UPDATE: We are now back at work, taking bookings and completing shoots!
We are still taking a number of precautions to comply with guidelines and at the date of writing (May 27, 2020) there are still some restrictions in place which limit the types of shoots we can carry out.
In particular, we remain unable to provide makeup services, but we are hopeful that this restriction will be eased in the first half of June. As such, we are now taking bookings for beauty, boudoir and nude shoots for late June and beyond. (Late June update: we are now able to do makeup again, with some additional, sensible precautions)
We continue to maintain our social distance policies. Shoots will be conducted without close contact, maintaining at least a minimum social distance.
We are also cleaning regularly (before and after every shoot).
And we have hand sanitiser available for customers and staff.
We are confident that we can provide a safe and compliant environment, and still have fun and create some great art.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
I’m writing to let you know that I’ve made the decision to close Cooper Studio for new shoots and viewings. Our production team will continue working (either from home or all alone in one of our studios) and if you are waiting for artwork from us, generally you can expect your work to be finished within the agreed time frame. This is not an easy thing for us to do, but it is the right thing to do for customers, staff, the community and the health care workers who are on the front line. On Thursday last week, we implemented, and have been practicing, strict social distancing measures at Cooper Studio. On the weekend I worked with my wife, a prominent Infectious Diseases specialist, to call on the State Government for a comprehensive lockdown in WA. Coming back to work this week, it started to feel more and more inconsistent for us to carry on, while outside of work I was calling for tough measures to be taken. Effective immediately there will be no new shoots booked, and all current bookings will be postponed. We will still be available on the phone and by email and you can still expect great customer service. Artwork collection will still be possible at this point, or alternatively we are happy to arrange postage if you would prefer to not come into the Studio. (Please contact us to arrange a P&H quote). At this stage, in person collections will be from our South Fremantle Studio by appointment only, Monday to Friday, during business hours. We request to allow for social distancing, that you book your collection appointment via httpss://tinyurl.com/y6pvxc29 once you have been notified it is ready. If our suppliers cease operating, we wiil offer the digital parts of orders first, with the remainder completed when supplies are again available. On a personal note, I have deep connections in the medical community, and in the last few days I’ve seen how worried doctors are becoming. Virtually every doctor is now calling for a lock down of all non-essential services, including schools, and non-essential businesses like this one. As a community we can still flatten the curve and save many, many lives, but the window to do so is closing rapidly. It takes around 12 days for social distancing measures to slow the curve, from the time they are started. In that time the number of cases will double three or four times. So the time to act is today. If you can: STAY HOME. STAY SAFE. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. BE KIND. All the best, I’m looking forward to seeing you when this is all over.
Father, husband, son, friend, boss, business owner.