With the end of the stay at home order (hopefully) drawing near, every Boston Family Photographer has reopening safety on their minds. How can we conduct socially distanced family sessions? Where can we legally shoot with no masks? Will our family galleries look different than they did before the pandemic? Here’s the scoop for Lyndsay Hannah Photography!
With mask laws in Massachusetts under effect, there are added challenges to choosing the best location for your family session. The mask law in Massachusetts states that those two years and older must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. This means that lots of busy areas closest to Boston are likely not an option for your session over the next couple months. Individual towns like Somerville, Hopkinton, Waltham, and Cambridge (to name a few) have masks at all times orders. This rules those towns out unless you are on private property.
My preference has always been to shoot in remote fields and parks, but I have quite a few city-based clients who may have to consider heading out to the suburbs or delaying their session for several months to see if laws relax.
The short answer is no, I don’t believe your gallery will look much different than pre-pandemic! If you’ve had an outdoor session with me in recent years, you might have noticed that I always shoot with two lenses: a 35mm lens and an 85mm lens. I use my 35 for those wide angle, environmental shots like the picture above. I use my 85 mm for more traditional portraits. The 85mm requires me to stand nice and far away: perfect for social distancing!
Some things might change a bit. I won’t be able to stand over families and get some of the downward angles that I used to since I am not 6′ tall! However, this may mean that I carry a step stool around with me to help me get some similar angles with a different lens!
Before the pandemic, I pretty religiously stuck to sunset and sunrise sessions. This is even more important now! With the rise in working from home and less commuting, many families are outside getting fresh air and exercise. The busiest times in parks are morning to evening which is why we want to be there before or after to keep everyone safe! If you have your heart on a busier than average location, consider a sunrise session (6:00AM), a weeknight sunset session, or potentially delaying your session for a few months.
To sum it all up, I cannot wait to start photographing your families again! I feel confident that outdoor family sessions can happen in a safe way, with carefully chosen times and locations.
Things I will be doing:
"To say that I love each one would be cliche and a total understatement, but seriously... She nailed it. Being a photographer myself, I am very picky and searched dozens of photographers before coming back to lyndsay and booking her and I am so glad I did. I can't even remember the last time I hired a photographer and was this in love with the images and unable to pick just a few favorites. Thank you, lyndsay, for making the photo session easy (with 3 kids), fun and providing this mama memories for a lifetime.”
"Our images are so special and really captured our joy and the sweet personality of our little girl. Lyndsay did a great job going beyond the typical posed shots and making our photos feel authentic. We will treasure them forever."
- amanda, northborough
"We have done multiple sessions (family and newborn) and we’re so happy with the results. Lyndsay makes you feel comfortable and is able to truly capture the moment. We will have her prints hung in our house for years to come."
- beth - framingham
"We've done it all - newborn, maternity, cake smash, family photos - and every single time we are amazed by the quality of the end product. Lyndsay captures beautiful moments that we will treasure forever!"
- nicole - framingham