Globally, every single person has been affected by the pandemic, your clients included. As public gatherings and large-scale events have been prohibited, your clients are either canceling or postponing their events subsequently. As part of business professionalism, always maintain constant communication with all of your clients. Let them know that all your large-scale event shoots have been postponed to future dates as this shows that you equally care for their well-being.
Creating new rules with respect to social distancing and hygiene might be a necessary part of any future photoshoot sessions. Use your social media pages, emails, Zazzi account as well as your website to aid in dispersing such information to your clients. For instance, assuring your clients that you will have hand sanitizer available during the shoot, and the measures you will take to ensure social distancing and hygiene prior to and during the shoot, will restore their confidence in you and your business.
In every business, safety is always indispensable. With every government’s efforts to flatten the pandemic curve, the staying-at-home regulation has been put in place for every citizen apart from the ones offering essential services. Additionally, maintaining a social distance of at least six feet from one another is very essential to reduce the risk of either contracting or spreading the virus. The vital thing to know is that there is a possibility of carrying the virus without displaying any symptoms.
As a photographer or a videographer, if you must do a shoot, adhering to these regulations might help a great deal. You equally want to avoid any public spaces with human crowding potentials. If you have to shoot, either indoors or outdoors, ensure the space has at least six people or less depending on the government’s regulations.
At all times, be sure to sanitize your hands and not touch your face, both before and after the shoot. Likewise, avoid handshakes or hugs and opt for alternative non-physical contact forms of greetings.
At this point, a number of your professional photography clients have been economically affected by the pandemic and you should be benevolent enough and offer a win-win discount rate that will not financially impact either you or your client. All these entirely apply to both professional and freelance photographers and videographers as they will be effective both now and in the future.
- Habitually clean your equipment
Cleaning cameras, lenses and other fundamental photography equipment should be routinely done as part of the simple hygiene measures. As we are spending some time at home, this is the best moment to take advantage and get all pieces of equipment sparkling clean. Every equipment comes with its own guidelines on how to clean them. Going through the manuals before the clean-up will help reduce the chances of damaging them.
After an outdoor shoot, carry out the cleaning process every single time you get back home. Do not forget to clean your phone and keys and leave them at the door as they may equally be potential vectors for the virus.