What the Coronavirus means for your Wedding Photography

Updated: May 12, 2020

Wow. I think you’ll agree, that the world is going through a very strange moment in history right now. We’re in uncharted waters and for many of us, we’re dealing with something we’ve potentially never experienced before in our lifetimes. The news is changing day-to-day too.

I can only imagine how stressful this is to anyone planning a wedding.

So, I want to do my part to help. As a small business owner and wedding photographer, a big part of me is terrified about the coronavirus and its global impact. But I want to choose compassion over fear. Preparation over worry. Will my business suffer this year? Probably. Will I still be okay? Yes, I will. And I want you to be okay too.

So, I’ve created a coronavirus action plan. And thrown in some tips and advice as well.

My goal is as always, to be understanding, easy-to-work-with, and flexible during all this COVID-19 chaos. I operate my photography business with core values of honesty, transparency, and respect. Your health and wellbeing are my absolute TOP priority. I want to help ease your minds going forward, so you have one less thing to worry about at this time.

I will be even MORE flexible with you about cancellations and postponements than it states in my contracts. I’ve gone into this in detail below. There are many unknowns right now due to COVID-19, and I want to help make photography one less stressful thing to worry about.

Postponing your wedding due to Coronavirus

I completely understand that you may need to delay your event due to travel restrictions, quarantines, fear for the health of family members, or being sick yourself. If you decide to postpone your wedding to a new date, your deposit will transfer over, as long as I’m not already booked on the new date. Please reach out to me if you need to change dates so that I can accommodate you! I’m here to help.

If you move your wedding to a date I am not available, I will give you back 50% of your deposit, and I will also help you find a new photographer. If I can re-book your original date, I will refund the rest of your deposit.

Canceling your wedding due to Coronavirus

Don’t want to postpone your wedding and need to flat-out cancel due to the virus? I understand. Here are two options:

-Cancel it, and I can give you back 50% of your deposit. If I can re-book your original date, I will refund the rest of your deposit. -OR, elope! You can have an intimate elopement somewhere in nature, away from the virus and others. You can keep your original date or change it to a new one that I have available, and we’ll transfer the deposit to the new date. We can adjust the package you already booked and create a new timeline. You can invite a smaller number of guests (or none!).

What happens if I get sick before your wedding

If I feel sick (cough, fever, body aches) before your wedding, I will inform you as soon as possible and ask how you would like to proceed. I vow to be honest with you about my own health so that you can make an educated decision about your event. Here are three options:

-If you still want me to document the event, I will wash my hands frequently, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer hourly, and avoid physical contact with guests. We can discuss exactly what would make you feel the most comfortable. -If you want me to stay home, I will secure a talented associate replacement photographer to photograph the event in my place. I will still edit all your photos myself in my editing style. I will also give you a 10% discount off your total package to compensate for having a different photographer on the day of.