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COVID-19 causes uncertainty for local professional photographers

Posted at 7:49 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 19:49:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Master photographer Kira DerryBerry's owns a photography studio and, by following the CDC's recommendations, she can't have the one-on-one contact with her clients.

It's no surprise this pandemic has had a major effect on the industry. They normally have to be in rooms for events, like weddings, with hundreds of people.

Instead, photography sessions have been canceled and her work has shifted to virtual meetings with clients.

She's also on the Professional Photographers of America Board, and she's helping other photographers during this transition.

"Just because we stopped doing photography in this minute, doesn't mean we won't be doing it in the future," Derryberry said. "Now is a great time to be doing those things that you didn't have time to do before getting your books right, learning new skills, planning your marketing and calendars"

Derryberry says one of the big challenges for photographers is technology, because it's a learning curve with their clients. Not everyone knows how to use certain software.

Some photographers are supplementing their income now by offering stock images online or shifting to online sales.

In the meantime, Derryberry came up with an interesting way to keep you and your family engaged, and teach you some photography skills for free.

Derryberry, like many other local artists, is taking advantage of the Council of Culture and Arts' website to post some of her new online events.

Coming up at 11, we'll have more with the Kira Derryberry and how she's working through this tough time.

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