The Promise of Spring Photo Sessions

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SpringIf you’d like a session of your own, our family portraits in the park are events unto themselves. Our clients look forward to meeting Mac and capturing special moments in the beautiful Spring light.  Much thought and research has gone into finding unique settings for your family session.

Stevens Park, Hoboken -The cherry blossoms will be in bloom and make a gorgeous backdrop for your family shoot.

Saturday, April 14th
Sunday, April 15th
Saturday, April 21st
Sunday, April 22nd

Reeves Reed Arboretum, Summit – Daffodils will be in full bloom at this beautiful location.

Saturday, April 21st 

A few other locations are also possible (call for availability):

Pier A in Hoboken is a stunning location with the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

Central Park, New York City is an iconic location to create lasting memories with your family.

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills has stone walls, magical ferns and wooded areas which make this a dreamy location for a family shoot.

Davis Johnson Park in Tenafly has spectacular spring colors and when standing on the stone steps one could easily be on a country estate in England.

Visit our gallery for a peek at some of our favorite park portrait shoots.

Weekend dates are available and are booking fast.

Call today to book your session (201) 610-1199.

Things to DO this Weekend February 24th & 25th

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Things to DO This WeekendSaturday February 24th 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM (Jersey City) Did you know that Liberty State Park is a key destination for migrating winter waterfowl? Join the folks at the park for a guided walk along the river to learn about some of these winter visitors. The walk will begin at the Park Office located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive. Please dress to be outside and bring binoculars if you have them. Binoculars will be available to borrow. For more information or to register, please call 201-915-3400 x202 or email FREE but advance registration is required.

Saturday February 24th 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM (Jersey City)Kids can paint their hearts out at “Art From The Heart” a monthly art workshop for kids!! This month the children will paint a “Whimsical Owl” painting on canvas with instructor Barbara Portelli an art educator of the Jersey city public school district. Class takes place at 350 Warren Street  Tickets available here Price: $40/child which includes canvas and supplies. Mimosas and treats for the adults!

Saturday February 24th 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM (NYC) The most anticipated new experience of the year is now open, and Time Out New York Kids invites you to explore it with them! You can dive into the deep blue at the all-new National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in Times Square. Join Time Out New York Kids as you journey through the immersive digital underwater experience, during which you’ll come face-to-face with humpback whales, great white sharks, sea lions and more, all without getting wet! Your ticket also gets you access to an additional special Time Out New York Kids experience that includes snacks, games and more. Get your tickets today! $32.50 Kids/$39.00 Adults

Your ticket gets you:

  • Admission for one to the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey experience
  • Private Time Out pop-up event following including…
  • Beer and wine bar for parents featuring Indaba Wines
  • Lite bites and kid-friendly beverages provided by Harlem Shake
  • Sweet treats from DŌ Cookie Dough Confections and Squish Marshmallow
  • Fun activities with the Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Tattly’s temporary tattoo bar
Saturday February 24th 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM (Jersey City) In celebration of the 89th anniversary of the inaugural run of the Blue Comet train, join the folks at LSP at the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal for Blue Comet Day! Journey back in time to learn about the trail of the famous Blue Comet train all the way to its final destination of Atlantic City. 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM All Aboard! – A children’s program, which will include a talk about trains and a take home craft. This program is appropriate for ages 5 to 10 years old. Pre-registration is required, and all children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Anthony Puzzilla, author of New Jersey Central’s Blue Comet, will speak about the Blue Comet and his inspiration to write about the famed train. Mr.Puzilla will then be available for a Q&A session, along with copies of his book available for purchase. 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Trail of the Blue Comet – This program will include a discussion about the lasting impact of the Blue Comet, artifacts from the train, and a clip from the documentary, “Deluxe: The Tale of the Blue Comet.” No pre-registration is required. 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM “Deluxe: The Tale of the Blue Comet.” – A showing of Robert A. Emmons Jr.’s 90-minute documentary in the Blue Comet Auditorium. No pre-registration is required. For more information about Blue Comet Day or to register for the All Aboard! program, please contact the Nature Interpretive Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email

Saturday February 24th 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM (Englewood 32 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Head over to BergenPAC and get your turtle on! Turtle Dance Music aims to spark children’s curiosity and imaginations through interactive, inclusive musical performances that use a wide range of instruments, stuffed animals, games and technology. The sensory-friendly performance is geared for Pre-K, grades K-5 and also students on the Autism Spectrum Tickets $19

Saturday February 24th 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM (Westfield  39 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Run to the Kid’s Expo at the Westfield YMCA Free and open to the community! All activities are at the Main Y Facility: – T-Ball and Basketball Stations – Bounce House – Arts & Crafts – Carnival Games – PlayaBowl Samples – Camp Open House – 2:00PM Kids Yoga Demo – Dance Academy Mini-Demo Classes (20 min.) – 2:30PM Little Movers (ages 3-5) – 3:00PM Jazz and Hip Hop (ages 6-13)

Sunday February 25th 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM  (Summit NJ  40 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Visit the Reeves-Reed Arboretum and learn how early settlers tapped maple trees and turned the sap into delicious maple syrup! Take part in a family scavenger hunt and see whether you can successfully complete the “Maple Syrup Challenge.” Round out the day with a sampling of maple syrup made at the Arboretum! Admission is $5 per person, $25 maximum per family. Pre-registration is not required. Payment is taken at the front gate. The rain/snow date for this event is Sunday, March 4. Questions? Please contact Jackie Kondel at 908-273-8787 ext. 1515 or


Sunday February 25th 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM Purim Festival at the United Synagogue of Hoboken for families with children 5 & under. Wear your costume, shake your grogger and join us for a fun morning including magician, Justin Connors, Drum Tales, 2 musicians: Hebrew and English, face painting, a photo booth and more! Enjoy a child-friendly Megillah reading and costume parade in the sanctuary led by Rabbi Scheinberg. Hamantaschen, refreshments and more will be served. OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY! Bring your friends!! Cost: Free for current KPS students and USH members All others $10/persons age 2 and older

Things to DO This 3-Day President’s Weekend February 17-19

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president’s weekend 
Things to DO This Weekend- February 3 + 4
It’s a long weekend and there’s lots to do. How about heading into NYC? NY Waterway’s ferry service to NYC is free for kids all weekend.  Interested in a last minute road trip- here are some destinations (like DC and Philadelphia) within 4 hours’ drive. You could do a day trip to ski or go snow tubing or stay local for any of the great activities below!

Saturday February 17 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM (NYC) Fetch your friends and come on over to The Museum Of Chinese in America for a  Year of the Dog Lunar New Year Family Festival!  Enjoy Chinese zodiac arts & crafts, lively dance performances, festive snacks, and timeless tales inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions. You’re in for a pawsitively good time! Tickets: $12/person, $8 for all MOCA Dual and Individual Level Members, Free for MOCA Family Level Members and above, children under 2, and Cool Culture Members. Click here to buy tickets!

Saturday February 17  1:00 PM-4:00 PM (Hohokus NJ  45 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Hands-on tapping of 15 maple trees. Learn how the colonists and Lenni Lenape got their sweetener from trees. Taste syrup made from these trees last year and take home the supplies needed for your family to tap the maples in your own backyard. Also includes a tour of the National Historic Landmark where George Washington and Alexander Hamilton camped 240 years ago and where Aaron Burr met and married Theodosia Prevost. Click here to make reservations. $25 per family, $15 per individual.

 Saturday and Sunday February 17 + 18 at 2:00 PM (NYC) Spend an Arabian Night at the Galli Theater. “Open Sesame.” With these words, Ali Baba opens a mysterious mountain and finds great treasure. But his greedy brother Cassim also wants part of the treasure… bring children 4 and up to see this theatrical production of “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves” a story of bravery and friendship. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children.

Saturday and Sunday February 17 + 18  Two sessions daily 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM-7:00 PM  (NYC) Lego LIVE NYC is an official LEGO Event and for the first time… it’s in Manhattan. It is the first event of its kind and is a must for LEGO fans. Enjoy designing, creating, and playing with millions of bricks. Experience endless building and creating with all your favorite LEGO  brands. Tickets start at $30 and may be purchased online.

Saturday,  Sunday & Monday  February 17, 18 + 19   at 10;30 AM, 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street at the Theater at Madison Square Garden! Introducing an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood… get ready for Sesame Street Live! Tickets start at $35

Sunday February 18th 11:00 AM -3:00 PM (Short Hills, NJ 30 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Take a HIKE! Winter is a special time at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills. Join Cora’s Conservation Corps teen volunteers as they guide you through the woods and show you that winter is the best time to look for signs of wildlife. Become a Citizen Scientist and help record important data this season. This weekend learn all about Tracks and Scat! Please dress for the weather and be prepared for the outdoors and changing trail conditions. Hikes depart at 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes each.$10 non-members/$5 for members.

Sunday, February 18th shows at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM – (Englewood, 30 minutes from Hoboken/JC)  Bergen PAC presents Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the story of painter and decorator Mr. Popper and his adventures with a penguin that arrives at his doorstep. With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this is a delightful, action-packed adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book. Tickets start at $15


Three Pro Secrets for Beautiful Winter Skin

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winterWe all have our go-to peeps and my facialist is a key part of my A-team. Megan McGhee is an amazing facialist who I first met at Bliss years ago. She is also a trained masseuse so her facials include some divine massage while the her potions work their magic. This month she is launching her in-home services. These services mean you are getting an incredible facial for about half the price that you would spend at a high end spa.I have already set up a date for myself and a few girlfriends. Go on,  treat yourself and give Meghan a call at  630 346 9350
I asked Meghan to share some tips for taking care of your skin during the cold dry weather.

Essential fatty acids are vital to help cells retain water, so a diet rich in them can help to minimize the appearance of aging, cellulite and oily skin. As you age, your body’s natural ability to retain moisture within cells diminishes, resulting in skin that appears loose, wrinkled, or “saggy”—all traits which we can help minimize through our diets.  I recommend HealthWise Omega Fatty Acid Supplements. Please remember to always check with your physician to make sure your supplements are appropriate for use.


My favorite exfoliant to use in the Winter is Image Vital C Enzyme Masque. It has natural enzyme exfoliants that dissolve dead skin cells to boost radiance and brighten dull skin. The skin feels rejuvenated, less dull, and hydrated in 10 minutes.


Plummeting temps and cranked-up heaters suck moisture straight from the skin. Oils are the ideal antidote to dry, flaky skin and rough, rosy cheeks — and they can be much more effective at moisturizing than your standard over-the-counter lotions and creams. For softer skin and hair, I recommend applying a pea-sized amount of coconut oil to your driest areas. For almond oil I like Fresh Brand Seaberry Moisturizing Omega Facial Oil.