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8 Things Birth Photographers Can Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine Period

The Coronavirus has seemed to wreck havoc. And not only in the US, but around the world. School closures, colleges moving courses online, businesses closing, people working from home, etc. For most people, it’s been nothing short of overwhelming. Even if you AREN’T worried about the coronavirus, the way the general population is panicking and stockpiling is a little exhausting. Here are a few things us birth photographers can do while we’re at home during the Coronavirus quarantine period.
 

Mom sits in tub while the doula encourages her to breath during birth story

 

1. FINISH EDITING

We all know that as photographers, we always have SOMETHING we need to edit. Between client galleries and personal sessions with your littles, there is likely a few editing projects you can catch up on. Edit away!
 

2. Schedule Social Media Postings

Yup! Although it seems like the world has come to a screeching halt, it wont be that way for long. What you do for marketing now is the business you see 3/6/12 months in the future. So hunker down and try to schedule as many posts as possible.
 
Instagram doesn’t really have a seamless way to schedule posting, so I typically schedule posts on Facebook and then make it a point to copy the content from the Facebook post and paste it to an Instagram post. I’ve just found that’s what’s easiest for ME personally, so do whatever floats your boat here.
 

3. Write some blog posts

I know for a fact us birth photographers are sitting on some really great content we haven’t been able to sit down and write out yet. Birth stories, general pregnancy and postpartum information, birth photography tips, etc. Whatever it is you need to blog about, DO IT.
 
This goes back to the scheduling social media section where I said “What you do for marketing now is the business you see 3/6/12 months in the future.” DO IT. You won’t regret it!
 

4. Update your Website

If things are moving a little slow for you, it’s such a good time to update your website. Go through and make sure every page reads exactly how you want, update your galleries, change out photos and try and optimize your SEO as best you can. Now is the perfect time to make sure the user experience on your website is STELLAR.
 

5. Charge and Clean Your Camera Gear

What better time to clean you camera gear than when news breaks about a world wide pandemic? Break out the cleaning cloths and get all the nooks and krannys disinfected. This is especially important for us birth photographers, who have our gear near babies and in and out of hospitals!
 

6. Spend time with your family

Don’t forget to take advantage of this time and spend some good ole fashioned quality time together. Nothing says family snuggles and game nights like a “social distancing” order!
 

7. Document more of your family life

This is something that I need to do more of in general, but what a perfect excuse to actually do it. With no where to go and a lot of time on my hands, I plan on trying to at least document ONE moment every day!
 

8. DO SOME GOOD

It’s been such a weird time in our country and around our world. Make sure you’re doing good for others. Is someone in need of wet wipes and you happen to have 100 packs still from your baby shower? Give some to a parent in need. Is someone at risk of losing their job, because their kid’s school has closed? See if you can help watch them during the days so those parents can still work. It’s important that we come together as a community at this time and do what’s best for our neighbors. Showing compassion and love can still happen along side social distancing.
 
The most important thing to remember here is to stay safe. Although COVID-19 seems to mainly effect the elderly and the immunocompromised, it’s always best to be safe rather than sorry. Do your best to stay home and avoid large crowds of people.
 
If you have kids, I’ve created a 2-week list of things to do with kids during the Coronavirus school closure! Take a look!