COVID-19 | How it Will Effect Your Wedding or Session

UPDATE JULY 22, 2020:

Yay, Michigan weddings are allowed again! Now I understand that the weddings allowed may not be the wedding you had planned or hoped for, but I promise nothing has changed on my end. I will still capture every detail to express exactly how special your day.

As the new COVID-19 Executive Order states, masks must be worn in public areas. I will wear a mask during any portion of your session or wedding where we are indoors. If we are outdoors and there is adequate space between us, aka the 6 feet rule, which in most cases there will be, I will not be wearing a mask. As always, I disinfect my equipment between usage and all props will be washed.

If you are still feeling uncomfortable about attending your session or you need to reschedule your wedding, please reach out to me. I am extremely flexible and we will work out a solution together. Stay safe and healthy!


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UPDATE May 11, 2020:

After seeing another photographer post online that photographers were allowed to resume sessions, I reached out to the Governor’s office. I needed to confirm this information myself before moving forward. I received word from today that outdoor sessions are allowed as long as the people being photographed all reside in the same household. At the time of your session, I will have various lenses to allow me to maintain the 6 ft. social distancing guideline. In addition to that, I will have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available. I don’t use many props to begin with, but any prop that I bring will be properly disinfected between uses. Please reach out to me if you have any questions! I can’t wait to get back behind the camera again.

Updated May 8, 2020

Hello everyone, I wanted to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firstly, to my wedding couples:

There have been many talks amongst other couples about potentially needing to postpone their weddings due to growing concerns, so I wanted to address the issue ahead of time should you find yourselves in that situation as things change in the coming weeks and months.

First, as your photographer I will not be deterred. I am here for you and your partner as much as the Stay Home Order allows. Second, should I get COVID-19, as per our contract, I will make arrangements with suitable photographer(s) that have a similar style to send in my place. This will be done without you having to panic or do any legwork. If that is the case, I will be in touch with you immediately. Despite a photographer change, I will still edit and deliver your final album.

If you decide to change plans and elope or hold a smaller gathering I am happy to still work with you and capture those once in a lifetime moments.

And finally, should you be faced with the tough decision of postponing, all I ask is that you consult with me (as well as other vendors involved) to nail down a new suitable date that works with everyone’s availability before you secure that date with your venue, so we can make sure we remain your trusted photographer(s) and other vendors and that you don’t have to forfeit the retainer. I purposefully do not overbook myself on weddings so that I can make sure I am available for a variety of weekends should an emergency such as this arise. I do not foresee that being an issue, but it’s always best to be on the same page. I’m all about communication.

To my portrait clients:

If you feel sick, please do NOT show up for photos. Considering we do not know until after testing for Covid-19 if we are positive, if I feel sick I will be postponing sessions to avoid additional contamination. There is no penalty for needing to postpone a session and I will always strive to make it as easy of a process as I can. If you arrive for your photos visibly sick I will kindly ask you to leave and reschedule. I care about your health! I want you to feel your best and I also don’t want to contribute to spreading any sickness.

That being said, you should have nothing to worry about getting your photos taken outside during this time. In regards to COVID-19 I will be following a strict social distancing of at least 6 feet as recommended by the CDC and WHO. I will also be wearing a mask and carrying around soap along with hand sanitizer and wipes in my camera bag to all of my shoots so we can stay as safe and germ free as possible. It might be nice to get out of the house, even if only for short time in the upcoming weeks and enjoy the sunshine.

I will continue to communicate with you as situations change. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out. I love you all! Stay healthy!