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Photographers get creative during COVID-19

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When Kendra Bartels downsized and rescheduled her dream fall wedding to a smaller, summer wedding, she didn’t have high expectations. The new plan meant inviting only 26 people instead of 150, wearing a different wedding dress and accepting that nothing would be as planned, including the photography.

Despite the restrictions, being outside made social distancing easier and led to a candid approach from the photographer and videographer. When Bartels received her photos and video, they exceeded her expectations, perfectly capturing her day and helping her forget the wedding happened during a global pandemic.

“It made me realize that, with everything going on in the world, we were almost in our own little world that day. You wouldn’t have guessed that the world was kind of crumbling around us,” she says.

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unexpected experience for everyone, including photographers. During Ontario’s first lockdown in March 2020, most photographers shut down because they weren’t considered an essential service.

According to a 2019 Statistics Canada survey, there are over 9,000 established photography businesses in Canada, generating an average of $124,000 per year. Ontario photographers were able to resume work during the second phase of re-opening in June, but for most, work looks different now.

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Mississauga-based photographer Hana El Zohiry demonstrates how photographers continue to take portraits throughout the pandemic using Zoom.
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