Corona Virus Update: You can’t keep a good dog down… and I’ve no intention of staying down!
Last updated: 27th March 2020
It just seems like yesterday since we were celebrating Christmas and ushering in a new and prosperous year. To me, my business was growing strong. I had changed from photographing weddings to establishing myself as one of Ireland’s leading pet photographers. How amazing and surreal the last few weeks have felt to me and how incredible a change in such a short period of time.
Like so many other small businesses, the Corona virus has had such a devastating impact on our business. While this goes on, we have had to take the difficult decision to close the studio to the public. This is not a decision I have had to make lightly. Without people coming in to the studio, I earn no money. As my friends, family and customers will all tell you – my work is my life. I live, breathe and sleep Graham Crichton Photography twenty-four-seven.
At this time, this virus has us beat. I do not know what the future will hold for my business or myself. It is certainly not the first hurdle I have overcome, and I am not ready to throw in the towel just yet. Getting to where I have got has required a lot of work, thought and graft. I am more than ever full of excitement to get back at it. It is just going to take a while to do and a lot of thinking outside the box.
I trust that when the time comes to welcome you and your furry family members back to the studio you will be there to support us. I estimate being closed until at least the beginning of May – but this is anyone’s guess.
I would like to thank you for your support and hope to see you back at the studio soon to tell some more tails!
I’ve a portrait booked, should I still come?
No. We are currently closed due to restrictions in force. We will be in touch to re-schedule your portrait free of charge.
I’ve got an order that is coming…
Your order has been placed and is with our lab/framer or with us. If your order is with us, you will have been notified. Currently, we cannot deliver any orders that are with us due to the restrictions currently in place. We will be in touch once these restrictions have been lifted to arrange safe delivery or collection of your order. I apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused you.
Can’t I just pick it up from you if it’s ready?
The studio is closed at this time and we are not open to the public.
But we had a viewing booked!
We will be doing the remaining viewings we have scheduled over the internet. It will be just like being in the studio, but without Glyn the Dog sitting on your lap! You will have a chance to place any orders you like in the same way as if you were at the studio. We will be in touch by email to explain how this miracle of technology works.
What about gift vouchers?
Gift vouchers will once again be accepted when we re-open 🙂 and we have extended any valid gift vouchers for another 12 months. But of course, we would love to see you in sooner than that!
Will you be back?
You bet ya. I am always coming up with ideas for great new shoots and promotions… I have even got our very first promotion for when we come back already planned… but it’s a secret, so hush hush! 😉
Will you and Hannah be okay?
We will. I don’t know how we will, as Hannah has been made unemployed, but both of us are resiliant. We are a team and will get each other through it.
So, until this is over. Keep safe, keep your family safe and rest assured, we as a business, as a country and as humanity will get through this. I’ll say a prayer for your family… if you don’t mind saying one back 😉 It may not seem like it at the moment, but we will get through this.
PS: If you’d like to chat if you are bored or lonely or just need something (not related to photography) during this crisis, just give the office a call and it will divert to my mobile. I’d love to chat. Phone: 02890 99 77 98.
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