COVID-19 Statement: Weddings and Photography Sessions

 

Update: November 20, 2020

At Ward Creative Studios, the safety and well-being of myself and clients is always my priority, and I recognize the important role WCS plays in providing clients with an exceptional photography experience. I am actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking steps to keep us all safe.

WCS will continue to operate, therefore, I want to share with you some steps I am taking as you prepare for your sessions. 

MONITORING PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES
I am closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Center of Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19.

PROTECTING MYSELF AND CLIENTS
As I am interacting with clients, I am taking steps to limit exposure to the virus. 

  1. In addition to my usual cleaning efforts before and after studio sessions, I am increasing the time spent cleaning and sanitizing, especially in the most frequented areas, like the restroom. 

  2. Sessions will be limited to a maximum of 10 people.

  3. We can still step out to get some fresh air - walking, running, and biking, therefore, outdoor sessions are the perfect opportunity to get those shots in. I know some great locations!

  4. Newborn sessions will resume November 20, 2020. I will wash my hands frequently throughout sessions.

  5. I will be in a mask for all sessions. Masks are mandatory for anyone who is a guest (not taking part in sessions). No more than 1 guest per session.

  6. I know that it's common to greet one another with a handshake or hug, so instead, let's give a wave, smile, and/or Wakanda Forever gesture.

  7. All consultations will take place via Zoom or phone.

SCHEDULED WEDDINGS
I recognize that this is a stressful time for couples with so much uncertainty. Please communicate with your venue(s) regarding the ability to still host your wedding. Let's work together to make sure your photography needs are accommodated in the event that your wedding would need to be rescheduled at a later date.

WHAT I ASK OF YOU.
I am taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our communities, but I need your help.

  1. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, have a fever, not feeling well, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, and you have a scheduled session, please let me know, as I would be happy to reschedule for a later date to ensure our collective well-being. This also applies to any future scheduled sessions.

  2. If you have a studio session, I ask that you wash your hands upon arrival (knowing how drying it can be, don't forget your hand cream/lotion).

Update: June 22, 2020 - studio sessions will resume July 1

At Ward Creative Studios, the safety and well-being of myself and clients is always my priority, and I recognize the important role WCS plays in providing clients with an exceptional photography experience. I am actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking steps to keep us all safe.

WCS will continue to operate, therefore, I want to share with you some steps I am taking as you prepare for your sessions. 

MONITORING PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES
I am closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Center of Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19.

PROTECTING MYSELF AND CLIENTS
As I am interacting with clients, I am taking steps to limit exposure to the virus. 

  1. In addition to my usual cleaning efforts before and after studio sessions, I am increasing the time spent cleaning and sanitizing, especially in the most frequented areas, like the restroom. 

  2. Sessions will be limited to a maximum of 10 people.

  3. We can still step out to get some fresh air - walking, running, and biking, therefore, outdoor sessions are the perfect opportunity to get those shots in. I know some great locations!

  4. All sessions will be contact-free, which means that Newborn/Infant sessions will be postponed until further notice. For all other sessions, I will be unable to fix hair and clothes or physically touch clients for posing purposes; however, I recommend clients to bring a small hand-held mirror - I will still provide guidance with posing at a distance.

  5. I know that it's common to greet one another with a handshake or hug, so instead, let's give a wave, smile, and/or Wakanda Forever gesture.

 

PLANNED MINI SESSIONS

  1. Headshot Mini Sessions (July 25): these are still scheduled to continue at Water House Studio. These are one-on-one sessions, and we will both be at a distance.

  2. Mommy & Me and Girl Dad Mini Sessions (April 4, 12, 19): these will be postponed to a later date.

You can schedule your Headshot Mini Session here

 

SCHEDULED WEDDINGS
I recognize that this is a stressful time for couples with so much uncertainty. Please communicate with your venue(s) regarding the ability to still host your wedding. Let's work together to make sure your photography needs are accommodated in the event that your wedding would need to be rescheduled at a later date.

WHAT I ASK OF YOU.
I am taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our communities, but I need your help.

  1. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, have a fever, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, and you have a scheduled session, please let me know, as I would be happy to reschedule for a later date to ensure our collective well-being. This also applies to any future scheduled sessions.

  2. If you have a studio session, I ask that you wash your hands upon arrival (knowing how drying it can be, don't forget your hand cream/lotion).

  3. I recognize that this is also allergy season. I ask that you continue to sneeze and cough in your elbow.

 

Update: May 10, 2020

At Ward Creative Studios, the safety and well-being of myself and clients is always my priority, and I recognize the important role WCS plays in providing clients with an exceptional photography experience. I am actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking steps to keep us all safe.

WCS will resume operating, effective May 16, 2020; therefore, I want to share with you some steps I am taking as you prepare for your sessions. 

MONITORING PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES
I am closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Center of Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19.

PROTECTING MYSELF AND CLIENTS
As I am interacting with clients, I am taking steps to limit exposure to the virus. 

  1. All sessions will take place outdoors. We can still step out to get some fresh air - walking, running, and biking, therefore, outdoor sessions are the perfect opportunity to get those shots in. I know some great locations! Studio and other indoor opportunities will be postponed until further notice.

  2. All sessions will be contact-free, which means that Newborn/Infant sessions will be postponed until further notice. For all other sessions, I will be unable to fix hair and clothes or physically touch clients for posing purposes; however, I recommend clients to bring a small hand-held mirror - I will still provide guidance with posing at a distance.

  3. Sessions will be limited to a maximum of 5 people (from the same household).

  4. I know that it's common to greet one another with a handshake or hug, so instead, let's give a wave, smile, and/or Wakanda Forever gesture.

 

PLANNED MINI SESSIONS

  1. Headshot Mini Sessions (March 28): these will be postponed to a later date.

  2. Mommy & Me and Girl Dad Mini Sessions (April 4, 12, 19): these will be postponed to a later date.

Check here for updates on Mini Sessions

SCHEDULED WEDDINGS
I recognize that this is a stressful time for brides and grooms with so much uncertainty. Please communicate with your venue(s) regarding the ability to still host your wedding. Let's work together to make sure your photography needs are accommodated in the event that your wedding would need to be rescheduled at a later date.

WHAT I ASK OF YOU.
I am taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our communities, but I need your help.

  1. If you are not feeling well, experiencing flu-like symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, and you have a scheduled session, please let me know, as I would be happy to reschedule for a later date to ensure our collective well-being. This also applies to any future scheduled sessions.

  2. I recognize that this is also allergy season. I ask that you continue to sneeze and cough in your elbow.

 

Update: April 1, 2020

All Mini Sessions will be postponed to a later date, while all other sessions through April 30 will need to be rescheduled to a later date.

MONITORING PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES
I am closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Center of Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19.

PROTECTING MYSELF AND CLIENTS
All sessions through April 30 will need to be rescheduled to a later date.

 

PLANNED MINI SESSIONS

  1. Headshot Mini Sessions (March 28): these will be postponed to a later date.

  2. Mommy & Me and Girl Dad Mini Sessions (April 4, 12, 19): these will be postponed to a later date.

Check here for updates on Mini Sessions

SCHEDULED WEDDINGS
I recognize that this is a stressful time for brides and grooms with so much uncertainty. Please communicate with your venue(s) regarding the ability to still host your wedding. Let's work together to make sure your photography needs are accommodated in the event that your wedding would need to be rescheduled at a later date.

 

Update: March 24, 2020

With things rapidly changing with COVID-19 - now with increasing positive tests and closures of statewide businesses, including hair salons and barbershops, at least through the end of March, Headshot Mini Sessions will be postponed to a later date. As of now, Mommy & Me and Girl Dad Mini Sessions will continue at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. 

You can still schedule your Mini Sessions here

MONITORING PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES
I am closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Center of Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19.

PROTECTING MYSELF AND CLIENTS
As I am interacting with clients, I am taking steps to limit exposure to the virus. The great thing about sessions is that these do not involve large groups. YESSSSS!

  1. In addition to my usual cleaning efforts before and after studio sessions, I am increasing the time spent cleaning and sanitizing, especially in the most frequented areas, like the restroom. If the studio is unable to be used at any point during this time, we can reschedule for a later date.

  2. Sessions will be limited to a maximum of 5 people.

  3. We can still step out to get some fresh air - walking, running, and biking, therefore, outdoor sessions are the perfect opportunity to get those shots in. I know some great locations!

  4. I know that it's common to greet one another with a handshake or hug, so instead, let's give a wave, smile, and/or Wakanda Forever gesture.

 

PLANNED MINI SESSIONS

  1. Headshot Mini Sessions (March 28): these will be postponed to a later date.

  2. Mommy & Me and Girl Dad Mini Sessions (April 4, 12, 19): these are still scheduled to continue at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. If the Botanical Garden is unable to be used at any point during this time, we can reschedule for a later date that works best for you and your family.

You can still schedule your Mini Sessions here

 

SCHEDULED WEDDINGS
I recognize that this is a stressful time for brides and grooms with so much uncertainty. Please communicate with your venue(s) regarding the ability to still host your wedding. Let's work together to make sure your photography needs are accommodated in the event that your wedding would need to be rescheduled at a later date.

WHAT I ASK OF YOU.
I am taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our communities, but I need your help.

  1. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, and you have a scheduled session, please let me know, as I would be happy to reschedule for a later date to ensure our collective well-being. This also applies to any future scheduled sessions.

  2. If you have a studio session, I ask that you wash your hands upon arrival (knowing how drying it can be, don't forget your hand cream/lotion).

  3. I recognize that this is also allergy season. I ask that you continue to sneeze and cough in your elbow.

Update: March 17, 2020

At Ward Creative Studios, the safety and well-being of myself and clients is always my priority, and I recognize the important role WCS plays in providing clients with an exceptional photography experience. I am actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking steps to keep us all safe.

WCS will continue to operate, therefore, I want to share with you some steps I am taking as you prepare for your sessions. 

MONITORING PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES
I am closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Center of Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19.

PROTECTING MYSELF AND CLIENTS
As I am interacting with clients, I am taking steps to limit exposure to the virus. The great thing about sessions is that these do not involve large groups. YESSSSS!

  1. In addition to my usual cleaning efforts before and after studio sessions, I am increasing the time spent cleaning and sanitizing, especially in the most frequented areas, like the restroom. If the studio is unable to be used at any point during this time, we can reschedule for a later date.

  2. Sessions will be limited to a maximum of 5 people.

  3. We can still step out to get some fresh air - walking, running, and biking, therefore, outdoor sessions are the perfect opportunity to get those shots in. I know some great locations!

  4. I know that it's common to greet one another with a handshake or hug, so instead, let's give a wave, smile, and/or Wakanda Forever gesture.

 

PLANNED MINI SESSIONS

  1. Headshot Mini Sessions (March 28): these are still scheduled to continue at Water House Studio. These are one-on-one sessions, and we will both be at a distance. If the studio is unable to be used at any point during this time, I will reschedule these for a later date. If the new date doesn't work for you, I will fully refund your session.

  2. Mommy & Me and Girl Dad Mini Sessions (April 4, 12, 19): these are still scheduled to continue at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. If the Botanical Garden is unable to be used at any point during this time, we can reschedule for a later date that works best for you and your family.

You can still schedule your Mini Sessions here

 

SCHEDULED WEDDINGS
I recognize that this is a stressful time for brides and grooms with so much uncertainty. Please communicate with your venue(s) regarding the ability to still host your wedding. Let's work together to make sure your photography needs are accommodated in the event that your wedding would need to be rescheduled at a later date.

WHAT I ASK OF YOU.
I am taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our communities, but I need your help.

  1. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, and you have a scheduled session, please let me know, as I would be happy to reschedule for a later date to ensure our collective well-being. This also applies to any future scheduled sessions.

  2. If you have a studio session, I ask that you wash your hands upon arrival (knowing how drying it can be, don't forget your hand cream/lotion).

  3. I recognize that this is also allergy season. I ask that you continue to sneeze and cough in your elbow.

 

I want to thank you all for your continued support and understanding during this time as I make every effort to support my clients and communities.

-Keesha

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