was a problem, the support she gave me that morning was unreal, the end result" Album " photos " was away beyond our expectations . I would highly recommend Natalie for any photo shoot. Thank again .
Noreen