Our Mission For Safety During Covid-19

During this time, the studio will be observing and requiring the following for our safety and that of all our clientele.

In General:

  • Staff will be working primarily from home.
  • The studio has under gone a deep clean and redesign to assist with social distancing as much as possible.
  • The studio door will be locked at all times.
  • We will only operate Studio hours by appointment only.
  • Hand sanitizing station located the entrance. Upon entering your hands will be sprayed.
  • Designated contactless pick-up area.
  • Masks must be worn to enter.
  • High touch points will be sanitized after each client.
  • Not more than three individuals will be permitted in the studio at a time which includes our staff.
  • Outdoor sessions are recommended during this time, weather pending.

Professional Headshot & Branding Sessions:

  • Outdoor sessions at the studio will be strongly encouraged during this time.
  • Masks must be worn prior to your session to enter. Please make sure straps are not to tight around the face as to not leave marks, but firmly secured over mouth and nose.
  • Social distancing will be observed at all times.
  • Additional direction will be provided and we will not be asking to enter personal spaces to make subtle touch ups. Such as clip a blazer in the back or adjust a collar.
  • All forms will be filled out and signed prior to session.
  • Electronic payment is strongly encouraged.

Product & Album Pick Up:

  • All products must be paid for in full prior to pick up.
  • Items, excluding albums, can be left outside the studio door for contactless pick up by request only. Appointment time still required.
  • Albums, due to weather elements, will require an appointment for pick up and client review prior to release.
  • All products will be held for 72 hours prior to contacting client that they are ready out of an abundance of caution.

Album Design & Potential Client Meetings:

  • Masks must be worn for the duration of the appointment.
  • In some cases, a Zoom appointment may an option.
  • Please provide additional documents, such as invitations, in a zip lock bag at the time of the appointment.

2020 Fall and 2021 Winter Events:

  • In an effort to honor all our client dates, we ask you keep us up to date on your decisions.
  • Please email us your back up (back up to back up) dates so we may reserve them accordingly.
  • B’nai Mitzvah clients will be permitted to have a socially distant photo session and/or service coverage on their original date. The party may be rescheduled. Retainers, in full, will be reallocated to the new event date. Prorated or additional costs, such as additional time, will be due at the time of service.
  • Corporate & Wedding Events – Please contact the studio to discuss your options.

In any and all cases, if you are feeling sick or show any symptoms of Covid-19, we encourage you, at this time, to reschedule. We in turn will do the same. Reservation fees will not be charged for rescheduling but will be charged for no shows.

This is Main Street – Our Covid-19 Photography Initiative

On March 16th, 2020, Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania, ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses to close due to the COVID-19 virus. The shutdown was initially supposed to last two weeks. For most business owners, the general mood was “okay, we can do this for the greater good of public health”. Two weeks turned into four with orders extended another two weeks and again with no plan for reopening in sight. The primary focus at the beginning stages was our health care system and public safety. As the crisis continued to unravel, the Federal Government in good faith, with no precedence to go off of, started to implement financial relief packages for small business owners to weather the crisis and provide some security during the shutdowns. Safe to say, a lot was happening at once; public health was of grave concern and fear of the economy with unemployment demands were mounting.

There are two things in this life we all understand as certain: death and taxes. What a time for a famous saying! The sentiment of “We are all together” did play out with creditors furloughing bill payments, but like everything, this too would begin to come to an end. Bills come like clockwork every month and groceries are not bought “on the cuff”, (an old I.O.U. system), tensions were and still are mounting in fear over the virus. As a small business owner, the process of applying for financial relief through the PPP (Payroll Protection Program) and EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) government programs and then moving quickly to fill out applications for any chance of consideration for grant programs was enormously stressful. I definitely experienced my first panic attack. There was a lot of press coverage of chain and larger companies applying for the PPP funds and receiving them. As the fund dried up in a matter of days, Main Street businesses, through their banking institutions, didn’t have a fighting chance. That beautiful business plan and budget for 2020 we had all worked so hard on and were successfully implementing before the COVID-19 crisis was incinerated!

Because this process, we created “This is Main Street” out of pure frustration on my part as a business owner. “Pivot” quickly became the word of 2020. We have to pivot! How?

Also, do it quickly while working to save the business, keep employees working with no work, work from home, everyone is home and keep the kid entertained. Easy! (Being exceedingly sarcastic.) Also don’t leave your house and wipe down all the groceries. Thankfully we were great on toilet paper; no stress on that front!

My curious nature is to document and dive into learning. I needed a creative outlet and a voice in the matter. I needed inspiration from fellow business owners; that I was not alone in this crisis. I wanted to see the faces of the small business owners who staked everything they have on being a business owner, just like myself, which then lead me to the questions:

How were other businesses like mine, and not like mine, faring?

How were they pivoting?

Could they pivot?

Creating statement photographs of business owners quickly turned into my initiative. Through social media channels, such as Facebook and Instagram, we are sharing these photographs and their unique stories. They are powerful in connecting social media users by placing them into peoples feeds and minds with the intention of creating customers. As the community grows, we are supporting small business by sharing, commenting and tagging using the hashtag #thisismainstreet and #supportsmallbusiness. Our end goal is to humanize Main Street, connect you with a business owner who is your neighbor and bring awareness to why it IS imperative to SHOP LOCAL. Save the American Dream by shopping our Main Streets!

Ann Marie Casey

Join us on Facebook & Instagram!

Claire Phillips Guarino of HomeCooked in Paoli, PA
Michelle Collier of Performance Fitness in Wynnewood, PA

Will’s Bar Mitzvah Quarantine Casual Sneak Preview

The party was postponed to later date but the celebration of Will’s accomplishment as a Bar Mitzvah still happened! His service was held virtually from Lower Merion Synagogue. We were very excited to capture his coming of age moment during an unprecedented time in our history. Every celebration is unique but this year’s pandemic has brought an extra unique story he will share with future generations. Mazel tov to Will and his family!

Thank you for allowing me to photograph your family for the third time! It has been an honor working with you for all three Bar Mitzvahs’. What a story this time around for Will!” – Ann Marie Casey

© 2020 Ann Marie Casey Photography, LLC – Images are copyrighted under United States Copyright Law. Violators will be subject to the fullest extent of the laws. Questions about usage can be verified by calling our studio at (610) 519-1890.

Covi-19 Disclaimer: CDC guidelines were followed during this session. While photographs appear to be close the magic of perception and technology of long distance lenses made them possible.

Professional Partners:

Synagogue: Lower Merion Synagogue – Merion Station, PA | Venue Grounds: Merion Tribute House – Merion Station, PA | Photography: AMC Photography Studios – Bryn Mawr, PA

Julia & Andrew’s B’Nai Mitzvah – Covid-19 Crashed Our Mitzvah

We are recapping some happy times from the spring of this year with Julia and Andrew! The Covid-19 shutdown looking back was in full swing when we took socially distant photos to celebrate Julia and Andrew’s B’nai Mitzvah service. Their service continued as planed on Zoom and the party has been postponed to a later date.

“Thank you for allowing to photograph your family! What a story!” – Ann Marie Casey

© 2020 Ann Marie Casey Photography, LLC – Images are copyrighted under United States Copyright Law. Violators will be subject to the fullest extent of the laws. Questions about usage can be verified by calling our studio at (610) 519-1890.

Covi-19 Disclaimer: CDC guidelines were followed during this session. While photographs appear to be close the magic of perception and technology of long distance lenses made them possible.

Bram’s Bar Mitzvah – On the brink of quarantine recap

We are recapping some happy times from the spring of this year! Bram’s Bar Mitzvah service was held at Temple Sholom in Broomall. The service was held, as we look back on, the weekend prior to the PA Covid-19 shutdown order was instituted. His family pivoted quickly to make Bram’s Bar Mitzvah even more special with a unique story to share with future generations. Belated congratulations to Bram and his family!

“Thank you for allowing me the honor of photographing Bram as he becomes a Bar Mitzvah! It will be an event I will remember forever. Stay safe! ” – Colleen Stepanian

© 2020 Ann Marie Casey Photography, LLC – Images are copyrighted under United States Copyright Law. Violators will be subject to the fullest extent of the laws. Questions about usage can be verified by calling our studio at (610) 519-1890.

Professional Partners:

Venue: Temple Sholom – Broomall, PA | Photography: AMC Photography Studios – Associate Colleen Stepanian– Bryn Mawr, PA | Catering: Apron Catering | Venue: Private

Main Line Today: Top Docs

Main Line Today Magazine has done it again! They have pulled together the Main Line Area’s 2019 Top Docs and we were honored to be the event photographer for the celebration!

The party was held at White Manor Country Club with sponsors Tompkins Visa Bank, Genesis of Downingtown, RZ Wealth, Keystone Shops and Slay Displays. Physicians enjoyed an evening celebrating their hard work to help individuals within our communities happy and healthy. Check out a full gallery on Main Line Today Magazine’s Facebook page.

Slay Display Large Marquee letters decoration event photography
Entry way to a commercial Main Line Today Magazine event
Gentleman holding wine glass at Cocktail reception for Main Line Today Magazine
Gentleman checking in for Cocktail reception for Main Line Today Magazine
Two gentlemen engaging in conversation Cocktail reception for Main Line Today Magazine
Three individuals engaging in conversation at Cocktail reception for Main Line Today Magazine
Keystone Shops
RZ Wealth Management
Two Top Docs for Main Line Today Magazine
Group Photo at Cocktail reception for Main Line Today Magazine
Group Photo at Cocktail reception for Main Line Today Magazine
Speaker at Cocktail reception for Main Line Today Magazine
2019 Top Docs for Main Line Today Magazine around Slay Display #TOPS marquee sign

© 2020 Ann Marie Casey Photography, LLC – Images are copyrighted under United States Copyright Law. Violators will be subject to the fullest extent of the laws. Questions about usage can be verified by calling our studio at (610) 519-1890.

For more information about corporate event photographer coverage please review our website or call (610) 519-1890.

MLRT Speaker Series: Terry Gross

We are always excited to be the event photographer and a sponsor for Main Line Reform Temple’s Speaker Series. This past February we had local celebrity journalist, Terry Gross!

Terry Gross is the host and co- executive producer of Fresh Air. Fresh Air is an interview based radio show nationally broadcasted from right here in the Philadelphia area on WHYY-FM and NPR.

It was a wonderful afternoon learning about Ms. Gross’s interviews and approach to interviewing artists. She has championed interviewing artists from actors, illustrators, musicians to comedians asking the tough questions with empathy and curiosity. Speaking personally it was hearing Ms. Gross speak of her interview with famed children’s author and illustrator, “Where the Wild Things Are”, Maurice Sendak. An air of intrigue and silence fell among the crowd of listeners as we listened to what would be her last interview with the author. Eye’s began to bead with tears as he reflected on his life and his fondness for being interviewed by Ms. Gross. It was a beautiful moment when the excerpt of the interview ended with his comment to her “I’ll go before you go, so I won’t have to miss you.”, referring to Ms. Gross.

Click here to hear her interview with Maurice Sendak.

Main Line Reform Temple’s Speaker Series allow their sponsors and guests to interact personally with the speakers. Here is a recap of the sponsors welcome reception, lecture and the VIP dessert reception. It was an honor to be there to hear her speak and photograph this event!

© 2020 Ann Marie Casey Photography, LLC – Images are copyrighted under United States Copyright Law. Violators will be subject to the fullest extent of the laws. Questions about usage can be verified by calling our studio at (610) 519-1890.

For more information about corporate event photographer coverage please review our website or call (610) 519-1890.

Communication with Your Special Event Photographer

Being an event photographer is an honor and privilege. Our role as creator of life long memories is very important to us. It is a role we do not take for granted or lightly at AMC Photography Studios. 

There is a quote my mother used when I was growing up. She would say “children should be seen but not heard”. Similarly, here at AMC, we like to say “photographers should be seen but not heard unless directing” and there is a “time and place for directing.”
Here are some useful tips to provide to your event photographer:

1. Key Family Members

We will ask our clients to provide us with a mini family tree – a “who’s who” if you will. It allows us as the photographer to be able to recognize, ask and capture ‘key’ family members throughout the event. We ask for this information at least a month in advance to the big day.

Grooms Immediate Family
2. Family Formals Breakdown

Providing a list of formal family arrangements prior to the date of your event will not only be the key to capturing photographs you are expecting to see afterwards, but also allow for them to be captured quickly and efficiently the day of your event. Your big day; wedding, b’nai mitzvah or coming of age event, should not be spent primarily posing for photographs.

Creating a list prior also allows you to inform family members that they will be in photographs. You can request they be present at a certain time and place accordingly. 

Tip: Tell them 15 to 10 minutes prior to the time they are needed. They can wait for you, but you should not be waiting for late comers. 

Mom’s Side with Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins
3. Planned Candids

Providing both your family tree and your family formal arrangements allows your event photographer to recognize members of your family. For us here at AMC Photography Studios, it allows us to zero in on key family members during candid moments.

For example: A great candid shot of your uncle watching his brother dancing with his daughter in the father/daughter dance or your cousin breaking it down on the dance floor are the memories we all love and cherish!

Mom, Aunt and Uncle reaction. Priceless!

4. Special Details

We know so much heart, hard work and planning go into the small details that sometimes get taken for granted, but are important and special to creating the scene of your event. Especially important are those heirloom objects that are included in remembrance of family member or in religious/ heritage tradition. Make sure you stress to your photographer those special details, and when and where they are incorporated in your event. 
For example some of our favorites are:

  • A mother of a Bat Mitzvah sewing the buttons from her father’s wedding suit into her daughter’s Tallis (Jewish prayer shawl) in sweet memory of her grandfather wrapping his arms around her as she recites from the Torah.
  • Recreating a photograph in the same church where the bride’s parents were married thirty years prior will be an instant cherished favorite.
  • A groom who worked tirelessly to find pennies in ‘new condition’ minted in ‘2001’ the year the couple started dating to provide as a favor of good future for each wedding guest in attendance.
The hands of three generations on the family’s Torah.
5. Other Important Photographs

While we love photographing creatively and zeroing in on the guests of honor and key family members, there are other guest in attendance who are just as important. We advise not leaving it up to chance. If there is a photograph you are expecting to remember or see in your proofs tell your photographer before the event! It is our job to capture them and unfortunately we are not mind readers. Many of these are the photographs that can be taken at anytime during the event day, prior to the event, cocktail hour or at the reception.

For example: Groom with his Godmother, Penn State Girls with the Bride or Grandmother with her brother and sister.

Doesn’t always have to posed. We love this shot of the bride with all her close girlfriends.
6. Surprises

Our favorite! Basically… if you want a photograph of your surprise then you have to let your event photographer in on the surprise. Promise we won’t tell!

Emotional surprise for a young bar mitzvah receiving a family chain passed down through the generations from son to son.

We hope these few tips are helpful as you plan your event and work with your event photographer. – Ann Marie Casey, Principle Photographer

AMC Photography Studios are Commercial and Event Photographers located in Bryn Mawr. The studio has been voted Best of Main Line in 2019 by Main Line Today magazine. For information about our event photography services please contact the studio at (610) 519-1890.


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Centric Bank – Commercial Bank Branding

We were so excited to work with the marketing team at Centric Bank on their newest branch location. Centric Bank opened a new location in Devon, PA this past January. We were honored to create new branding images for the new location as a result here are some samples of the branch’s exterior location photo, new professional headshots for employees, team group photos and coverage of their grand opening!

© 2020 Ann Marie Casey Photography, LLC – Images are copyrighted under United States Copyright Law. Violators will be subject to the fullest extent of the laws. Questions about usage can be verified by calling our studio at (610) 519-1890.

For more information about commercial branding and professional headshots please review our website or call (610() 519-1890.

Max’s Bar Mitzvah Sneak Preview

Max’s Bar Mitzvah service was held at Temple Sinai after that, the party continued with family and friends that evening at INDUSTRY at Beat Street. Here’s our spotlight of his event…

“Thank you for allowing me the honor of photographing Max as he becomes a Bar Mitzvah! ” – Colleen Stepanian

© 2020 Ann Marie Casey Photography, LLC – Images are copyrighted under United States Copyright Law. Violators will be subject to the fullest extent of the laws. Questions about usage can be verified by calling our studio at (610) 519-1890.

Professional Partners:

Temple: Temple Siani – Dresher, PA |Venue: INDUSTRY at Beat Street – Huntington Vallery, PA| Photography: AMC Photography Studios – Associate Colleen Stepanian – Bryn Mawr, PA | Entertainment: Hour Entertainment | Decor: Hour Entertainment | Catering: B&T Catering

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