A MATERNITY, newborn and baby photographer will close her studio in December. 

Award winning photographer Abie Lewis, of Precious Memories Photography, will close her studio on Clonmel Street, Llandudno, after three years.

Business will very much continue and Abie is creating a brand new space.

'Plant powered café' Pip & Oat will be moving into the Clonmel Street unit. Sara Turner, who owns Green Island Bistro on Rhuddlan High Street, is behind the new venture and will open the café in the New Year. 

In a statement, Abie said: "It’s with a very heavy heart that I have to finally, officially share (thanks to the rumour mill going on overdrive!) that I’ll be closing my studio on Clonmel Street, Llandudno in December.

"I signed for this beautiful space in July 2020 and it’s been the best 3 years in a truly gorgeous location but it’s not been without it’s hardships. Keeping the studio running through Covid-19 was unbelievably stressful as I navigated national lockdowns, local lockdowns, crazy restrictions and guidelines then when finally open and back to normal we hit a cost of living crisis and ever increasing running costs.

"I’m so proud of making my way through the toughest of times but for the past year I’ve had to seriously rethink how I would run the business moving forward. When your studio costs as much as your house to run and you’re working just to keep it running, it’s time to re-evaluate and do what is best for your own mental health, your family and your business."


Abie added: "Although sad I’m also super excited. I’m creating a brand new beautiful space which I’m hoping will be calming, relaxing and intimate and still offer the same exceptional level of service you’re all used to. I can’t wait to share what it’ll look like soon and welcome you all to it in the New Year. I’ve got so many plans for 2024 and will be launching something very exciting next year too so keep your eyes peeled.

"As always I can’t thank you all for your support these past three and a half years.

"I can hand on heart say I have the best, most loyal clients who support me and stay with me no matter where I am based and I wouldn’t be where I am without you all."

Abie, a mum of four, is hugely popular with families. Clients travel as far as Anglesey and Chester. 

Pip & Oat is set to have a relaxed café vibe and will feature locally sourced food and drink. It will also be dog friendly.

The menu will feature cakes, sandwiches, pancakes and kebabs.