As many of us know, the spread of COVID-19 has affected many businesses throughout the country. All businesses that have not been deemed essential, have pretty much had to put a pause on things until things with this virus can get under control.

However, one Florida photographer definitely took the concept of taking lemons and turning them into lemonade when he figured out how he can service clients while still practicing social distancing.

Kareem Virgo (@photosbyreem), who is a wedding and lifestyle photographer, based in Florida, is now using the concept of virtual photoshoots to spread some positivity during this time and helping people have fun while using his talents.

We asked him how did he come up with the concept and he said, “My wife and I were thinking of creative ways to bring some positivity to people during this time.  Honestly, after seeing DJ D-Nice host live Instagram parties it helped us to get our minds working.  My wife came up with the idea of using the FaceTime photo feature and posing people as we do during our in-person photoshoots.  We asked some friends if we could test it on them and to our surprise it not only worked but it was a lot of fun!”

Kareem expressed to us that his business did take a major hit, but it was also a wakeup call for him as he realized that at any given time, things can definitely make a major shift and that business owners have to use their creativity to make a way.

“We are remaining positive and hopeful that we will bounce back from this when it is all over.  In the meantime, we love the opportunity to still connect with people through our Virtual Photoshoots,” he said.

Although COVID-19 has caused a change in his business, for the time being, Kareem is hopeful that these virtual photoshoots could be added to his photography packages.

He said, “There are a lot of people that may have wanted to shoot with us and may not have had the opportunity.  I feel that this can potentially tap into a market of creating a new photography experience for current and future clients.”


Check out Kareem conducts these photoshoots below:

TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94