1. Client Management
a. Appointments are required for all clients, allowing sufficient time to sanitize photographic equipment and common areas after each client session.
b. Outdoor sessions should be used as much as possible.
c. Only one client (and family member, if client is a minor) should be allowed in studio facilities at any given time. If the session is held offsite, only one client (and family member, if client is a minor) should be staged in the immediate area. Groups are not allowed. An exception can be made for groups consisting of immediate family only.
d. Photographers should maintain social distancing, using no-touch posing methods.
a. Wash hands regularly before and after photographic sessions.
b. Frequently sanitize all equipment as well as props, chairs, benches with which a client may come into contact.
c. Sanitize all restrooms available to clients in-studio.
d. Frequently sanitize all common areas, including door knobs (interior and exterior), counter tops, pens and pencils, tablets, keyboards and monitors.
e. Remove all unnecessary paper products or décor (magazines, newspapers, extraneous sales materials).
f. If changing rooms are used during professional photography operations, they should be cleaned with appropriate disinfecting supplies after each new client use, by an employee wearing proper protective equipment
Washington State Covid-19 Government + Health Department Policies
Updated July 11, 2020
Please remember that weddings are a combination of many industries. DJ’s, hair + makeup teams, caterers, photographers, etc. each have their own restrictions being placed on them that will affect an event and how it will be able to take place.
The below is a collection of all the new guidelines and laws, and is a work in progress as details are released and confirmed by the Governor’s office.
The wedding industry fought hard to convince the state to allow weddings to take place again in phase 2 and 3. Initially, the governor was not allowing any events and many couples were forced to postpone their wedding and vendors lost a significant amount of income. In that fight, we promised we would follow safety precautions if they would allow our clients to have their weddings, and allow us to go back to work.
We won that fight, and our clients are now able to get married and wedding vendors are able to get back to work! But, we made promises that we would be safe, and weddings are only being allowed right now because of those promises, so specific laws have been put in place. Weddings can only happen if:
Below are a few of the key requirements, including sources: I encourage every couple and wedding vendor to thoroughly read through all the guidelines listed above for additional rules and information, this is not a complete list, just an overview of some key points.
Note: These requirements apply to ALL weddings, regardless of location. A backyard wedding becomes a public event the moment money is exchanged for a service. It’s not fair to put your vendors at risk by expecting them to work a wedding that is not following the current laws, and many vendors have a safety clause in their contract that would allow them to leave an unsafe event, without being required to refund anything. Please don’t make them have to use it, trust me, we don’t want to.
If “a business is not adequately enforcing the face mask order or other Safe Start requirements… violations can be enforced by Labor & Industries as a safety and health violation by the employer that could carry a penalty of nearly $10,000 or more.”
Note: These guidelines are changing constantly, but are expected to be in effect until a cure or vaccine is available for Covid-19, regardless of the phases. Please do your part in helping to educate our local vendors and clients so we can continue to have safe weddings!
This is not an official government document, but all links provided are.
Thanks to Rebecca Phillips for gathering and sharing this information.
Check out King County’s website for more up to date information