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Safety in Headshot sessions during Covid-19

Given the recent coronavirus pandemic, we wanted to share the guidelines we will be following going forward, and the safety solutions we will provide for your business. Here are some things we are putting in place to make sure that our clients’ health is the number one priority.

At this time, the photography session may take place inside or outside your office or home. Your photographer will wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and follow safety protocols provided by the state and the company. When a client contacts GFP to schedule a session, we will advise them of the current processes and procedures we will be taking, as well as any other notices or guidelines required by the state.


  • Individual sessions by appointment only
  • Voluntary health screening questions
  • Disinfecting of all common surfaces between sessions
  • “No-touch” posing and direction
  • Hand sanitizing station
  • Photographer uses mask and social distancing
  • Selection of images to be made via new client monitor viewing station, kept 6+ feet from photographer

Adherence to State and Local Guidelines

Above all, we believe in being good community citizens. We are working cooperatively with the state and local leaders to provide a safe environment for all. By adhering to guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the State of California, we re-opened our photography businesses safely.

Personal Protective Equipment

The use of PPE such as masks and gloves will be used while working with clients. We recommend that this measure continues through the end of phase three as outlined in recently released federal guidelines. California's guidance for face coverings can be accessed here.



A face mask is required for all team members at all times. Any studio employees or photographic assistants who are sick will be expected to stay home. We will provide training and educational materials available through the CDC website on proper sanitation, hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, use of PPE, and other protective behaviors. Break rooms or other areas of the studio will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and not used for congregating by employees.


The studio will hold to strict appointment times, allowing sufficient time to sanitize photographic equipment and common areas after each client session. Only one client should be allowed in studio facilities at any given time. If the session is held offsite, only one client should be staged in the immediate area.

Social Distancing / No-Touch Posing

We will make sure that we keep a minimum of 6 feet between you and the lens. This is no different than before, as the lenses we use for portraits require the photographer to step back in order to capture the most flattering photo.

Photographers will maintain social distancing, using no-touch posing methods when at all possible. Until further notice is received from the CDC and other health officials, the maximum gathering for a photographic shoot of 10 or fewer persons should be observed.

We will offer a client monitor viewing station away from the photographer so the client can safely choose their favorite headshot.

Every portrait session will be planned in a location that follows the social distancing guidelines. This means that each location should have plenty of space to walk around and should not be too busy with other people.

Temperature Checks and Screening Questions

Temperature checks will be conducted voluntarily for each photographic client prior to each session. Any subject with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees should be rescheduled. Screening questions could include:

  • How are you feeling?
  • Have you had a cough or any flu-like or COVID symptoms in the last 14 days?
  • Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been exposed to anyone who has tested positive within the last 14 days?
  • Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?

Adherence to Sanitation Protocols

Standard sanitation protocols prior to each client include, but will not be limited to:

  • Washing hands before and after photographic sessions
  • Sanitation of all props, chairs, or benches with which a client may come into contact
  • Sanitation of restroom/dressing facilities if available to clients in-studio
  • Sanitation of common areas, including door knobs (interior and exterior), counter tops, pens and pencils, tablets and monitors
  • Removal of unnecessary paper products or décor (magazines, newspapers, extraneous sales materials)


Option 1: Office Conference Room or Large Open Area (Indoors)

Sample Set Up (not shown in photo: additional screen for client selection with space for social distancing)

Conference Room Headshot Set Up

Option 2: Client Office (Outdoor Location)

Sample Set Up (not shown in photo: additional screen for client selection with space for social distancing)

Socially Distant Headshots Taken Outdoors

Option 3: Studio Union Street SF (Indoors)

Sample Set Up

Indoor Socially Distant Headshot Set Up

Option 4: Client Home (Indoor)

Sample Set Up (not shown in photo: additional screen for client selection with space for social distancing)

Headshots Taken in Your Home or Office

Option 5: Client Home (Outdoor)

Sample Set Up (not shown in photo: additional screen for client selection with space for social distancing)

Outdoor Socially Distant Headshot Set Up

Are you ready to update your headshot? Now is the perfect time! Contact GFP today to learn more or get onto the schedule.