Corona Virus Practices

Corona Virus Practices

Corona Virus: Practices

We are all in this together.

During the COVID-19 pandemic season, we all need to take special precautions to keep our friends and family safe. Please check out the Laura Mares Photography Studio cleaning guidelines for studio sessions below. The studio will be available for up to 2 studio sessions a week with a minimum of 24 hours between sessions to allow for proper cleaning. We will be social distancing during sessions, 6 feet during outdoor sessions and 3 feet in the studio. Please bring only family members that will be photographed to studio. Please note that only one immediate family member should attend a senior or child portrait session.

Temperature Checks

Temperature checks for photographer and clients (including each family member to be photographed) the evening before the session. If any family member has a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees we will reschedule your session. Consider the following questions:

  • How are you feeling?
  • Have you had a cough or any flu-like or COVID symptoms in the last 14 days?
  • Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms with the last 14 days?
  • Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?

Social Distancing

Luckily my favorite lens is a zoom lens. This means that it is very easy for us to social distance during outdoor photoshoots.

Hand Sanitizer

I began regularly sanding my hands, this includes before, after, and sometimes even during for newborn shoots.

Masks

I wear masks during sessions along with parents at senior sessions.

Corona Virus: Studio Cleaning Practices

Before Session

  • Studio vacuumed and dusted
  • All surfaces cleaned with disinfectant spray or detergent and warm water; floors, walls, windows, window-sills, light switches, door knobs & handles, handrails, garbage cans, shelves, change table, wipe dispenser, coffee table, posing stools, chairs, remote controls, clamps, backdrop and light stands
  • Client bathroom cleaned with detergent; sink, soap dispenser, door knobs, toilet seat, toilet & floor 
  • Photographer will wear disposable gloves when cleaning items
  • Removal of unnecessary paper products or décor (magazines, newspapers, extraneous sales materials)
  • Newborn Sessions: disposable changing table liner replaced

During Session

  • Hand sanitizer, surface disinfectant spray, soap, paper towels, wipes & tissues available
  • Photographer will wash hands thoroughly with soap or sanitizer, before and during a session, when needed 
  • Photographer will wear a face mask
  • Clients should wash their hands when entering the studio 
  • Clients should remove footwear or use disposable foot covers (if available) before entering the studio 
  • Photographer and Clients will use sanitizing wipes to wipe down frequently touched objects like mobile phones 
  • Photographer and Clients will use sanitizing wipes to wipe down frequently touched objects like mobile phones 

After Session

  • All linen items washed separately in “sanitized cycle”
  • Hard prop surfaces disinfected 
  • Fabrics and materials steamed that can’t be washed
  • All surfaces cleaned with disinfectant spray or detergent and warm water; floors, walls, windows, window-sills, light switches, door knobs & handles, handrails, garbage cans, shelves, change table, wipe dispenser, coffee table, posing stools, chairs, remote controls, clamps, backdrop and light stands
  • Client bathroom cleaned with detergent; sink, soap dispenser, door knobs, toilet seat, toilet & floor 
  • Newborn Sessions: Soiled linens washed items separately in “sanitized cycle”
  • Photographer will wear disposable gloves when cleaning items
  • Camera and other photographic equipment will be sanitized

Laura

Hi, I'm Laura Mares! I'm thankful to be a wife, mother and Pittsburgh lifestyle photographer. I photograph because I believe that life is simply beautiful and every person has a story worth telling. I'd love to tell yours.