Every Boston family portrait photographer I know has had to put their business on hold in the last week. We’re about two weeks into quarantine here in Massachusetts, and it doesn’t look like things will be calming down soon. One would think that with all this extra time on my hands, I’d be blogging away. The truth is, I’ve never had less time for my business. I’m home all day with an almost-three-year-old while my husband continues to go to work (don’t worry, he’s only one of 2 people going into the office!). I’m also attempting to keep up with the virtual requirements of my teaching job while I’m at it.
Despite the chaos, I feel extraordinarily lucky right now. For me, my photography business is a secondary source of income. My primary source is not affected, but that’s not the case for most of my friends in this community. My full-time photog friends are worried, and I’m worried for them. On their behalf, I thought I’d whip up a blog post about how you can support full-time photographers during a time when their flow of income has come to a screeching halt.
Pay Your Balance Upfront
If you already have a session on a photographer’s calendar (for summer or maybe even fall), you could pay your balance upfront now. OR, you could even just pay part of it. Not everyone is in a position to do this right now, but it’s worth considering if you are.
Book a Session
If you haven’t booked a session for 2020 yet, you could reach out to your first-choice photographer and see how far in advance they’re booking. Every deposit helps put food on their table. While we’re on the topic, I am not actually taking bookings for fall yet. I plan to start in early June.
Write a Review or Post Your Session Photos Everywhere!
Maybe you aren’t planning on having family photos taken this year, and that’s okay. But if you’ve used a photographer before and were happy with your experience, write them a review! Blast your photos all over your social media accounts (if you’re comfortable with this, and with photog credit, of course). This will help your photographer attract more business in the future, when it’s safe to be within six feet of each other again :).
Pre-Order an Album
Most print labs are closed now, so an album probably isn’t something you can order and have in your hands soon. Buttt if you were thinking of ordering an album from a previous session with your photographer, you could place the order now and have them design it. Once labs are running again, it’ll be ready to go to print!
If there’s one thing I am certain of after adjusting to pandemic life over the last couple of weeks, it’s that people are really coming together (I mean this in the figurative sense of the term only, ha) to support everyone they can, including small businesses. It’s such a wonderful thing to witness. ________________________________________________________________________________________
Melissa Rabbitt is a Boston family portrait photographer who specializes in relaxed imagery of families and newborns. Booking for fall 2020 will open in early June.