I can’t believe that just a few weeks ago I was thinking about the best places to hold cherry blossom sessions – and now I’m wondering if I’ll get to shoot ANY sessions at all this spring. Coronavirus has spiraled out of control, and it’s taking small businesses down with it.
Weddings are my #1 priority, but right now, just like everyone else in the region, health is paramount. My health, my clients’ health and the health of the many people near and dear to me who are at risk of complications. My family is currently hunkered down at home waiting this out. I am not currently taking any new family sessions until at least April 1, although that date may be extended. I am booking sessions for summer and beyond, and you can save on those by purchasing a $200 gift certificate good for a regular family photo session ($300 value).
For my wedding clients, I know this is an uncertain time as you consider whether it’s safe to continue ahead with your plans. I can’t answer all your questions, but I am here to help you make the decision, and I’ll be here for you whenever you get married – whether it’s next week or next year.
I know you all have questions about Lemonade Photography’s approach to coronavirus. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions:
Will you still shoot my wedding? Yes! As long as your wedding is on, we are permitted to gather and I am healthy and not in danger of spreading the virus, you can count on me to be there. I will take appropriate measures such as social distancing to protect all of us from transmission of illness.
What if you get sick? If I, or anyone in my immediate family, get sick with coronavirus, I will not shoot any weddings or sessions until I am cleared to work by my doctor. For weddings, if I am required to withdraw due to illness, I will arrange with another photographer to shoot your wedding in my place as an associate photographer. I will edit the photos in my own style, and you will not be responsible for the additional cost of retaining an associate. For family or engagement sessions, I will reschedule your session to a later date when I am healthy.
What if we have to postpone or change our wedding? If you are forced to postpone your wedding due to coronavirus, Lemonade Photography will stay right by your side! There will be no additional fees for rescheduling, and I’m giving clients displaced by coronavirus first pick of available dates in late 2020 and 2021 . Your non-refundable retainer will be applied to your new wedding date, and your final payment will be due 10 days before your wedding as always. If you choose instead to change your wedding to a smaller event or elopement, you have the option to swap your original package to a smaller elopement package and apply your retainer to that package. If you have already paid more than the value of the new package, I will refund the difference to you.
What if you’re not available on our new wedding date? I encourage you to check with me, along with your other vendors, so you can choose a date that works for everyone and won’t have to go to the hassle of finding new vendors. You can avoid that by checking my availability calendar as you consider new dates. If you are unable to reschedule to a date I am available, I will seek an associate photographer to cover it as outlined above.
What if I am forced to cancel? If the worst-case scenario happens and you are unable to reschedule or change your wedding package to suit your needs, I will refund any money paid to me in excess of your non-refundable retainer. You may still apply your retainer to a future wedding or any other photo session I offer.
If you are considering any changes to your wedding or session date, location or schedule due to coronavirus, please get in touch with me as soon as possible so we can discuss options and make a plan to ensure you’ll still have stunning photos of your day, no matter what happens.
As we all know, this is a rapidly changing situation, and new information or government regulations may have an effect on my ability to provide photography services as outlined above. I will keep this post updated as new info comes in. It’s my hope that with careful management, this outbreak will be under control soon and we’ll all be able to get back to the joyful business of photography! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns, or even if you just need to vent about all this craziness! I’m right there with you.