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It’s almost one year since the first Covid-19 cases were identified in the United Kingdom and we continue to weather the storm of this pandemic. There’s not one industry that hasn’t been affected in some way.
All businesses, whether in England or globally, have had to make sometimes vast changes to continue to operate. Many of these changes have now become commonplace among the broader population, and it’s difficult to envisage a future that doesn’t include masks and social distancing.
Although they haven’t been as affected as some industries, photographers and photographic studios have had to factor additional safety measures into their operations. The goal of operating a safe business while minimising the spread of the virus is at the forefront.
By following the guidelines set out below, or adding to them where necessary, photographers can operate safely.
By now everyone in the country should be familiar with the symptoms of Covid-19. They have been drummed into our heads from the start and we are constantly reminded of them on all forms of media. However, in light of the seriousness of the situation, it’s perhaps pertinent to run through them before going any further.
Common symptoms include:
Other less common symptoms are:
The government has provided these general covid guidelines, and more, for the broader public. Photographers must factor these in when booking jobs, as well as consider them in respect of their own risk assessment for studio or location shoots.
Planning for a shoot entails a fair amount of work. There are shoot locations to arrange and models to book, you must ensure that your equipment in good working order, enlist other crew to assist on the day, arrange wardrobe, hair, makeup….. The list is lengthy and fluid, with new items being added and others deleted all the time.
Covid-19 has thrown a new curveball into the mix, making your pre-shoot planning more important than before. While much of your standard checklist will remain the same, taking the following into account may pave the way for an easier run-up to the job.
With most of the background work completed in the pre-planning phase, your shoot should run fairly smoothly. Make sure that you pay particular attention to these points:
Screening & Safety
Cast and Crew
The above points are purely guidelines to assist you in your preparation for a shoot. During the course of a job, you might find other items that need to be included. It’s best to have your own set of guidelines drawn up and circulated among your team so that your shoots run smoothly.
The goal is always to put health and safety first. If you can’t guarantee a safe environment for you, your team and the models at a shoot, you may need to revisit your preparations until you can do so.