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.
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:
Must be a locally owned business with a brick and mortar storefront location.
Requests must be received from the business owner. We love employees, however, the owner must be our primary contact.
When we arrive, the store/restaurant needs to be completely cleaned and cleared of all items that may deter from the overall aesthetic (trash cans, clutter, boxes, debris, etc.)
If your place of business is currently open, photos need to be taken BEFORE the business is open to the public, as there will be no people in the photographs. Current recommendations with regard to city and state health advisories will be adhered to.
Local restaurants and industries that have/will be hit the hardest will be given priority as appointments are limited.
What we are offering:
Professional photography services resulting in web-sized digital images for the purpose of internet self-promotion and advertising of YOUR business, including the rights to use the images on websites, Google type ads, and social media.
We will spend between 15-45 minutes photographing storytelling images, featuring your business, that will include your storefront (when possible), wide angle view of your interior, and some photos of products and/or service highlights.
Each featured business will receive between 6-20 images that will be posted to our FB page and blog, including links to your website, along with a brief description of your business and the answer to the question, “How the community can help us best during this time is…” (both to be provided by you).
You will be able to download the images from the page to use at your discretion on any web or social media applications you see fitting, creating the opportunity to raise awareness and promote and market your business.
What we request in return:
This is a community building way to give small businesses a voice and an online presence during otherwise difficult times. There are “no strings attached” with this FREE offer.Images will have our small and discrete watermarked web logo on them (making sure not to distract from your branding) and of course, we encourage and appreciate any web linkbacks and/or shout outs when using the images.
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.
Not because I've "wanted to"... but this Stay At Home, Coronavirus/Covid-19 thing is driving us all a tad stir crazy. (Can anyone relate? LOL!)
Here's a fun little family project that I did with my kids.
It was a great way to exercise their creative minds, kill some time, and keep them from driving each other (and me!) completely batty.
As a fun little side bonus, it's also helped us to stay connected with friends and family!
Follow me on Instagram, as I've posted my little Idaho Potato Family to my Instagram account @cherishedchildren
You can keep your family from turning into couch potatoes too!
** Here's How- Set your kitchen timer for 30 minutes and see what you and the kiddos can come up with from the kitchen to represent each member of your family.
Helpful Hint: I also raided my junk drawer, and my daughter's Barbie box for a little inspiration. Elijah's "Mickey Mouse" hat is an old sock from The Sock Monster's leftover pile ;)
If you decide to play- please hashtag #MyCherishedFamily so I can see what y'all have come up with!
Who ever thought a "long weekend" could get old?!
This long "extended weekend" that I've always dreamt about has become a little more like Groundhog Day (the movie!).
Or maybe even more like the mini-feature from Disney's Once Upon a Christmas- "Donald Duck's Stuck On Christmas". We've become like Huey, Dewey and Louie, who once found the holiday a blast, but quickly become bored with it as the day happens over, and over, and OVER again!
Anyone else out there with bored children who are stuck at home actually BEGGING to go to school?! WTW?
It's super confusing, as each day seems to draaaaaggg by, and yet the weeks seem to be flying?!
Could it be that it's because bills are due again soon?! Ugh.
Each day as I write in my bullet journal (bujo), I write the date, along with the DAY of the week.
If it weren't for that and my iWatch, I'm pretty sure I might not even know what day of the week it was. Sigh.
On a positive note, I also make a list of the things I'm grateful for, making sure to write a highlight of each day.
Daily gratitude, counting my blessings, and making sure that I have a clue what I did for the day has helped keep me slightly more productive.
A surprising byproduct of owning a small local business that is closed right now, is that I've found myself with something I'm not sure that I ever thought I'd reclaim- spare time!!
Having spare time is a luxury that I have indulged in. Yes, sometimes on the sofa, but I've also been able to use it to further my creative efforts.
As a full time professional photographer, photography is now my career, not really a hobby.
After 20 years of owning my own photography studio, it was pretty rare to pick up my camera just for the fun of it.
With the exception of travel photography, fashion and design, and digitally painting and compositing pictures for competition, my art business did not allow for as much fun stuff as I would have hoped.
As a born artist and entrepreneur, I knew from a VERY young age, that I was supposed to create art.
Even as a child, I was peddling my wares!
My mom found these earrings that I made somewhere in her stuff when she was moving up here to Idaho a few years ago and gave them to me. It was my first attempt at "branding" some of my creations!
She said I was probably not much older than 10 or so when I made them. LOL! Can't believe she kept them for all these years!!
Stained glass, pottery, writing, painting, cooking, jewelry... there's not much I didn't try. Creative projecting was my middle name!
And then came LIFE...
My first child was born just before I turned 20. I opened my first downtown studio location when I was 21, and well... the rest is history.
Life just got busier and busier. Spare time?!
I quite literally was NEVER BORED. I didn't even know what the word boredom meant!
Each day was so jam packed full of "stuff" that I had little downtime to relish in.
I'm pretty sure that's where my extreme WANDERLUST came from.
Exploring the world through vacations was the one time I was able to truly unplug, unwind, and spend quality time with my kiddos.
Work hard to PLAY hard, that was my life's motto.
Making more, so that I could go further- like LITERALLY further! I haven't been EVERYWHERE (yet!) but it's on my list.
Counting my wins-
Traveling for fun, at least once per quarter, has been a goal (that I've actually accomplished) for over 5 years now.
Growing up in Southern California, I've ALWAYS been a HUGE Disney Fan... like I mean H-U-G-E!!
I've held annual passes to both Disneyland and Disney World (I had both in 2015!) and have been fortunate enough to even go on 7 Disney cruises.
When I say that I'm a Disney fan... it might be closer to "fanatical"! LOL
When I bought into Disney Vacation Club (DVC) a couple of years ago, it just fueled my passion even that much more. I've officially stayed at every DVC property, with the exception of Aulani, Hilton Head, and now, the new Riviera (although I actually got to ride the sky tram there and walk through the property!) If any of you have any questions about Disney vacations, or just like to talk Disney, I'm your gal!
Missing Disney because I'm "grounded", makes me appreciate the vacation photos that we've taken through the years even more!
If you've been pursuing old travel photos and reminiscing the past like I have, what a better time to create a vacation story book?
We help you sort through your favorite pics and create a custom designed, printed memory album. This book creates something tangible that you can touch, hold and feel again! Eliminating the pain of digging through files on your phone or computer!
Printed photos and professionally created memory books are one of the best ways to keepsake your favorite moments!
So... No business, no travel, and no fun??
Actually that's not true at all! Well, maybe the no travel part, but The 8th Street Studio is accepting appointments!
Cherished Images and CsiPhotoDesign are actively accepting appointments, fulfilling orders, and going through archives for clients. We are doing whatever we can to keep the ship a float! Granted, it's not near to the volume that it needs to be at, but we do still have a business, and God willing... it will stay that way!
And the "no fun" part... well... that's just not true either!
Actually we've had loads of fun! Probably just like many of you, I've spent more quality time with my family ("forced" or otherwise) than I have in a long time.
We've sang karaoke, rode bikes, taken drives, had TONS of spa time in the hot tub, cooked meals, baked cookies... so along with all the bickering that comes along with bored kiddos, there have been many of highlights as well.
I have literally watched springtime in Boise unveil itself like never before! Right before my eyes! Because I'm actually watching (uh... paying attention is probably closer to the truth.)
And that long "extended weekend" thing, that has indeed lost a bit of it's charm, has made me grow as both an artist, and a person!
I completed a colored pencil drawing on wood, that I would have NEVER even attempted before, due to lack of time.
I've watched YouTube tutorials (even though I mostly hate watching videos) on drawing, painting, sketching, and the like... that I would never have done before. I even purchased a set of TomBow pens to further my hand lettering and art skills that I have mostly neglected in the past.
Not to mention that I FINALLY "mostly" set up my home office to allow me to do as much as possible from my "happy place" (my 23 year old daughters reclaimed bedroom) where I do yoga, mediate, write in my journal, draw in my sketchbook, read.... what ever floats my boat on any given day. As an introverted artist, it's SO NICE to actually have a place to unwind in!
So, as much "wha-whaing" (ok, whining) as I've done about Staying At Home to "slow the spread"... there's been many blessings that have come out of it, that I would have never seen, or had (made?) time for before.
Life has changed... indeed.
But maybe it was a nice "reset" button that many of us needed.
Here's to family time, creative thinking, and brighter tomorrows-
Boise Photographer Kelly Zimmerman Awarded 2020 "Idaho Photographer Of The Year"
We are so excited to announce that our very own photographic artist, Kelly Zimmerman, has been awarded "Idaho Photographer of the Year" by Professional Photographers of Idaho!
With a print scoring a perfect 100, and an average case score of 94, her showings helped to gain this prestigious title for the 2nd year in a row. 3 judges choice ribbons and multiple trophies now adorn The 8th Street Studio along with other high honors from her 20 year career.
Associate Master Photographer, Phil White, swept the Master Senior Photographer category, along with pulling in various other awards given to some of the best photographers in Idaho.
Boise represented as a key player in the professional photography industry, and we are lucky enough to have some of the top artists in the Northwest right here at Cherished Images and CsiPhotoDesign!
Boise Photographer Kelly Zimmerman (with husband Steven Zimmerman) & Master Photographer Phil White (with wife Michelle White) Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography and CsiPhotoDesign in The 8th Street Studio
Please contact The 8th Street Studio to see how award winning wall art can be custom created for your family or business 208-996-6922
Idaho Women's Business Center Resource
This whole COVID-19 crisis has been a rollercoaster ride... to say the least! But one thing I will tell you that it's helped me to do- seek out resources that I didn't even know existed!
We tend to get so caught up in the daily activities of life and work, that when something crazy- (like Coronavirus!) disrupts our busy schedules, and we now find ourselves with less of certain things (cashflow), and more of others (time), it shifts our focus onto things we may or may not have seen or even noticed before.
I have been using this time to not only think and reflect, but also seek out possibilities!
During this search, I found a neat resource that I never would have thought about- A place to help Women Owned Businesses in Idaho... for FREE?!
Now, yes, I'm sure there are many of you out there saying, "Well, duh... How have you never heard of this service that is backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration?" But I hadn't! So, as a downtown Boise small business owner of over 20 years, who had no idea this was a "thing"... I'm guessing there are a few more women business owners out there who have been so busy running their business (not to mention juggling and balancing their family and home lives) they haven't gotten around to looking up what help and support there is out there... so I'm sharing now.
The Idaho Women's Business Center has a TON of tools for women-run businesses, so many resources that I didn't even get through ALL the options that were available right here at my finger tips! So, I wanted to give them a shout out (THANK YOU!!) and also spread awareness of some tools that, had I have known, would have been extremely useful to me over the years!