policies, rescheduling guide, and resources
I know it is incredibly stressful planning your wedding during a pandemic. I understand there is a lot at play – emotions, logistics, and potentially even finances. I want you to know that I’ve got your back, and I’ll do whatever I can to help you. Keeping you, your guests, and my teammates safe, healthy, and happy is my top priority.
I’ve put together this guide to help you navigate all of this. I am aiming to be flexible, helpful, and easy to work with, but it's also very important for my business to be responsible, safe, and legal during the pandemic. Please read this in detail and check back often since it includes the most up-to-date information that I’ve received from government agencies.
Don’t hesitate to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any question or concerns. I'm here for you!
Disclaimer: Given the ever-changing global situation and government guidelines, I may alter or update any information on this page without prior notice. The information here is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be considered a binding legal agreement. This is a fluid situation and may change based upon governmental directives, CDC recommendations, and legal advice. Last updated 8/23/21.
Will you still photograph our wedding?
If it’s legal and safe, yes.
I cannot participate in a wedding that does not comply with the governmental guidelines at the time of the wedding (see Governmental Requirements below). Since I attend a number of weddings each year, my risk is high. I need to be especially careful and strict about distancing, mask wearing, and other precautions. This is also to protect you, your guests, and my future couples and their guests as well. If you choose to carry on with a non-compliant event, your payments will not be refunded due to voluntary cancelation of services.
How will wedding photography work during the pandemic?
Social Distancing: I will choose lenses that let me stay further away. I will need to maintain a minimum of 6’ distance from all guests. This might mean I can’t get to certain spots where I would normally photograph. Let’s discuss your ceremony and reception layouts to make sure I’ll be able to move around the space to get you the best photos possible.
Photography Impacts: Some aspects of the wedding will need to be photographed differently than usual. Examples: Dance party dancing - This is not allowed until phase 4, and I will not be able to photograph from the middle of the dance floor. Getting ready - To avoid tight spaces, we may move some parts of this to more open areas or ideally outside. Cocktail hour and speeches - Unless there is ample room, I probably won't have space to walk between tables or walk through the crowd. I'll need to stay on the perimeter. Ceremony - In order to photograph from the aisle, it will need to be wide enough to allow for 6' of distance from me to your guests. Portraits - In normal times, about 75% of my photography durning portrait sessions is done with a long lens and from more than 6' away. This means that for the most part, my style of shooting is in line with maintaining distance. In pandemic times though, we'll have to keep our distance 100% of the time, so you won't be getting the same variety of images you may be used to seeing in my work. To be honest, your wedding photos are going to look different during the pandemic since I will be much more limited in my movements than normal.
Face Masks: I will wear a mask during weddings.
Hire a Planner: I HIGHLY recommend hiring a wedding planner/coordinator if you haven’t already. They can help you plan a legal and safe event, and they have creative ideas for reimagining weddings during this weird time. A few planners who have been especially helpful through this: Rebecca Grant at New Creations Wedding Design and Coordination, BreeAnn at Pink Blossom Events, Eventful Moments Planning and Design, Grace at Smiling Rose Planning, and for elopements Erika at The Greatest Adventure Weddings and Elopements.
Waiver: I will be sending you an addendum to your contract with a Covid-19 Liability Waiver. Please don't be alarmed. This is to protect both of us from liability if we have unknown germs.
Staying Healthy: If I were to start exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 or have to self-quarantine and your event is within 14 days you will have the option to cancel your booking and receive a refund or I will have an associate photographer work at your event in my place.
Turnaround Times: My 2021 turnaround times may be slightly delayed due to the high volume of weddings that are rescheduled to a consolidated timeframe.
Statewide Face Covering Mandate