With the easing of the lockdown and the government advice to return to work but “Stay Alert”, the Association Of Photographers (AOP) have published some best practice guidelines for running a photoshoot with the health and safety of all involved as the main priority. As an accredited member of the AOP I am bound to adhere to the principles of the AOP and to follow their guidance, which will reassure my clients that all my jobs will be undertaken with everything being done to follow the government advice and keep everyone on set safe.
As the government guidelines are revised so will the AOP update their guidance, so I won’t list the guidance here as it may be out of date by the time you are reading this but you can find the latest copy here.
And because the internet is full of pictures of PPE I won’t illustrate this post with any more so here’s a couple of photos of the flowers in my garden taken during the lockdown.
What does a location photographer do during a major pandemic lockdown? Shifts some furniture and sets up a studio in the living room, that’s what. I even managed to convince Mrs Doug to be my “willing” assistant and help me move the furniture. “Don’t worry darling, the sun’s shining so we can live in the garden most of the time…” I opined, taking my life in my hands.
Luckily I’ve got previous when it comes to doing shoots from home managing to provide table top photography to some of my clients (that’s photography of things that fit on a table top rather than photos of actual table tops – not that it can’t be done), even managing to incorporate some video in to the jobs.
That’s all relatively straightforward, but now I’ve got to work out a way to tell Mrs Doug that there’s some outdoor barbecue equipment on it’s way and we’ve got to turn the garden in to a photoshoot location…
Campanologists that’s who! The sound of church bells ringing out is a part and parcel of town and village life in England, but how many people have seen inside a bell ringing chamber? My latest project involved creating portraits of bell ringers in their ringing chambers, which seemed like a good idea until I saw the steps I’d need to climb to gain access (and yes that’s my foot on the top step – and no I don’t have big feet!):