Here at Merriwillow, safety is our main priority at all times, especially during flu season and during this COVID-19 outbreak. Because we work closely with vulnerable clients including newborns, small children and pregnant women, we would like you to know that we are taking the pandemic very seriously. There is absolutely nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our clients. We are sure you have concerns about remaining safe and healthy at this time, too. We would like to share the current steps we are taking to ensure the studio environment remains safe and clean for your session.

Until further notice: we will only be scheduling ONE studio session per day, to ensure ample time for thorough sanitization and cleaning between clients. Family sessions will only take place outdoors. Newborn sessions will still take place indoors, but are limited to only Mom, Dad, Sibling(s) and Baby. No extra visitors will be allowed. Law requires that all persons entering The Studio must wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth. 


Studio cleanliness is a top priority and we take steps to avoid viral contamination, at all times. We have implemented extra measures on top to safeguard our clients and to keep the studio safe for our clients. Some of these extra precautions include:

  • Deep cleaning of the studio prior to every session or meeting: 

    • Hard surfaces, door knobs, and client seating is cleaned with Lysol Disinfectant and/or Clorox Wipes​

    • Bathroom fixtures are cleaned and sanitized with Lysol Disinfectant and/or Clorox Wipes

  • Using disposable pads for changing baby

  • Requiring clients to reschedule if they feel unwell, even if it is mild 

  • Requiring clients to leave immediately if they present with a cough, fever or any other symptoms 

  • All hard props (bowls, baskets etc.) will be wiped down with Lysol Disinfectant and/or Clorox Wipes

  • All fabrics, wraps or clothing will be laundered before each session.

  • Kat will wash her hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer throughout the session.

  • Kat will be wearing a protective face mask during the session. 

  • If Kat feels unwell, even mildy, we will contact you immediately to rearrange our session. 

  • If Kat has been in contact with anyone who has a fever, cough or symptoms then we will inform you before the session, and discuss options for rescheduling.

  • For the time being, only Kat will be present during the portrait session (no assistant, to help comply with social distancing measures)


If you or anyone in your household have been in contact with anyone with a cough or fever or if you feel unwell (even mildly) before your session, please contact us as soon as possible to reschedule. If anyone attending the session appears to have a cough, fever or other symptoms of a virus, the session will be halted and all clients will be asked to leave immediately. We understand this may be an inconvenience, but it is of utmost importance that we do not allow a virus into the studio at this time due to the vulnerable condition of all our clients. ​

  • Please bring your own snacks/food to eat during the session

  • Bottled water will be provided


  • If not being actively photographed, you will be asked to keep your mask on.

  • You will be asked to wash or sanitize your hands upon arrival at the studio

  • Contact will be minimal and hand shaking is not recommended

  • If you feel the need to cough, please do so into one of the tissues provided and place immediately into the trash

Thank you so much for understanding and complying with all of these safety measures. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.