Fall photo sessions go on amid pandemic

Remember the historic October snowstorm that hammered Winnipeg and southern Manitoba last year?
The wind and snow stole the coming of the picturesque autumn landscape and so were the moments that everybody was looking forward to capture in it.
This year, amid uncertain times due to the pandemic, one thing is beyond doubt- the fall season sure did emerge beautifully, letting people experience the crisp weather and capture the vibrant colours of the season.
Fall photo sessions were a hit again! The Diego family is just one of the many families who did not pass up the chance of seizing the best time to take their traditional family fall mini session.
“It has been a tradition that we take our family picture every season and occasion so we’ll have beautiful memories to look back to,” mother Irma Diego said.
Mark Godilano of Mark Godilano Photography took the shots while he shared how COVID-19 affected his business and the new normal in photo sessions.

Many families did not let the pandemic stop them from doing their traditional fall photo sessions.

With the generally beautiful weather and stunning foliage this year, who would not pose for snapshots in what is considered to be the most sought after mini session every year.

Mark Godilano of Mark Godilano Photography is one of the many photographers in Winnipeg who do photo sessions.

“Fall has the most beautiful colors and feel and this is something that most families want to hang on their wall as a souvenir.”

Godilano said that he started taking bookings after the government allowed businesses to operate provided that safety protocols are followed. He takes bookings until there is enough foliage and while leaves haven’t fallen from trees yet.

And while his wedding and other event bookings were affected by the pandemic, many booked for the photo sessions.

“I guess since we cannot travel for vacations, people have more time for their families which includes photoshoots like this,” Mark said.

Locations for photoshoot are mostly outdoors such as parks, fields and forests but Godilano assures that he and his clients still follow safety measures.

“We practice social distancing so it’s basically a contactless session. A link is sent to them where they can download their photos.”

Photo courtesy: Ron Cantiveros / Photos by Mark Godilano Photography