Hope’s Bat Mitzvah was a night to remember! She became a bat mitzvah under the autumn sky on the eve of the first evening of Sukkot, the Festival of Tabernacles. We were very excited to capture her 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 she will share with future generations. Not to mention a stunning night to celebrate, for all, especially Hope, despite the safety measures in place for all of those who attended! Mazel tov to Hope and her family!
“Thank you for allowing me to photograph your family! We got such a beautiful weekend! It has been an honor working with you for Hope’s Bat Mitzvah.” – Ann Marie Casey
Hudson’s Bar Mitzvah was held in their beautiful backyard and streamed virtually for family and friends near and far! 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. Not to mention driveway delivery of Crab Fries by Philadelphia’s Chickie & Pete’s! Mazel tov to Hudson and his family!
Thank you for allowing me to photograph your family! We got such a beautiful weekend! It has been an honor working with you for Hudson’s Bar Mitzvah.” – Ann Marie Casey
Just add rain to the list but nothing stops this girl! Addison’s Bat Mitzvah was held in their beautiful backyard and streamed virtually for family and friends near and far! Mazel tov to Addison and her family!
Thank you for allowing me to photograph your family for the second time! It has been an honor working with you for Addison’s Bat Mitzvah!” – Ann Marie Casey
On with the service! Nick’s Bar Mitzvah was held in their beautiful backyard and streamed virtually for family and friends near and far! 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 Nick and his family!
Thank you for allowing me to photograph your family for the second time! It has been an honor working with you for Nick’s Bar Mitzvah. What a story this time around!” – Ann Marie Casey
During this time, the studio will be observing and requiring the following for our safety and that of all our clientele.
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.
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!
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
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
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