What does a Covid-safe shoot look like?

Nigel Kirby

Nigel Kirby

Nigel is a professional freelance photographer based in Cheshire who specialises in horse racing, country sports and shooting. He has a keen eye for detail and has an impressive portfolio of high-profile corporate clients.

The day was fast approaching for the opening shoot of the season, but things were noticeably different. In this blog I explain my recent experience attending a Covid-safe shoot at Ivy Farm in Cheshire.

The run up to the shoot

In order to limit attendees, a separate private event was set up on social media for registration. This also provided a log for track and trace purposes. I knew, things were going to be different this season but that wasn’t going to stop me enjoying the day.

Before the event, private group members were informed of the strict Covid-19 risk assessment and their responsibilities with regards to keeping safe. In addition, everyone was given the link to BASC guidance

Starting the day right

The element of uncertainty and tough decisions made back in April all disappeared as one by one, and in separate vehicles, the group arrived at the venue – all wearing face masks.

Cars were parked at a safe distance from each other and those from different families or ‘bubbles’ immediately respected the two-metre rule.

The normal safety drill included a much more detailed explanation of the new Covid-19 guidelines and extra precautions now in place. Today there would be no sloe gin and the pegs were drawn by the organiser, but it was certainly a Covid-safe shoot.

A new shoot trailer was introduced that clearly displayed the various guidelines as well as boasting a hand sanitiser station. Amongst the many precautions, it was made clear that the handling of birds should only be administered by named individuals. Masks and gloves were also available.

Reflecting on a Covid-safe shoot

Despite the inclement weather, the shoot had an excellent first day with a decent bag. It was a shame that the traditional pub lunch had to be omitted under the new restrictions, but it was great to be back outside.

In summary the whole process before, during and after the event was a credit to the organisers and I felt safe throughout the day. Future dates will be carried out using the same format and it is one I would recommend to other shoots across the country.

I certainly look forward to attending again to capture more images.

For more information on how you can set up a Covid-safe shoot or to arrange a BASC visit, click here.

The Ivy Farm Shoot is a family and friends professional shoot managed by Leigh Dyson, Brian Bailey and Andrew Thornhill and is maintained by a group of willing members. 

All images are credited to Nigel Kirby.

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