COVID-19 Policies

We’re open! for both indoor and outdoor sessions – with a few new precautions set in place. We want you to rest assured that our studio is a safe place for several reasons. Firstly, we have already experienced COVID-19 in our home back in March, therefore, we hope our antibodies make us uniquely safe from spreading Corona to your loved ones. We are by appointment only and serve one family at a time. We are not considered a large gathering place which also gives us time to clean between sessions. This leads us to the most important thing – Cleanliness. Even before this virus happened our policy was and will continue to be a very clean and sanitized environment. We wash all fabrics, blankets, wraps, outfits, toys, and more after each session. We use all-natural plant-based organic cleaning products to protect your children’s sensitive skin. Items that can not be washed or sprayed are placed in the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes to kill all germs. Additionally, we run an UltraHEPA Ion air filtering system prior to arrival to ensure all airborne bacteria have been removed from the air. We wash and sanitize our hands before, many times during and after each session, and encourage studio guests to as well. All surfaces will continue to be cleaned and disinfected even more than normal.

To reduce the likelihood of the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, the following measures will be taken inside the studio:

  • All studio visitors will be asked to sanitize or wash hands when entering the studio. We will also be sanitizing our hands before touching your baby and periodically throughout the session.
  • Routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tv remote, coffee station, camera equipment, etc. will take place. These surfaces will be sanitized before and after each session.
  • Fabric items (blankets, outfits, wraps, etc.) are laundered before each session.
  • In an effort to protect other clients, no outside props or items may be used in newborn sessions at this time.
  • If a client is ill or showing any signs of respiratory illness, please let us know as soon as possible so that the session can be rescheduled. We will do our best to accommodate rescheduling a session if the client or we become ill.
  • To further prevent the spread of illness, the studio will only be open to parents and siblings… any other guests will not be permitted into the studio.
  • For NEWBORN sessions, siblings are welcome if family photos are included in the session package you have chosen. We will not allow any children, other than the child(en) being photographed, into the studio for any reason for all session types. Siblings who will be a part of newborn sessions will only be permitted in the studio during the time of their photos. Please arrange transportation for their arrival and departure.
  • If anyone exhibits signs or symptoms of illness while in the studio, the session will be rescheduled for another time. It is very important to let us know BEFORE the session or you might forfeit your session and retainer fee.
  • All of these measures are taken in order to protect ALL of our clients. Most of these practices are already implemented in the studio as standard practice.

While some of these policies may be considered harsh, we have decided to take a hard stand on limiting exposure of any illness to our clients. Thank you for your understanding, and for entrusting us in the care of your little one.

* * * Do note that Kristen suffers from several autoimmune disorders which causes her system to not work efficiently. One major component being the inability to sweat properly. Due to this, she is unable to wear a mask during newborn sessions. We keep our studio heated to 85 degrees for the comfort of the newborn and wearing a mask would put her at high risk of heat exhaustion and other serious health issues. She has already experienced COVID-19, therefore, she should not be a carrier of this illness. It is impossible to achieve our high-quality images without being very close to your little one so if you feel at all uneasy about this disclosure, we understand your decision to seek out a different photographer.

At this immediate time, due to MN stay at home orders, we are not able to accept certain types of sessions. Please email us at Kristen@Herber.com and include a very detailed description of what type of session you are looking for so we can determine if we can accommodate your request and when. We look forward to hearing from you! And thank you in advance for considering us to capture some of the most precious moments of your life!!!

 

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