Changes to our business regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) & latest updates on lockdowns

Further in this blog you may read more about how we are managing the studios and our client's expectations during outbreaks and lockdowns.


Currently we have had 10 months of closures over the past 18 months in either one or both cities. During these forced closures, we make decisions based on statistical analysis, government and health advise, also learned experiences during the pandemic. We give our client's the clearest communication possible to manage expectations and minimise the risks associated with forced closures.


The changes we have made to our business from March 2020 during the pandemic are available to read. Our client's and team's health and well being is our upmost priority. All staff are fully vaccinated at 12th of August 2021.


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Blog Update: October 19, 2021 We are thrilled to be welcoming our clients back in both cities!

Our MELBOURNE studio reopens 02 November 2021

Under the VIC health orders, only fully vaccinated people who show proof of vaccination, are allowed to receive our services.

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Our SYDNEY studio reopens 11 October 2021

Under the NSW health orders, only fully vaccinated people who show proof of vaccination, are allowed to receive our services in NSW from 11 October 2021 to 01 December 2021. From 01 December 2021: We respect decisions on vaccinations are a personal choice. We kindly ask you to respect that we are comfortable only hosting clients at our studio who are fully vaccinated at this stage. Hair and makeup is a physical contact service and portrait photography requires the removal of a client's face mask. As our sessions last several hours, staff and contractors reserve the right to protect themselves, clients and loved ones from this disease.


If you are not fully vaccinated, please advise us so we can arrange an alternative photo shoot outdoors where social distancing can be achieved. Please understand that makeup and hair styling will not be offered as part of the session. We will also make arrangements for contactless ordering of the images.


Thank you for your understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay safe & take care.

MELBOURNE studio remains closed under the VIC health orders & boarder closures with no future dates currently available.

_______ Blog Update: September 27, 2021

Based on recent information from the NSW Government, we are hopeful to reopen our Sydney studio from 19 October 2021. All Sydney clients with paused bookings will be given priority today to rebook a new time.


_______ Blog Update: August 25, 2021

With the current Delta outbreaks in NSW & VIC and lockdowns occurring in both Sydney & Melbourne, State Governments have closed our industry. We are waiting on Government confirmation for when we are allowed to reopen. It is still to be determined by the Government if this is at 70 or 80% of vaccinated people. Given this, we will have all staff on leave for the month of September. Our team will take the time to focus on their families. Please take care. We will have staff available on 1 October 2021, when we hope to have a clearer picture of the trading terms around COVID19 in the states. Governments have outlined that in order to be allowed to open, there will be new trading rules in place, such as possible proof of vaccination of clients, QR codes and other requirements for our industry. We will advise as soon as we are made aware.


_______ Blog Update: August 20, 2021

As announced by the NSW Government, the lockdown will continue in Sydney until 1 October 2021. Staff will contact clients today. We appreciate all clients who continue to support us and hold their bookings for future dates in Sydney and Melbourne. Thank you!


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Blog Update: August 17, 2021

Our Melbourne Studio is temporarily closed for another 14 days as the Victorian Lockdown extends, 2 September 2021. All clients have been contacted with new appointments scheduled.


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Blog Update: August 12, 2021

Our Melbourne Studio is temporarily closed for another 7 days as the Victorian Lockdown extends. All clients have been contacted with new appointments scheduled. We are available for phone consultations Tuesday to Friday so please Contact us

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Blog Update: August 05, 2021

As announced by the VIC Government today, our Melbourne Studio is temporarily closed for 7 days as we endure the 6th COVID19 Victorian Lockdown. All clients have been contacted this evening with new appointments scheduled. Take care Victoria. It certainly is an awfully challenging time. Stay safe, well and please get the jab if you are able. _______


Blog Update: July 28, 2021 As announced by the NSW Government, lockdown restrictions in Greater Sydney are extended until 28th of August 2021, therefore our Sydney Studio remains closed. All confirmed prior bookings will have priority for new appointments in hopefully September/October when restrictions lift and we are allowed to reopen our Sydney studio. Looking to book? We are available for phone consultations Tuesday to Friday so please Contact us

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Blog Update: July 27, 2021

Our Melbourne Studio is open! We look forward to seeing clients this week.

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Blog Update: July 20, 2021

As per the Victorian Government announcement, all of Victoria will be in hard lockdown from 11.59pm 15 July, 2021 until Tuesday 11.59pm 27 July 2021. Our Melbourne studio will be closed to clients during this time. All clients have been notified and rescheduled. Our Sydney Studio remains closed until 31 July 2021 (at this stage), as per the NSW Government Lockdown requirements.

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Blog Update: July 12, 2021

Upon leaving Sydney on June 24, 2021, both Treia and I completed 14 days isolation in Victoria, which was a requirement of the Victorian Government after leaving a 'red zone'. Both of us were tested at day 1 and day 13, with negative results. This isolation period was precautionary only. We have not been in any contact with a known case or in any locations of concern. Our Melbourne Studio is open and we are taking bookings for both cities*.


Victorian boarder closed to NSW at 11.59pm July 11, 2021.


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Blog Update: June 26, 2021

Our industry is part of the COVID19 Lockdown and Government forced closures in New South Wales. Our Sydney clients have been contacted and rescheduled to a future date.

*We are accepting bookings for future dated sessions in Sydney, under the proviso that there may need to be slight adjustments to dates, once restrictions in trading are lifted and we can reconfirm our new schedule.


Our deepest appreciation to our client's who continue to be supportive and flexible with their dates. We understand the importance of keeping communities safe. We kindly ask our clients to be patient, as we try to make the best decisions with the evolving and often last minute instructions from Sate Governments and Chief Health Officers.


We are very grateful for the clients in both Sydney and Melbourne who have stood by us over the last 18 years, especially the last 18 months. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Stay safe and we wish you the very best during this time. Alise _______



Blog Update: June 17, 2021


Victorian Circuit Breaker COVID-19 Government restrictions are being eased at midnight June 17, 2021


Melbourne appointments will resume after this time with Covid-19 Safe practices in place and in line with VicHealth requirements. _______


Blog Update: May 28, 2021


Our Melbourne Studio is part of Circuit Breaker COVID-19 Government forced closures in Victoria. We are accepting bookings for future dated sessions in Melbourne, under the proviso that there may need to be slight adjustments to dates, once restrictions in trading are lifted and we can reconfirm our new schedule.


Our deepest appreciation to our client's who continue to be supportive, flexible with their dates and patient during this challenging time.


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Blog Update: January 19, 2021


Bookings have returned to normal for both Cities!


We want to assure all our clients that we are keeping up to date with all the latest COVID-19 requirements and we are registered with both NSW & VIC as a COVID SAFE business. As usual with our studios in Sydney and Melbourne, the client experience is very private, pampering and keeping everyone safe during this time is our upmost priority.


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Blog Update: December 27, 2020

As announced on 20 December 2020, the boarder is closed between Victoria and New South Wales for people in Greater Sydney and Northern Beaches. Like many businesses and families that cross state boarders regularly, this imposes some challenges for Alise, Treia and the staff of our duel city studios. Until the Victorian Government allows people who spend time in Sydney to travel freely over the VIC/NSW boarder, without the 2 week mandatory paid hotel quarantine, our team will again be working in one city.

Our Melbourne Studio will continue to trade under covid safe requirements from 5 January 2021, after our festive season closure. Our Sydney studio will offer appointments from February 2021. Once again this year, we wait on State Government announcements regarding boarder closures. We sincerely appreciate our client's patience during this time. Stay safe and we hope you enjoy some lovely family time over this festive season.

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Blog Update: November 22, 2020

We are thrilled to have both our cities reopen! Welcome back Melbourne! We have missed you dearly. Thank you for your support and staying with us. Appointments have been rescheduled for all the client's on our waitlist into November, December and January.


We look forward to creating a pampering, wonderful experience for all our client's in both cities.


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Blog Update: September 7, 2020 Our Sydney studio remains open and we are taking booking as per the highest levels of COVID-19 health and safety standards. The Victorian Government's Stage 4 Restrictions and 4 Level Road Map announced yesterday, means sadly like many industries in Victoria, our Melbourne studio is required to continue to temporarily close to clients. We will wait until the Governments projected date of 23 November 2020 for further advice, when hopefully restrictions will be eased and we will be able to quickly reopen our Melbourne Studio. Clients with appointments booked between now and then have been notified today. Further details are below in our updated COVID-19 blog, about how we are managing the studios during this time to create a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Blog Update: August 4, 2020 We want to assure all our clients that we are keeping up to date with all the latest COVID-19 restrictions and requirements. As usual with our studios in Sydney and Melbourne, the client experience is very private, pampering and keeping everyone safe during this time is our upmost priority. The Victorian Government's Stage 4 Restrictions, sadly like many industry's, does mean that our Melbourne studio is required to temporarily close to clients. We will wait for further advice from the Government mid September, when hopefully restrictions will be eased and we will be able to quickly reopen our Melbourne Studio. Clients with appointments booked between now and then have been notified today and their appointments rescheduled. On a more positive note, we are operating in Sydney and doing everything possible to create a COVID-safe environment for our clients and team. We are still taking extra precautions on sanitising, extensive cleaning and spacing clients experiences. Masks, gloves and hand sanitiser are all available in our studios. To ensure the safety of our team and clients, please call us to reschedule if you are unwell or have had any cold or flu symptoms in the last 14 days. Please ensure you follow the government requirements with regards to self isolation if you have any minor symptoms, have travelled overseas, visited a hotspot or been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. We are checking temperatures on arrival and following the required health and safety guidelines to keep our studio a safe place. Anyone showing symptoms such as coughing, sneezing or a high temperature will be rescheduled. Please bring your own robe to the session if needed to cover clothing during styling. We are unable to provide robes during this time. Whilst we all adapt to ongoing changes, we appreciate everyone playing their part to keep us all safe. _______


Blog Update: June 1, 2020

We are thrilled! Today, the Australian Federal and State Governments have made considerable changes to the health restrictions in Australia regarding COVID-19. In Victoria and New South Wales, some restrictions on the beauty industry were lifted.

Since our studios opened in 2003, we have provided a wide variety of professional photography, hair and makeup and styling services. We are delighted to continue this experience for our clients. We have started reopening bookings for our Melbourne Studio. As we monitor the lifted social restrictions in both states and interstate travel logistics, we will begin to schedule our Sydney clientele, once the health situation stabilises. The comfort, health and wellbeing of our client's is our upmost priority. We will be providing our service in line with our blog post on 17 March 2020 below. Please contact us to discuss your professional photography requirements. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Blog Update: March 25,2020

As announced by the Government of Australia, trading restrictions are now in place for many businesses regarding COVID19. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide professional photography including hair and makeup services, during this public health crisis.

We will be available for phone consultations, Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm on our studio mobile 0403 177 814, to discuss our professional photography services. We have a priority wait list for when bookings are able to reopen, which we would love to discuss with you.

Please take care during this unprecedented time. _______ Blog Update: March 24, 2020

Things are changing rapidly regarding COVID19. Today, Alise Black Photographic Studios has made the difficult decision to pause all client bookings, until further advice from Government. We can assure you 100%, that we will be providing professional photography in the future. We are more than happy to add you to our newsletter and keep you up to date, for when bookings open again. Take care of yourself and loved ones.

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Blog: March 17, 2020 As the COVID-19 situation is evolving by the hour, we have made some changes to our business, to reassure our clients we are open and that our client's and team health and wellbeing is our utmost priority. We will be updating this post with what we are doing, as the situation evolves.

1. To minimise any exposure to risk, we are restricting our photoshoots to only a few Sessions a day. In addition all of our team who can work at home will be. This means during a photoshoot Session you will have the studio to yourself for a full private experience with Treia & Alise at the studio. It is very unlikely that you will share the studio space with any other client.

2. When you come to our studio you'll see cleanliness and hygiene is always a priority for us, everyday. On top of our usual process which involves cleaning all makeup brushes, hair tools and client spaces, we will be taking extra care to disinfect bathrooms, chairs, surfaces, door handles, the studio and makeup room between each and every client. During this current climate, we have spaced the time in between shoots, to allow for a more thorough clean. 3. Hair and makeup styling forms part of our normal experience for Private Sessions. Should you not wish to have hair and makeup styling as part of your experience, simply let us know and we will adjust your Session for you. Having said this, you can be assured that our Makeup styling is of the highest hygiene standard. A one time only use brush policy, is in place to ensure your protection. Alcohol washes will be done between each single use. Ie, once a brush touches your face once, the brush is set aside for a full wash and hygiene clean.

4. Whilst we will easily be able to provide social distancing with your photographer Alise and stylist Treia, as with our team, we kindly ask that you only attend your photoshoot if you are in full health and meet the Government's guidelines for returning from overseas, no contact with a diagnosed case, showing no symptoms of illness or any of the other requirements listed here We reserve the right to reschedule your appointment if you arrive unwell.

5. Just for your peace of mind, all our travel between our Studios in Sydney and Melbourne is in our company car and will not be taking any air travel. We will be minimising our social interaction, including no large commercial photoshoots or group bookings, for the time being.

6. Treia, co-director of Alise Black Photographic Studios and former Paramedic, is well qualified to keep us up to date with the latest information as it changes. We will be monitoring the Government's advice closely.

With these small changes, we feel really confident that we will continue to create amazing private experiences and stunning images for our clients. This is a safe, clean, beautiful environment where you have minimal interaction with only two people during your experience.

We look forward to seeing you in our beautiful studios soon! Any questions or to make a booking, please contact us.

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