Is it clean enough for my baby?! YES!
As a new mom I remember being so paranoid about where and what my daughter was being exposed to. My goal for her was to make sure she grew up safe, healthy and happy. At the time my oldest was born, there were no “newborn photographers” around us. It was still not that popular back then and if there were, I wasn’t aware of it. I sure wish I did have her photos taken though. I thought cell phone pics were enough. Anyways, I do go back to that time and think, if I were to have my daughter’s photo taken, “ HOW WOULD I WANT THAT STUDIO TO BE CLEANED?” “What would put me at ease?” So, to let you know, this is how we clean our studio.
So just to put you at ease, let me walk you through the process!
We always disinfect the floors by STEAM CLEANING WITH DISTILLED WATER. We make sure before every session and after every session, we dust, vacuum and steam clean the floors. Anything paper (backdrops that get ripped) gets recycled.
DUST, VACUUM, STEAM. REPEAT.
What about the props and wardrobes? (Yes we offer them!) Most of our stuff is delicate organic and or wool. Thus I hand wash everything with a gentle laundry detergent after each session. Once something touches your baby, it goes straight into the cleaning basket.
The detergents or soaps we use are plant based, and without Synthetic Fragrances Or Dyes. I make everything fragrance free as possible so we don’t get any nauseous pregnant mamas. (Hence why we don’t use vinegar to clean, although it is a great for cleaning!) We want to make sure the experience you have at the studio is pleasant for all.
Anything toys or props that goes into a baby’s mouth is also thrown into boiling water or my dishwasher with no soap. I let the heat from the dishwasher do all the germ killing.
About me? Your photographer? My hair is up so it doesn’t go into your baby’s face while I soothe your precious one. I don’t wear heavy makeup. I don’t wear perfume. I do wash my hands with soap and hot water. But I will wear gloves if my hands are too cold for the baby or if you feel more comfortable that way. Yes, the gloves are washed as well. I will also wear a mask to cover my mouth just in case I sneeze, or I have to cough. This is not because I am sick, I wear it to protect your baby from any stranger germs. This also goes for my assistant or second shooter.
We also never wear outside shoes inside our studio. Please be mindful of small children just starting to crawl.
So you see, we try our best to make sure we have a clean, safe, and studio to welcome your new bundle of joy. We can not wait for your session!
If you have any other suggestions, I am open to all! Please contact me at anytime.
Thanks for reading! xoK