Date Added: 07.07.2021
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Author: Sam Barbrooke
Conducting COVID Safe Photoshoots
Conducting COVID safe photoshoots
How to conduct COVID safe photoshoots is a question many professionals in our field have been wrestling with.
We’ve been living with these new lockdown rules for 18 months now at CHS. Over this time we’ve been able to pioneer our own methods of operation. To balance producing great client work with the safety of everyone on set.
The presence of the pandemic remains on everyone’s mind. So as an agency we wanted to share how we’ve overcome the challenges brought on by the virus. If this experience has taught us anything, it’s the importance of helping one another through uncertain times!
Whether it’s in our studio or on location, planning has been an essential component of our operation. One of our latest safety measures here is conducting ‘pre-shoots’. This is where our team attend scene of the set beforehand.
This provides the opportunity to plan any safety and logistical measures that may need to be put in place. In order to be safe and professional.
Test, test and test again
Before the day begins, we ensure all parties involved are vigorously tested at least 48 hours prior.
All staff, models and clients are asked to show negative lateral flow tests. In addition to completing medical questionnaires and temperature checks.
We require risk assessment documents as part of the planning process. Especially for shoots where we have less control over the working environment, like a location.
Keeping the distance.
Remote working is implemented from the beginning so we’ve been able minimise human contact at every stage of the shoot.
Tactics like using video calls and light-box sheets to select and hire our models are just some of the ways we’ve kept contact to a minimum.
Designated model spaces are assigned for the day which reduces the chance of contact and contamination. This is particularly useful during shorter photoshoots where models may not be required for long periods.
For clients involved from start to finish, screen sharing has become a useful tool over the course of the pandemic. This has opened opportunities to provide real time, digital feedback to them as we work.
It’s important to remain hydrated, but it’s also important to abide by government legislation. Therefore we’ve advised anyone attending a shoot (be they staff, models or clients) that they bring their own food and drink on set.
This helps to ensure everyone remains contactless even during busy meal times.
A clean in time, saves nine
We take meticulous cleaning precautions to prevent any possibility of spreading the virus. Masks are worn at all times, whilst sanitising equipment and work spaces are done routinely.
The same goes for props like clothes which are gifted or individually wrapped and washed afterwards. Helping to keep everything contained, even after the closing stages of the shoot.