We have certainly had a very tumultuous first half of 2020. Between Bushfires, floods and pandemics it is like no other year I have ever known. Whilst I had to close my business for a couple of months during the height of the pandemic here in Sydney, I am thrilled to be back open and accepting clients again.
It was a really difficult decision to close my business, but ultimately the health of my clients and my family is what came first. I photograph so many expectant mums, newborns, babies and small children, I felt that it was safer to close the doors of Bree Hulme Photography and be cautious with both our client’s health and wellbeing and my families. It was a very tough and emotional decision for me.
So we stayed home, did off-campus learning, which was a steep learning curve for us all, and tried our best to savour the slower pace of life. There were a lot of emotions here in our house, I was devastated to see my business close, and I was also trying to manage my anxiety about finances and the growing health situation whilst sheltering our children from the bulk of the media and news surrounding the pandemic.
I was so thankful for the government assistance that was put in place for sole traders and small businesses such as myself and thankful for a husband who continued to work from home during the crisis.
We all did lots of puzzles, board games, took some sewing, art and painting classes and did lots of cooking. Family dinners every night of the week became the new norm, and Dad home for lunch and basketball competitions in between meetings were a definite highlight. I wrote a couple of blog posts to help my clients continue to capture milestone photos of their children at home and we read a lot of books. I also had the time to capture a few creative portraits of my own children during this time.
Despite the heightened emotions and stressors of that time I did really enjoy the downtime with my family, the pjs all day, the time to just breathe and relax and enjoy nature and each other.
Finally, the restrictions started to ease a few weeks ago, and it felt safe to reopen Bree Hulme Photography again. I am so grateful to be back in the studio meeting and photographing so many families again.
I have put some Covid policies in place so that I am doing everything I can to keep my clients and my family safe.
- I have completed Covid safety training.
- I ask that only those to be photographed attend the session.
- If only a child/ren or baby is/are being photographed, I ask that no more than 2 adults attend with the child/ren or baby.
- Upon arrival at the studio everyone will be asked to use hand sanitizer and this will be available to use throughout your session.
- Shoes are to be left at the front door of the studio.
- No strollers or car seats are to be brought into the studio.
- No props are to be brought into the studio.
- Sessions will be spaced out with only 1 session per day to allow thorough cleaning after each session. Newborn clients will be spaced out further with only 1 newborn in the studio every 48 hours.
- All surfaces are being disinfected between each session.
- All fabrics and props will be washed, laundered and/or sanitised between sessions.
- I am happy to wear a face mask during your visit if you request I do so.
- As always, we ask you to postpone appointments if anyone in your family is feeling unwell. Naturally, the more notice you are able to give me the better.
- Likewise, if myself or anyone in my family becomes unwell, I will reschedule your session for your protection.
- If you have travelled overseas in the last 14 days, or a member of your household has, we will postpone your session until after the quarantine period has passed.
I cannot wait to capture your newborn, baby and family portraits again!
Here is a link to my Covid-19 Policy.