COVID 19 Protocols for Working on Set
COVID 19 Protocols for Working on Set
I have been producing photography projects for 30 years worldwide for large and small clients. Over the years, things have changed mostly for the better, scouting for locations from my laptop, casting talent over Facetime. Creative meetings with clients once in a conference room are now ZOOM meetings, and this isn't because of a Novel Coronavirus; this is just the progress with useful technology. For the past decade, I have created productions having never met the client or creative team in person.
I work on photography projects that vary from day to day and client to client. It is not uncommon for me to work on projects with just my camera and a portable light. Other projects may require a little more gear and my assistant, and some require a team of photography and production assistants, hair, makeup, and wardrobe stylists -sometimes, it truly takes a village.
Working in the during this pandemic is not the same production even with these technology tools, we have new protocols in place to protect all of us during this public health crisis. How I proceed with a project depends on the project itself, the creative goals, and the solutions necessary to get the job done safely. We do not have to make quality compromises; I think these new challenges are different parameters we have to resolve creatively.
Location productionss always require us to consider where, when, and what will we need to make that work? The basic necessities of human life - Shelter, Food, and Bathrooms always come to mind, whether it is a whole crew or just me. With the COVID 19 protocols, the fewer people on set, the better. No matter what the project, there is a new production protocol.
Protocols on set in the studio or on location
Crew members and I will have the appropriate PPE, always wearing facemasks and keeping a safe distance from each other, we may also wear gloves, and goggles when necessary.
Many of our recent photography projects have been on location out of doors, which is easier to manage ventilation concerns. We evaluate indoor locations as they arise and consider the vector points, high touch areas, air ventilation, and people's density on a space before making a final decision about the workspace.
For photo sessions that require client input and real-time decision making, we have iPads on set for client review while maintaining a social distance. We have online technology solutions for sending images to a cloud website for remote client reviews. And even real-time Zooom interaction, There are Facetime interactions for behind the scenes conversations about wardrobe, makeup and talent decisions.
Richard Kelly Photography COVID 19 policy and protocols (08/15/2020)
• Follow guidelines of the CDC, State, and Local health departments
• Everyone Wears an appropriate Face Mask possibly doubled when necessary and with face shields for stylists when appproriate.
• Practice Social Distancing.
•Practice Personal Hygiene - washing hands with soap and water and or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer regularly.
•Continual Checking of Symptoms
Fever (100.4 or higher)
Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
Loss of taste or smell
• We also ask anyone required to be on set not to travel to any of the high-risk locations as outlined by the PA Dept of Health within the past 14 days.
There are creative solutions to every problem presented onset, whether COVID 19 or something else. As professionals, we solve problems. Today We live and work in a global pandemic, which requires us to be diligent and responsible for ourselves and each other.
COVID19 Protocols require more time and may cost more money. Planning is the key to keeping us working together safely.
We encourage positive conversation about these COVID 19 production protocols if you have any questions or comments, please let me know.
Richard Kelly Photography
Indigo Factory, Inc.