Firstly, I am sending love and health to you and your family and hope you’re all safe and well. Like everyone, I’m processing what Coronovirus means for our family, friends and for Offspring Photography.
As a mum I’m naturally anxious for my children. I’m also worried about the wellbeing of my parents and my sister and family who are living overseas, but it’s heartening that what I’ve witnessed so far is a huge amount of resilience, ingenuity and most of all humour from all sides! We’ve been in self-isolation since Monday so I have had a little bit of time to process the prospect of having to homeschool and there are some amazing initiatives already happening for which I also hope to support.
For Offspring Photography, I had planned on sharing some exciting news this week – effectively relaunching my new website, details of new seasonal sessions and the launch of my small business service, offering headshots and personal branding photography. Instead I have been speaking to clients and rearranging their sessions to dates later in the year. As it stands, all of my confirmed bookings to mid April have been postponed.
I’m now looking at ways I can support my clients, particularly for those expecting newborns. Guidance is changing daily and I fully understand parents wanting to limit visitors in those early weeks – I would feel exactly the same. I have a couple of ideas of ways in which I may be able to support which I will be communicating as soon as I can.
Where movement allows, I hope to be able to still offer a limited number of outdoor family sessions and headshot sessions. If you are well and your family is all well then I am very happy to go ahead. As you know, I work outdoors in the fresh air and use long lenses so I’m usually at a significant distance.
I have however made the difficult decision to cancel my Bluebell Mini sessions in late April/May. Whilst this may seem a little premature I don’t want to be in the position of taking deposits for sessions that I am then unable to fulfill. I am also having to make some tough decisions around outgoings, such as photo permits with Foresty England, given my current and expected bookings for the year.
I sincerely hope that I can seek to arrange mini sessions for the Summer or Autumn and I will keep my website, Facebook and Instagram pages updated with details as soon as I am able to take bookings again.
Our families and people’s health and welfare must come first and children are a wonderful distraction in all of this.