Looking for Rainbows and Sunshine at the end of this storm... A Note from Kelly & Phil-

Imagine us singing the song, "The sun will come out... tomorrow... so ya gotta hang on 'til tomorrow..." (Can you hear it now? Sorry if we got the song stuck in your head! Hope it wasn't in our voices! Eek!)

You are our sunshine and rainbows during COVID-19

 

We just wanted to reach out and tell each and every one of you, just how much we appreciate your love and support during this time of unprecedented, ever changing, craziness!

We are doing the very best that we can to make sure that we are meeting your needs and looking towards the future of brighter tomorrows.

The 8th Street Studio had to temporarily shut the front doors to make sure we are in compliance with all local and recommended CDC guidelines, however please know... As your resident memory making, time-keeping, artists at CsiPhotoDesign and professional family photographers at Cherished Images , we are still HERE for you!  And we insist on making lemonade outta lemons by not getting swept up into the dreary days, as we keep our chins held high and continue to pray for health and peace of mind for all our clients, families, and friends.

We are still taking appointments, and rest assured, if you were on our list of local businesses to be photographed, we will honor those commitments, just as soon as the precautionary safety measures have been lifted.

Luckily the internet has allowed us to do a fair amount of work, and we are still answering The 8th Street Studio phone (208-996-6922) to address any of your questions or concerns, book future photography sessions and appointments, set online Reveal and Orders, and print whatever photos we can for YOU!

If you haven't already read Kelly's long winded blog post from the other day, take a minute to skim through it to see some of the ways we are working to make sure your needs are taken care of.

With the exception of the "doors being open" part... we will still give you a listening ear, hope, encouragement, and beautiful artwork during this down time.

Virtual Hugs and blessings to all!

Kelly Zimmerman & Phil White

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