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Covid Updates for Weddings and Portrait Photography

(Updated May 30, 2021)


According to the CDC they continue to recommend avoiding large events and gatherings

Covid and Getting married in Massachusetts


Have Covid concerns? You have come to the right place! Weddings are considered gatherings. As of February 16th gatherings no longer need to end at 9:30 PM. That also means that alcohol can be served past 9:30!


Photography is considered a personal service and does not require (in most situations) close contact. Ya! We can be open! What does that mean for your wedding? Headshots? Senior Portraits? Family Sessions? See Below.


According to the State Guidance, large weddings are on longer on the restricted list. The host of an indoor event at a private residence must limit the number of attendees at all times to no more than 10 persons indoors and 25 people outdoors.

AS of May 29th the mask mandate has been lifted! You still will need a mask on public and private transportation (think MBTA, Uber, Lyft etc)

As of May 24, We are at Phase Four Step 2 on May 29th all restrictions will be lifted and for fully vaccinated people you can take your masks off and throw them in the fire pit!

Massachusetts Gather Rules for events state

  • Gatherings at event venues and in public settings: 100 people indoors, 150 people outdoors

Time to start planning! They are saying "moderate gathering" which falls under the category of smaller weddings. According to the state website, the guidelines for wedding and event venues in Massachusetts are as follows:

  • The host of an indoor event at a private residence still as of May 24th limit the number of attendees at all times to Gatherings at private residences: 10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors ( think like backyard)

  • The host of an indoor event held at an event venue (e.g., hotels, private clubs, and space available for lease) or in a public setting (e.g., public parks) must limit the number of attendees at all times to: No more than 100 persons

  • For outdoor events held at an event venue (e.g., hotels, private clubs, and space available for lease) or in a public setting (e.g., public parks) a host must limit the number of attendees at all times to: No more than 150 persons

  • Occupancy counts in all cases must include all attendees but may exclude event staff or other workers.

  • In addition to the capacity restrictions specified above, all participants in indoor and outdoor gatherings, including gatherings at private residences, must maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance whenever possible.

  • An event will violate these capacity limits where, regardless of the actual number of attendees, it is not reasonably possible for all participants regularly to maintain 6 feet of separation

  • Restaurants hosting events must adhere to the capacity limits specified in these standards.

  • Ensure separation of 6 feet or more between individuals

    o Close or reconfigure worker common spaces and high density areas where workers are likely to congregate) to allow social distancing. Employers are encouraged to close break rooms or limit their use

Covid & Headshot Photography in Massachusetts


Headshots with Cordele Photography will look a little different. I am allowed to be open for Head Shots. Normally, I have in-studio experience for my clients. For the safety and comfort of all involved, I have moved our client's experience to a temporary studio in my in-home garage. I open up the garage doors and which allows both parties involved to be far enough away, per Massachusetts Guidelines. I will wear our mask and stay 10-12 feet away.

Family Portraits and Covid in Massachusetts


The fall is a huge rush of family portraits in New England. I am accepting fall portraits in the summer and early fall months. I will keep 10-12 feet social distance and shoot with a longer lens. I will refrain from touching clients to pose them. I will be just as bossy as I normally am.

Senior Photography and Portraits and Covid

Senior Portraits for spring are starting to book for 2021. Please check back for the guidelines and get booking early! I am open for senior portraits and will be keeping our distance and shoot with a longer lens. I will suggest areas for photography that are lower traffic and will use only verbal commands to pose clients. Some parks still have restrictions on parking, so we will make a plan that works for you and me!


For now, that's it! Wash Hands, Wear your mask and for goodness sake do NOT touch your face!


Stay Healthy everyone!

Reading Photographer Headshots-Portraits-Kids-Families, Senior Portraits 40 Marla Lane, Reading MA 01867 781-315-6030 - aw@cordelephotography.com