Having watched the press briefing yesterday and subsequently reading the guidance on Gov.uk, it is clear that we will have to close the studio again from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December 2020.
This means, unfortunately, that all of our Mini Shoots booked for Saturday 7th November will now not go ahead. Last night I contacted all 8 families due to visit so please check your emails if you haven't received it yet.
We are more than happy to bring your Mini Shoot forward to either Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd, or Wednesday 4th (some families have already replied to do this). Alternatively we can rearrange (hopefully) for after the restrictions are lifted from Wednesday 2nd December.
I'm really sorry to have to postpone on Saturday 7th but them is the rules.
Also, if you hadn't booked in for a Mini Shoot and would like to get in touch asap before we close on Wednesday evening. More details here... https://www.simonwardphotography.com/.../free-school-and...
Everyone else booked in for their small, Rule of Six family shoots and wedding meetings between 5th Nov and 2nd Dec have been contacted too.
On another note... these new restrictions give the Amazons of this world the opportunity to "clean up" for 28 days and make an already beleaguered UK retail industry struggle even more.
It would be great if we all could make a conscious effort to buy our Christmas presents locally or from UK-based companies this year. If we don't, these businesses will be stuck with stock, hammered by fixed costs and ultimately won't be there in the future. Most of the best small, independent businesses have an online presence but even if they don't, many are adapting to offer a phone order/delivery service too.
It might take a little bit more effort and it may take a little longer to arrive but you know it makes sense!
Keep safe and well.