The Best laid Plans of Mice & Men…
We, like so many other people, had big plans for 2020. This was going to be the year for the studio. It started off so well. We were taking loads of bookings for business headshots, both in the studio and on location in workplaces all around Yorkshire. Bookings for on-location Branding shoots were going a bit mad. We were shooting headshots for actors, dancers and other performers a couple of times a week. Everything was building and moving in the right direction. I don’t have to tell you what happened next. It happened to everyone. No one was untouched by it & in the grand scheme of things, we ( I mean my family ) were relatively lucky. A lot of people felt the COVID-19 impact much more severely than us. A lot of people worked all the way through lockdown to ensure that we had healthcare when we needed it, food in the cupboards ( But not toilet roll! ) and that our bins were emptied, gas & electricity remained a switches flick away, children were still schooled and that parcels came when we ordered them. To all of those people, ‘thank you’ hardly seems enough.
A New Beginning
It’s halfway through June now. Lockdown is easing, a little bit at a time. Every day things are returning, perhaps not back to how they were, but back to something that’ll be a new normal. It’s time to look forward. We’re dusting off the plans we had for this year. We just have a few months less to complete them.
Last week, I did a studio portrait shoot for Mark, someone who wanted some headshots really, for website use (He makes furniture). I got him into the studio to test our Social Distancing Capabilities and it worked. You can see from the image – we’ve got the room, all we needed was a longer lens!!
(You may also want to take a moment to enjoy the antique Kurdish rug that I got as a prop for the studio…)
July 1st Re-Opening
As of July 1st this year, we will be re-opening the studio for headshots and portraits. At this point though, unless you can do it yourself, we won’t be able to provide a hairdresser / makeup artist for the shoot. So, business headshots, performer’s headshots, family portraits, branding portraits – they’re all back on from the 1st July in the studio. We’ll also be able to start taking bookings again for location branding shoots, outdoor family portraits and headshots, again, they’ll be from July 1st.
Naturally, I’ll be wearing a mask. There will be loads of hand sanitiser and the prescribed distance of separation between us.
If you want to make a booking, please get in touch.
Perhaps the most exciting plan we had for 2020 was the introduction of Newborn Portraiture. Fiona has been working away in the background while she’s been locked down. Sometime after the end of the Summer Holidays, we’ll be announcing the start of Newborn Portraits, so keep your eyes open for that. There will be some amazing offers when we launch that!
I mentioned before that with regard to the key workers who’ve kept everything running while we were all hitting Netflix, thank-you just doesn’t seem enough. For the rest of the year, we’ll be giving a 10% discount on everything, shoots, prints, canvasses etc. to anyone who’s been a key worker over the last few months. The offer also includes weddings, even if you’re getting married next year. ( Check out our wedding details here ). It’s not a big thing, but it’s something that we can do to show our gratitude.