The eagle eyed in Rochford could not fail to notice that our window display has just changed – to this:
After 20 years in Rochford, the last 8 of which I have been lucky enough to own the studio, we are on the move, about 6 miles away to Benfleet. The move will happen the week commencing 8th August and we will be completely operational from 13th August. It has been in some ways an incredibly difficult decision to make. I simply cannot imagine not coming to the square every day, having my egg mayonnaise & tomato sandwich on bloomer from The Upper Crust, my chinese or indian as I work late in to the night on a Tuesday from The Great Wall and Regency Spice, or catching up on the Rochford gossip with the other traders nearby. But at the same time, it’s also been one of the easiest.
For those of you who haven’t met him, this is my gorgeous boy Luke, taken on holiday earlier this year – our second in those 8 years:
and this is the first photo I took of him in the studio when we first took over:
and suddenly my life – and his – are flashing before my eyes, because all he ever sees me do is work, or be late to pick him up from school, or miss his goal in football, or forget that it’s a random teacher training day because my mind is on so many other things and walk half way into school before realising that no-one else is there. So, Luke is my easy reason.
We live in Benfleet, which will make me hands on for him, for the times that he needs it (I’ll give it 3 years max until I’m an embarrassment / taxi / never-ending wallet – and not his mummy). We still have a studio – my amazing decorator Mark is finishing it off now – and a new office for all of us to work in. We also have a great garden and deck to get outdoors in the summer and we are on top of Thundersley Glen – so a great excuse to do more location portraits!
We will be appointment only, which will be a bit of a change, but the upside to that is you will always get our sole attention – and personally I think that can only be a good thing!
Our business is not changing, I’m am incredibly lucky and proud to say that Denise and Sally are staying with me. It’s the same team, the same name, the same service. Our telephone number remains the same 01702 542842, as does our website www.studiorochford.co.uk – though that is getting a face-lift very soon and we’re very excited about that too!
We will continue to exhibit at our favourite wedding fayres – and I am really looking forward to the summer evenings when we can talk wedding details with our couples, during the final run up to their day, over a glass of something lovely on the deck – rather than being stuck in doors!
It’s a big change, yet a small change all at once – but we are really looking forward to it and we’re looking forward to welcoming you to our new home!!