COVID-19 Updates for our Photographers
As the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) unfolds, businesses across the globe continue to adjust. All non-essential businesses in the state of Maryland have closed and GreekYearbook staff continues to operate remotely.
The majority of photoshoots that were originally scheduled prior to the start of this pandemic through the end of Spring semester are being postponed. We are actively working on moving affected photoshoots to the Fall semester. We greatly appreciate you and your patience through the unprecedented scheduling changes that have occurred due to campus closures.
We plan to get a headstart on scheduling photographers for our Fall photoshoots earlier than usual. We will have a large influx of photoshoots in the Fall due to postponing hundreds from Spring. We expect to begin rescheduling as soon as April or May (when the world gets back to normal).
In an effort to combat COVID-19 and assist our healthcare workers, our sister company, Nations Photo Lab, has repurposed one of our production facilities in Maryland to manufacture face shields. We will be donating $100,000 in face shields to hospitals and healthcare workers in need. If you know of any hospitals in need of protective equipment or would like more information visit: https://www.nationsphotolab.com/ppe
Updated as of 3/27/2020
In order to contain the spread of COVID-19, universities across the country have decided to close for the semester or continue classes online for various amounts of time. At this time GreekYearbook staff is also working from home and monitoring the situation closely.
There is no greater priority than the safety and well being of our customers and photographers. With the continuous changes and increased severity of the situation, we feel it’s essential to take a proactive approach and cancel all scheduled photoshoots from 3/16/2020 through 4/12/2020. We will continue to send updates as we get more information.
Barring any major changes, we are working hard to reschedule these canceled photoshoots later during the spring semester or in the fall semester. We understand that canceling photoshoots will financially impact each and every one of our photographers as well as GreekYearbook. Our scheduling team’s goal continues to be rescheduling as many photoshoots as soon as possible.
Please refer to your GYB Focus account for the latest updated information regarding your scheduled photoshoots. If a photoshoot has been canceled you should also receive a separate email regarding that specific shoot. We will continue to update this page as the situation develops. For any additional questions, please contact the photo department.
Regretfully we have had to make some very tough decisions regarding cancelations that impact all of us. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this constantly evolving event. Please stay safe and healthy!
Updated as of 3/16/2020
As I’m sure you are aware, university institutions across the entire country are taking drastic measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Several of these approaches will impact a large amount of GYB photoshoots. It’s important to note, the overwhelming majority of these schools are taking precautionary measures and there are no instances of the Coronavirus on campus.
Our scheduling team has the overwhelming task of trying to stay on top of all scheduled photoshoots and any associated cancellations and postponements as the situation continues to change by the hour. Out of an abundance of caution, many universities have begun implementing measures to prevent and reduce the spread and transmission of COVID-19. Several have chosen to practice social distancing by suspending face-to-face instruction and moved all courses online for the remainder of the semester. Given the timing of this situation, other universities have chosen to extend their scheduled spring break or temporarily close until April. For schools that have chosen to take these approaches, GreekYearbook is having to cancel/postpone their shoots until April or later in 2020.
Although GreekYearbook typically charges our clients a fee associated with the cancellation of a scheduled photoshoot, given the drastic nature of the circumstances, we have taken the stance that we will be waiving all cancellation/postponement fees. As we are forced to make the difficult decision to cancel several of our Spring photoshoots, we understand that the financial impact will be felt not only in our GreekYearbook offices but by each and every one of our photographers. Our scheduling team’s goal continues to be rescheduling as many photoshoots later this Spring or to the upcoming fall semester as soon as possible.
Moving forward, please direct any questions to the photo department first so the scheduling team can continue to monitor the situation as it changes at all of the universities. We aim to be completely transparent and provide information as the situation changes.
As a company, there continues to be no greater priority than the safety and well being of our customers, employees, and photographers. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented global event.
Updated as of 3/13/2020
There is no greater priority than the safety and well being of our customers, employees, and photographers. We’re in regular communication with our customers to stay ahead of the evolving situation concerning the Coronavirus. It’s important to us that you feel confident and safe while performing a photoshoot for GreekYearbook.
Out of an abundance of caution, many universities have begun social distancing measures by suspending face-to-face instruction to prevent and reduce the spread and transmission of COVID-19. If one of the schools you are scheduled to photograph implements this measure, you will be notified immediately.
Should you experience flu-like symptoms or symptoms similar to COVID-19, please contact our office ASAP. If you have any upcoming photoshoots we may opt to reschedule those photoshoots. If our customers experience flu-like symptoms or symptoms similar to COVID-19, we are asking them to stay at home and to notify us immediately.
During photoshoots, we suggest that you take a break and wash your hands every 20 min. If you have hand sanitizer, please apply it often. We know hand sanitizer is hard to come by, but if you have a bottle you’re willing to bring on location, please include the cost on your next invoice.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, maintaining regular contact with our customers, educational institutions, and photographers. We’ve prepared to navigate these new and challenging circumstances as they present themselves. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented event. Our goal is to reschedule every shoot canceled due to this situation to either later in the current semester or to the upcoming fall semester.
Thank you for your patience, and please be safe.
Updated as of 3/12/2020