Presently, the world is adapting to changes to everyday life. With this in mind, these are photos of social distancing changes implemented at Tysons Corner Center during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although we are not yet back to normal, you can visit, walkthrough, and do some shopping. Of course, I have missed my assignments there, so this was an appropriate first assignment back since February!
Throughout the center, there are stickers showing a six-foot distance with reminders to stay apart from those who you do not reside. Additionally, there are hand sanitizing stations that are touchless. At their ‘Taking Care’ website, all the policy changes with respect to social distancing are explained so that you can view them prior to visiting.
While I was making these photos, I noticed many people taking advantage of the changes. The sanitizing stations were frequently used as people walked through entrances. Also, most shoppers wear masks and keep their distance moving through the large hallways. At this time, I am encouraged. The Tysons community is working together to lessen the effects of the coronavirus so that we can hopefully return to normal.
Drive in Movies
To give the community more of an opportunity to get out of the house, Tysons Corner Center also hosts a series of drive-in movies. Additionally, it is a fund raiser for Second Story. With your donation, you can get in to see the feature with your car tailgate as a seat! Their next show is this Friday, August 14, so visit their site to get their details to start next weekend!
Last week, I photographed the launch party for the Babes Who Create DC Chapter. As a photographer this was an awesome assignment! Besides many attendees that were familiar with how to pose, and willing to make images for their social media, it was not difficult to make images. There were many creators that attended as the first event for this group. Moreover, the BrandBox team from Tysons Corner Center set up the space with so many opportunities to keep these creators engaged.
At first, the Wolf Trap Animal Rescue brought puppies that were available for cuddling right at the entrance. Also in the room were a number of retailers showing off their products appropriate for social media influencers. From furniture, to clothing, fitness machines, and makeup, there was plenty of things available in the mall to try. For photography geeks, there was a 360-camera available in the middle of the room. Nothing like Matrix-style portraits to boost your Instagram!
During the first quarter in 2020, I photographed a number of smaller events including Rent the Runway in Tysons Corner Center. While going through this temporary location, I ran into a bride whose wedding I photographed! Since this was the first time they had this at the mall, there was a large crowd going through all the racks. They had fashions for all ages and sizes, so they did not mind my photographing the scene.
Also down in the BrandBox area, there was a fun gaming pop-up from SNAP! Entertainment. Whereas I would spend all my quarters at an arcade back in the day, this was some nice free entertainment! If video games were not your thing there were plenty of ‘analog’ selections from air hockey to checkers that were available for family fun.