More so than ever, we’re all realising how important and special family photographs are, so I want to be able to create these with you. I’m doing everything I can to provide a wonderful and safe photography experience. It’s important to me that my family is safe and so is yours, so I appreciate communication should anyone become unwell and we can reschedule. Changing dates does not impact me so please feel free to do so.
This COVID-Safe Plan will be updated regularly and in accordance with current restrictions (https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/arts-and-recreation-services-restrictions-covid-19) and public health advice changes. Please check back here for the latest information and stay up to date with restrictions and public health advice at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronaviruscovid-19-victoria
Business Name: Photobaby
Plan completed by: Marnie Hibbert (the photographer)
Date reviewed: 13/05/22
This plan applies to indoor and outdoor photography for commercial photographers undertaking paid services. Services may operate indoors of a stand alone/separate building (studio) with its own entrance and bathroom.
The photographer providing the service must be a registered business with an ABN.
I am triple vaccinated as of December 2021. My husband is also. My daughter is double vaccinated as of March 2022. My COVID-19 Vaccination certificate is displayed on my studio wall. My son who is 4 yrs is not currently eligible due to his age however once he turns 5 in June 2022, he will be vaccinated. All eligible Clients over the age of 12 must be double vaccinated before attending my studio. Proof of vaccination status can be requested on arrival.
2. Ensure physical distancing
Both the client/s and the photographer must remain a minimum of l.5m from each other when possible. When the photographer is posing a newborn or young children it is up to the parents to allow the photographer to get close and touch their baby to pose them. Instead of the photographer posing families by physically guiding them, verbal instructions will be given.
To minimise the build-up of people, outdoor photography locations will be selected based on them being a safe distance away from other members of the public.
All transactional activity will be undertaken online where practical (invoicing/paying/contract signing etc).
3. Face coverings
Face masks are not required to be worn and cannot be worn during an active photo session. Masks fog the camera view finder and inhibit photography. Travel to and from a photo location (if not at Photobaby’s studio) will only involve the photographer travelling in her own car.
Cloth masks will be washed after each photography session and disposable masks will be discarded.
4. Practise good hygiene
Vigilant hand and cough hygiene will be maintained at all times by both the client/s and the photographer. The photographer will carry hand sanitiser on location and a spare mask at all times. Clients are to use hand sanitiser that is provided before entering my studio and encouraged to use throughout the session.
Camera equipment will be thoroughly cleaned between sessions.
Props or blankets will be used only once and cleaned and/or sanitised thoroughly after use.
5. Keep records and act quickly if anybody becomes unwell
Contact details for all persons being photographed will be collected prior to the session (on my booking form).
All clients must check-in using Photobaby’s QR code displayed in studio and show proof of vaccination to the photographer.
The importance of not attending/rescheduling if unwell will be reinforced and is applicable to both the client and the photographer.
In the event that the photographer, Marnie Hibbert comes into contact with a person with coronavirus (COVID-19), WorkSafe Victoria will be notified immediately on 13 23 60 and all contact details will be provided.
Any exposure to a person with coronavirus (COVID-19) will result in the closure of this business until it is declared safe to re-open by the relevant authorities.
In the event that the client comes into contact with a person with coronavirus (COVID-19), they shall notify the photographer immediately and will not schedule a photography session until they have received a negative test result and no symptoms.
6. Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces
Indoor photography is a permitted activity. Up to 8 people maximum allowed in my studio at any one time.
Services may operate indoors of a stand alone/separate building (studio) with its own entrance and bathroom.
Only 1 client/household will be photographed per day in the studio to allow time for thorough cleaning and as per the guidelines.