Socially distanced family photo shoot

Your socially distanced family photo shoot

As a family photographer, based near Cardiff, I’m officially allowed to return to work. I’m allowed to meet up with one other family and so, is it time to pick up my camera bag and start shooting families again? Well, sort of. I’ve been thinking long and hard about how I can offer clients a socially distanced family photo shoot during these strange times.

I’m a stickler for the rules and so I want to make sure that it’s as safe as possible to go back to working with family clients. I would not feel comfortable meeting families in a public place for a shoot. There are too many variables that I can’t control (other people!).

So, I’m going to make some tentative steps towards going back to work in a safe and measured way.

I know that with my long lens, I can take photos at a distance of 2 metres, or further. I took the pictures below of my children, in my garden, at 2m away to illustrate the point.

With that in mind, as of this week, I’m offering very limited edition Front Garden Mini Sessions for the residents of Colwinston. There are 5 slots available initially. If there’s interest in socially distanced family photo shoots, I may add more. I’ll be giving 20% of the fee to the charity, 2 Wish Upon a Star, who provide bereavement support for families who have suddenly and traumatically lost a child or young adult aged 25 years and under.

I don’t want to rush into a shooting frenzy and shoot multiple families in one day. It may take me longer but I only want to offer ONE mini shoot per day, to ensure maximum safety.

See below for all the details.

children garden photo shoot

How much is a Front Garden Mini Session?

I’m offering these mini sessions at a special introductory price of £60. This price may change in the future. The £60, includes a £12 donation to charity, your session and 3 digital images.

Can I buy more images?

Yes. You’ll be sent a password protected online gallery of all your images. You can choose the three digital images included in your package and then add additional images, prints or products if you wish.

How do I book a Front Garden Mini Session?

If you’re a resident of Colwinston and you’d like to book a socially distanced family photo shoot, please contact me via my website or email directly at gemma@gemmagriffithsphotography.co.uk. I will get in touch to let you know if there are spaces available and we can choose a date together.

Can I book a session if I don’t live in Colwinston?

Initially, I’d like to start offering shoots in my village only. If the shoots are a success, I may roll them out to other villages too. Interested in a session? Please drop me a line and I’ll add your name onto a waiting list. If I decide to extend the sessions, I’ll be in touch and let you know.

What time will the session take place?

The best place for your shoot will be in an area of open shade. Once you’ve made a booking, we can chat over the phone to discuss the best time for the shoot to take place, depending on the chosen spot in your garden. It’s likely to be early in the morning or later in the evening.

What safety measures will be in place?

I am only offering one shoot per day, so I’ll come straight from my house (most likely on foot), with clean hands. I do own a mask but I won’t be using one during the session as I’ll need to direct you. I’ll also bring a tape measure with me, to ensure that we’re all aware of the 2 metre distance during the session. I will bring anti bacterial gel with me too. If you have young children, it’s important to have a think about whether they are able to understand the 2 metre rule. If you don’t think that they will be able to stay in a directed area, we’ll need to discuss other options (holding them in your arms etc).

What shall we wear?

Don’t worry about outfits, I will send advice once your session is booked.

Are you donating any of the money to charity?

Yes, I’ll be donating 20% of the fee to the charity 2 Wish Upon a Star, who provide bereavement support for families who have suddenly and traumatically lost a child or young adult aged 25 years and under.

 

socially distanced family photo shoot

Follow me on Instagram to see what I’ve been up to during lockdown, or read my lockdown blogs – How to shoot your own lockdown images and Lockdown photos at home.

I’m looking forward to seeing you, from a safe distance soon!

Gemma Griffiths is a family photographer based near Cardiff. She works with families outdoors to create fresh natural images. 

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