Covid – 19. Keeping Your Family Safe


Wirral family photographer

Downing Lifestyle Photography advice for clients both before and during their studio experience.

Safe operation protocols following the Covid-19 Virus

As a professional photographer working in our community it is essential for me to help and minimise the spread of any infection. Even though Mariela & I have always operated a clean studio working policy we have introduced some new working protocols to meet government guidelines as well as common sense initiatives to protect us all.

Like all small business we have been hit by this pandemic lockdown and are eager to get back to work, but we can only do that safely with your cooperation, which includes temperature testing on arrival, a no touch protocol and sanitization on arrival.



Personal Protection Equipment

Our key PPE protection is through temperature monitoring & sanitization gel on arrival, for both you and us. We would prefer to work without PPE, like masks and gloves, most of the time, but at your request or for specific reasons or government guidelines, we will of course do so.

Our Commitment to You

We will follow our studio protocols on sanitisation, cleaning and self-distancing. Each day we will have our temperature taken, including every time we enter the building and in front of clients we are involved with.

Sanitisation, Hand Washing,  Sneeze Etiquette and health monitoring will all follow our studio protocol.

Social Distancing

We have rearranged our diary to ensure no crossover, and are working to a strict “By Appointment Only” rule. We will also be ensuring our contact is minimised in accordance with social distancing guidelines. As we say “2 meters doesn’t mean we don’t love you” – in fact by respecting the 2meter guideline as well as our no touch policy, the session will follow and still feel like a great experience.

We will follow guidelines on grouping and numbers at all times and adjust to the numbers in a session allowed.

Temperature checks & 3 little questions

On arrival at the studio we take an infrared temperature check of everyone, including ourselves. We will ask the main contact of a group with mixed families, especially those with very young children to make this procedure into more of a game, we may refer to it being a “Happy Meter” If any in the party has a temperature of 37.8 or above, the session will need to be rescheduled.

On arrival we will ask 3 simple questions:

  1. How is everyone feeling?
  2. Has anyone had a cough or any flu-like or Covid symptoms in the last 14 days.
  3. Have you been around anyone exhibiting symptoms within the last 14 days, including a visit to hospital?

Sanitation Protocol

Prior to all sessions our sanitisation and cleaning protocol as a minimum include: Hand Gel & Temperature Check on Arrival Designated secure coat and baggage area. Washing hands regularly before and after any session. Cleaning of all client areas and furniture, including client toilet facilities, door handles & counter tops. Post Session cleaning of studio props that clients might come in contact with.

Client Compliance

Covid-19 Liability Release Waiver

*Client Acknowledgement Prior to Every Scheduled Appointment*

Due to the 2019-2020 outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Downing Lifestyle Photography is taking extra precautions with the care of every client to include additional cleaning of the premises and equipment between every client as well as additional hand sanitisers on entry and exit.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: (not exclusively)

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Dry Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Loss of taste and/or smell

Client to confirm their understanding of the following:

  • Temperature Checks on Arrival at the studio
  • I understand the above symptoms and affirm that I, as well as all household members do not currently have, not have experienced the symptoms listed WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS.
  • I affirm that I, as well as all household members have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 WITHIN THE PAST 30 DAYS.
  • I affirm that I, as well as all household members have not knowingly been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 WITHIN THE PAST 30 DAYS.
  • I affirm that I, as well as all household members, have not travelled outside the country or any city considered to be a “Hot Spot” for COVID-19 WITHIN THE PAST 30 DAYS.
  • I understand that Downing Lifestyle Photography Ltd cannot be held liable for any exposure to the Covid-19 virus caused by misinformation on this form.


Downing Lifestyle Photography is following these enhanced procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Prepayment of services available if clients prefer contactless checkout
  • Additional time included between appointments to prevent client contact with each other.
  • Each client required to wash/sanitiser their hands upon arrival and before leaving.
  • All items in contact with client will be thoroughly cleaned between each client.
  • All surfaces will be wiped thoroughly with a recognized disinfectant before and after each client according to the manufacturer’s instruction.

Downing Lifestyle Photography agrees to abide by these standards and affirms the same.




Fun filled morning

Can’t thank Simon and Mariela enough for the beautiful photos they took for us. We had a fun filled morning,very relaxing, nothing was to much trouble for them .If you want to remember a special occasion,or just to have a wonderful photo to hang on your wall, l couldn’t recommend Simon more highly. We had… Read more “Fun filled morning”

Janet Evans


We won Otto’s shoot as part of a Christmas competition package, I was nervous bringing Otto (17 month old German shepherd) to the shoot as he’s an overgrown puppy!! But Simon made us both very welcome ! He was very patient with Otto both in his meet and greet and at the actual photo shoot!… Read more “Otto”

Viv Connor
Ellesmere Port

A Happy Nanny and Dandy

We booked a sitting to get a photograph of 6 grandchildren as a present for their nan & grandad. The picture we got is fantastic. Simon & Mariella worked really hard to get what we needed and we couldn’t have dreamt that the finished article would be as good as it is. Thank you so… Read more “A Happy Nanny and Dandy”

Lyndsey Hayes

Surprise Photobox!

My sister and I and our 4 children went to Simon & Mariela as we wanted a special gift for our mums 70th birthday. We had great fun on the photo shoot – with two teenagers in tow I was little worried how they’d react. We all loved it and the photos show that. The… Read more “Surprise Photobox!”

Little Sutton

Beautiful baby face experience

When we booked our little girls photoshoot we did not know what to expect, not only were we worried that as a 3 year old she may not ‘perform’ on the day, but with the pandemic we were also apprehensive about being in the studio with her. That soon changed when we arrived. We were… Read more “Beautiful baby face experience”

Gemma Alexander-Bloomfield

Box & Bubble Fun !

What a great fun experience we had in the studio shooting the box! Our first family shoot together & memories captured for life . Simon & Mariela are so welcoming & friendly. They also did a great job looking after a bouncy boxer in between the shoots with our daughter. We Highly recommend going to… Read more “Box & Bubble Fun !”

Jessica Stevens


Thinking of capturing the moment and looking for some special photos, whether it is for yourself or a special occasion I would defiantly recommend Downing Lifestyle Photography. We attended a photo shoot at Downing Lifestyle photography and what can I say, AMAZING. I am not really a photogenic person and would normally hate having my… Read more “…Amazing…”

Yvonne Lewis
Little Sutton, South Wirral

Photos to treasure

I took my collie Dusty for a photo shoot at the studio & we both had an amazing time. Simon was so clever at getting Dusty to pose on the various props & it was a very enjoyable session. I went back a week later to view the photographs on a big screen & wow… Read more “Photos to treasure”

Sharon Leicester

A really wonderful day…

We had a really wonderful day with Simon and Mariela. We had lots of photographs of our first child but none of us as a family and with our second child. The day was amazing and we received lots of help keeping our children interested who are 4 and 1. A really wonderful day with… Read more “A really wonderful day…”

Lorna Thornton Heaven
Ellesmere Port, South Wirral, Cheshire

..could not have wished for a better session…

We happened to win a session with Simon and Mariela at a charitable auction that they had kindly donated to at Childer Thornton Primary School. I was not sure what to expect having 5 children and us. When I spoke to Simon I was reassured that all would go smoothly. I could not have wished… Read more “..could not have wished for a better session…”

George Ablet
Childer Thornton, South Wirral

Excellent service

We recently had two shoots with Simon, one for the baby photo and the second for a dog portrait. On both occasions we felt completely relaxed, Simon was very patient as I’m sure working with children and animals can’t be easy!
The pictures from the baby photo shoot are excellent, I can’t wait to… Read more “Excellent service”

Toni Hawes


I organised a photoshoot to mark my wife’s 40th and the whole experience from start to finish was fabulous. All the kids had a great day and my wife and I have now got some beautiful images to remember this special occasion. Thanks to you both for making it a memorable experience.


Lovely Experience!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Simon and Mariela for our toddler box photo shoot!
We were met by Simon who sat with Isla and made her feel at ease straight away. He showed us round the studio and had a big box on the floor for her to play… Read more “Lovely Experience!”

Leanne Marshall

..the most amazing photographs…

I have the most amazing photographs of my family. The photoshoot was a retirement gift. At first i was apprehensive of having photos taken but the day was a lovely experience. The result was amazing photos and an amazing piece of wall art.the session was made really relaxed. Simon and Mariela made us feel at… Read more “..the most amazing photographs…”

Sandra Moran
Great Sutton, Wirral

Our Family Box photoshoot

We recently had a family box-shoot with Simon and Mariela. Absolutely brilliant. They made our girls feel very welcome and exciting about the whole shoot. We adults thoroughly enjoyed it too! The end product was of superb quality in terms of the photos and the wood it was printed on. It really is a novel… Read more “Our Family Box photoshoot”

David Lampkin

We loved every minute!

As soon as I saw an example of the Family PhotoBox I knew that it was something I wanted to do for my family. I’d had family photos on my to do list for months but had not seen anything that really grabbed me…until I was introduced to Downing Lifestyle Photography. I wanted something unique,… Read more “We loved every minute!”

The Shiel Family

Truly Amazing Family Photo

I wanted to say a huge thank you for a truly amazing family photo. The box photo was a surprise present for my Mum’s 70th and it did not disappoint. We had 4 teenagers and a 9 year old whom you made feel completely relaxed. They had such a good time at the photo shoot… Read more “Truly Amazing Family Photo”

Katie Horswill

Absolutely fantastic photo shoot.

Absolutely fantastic photo shoot. Simon was fabulous with Milo and really put him at easy with toys and treats.
Wow, what can I say the photos are amazing and so many people have asked where they were taken. Can not recommend Simon highly enough. We’ll be back and thank you once again.

Dawn Barnett
Ellesmere Port

..I am in love! …

We recently got our photos from the photoshoot and I have to say I am in love!
The session in itself was fantastic, the studio was great, Simon and Mariela were really welcoming, they made us and the kids feel at ease (which is a hard thing to do with 3 kids under the… Read more “..I am in love! …”

Jill Galagher

Totally approachable and professional!

I had my show dog who is a bedlington terrier photographed. Simon was professional and really welcoming and put my boy at ease from the word go! He got some fabulous images which we were made up with considering my dog can be difficult to capture his personality as his haircut can hide his eyes… Read more “Totally approachable and professional!”

Gemma-Christina Corcoran
Little Sutton

Amazing Box Photoshoot

I can’t recommend these lovely people enough. We had a family shoot arranged for my mums 70th birthday of her grandchildren.
Unfortunately Covid delayed proceedings for a while but once back open there was nothing to worry about. We were all temperature checked upon arrival, hand gel is available and encouraged to use as… Read more “Amazing Box Photoshoot”

Suzanne Mylett

Stella’s 14 weeks Puppy Photoshoot

The Studio is in a beautiful setting near the Ellesmereport Boat Museum.
Simon greeted us at the door. Stella was a little shy at first but was given plenty of time in the waiting area to settle and get to know Simon before going into the Studio. Here she was curious and Simon created… Read more “Stella’s 14 weeks Puppy Photoshoot”

Jackie & Piers

A stunning reminder

I can’t recommend Simon enough, especially for his portrait photography. With his patience and skill he managed to capture the gentleness, wisdom and maturity of our 13 year old black Labrador at his studio shoot. Sadly only weeks later we had to make the difficult decision to say goodbye to Bailey and now, thanks to… Read more “A stunning reminder”

Joanna Highet

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