Reaching Out To Boise Business Owners...

We Are Here to Help Boise Rebound!!

Dear Local Boise and Meridian Business Owners,

 We believe in giving back and helping others, help themselves. Supporting our fellow local businesses by meeting a common need without expending any cash, is the best way we have to offer assistance to our community.

As a small local business owner of 20+ years, it’s times like this when we understand more than ever, the power of community.  With many businesses (and cashflow) coming to a complete halt, it’s time to band together (from a healthy social distance, of course!) and maximize the power of the internet.

The 8th Street Studio wants to help!

Our local and award-winning professional photographers, from both Cherished Images and CsiPhotoDesign at The 8thStreet Studio will offer commercial photography services to locally owned brick and mortar storefronts for FREE!

This service is a $1250 value, which will be completely waived for a limited time, and comes with no strings attached.

 

Here are the details to qualify:

 

 

What we are offering:

 

 

What we request in return:

 

 

We genuinely want to help the Treasure Valley Community stay vibrant and alive with a future forward outlook to brighter tomorrows. 

If you are interested in finding out more details and would like to see your business photographed and featured, please call us.

 

Contact:

Phil White or Kelly Zimmerman

The 8th Street Studio

208-996-6922

www.The8thStreetStudio.com  - 521 S. 8th Street Boise, ID 83702 -  info@The8thStreetStudio.com

The Only Thing Certain in Life...

Well, besides “death and taxes”, of course… is CHANGE!

And we are experiencing that on a daily basis in this crazy world we’re living in!

There’s no “doom and gloom” to be found in this post, nor is it all rainbows, sparkles, and unicorns… however we are always on the lookout for unicorns, or at least a good ‘out of the box’ perspective and some whimsical fun! (Especially when reality hits the fan!)

And even more than that, we’re ALWAYS happy to see the rainbow after a rainstorm! As we do truly believe that life is all about perception and what you choose to set your mind on.

 

Towards the bottom of this very longwinded post is where you can find what we’re doing to help in the meantime!

 

Sure, we could choose to get caught up in the frenzy, the negative social media, or the panic that has stricken a better part of our modern world… but when you choose to surround yourself with positive messages, encouragement and hope, your overall outlook PAST the current events, can give you a reason to keep on- keeping on!

- Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t help but be inundated with news about Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is turning people into varying degrees of house-bound, germophobic, toilet paper hoarders… and even those of us who aren’t specifically prone to worry and anxiety, have limits that are being tested!

- Children home from school begging to go play with their friends, hands so cracked and dry from extra sanitizing and scrubbing, almost completely bare shelves at many local grocery stores, and “out of stock” labels where the price should be on necessities from online retailers.

It seems like the entire world has lost their minds in some fashion or another, and boy oh boy, do we get it!!

 

While much of what I say is, “tongue in cheek”, it is not to undermine the serious nature of those being affected by this, as we realize there are MANY of us that are experiencing MAJOR challenges with health, isolation, economic worries, amongst other trickle effects that none of us are immune from. We feel it too!

 

Change- it’s hard!

 

The number of emails that we’ve been receiving on the COVID-19 virus has caused me only to postpone writing this note, as I was almost hesitant to reach out about a subject that most of us are sick of hearing about, yet we have no choice but to listen up and pay attention, as social distancing to help slow the spread only works when everyone participates, there are important matters at hand.

 

It's undeniable, the world as we know it, has changed.

 

I avoid social media, almost like the plague, as it tends to be a breeding ground for rumors and negativity, and I’m not sure about you, but I only have so much time and energy and prefer to spend it on the most important things.

Facts, Family, Fun, and of course, meeting the needs of our loyal clients, many of whom fit into my “FAMILY” category, as my 20 year career in the memory-making business has indeed created a whole lineage of extended “brothers and sisters” whom I love so dearly!

 

Here at The 8th Street Studio we’ve been spending the last several weeks brainstorming how we can best serve some of our favorite friends and family members, helping to assist them through one of the most turbulent times of change that most of us have experienced.

 

We want to let you know, first and foremost… we’re HERE for you!! And we’re listening to YOU!

At our clean, low-volume portrait studio, our phone lines, inboxes, and (at least currently) our doors, are OPEN to receive your thoughts, concerns, and even just a listening ear if you need it.  As of now, we are very thankfully, healthy and ready to help!

You will find our empathy pouring out to you as we navigate these changing and uncertain times, as we too, are dealing with the same change.

One thing that can either divide or strengthen and build a community is how we handle any given situation, especially one that no one has control over.  We would like to spread a message of CONNECTION, LOVE, and HOPE out to all of those that this pandemic is affecting.

I have been encouraged to see many people band together, words of kindness spread abundantly, and thoughts of a brighter tomorrow, to help compensate for some of the negative news and fear of the future.

We may not know what tomorrow holds, but we do know WHO holds the future, and when you have this assurance, a peace that passes all understanding can be yours as well. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, please feel free to ask me.

In the meantime, I would like to personally assure you of the extra precautionary measures we are taking here at The 8th Street Studio to make sure you’re taken care of, not only for the present moment, but well into the future.

 

 

We, like many small “mom and pop” shops feel the direct impact of crazy times like these, even a little more than most, as we don’t have a giant storehouse built up to pull from when we look to pay our mortgages and feed our families. As bills and overhead continue to arrive daily, your support is both appreciated and a true gift that I have mounds of gratitude for.

Supporting local businesses during these trying times is vital. What this looks like will mean different things to different people, but I for one will be trying to patronize local restaurants with to-go orders, shopping online local shops and stores whenever possible, and certainly praying for anyone who asks, as that’s the very best I have to offer right now.

When we band together, we can move mountains. Let’s take time to celebrate little victories along the way, cheer each other on and raise awareness for not only cleanliness and hygiene practices, but common courtesy and ‘pay it forward’ practices as well.

 

Here’s what we at The 8th Street Studio are doing to help you during these trying times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We're here for you! We “get it”.

 

Don’t let time steal anymore precious moments- Let us help you find the fun, and create memories, even to spite the current global situation.

 

Virtual Hugs to all- with love

Kelly Zimmerman

Cherished Images at The 8th Street Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebration of Smiles 2018- SAVE THE DATE!

Celebration of Smiles- A Difference Maker Charity Photography Event- Details Announced!

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This year's annual Difference Maker Event, Celebration of Smiles, will be formatted differently this time around! So pay close attention to the details spelled out below!

**Please NOTE: If you have participated in the past... There are NO appointments necessary this year and the event will be held offsite, not at the studio, we will be setting up our mobile studio at the address below. All you have to do is show up! :)**

What is it? Celebration of Smiles is an annual event sponsored by Professional Photographers of America as a collaborative effort to benefit Operation Smiles, a charity that is able to perform cleft palette surgeries to children in need. Our photography studio, Cherished Images at The 8th Street Studio participates every year because we believe that EVERYONE CAN BE A DIFFERENCE MAKER!! For every 10 smiles that we photograph (or for every $240 donation that we receive) Operation Smile is able to perform a life changing surgery!

Who can participate? Anyone! In this fast paced, appointment free environment, we photograph a headshot of just about anyone! We do request that babies be able to sit fully on their own, and that any pet that participates is mild mannered. We are looking for a bright and beautiful close up image, focusing on what we want to give back to others... a smile!

When is it? Saturday, April 7th, 2018 from 10am-2pm, 1st come, first served! NO APPOINTMENTS NECESSARY!

Where is it held? This year we have a gracious host we are working with at Bauter Dentistry Aesthetics, which is conveniently located in Boise at 210 W. Mallard Dr. Boise, ID 83706

How much does it cost? For a minimum donation of at least $24, you will receive a complimentary, individual, head shot session and a desk-sized print that we will gift to you!  ALL donations will go directly to PPA Charities to benefit Operation Smile.

What should I wear? Clothing should be primarily on the simple side of things, avoiding lots of bold patterns, stripes, or logos. Longer sleeves are usually recommended for anyone over the age of 12, and because these are close up images- you can relax- Phew! Bottoms and shoes aren't too much to worry about! Colors that are solid, neutral and flattering tend to make for the most timeless portraits.

When will my portraits be ready? It will take approximately 2-4 weeks to process and package your portrait, at which time we will call you to arrange an appointment time to either pick it up at the studio, or for $4.25 we can package at ship it to your home.

May I purchase more prints? Of course! When you pick up your portrait, an order form will be enclosed, that entitles you to special event pricing, should you need any additional copies of the portrait you receive.

Do I get my file? We are a full service, finished product studio, and we believe fully in the value of professionally printed portraits, we also understand that everyone loves to share! Therefore, a watermarked web file can be posted, by request, if you purchase any of our special edition event packages.

Anything else we should know? Yes, these are quick sessions, and due to the limited nature and availability, we will only be photographing individual, close up images during this event. As much as we LOVE to get creative with full body images and family group portraits, space and time dictate that that kind of fun will have to be saved for custom sessions scheduled at a later date. Think of these sessions as really, REALLY good, school type photos.

Are we going to get a good picture from a quick session? As professionals, photographing for over 20 years now, we are very well seasoned and will do everything possible to ensure you get the best quality available to you. And as with everything that Cherished Images does, satisfaction is always guaranteed, for any situation that we personally have control over. 2 year olds melting down in a puddle on the floor, and dogs that only want to chase squirrels will be given 100% effort and a promise to do the very best we can ;)

Still have questions? Please call us at the studio at 208-331-2288 and we will answer any additional questions you may have!

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**New** The Santa Experience Video Posted!!

The Santa Experience By Cherished Images is BOOKING NOW!!

When: November 11th, 2017, limited appointments available

Where: Santa's Vintage Inspired Toy Workshop at The 8th Street Studio in Boise, Idaho

Who: Children of all ages! Kids between ages 3-9 enjoy the most magical experiences, however Santa loves babies, dogs, and even older siblings who are well past the age of "magic" have been caught rolling on the floor laughing by Santa's bantering and witty humor. We even have ways of working with the young toddler who is easily frightened or won't sit still for anything! Working with experienced staff leads to the best possible outcome, even when the subjects aren't necessarily on their "best behavior"... Santa doesn't put anyone of the Naught List here ;)

What: The Santa Experience is a completely personalized and interactive journey! Your child is greeted by Mrs. Claus and lead into Santa's workshop where they can explore the floor to ceiling holiday toys and surroundings and then be shown how they can call Santa in for a visit with the shake of the magical bells from his sleigh. After Santa arrives they spend time talking, playing, asking questions or hearing stories, in this child directed meet and greet, all while our nationally award winning professional photographers capture the wide eyed looks of wonder and joy throughout their custom experience. After waves and hugs goodbye to Santa, Mrs. Claus presents them with special treats right from her very own kitchen that leave them licking their lips, as they smile, with heart warming tales that will be treasured forever.

Why: Because making childhood memories that they will cherish for a lifetime is priceless! (And YOU get to remember it with some of the best Christmas Cards and speciality Holiday Wall Art, EVER!!) Parents have told us on numerous occasions that they aren't sure who had more fun, them or the kids :)

The Charity: This is a Difference Maker Charity Event that helps to benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho. Each participant who brings in a new, unwrapped toy or gift card (valued at $25 or more) will receive an exclusive custom ornament from their session.  The gifts will be presented to The Ronald McDonald House for their own "Santa's Workshop" event and help touch the lives of many families.

How: Call Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography at 208-331-2288 for more details and booking opportunities!

 

Dog Days Of Summer- Charity Photography Event- Keep Your Eyes Posted For 2018 Dates!

 

Fill a Bowl... Be a Difference Maker.  Thanks to all who participated in our 2017 event!!

What: The Dog Days of Summer Limited Edition Difference Maker Photography Event

Where: Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography, inside The 8th Street Studio

When: select dates during the month of July

Who: Your dog, cat, lizard, rabbit (anything with 4 legs) really...

Benefitting: Idaho Humane Society Pet Pantry

Cost: $50- and a bag of dry pet food (which should be valued at a minimum of $25 and will be donated to The Idaho Humane Society)

You Get: a 10-15 minute pet portrait session of your favorite pet AND a 5x7 print of your favorite image... and access to Limited Edition Exclusive Packages!

How: Call to schedule your appointment (208)331-2288 or ask any questions!

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Be a Difference Maker.

 

Celebration of Smiles 2017 - Date Announced!

A Difference Maker Event

A Difference Maker Event

Call NOW to reserve your appointment time for this Limited Edition Difference Maker Event held at The 8th Street Studio on April 15th, 2017!!  This annual event is held in association with Professional Photographers of America's charity division PPA Charities to benefit Operation Smiles.  Each year we pick one special day to photograph a limited number of children, adults and even pets to go towards one life changing cleft pallete surgery to help change the life of a child!  For every 10 smiles we photograph, one child will be able to smile for a lifetime!  Help us spread the news and for only $24- you will get a gift sized portrait to remember how blessed you are every time you look at it, and you will have made a difference!  This is the only event we hold all year that includes a print, and for those who know, they plan early because times fill fast!  Call Cherished Images at 208-331-2288 today to schedule!

Booking for The Santa Experience 2016

lifetime memories by award winning photographers at Santa's workshop in Boise, Idaho

We've update our Difference Maker Event Page to include the 2016 dates for The Santa Experience.  Many people did not realize that this event actually happens in November to ensure timely delivery of your custom created Christmas Holiday cards that come included with this event.  Save the date and call to book your appointment now as this is an EXTREMELY Limited Edition Event that you won't want to miss.

True MAGIC only exists for so long and you will be sad if you miss that fleeting glimmer in your child's eyes!  This is no mall Santa, this is the real deal, in his vintage inspired workshop.  Mrs Clause leads your children down a magical and mysterious path right into Santa's toy making area while they learn about what they have to do to make Santa appear to hear their Christmas wishes.  After spending some one on one quality time with the big man who amazingly knows an awful lot about each child, they will be given a special treat and sent on their merry way with happy memories and stories to tell!  Parents have told us that they have enjoyed this event sometimes just as much as the kids!

Call now to book your special moment with Santa and experience the magic! 208-331-2288

Dog Days of Summer is officially off and running...

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Our 2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer Event is a Limited Edition Difference Maker Event designed just for the hairiest love of your lives.  Pets of all kinds are welcome to experience the best of professional photography by Cherished Images all while helping to benefit the Idaho Humane Society's Pet Pantry.  For a donation of a bag of dry dog or cat food you get a custom complimentary session of man's ( or woman's?) best friend!  Call Cherished Images at The 8th Street Studio at 208-331-2288 or visit us on the web for more details!

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Celebration of Smiles 2016 Dates Announced!! :)

postcard-4inx6in-h-frontCelebration of Smiles 2016 Date Announced!! This limited edition Difference Maker Event put on by PPA Charities is a benefit for Operation Smile. For every 10 smiles that we photograph, Operation Smile can perform a life changing surgery to help another child SMILE! For a donation of only $24- you will get a short session AND a gift print (yes, this event includes a print!!) Best value of the year, one day only and appointments are limited!! Call the studio now to secure your spot! 208-331-2288 Those who know... go! www.cherishedimages.net

The Santa Experience to help benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charity

Announcement JUST IN... This year's Santa Experience will help benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Boise.  Every session we photograph helps them, help others.  Their logo says it all.  Hand in hand.  We believe that every Limited Edition Event that we do makes a difference, and we are proud to be Difference Makers.  Please join us in our efforts and you will have an opportunity to get a special customized limited edition  holiday ornament from your session when you make a donation to "Santa's Workshop" that will be hosted at the Ronald McDonald House in Boise.  Call 208-331-2288 to find out more about this exclusive professional photography experience and how you can become a Difference Maker.