Trust me when I say, I am doing everything I can as a Newborn Photographer in Connecticut to make sure we are able to continue capturing once in a lifetime moments, while also keeping clients safe. It’s true, babies do not keep and they change so quickly. BUT your safety will always be my number one priority (and that’s always been the case long before the pandemic).
As I am writing this blog post, we are able to still photograph newborn sessions in Fairfield County and other surrounding areas in Connecticut. I can still have you here in my newborn studio in Darien, and I can still come to your homes for lifestyle newborn sessions. Please understand that this could change at any time, and I will follow the state and local guidelines. The same goes for in-home newborn sessions in New York.
Colder Temperatures – Indoor Only During Covid
With the temps getting colder, outdoor newborn sessions aren’t an option anymore. We are taking lots of precautions: daily temperature checks, wearing a mask at all times, sanitizing hands, cleaning the studio thoroughly and all clothing, wraps, and blankets are washed after each session. We are also running air purifiers in the studio.
Depending on where we stand with Covid next spring, we will revisit offering outdoor newborn sessions again. If you’re a parent inquiring about a due date in that time frame, HERE is a beautiful outdoor newborn session at Sherwood Island to help you envision the possibilities.
Reschedule Policy During Covid
If anyone in your family is exhibiting symptoms, of any kind, OR if they have been in direct contact with someone confirmed to have Covid, you must reschedule. There will be zero tolerance for so much as a sniffle. I know it’s hard and we all still get colds during the winter, but I must err on the side of caution during this time to keep all my clients safe. If you someone in your family has tested positive for the virus, we will need to wait at least 14 days to reschedule.
I will require a temperature check at the door for all studio newborn sessions. For in-home newborn sessions, I ask that you check everyone’s temperatures prior to my arrival (an I will check mine prior to heading to your home). I ask that anyone in your family over the age of 2 please wear a mask when we are not taking portraits.
It’s also important to me that you know that I am taking every precaution I can possibly take. You have my word that should anyone in my family exhibit symptoms OR comes in direct contact with someone confirmed to have Covid, I will notify you immediately. Your session will be rescheduled as soon as it is deemed safe.
Hair + Makeup During Covid
My hair and makeup artists with BeautyMarked Studio received COVID certifications. The artists wear masks at all times, sanitizes all makeup/hair tools before each session. and uses a freshly cleaned and sanitized set of makeup brushes on each client.
We ask that the person having their hair and makeup done to be the only person the artist. We ask family members to please respect social distance guidelines as much as possible to keep everyone safe.
What Will Your Newborn Session Look Like During Covid?
I cannot imagine what it’s like to have a newborn during this time. I know so many of you have planned for and envisioned what your newborn photos will look like.
But I want you to stop worrying about that!
Since the start of Covid, I have been working hard to create an experience that is even better than before. My goal is for you to not even notice a difference – other than the safety measures in place. Your gallery will be full of variety, love, and all the details you never want to forget.
Parents can wear their masks when we are not taking photos. We will work with parents’ comfort levels and adjust the session to what they feel comfortable with (in terms of social distancing and me touching the baby).
It is possible for me to not touch your baby at all. If you choose no contact, I will direct you from a distance. I can walk you through swaddling your baby or we can put them in a little outfit (usually a knit romper) from the client closet.
Here are two more newborn sessions during Covid:
I know this has been a really weird season to navigate, and I know there are still questions about what the months to come will look like. Please let me know if you still have questions or concerns. I am here for you and want nothing more than for each and every Mom, Dad, sibling, and new baby to be able to have these memories to look back on for generations to come!