Abigail Lewis Photography

Our Studio

Our new studio has been open for a few months now and we realised we were still yet to talk about how it came about. The blood sweat and tears it took to get the project to the finishing stages was 100% worth it, but it was a long old road to get there. Our dream studio is specifically catered to Maternity and Newborn Photography and we ensured everything was thought of to make all of our customers feel at home.

For anyone in the local area, it all started and finished in a bit of a blur as the contractors worked so quickly to get us in. But behind the scenes there was an ongoing struggle on whether we were ever going to be able to pull a project of this size off. Our planning and preparation to get us here started in 2019. We looked at any and every empty property on our high street, as we didn’t want to move out of area. Luckily for us, RCT Council have amazing Town Centres and Regeneration teams, that gave us all the help and guidance they could. We found our new property and then the pandemic hit.

From then on everything seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. Every site visit we did saw massive leaps in progress and we kept getting stopped in the street for people to tell us how amazing it was looking. It was important to us that we stayed in our local area and regenerated an empty property. The pandemic hit many small businesses hard and our high street was struggling way before that. We wanted to make sure we put our money where our mouth is and prove that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. We worked really closely with RCT Council, with both themselves and Welsh Government helping us with a grant, to start breathing a new lease of life to our town centre.

We were planning on being in the new studio by September 2020 but everything slowed to almost a stand still at the very height of the virus. Pushing the project further and further away, and making us work harder and harder to keep it afloat. We adapted and fought to keep us in business throughout the whole pandemic and after months of paperwork and planning, the project finally started in February 2021.

Thanks to our project manager’s forethought, we managed to hit the ground running. All preparation work was done remotely with the contractors, which enabled them to come in and start construction work the first morning. We spoke to everyone at length at how important the small touches were going to be to both us and our customers and that every detail mattered. This was the first newborn photography studio both the project manager and contractors had worked on so it was important for us to explain how we worked and why, as each room had specific elements that we needed to ensure customer experience and safety was what we expect.

We had the keys to our brand new, custom built, luxury studio, the week before lockdown regulations lifted in Wales. It was all hands on deck to move in and set everything up, ready to work all hours to be able to fit all of our amazing customers that waited throughout the lockdown for their sessions.

We still walk in every morning and have a little laugh to ourselves that this is our studio. The dream studio that we designed ourselves 2 years ago that, back then, seemed so far in the distance. The studio that, mid 2020, we thought we had lost any chance of achieving. But we did it! We achieved what everyone told us wasn’t possible. Despite every set back, we reevaluated and came back stronger. We made our high street a better place. We gave our customers the environment they deserve for capturing their most treasured memories. And we gave ourselves the space to grow and accomplish our dreams.

Our new studio has been open for a few months now and we realised we were still yet to talk about how it came about. The blood sweat and tears it took to get the project to the finishing stages was 100% worth it, but it was a long old road to get there. Our dream studio is specifically catered to Maternity and Newborn Photography and we ensured everything was thought of to make all of our customers feel at home.

For anyone in the local area, it all started and finished in a bit of a blur as the contractors worked so quickly to get us in. But behind the scenes there was an ongoing struggle on whether we were ever going to be able to pull a project of this size off. Our planning and preparation to get us here started in 2019. We looked at any and every empty property on our high street, as we didn’t want to move out of area. Luckily for us, RCT Council have amazing Town Centres and Regeneration teams, that gave us all the help and guidance they could. We found our new property and then the pandemic hit.

We were planning on being in the new studio by September 2020 but everything slowed to almost a stand still at the very height of the virus. Pushing the project further and further away, and making us work harder and harder to keep it afloat. We adapted and fought to keep us in business throughout the whole pandemic and after months of paperwork and planning, the project finally started in February 2021.

Thanks to our project manager’s forethought, we managed to hit the ground running. All preparation work was done remotely with the contractors, which enabled them to come in and start construction work the first morning. We spoke to everyone at length at how important the small touches were going to be to both us and our customers and that every detail mattered. This was the first newborn photography studio both the project manager and contractors had worked on so it was important for us to explain how we worked and why, as each room had specific elements that we needed to ensure customer experience and safety was what we expect.

From then on everything seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. Every site visit we did saw massive leaps in progress and we kept getting stopped in the street for people to tell us how amazing it was looking. It was important to us that we stayed in our local area and regenerated an empty property. The pandemic hit many small businesses hard and our high street was struggling way before that. We wanted to make sure we put our money where our mouth is and prove that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. We worked really closely with RCT Council, with both themselves and Welsh Government helping us with a grant, to start breathing a new lease of life to our town centre.

We had the keys to our brand new, custom built, luxury studio, the week before lockdown regulations lifted in Wales. It was all hands on deck to move in and set everything up, ready to work all hours to be able to fit all of our amazing customers that waited throughout the lockdown for their sessions.

We still walk in every morning and have a little laugh to ourselves that this is our studio. The dream studio that we designed ourselves 2 years ago that, back then, seemed so far in the distance. The studio that, mid 2020, we thought we had lost any chance of achieving. But we did it! We achieved what everyone told us wasn’t possible. Despite every set back, we reevaluated and came back stronger. We made our high street a better place. We gave our customers the environment they deserve for capturing their most treasured memories. And we gave ourselves the space to grow and accomplish our dreams.