Hello, friends! I hope you are all staying healthy, staying home (if you can) and maybe enjoying some extra free-time and quality family time during these unprecedented times. I wanted to pop on here and give an update on how my small business is handling coronavirus or COVID-19. As Wisconsin state governor Tony Evers has currently banned gatherings of 10 or more and 6 feet social distancing is currently recommended, I've opted to suspend my business operations temporarily for the safety of my clients and myself. I am keeping up with official reports and guidelines, and will play things by ear as we head into the late spring and early summer months. I am more than happy to accommodate reschedules with retainers applied toward a new date at no additional cost. One of my biggest concerns right now is postponing newborn sessions, as I certainly do not want to put my littlest and most fragile clients at risk. Although there is ideally a 5-14 day old window for newborn sessions for babies born at full term, there is no doubt I will still be able to capture adorable photos of your little one, even if they are 3-6 months old at the time. I understand this is a particularly worrisome time for 2020 brides and grooms. I currently have weddings booked from July to December of this year, with a few fall and winter weekend dates still available. It is my hope that things will begin to improve by July and all weddings will still go on as planned. However, as mentioned above, I am happy to allow wedding date reschedules to my remaining 2020 dates (or even if you need to move to 2021) with no additional retainer fees. OR if you choose to elope or go with a smaller, more intimate wedding than originally anticipated, I'd love to build you a custom package :) Should you make the unfortunate decision to cancel your wedding altogether, I am happy to work with you on refunding your non-refundable deposit given these unique and unforeseen circumstances.
As I'm sure many of you know, coronavirus is taking a serious toll on small business owners in every industry who rely on their income not only to support their family and pay their bills, but to pay for recurring business expenses such as studio rent, website/gallery hosting, software subscriptions, etc. For anyone looking for ways to support your favorite photographers during this lean season, I've compiled a brief list!
Ways you can support your photographer friends now & always:
Share our work! It's FREE and helps us so much when you click that "share" button on our social media/blog posts, OR post some pics from a previous session you've had with us & tag us!!
Leave a positive review on our Facebook page! This is another free option that helps so much with showing our potential clients the experience they can expect from us.
Prepay for a future session. If you have the ability to do so, prepaying for a session for yourself or family/friends really helps us during these couple of months we are unable to go out and shoot as we normally would (much as we wish we could!)
Tell your engaged friends and family about us if they need a photographer for a 2021 wedding date!
Pay off your wedding package balance early if you can (some of you already have made payments - THANK YOU!!)
Purchase prints or digitals from a past session with us. We make a small commission on these sales and every little bit helps! If you're interested in this, please contact me!
Thank you all for your support now and always. I know brighter days are ahead and if we all work together and do our part with social distancing and staying home, we can prevent the spread of this terrible virus and get back to our normal lives. Thank you so much to the medical field workers, grocery store employees, delivery drivers, teachers, sanitation workers, and all others continuing to work through these trying times.
Sending lots of love and light to all of you and your families. Stay safe.