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Labor Day 2020

A nurse at a Central New Jersey hospital from a story I worked on back in 2010

On this Labor Day 2020, I’m thinking about all the frontline healthcare workers.

So many have put their health and wellbeing on the line during the time of this pandemic

I’m also thinking all the small-business owners struggling to survive during this time.


Zoe, who owns the local coffee shop in our town

Hector and Nicole, co-owners of Joe’s Allentown Barber Shop, where were closed for months earlier this year.


Bryan Sargent, a NY-based wedding photographer who had tons of shoots cancelled.


Remember Jones, an Asbury Park-based entertainer. So many of my musician friends have been hit hard by the shut downs.

Finally, I’m thinking about all the teachers getting ready to start their 2020-21 school years in-person and remotely, but in ways they never thought they’d have to.

Jen Conley, an author and middle-school teacher

And, speaking of teachers, here’s to all the parents that have decided to homeschool their children in this unprecedented time. Homeschooling, while done for hundreds of years, is no joke. I’m seeing first-hand the amount of work that goes into this.

Kudos to my wife for taking this on in addition to her personal-training business (yes, she’s a small-business owner too) and all the others things it takes to keep our household running.

Thinking about all these people, and all the other, today, Labor Day 2020.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2020

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Labor Day 2018


Farmer, New Jersey

Today, in the United States, is Labor Day. The holiday began in 1882, originating from a desire by the Central Labor Union to create a day off for the “working man.” It is still celebrated mainly as a day of rest and marks the symbolic end of summer for many. Labor Day became a federal holiday by Act of Congress in 1894

This day is not for me. I don’t work.

I mean, of course I do. I do something full time that earns me commission every two weeks that allows me and my family to live comfortably.

But I basically sit in front of a computer all day and “get things done.” At the end of the day I shut it down (or at lease disengage from my company network until I turn it back on again the next day.

But I don’t work – at least I don’t think so. My father enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard after high school and when he got out, he became a Pennsylvania Corrections Officer for more than 30 years. He worked on cell blocks, pulled guard duty in the tower and generally spent his days around some pretty bad people.

That’s working.

So, today – to me – is for the farmers and the construction people, the engineers and the mechanics, the scientists, the law enforcement departments and the fire departments, the truckers and the builders, the mothers and the fathers that are raising their families anyway they can.

It’s these people that “Labor Day” is meant for.

So to them I say….Thanks. Enjoy your day. Here’s a collection of my photos of people I’ve shot over the year people that I feel exemplify for whom Labor Day is for:


Nurse, New Jersey


Souvenir vendor, New York


Construction Worker, Pennsylvania

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Bicycle rickshaw driver, New York


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Scientist, Pennsylvania


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Little League coach, New Jersey


Hotel Front Desk, India


Facilities Workers, Italy


Barbers, New Jersey


Lifeguard, New Jersey


Hands of a fireman, Pennsylvania

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My Dad’s CO uniform shirt, which still I have in my closet

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Labor Day 2016


Took my boys to get their back-to-school haircuts yesterday…but I didn’t realize our barbershop was doing what they should be doing: Observing Labor Day by being closed.

Before you head out to your holiday (and end-of-the summer) BBQ’s check these posts out:

Time is running out for the contest. Because, once Labor Day runs out, the contest, like summer, will be over.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016




Faces of Labor Day

Cobbler, Hightstown, New Jersey

“Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” US Department of Labor

Waitress, Toms River, New Jersey

Firefighter, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Hairdresser, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Carnival Worker, All Over New Jersey

Businesswoman and volunteer, Horsham, Pennsylvania

Souvenir Stand Worker, New York City

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