May Sessions at NJ Botanical Gardens at Skylands- Limited Availability!

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NJ Botanical Gardens at Skylands


The NJ Botanical Gardens at Skylands Manor offers an ambience reminiscent of those found in fairy tales. With over 100 acres of formal botanical gardens within  1,000 acres of natural woodlands the grounds offer rolling lawns, verandas and stone terraces to provide the perfect backdrop for timeless family portraits. The colonnade of magnolias in the photos above give just the right amount of shade for sessions, producing a golden glow, highlighting the faces of your loved ones.

The gardens become progressively busier as the season goes on so we are planning sessions for May to take advantage of warm, but not too warm, temperatures, fresh green grass and the beauty of early flowers. Please give us a call at 201.610.1199 and let us create a perfect family portrait to decorate the walls of your home for years to come.

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Save the Date 4/22: Mother’s Day Sessions to Benefit Family Promise of Hudson County

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We’re pleased to partner with Hoboken Mommies Meet-Up and The Mommy District blog for a Mother’s Day Event 9:00 AM-12:30 PM on April 22nd to benefit Family Promise of Hudson County, a new nonprofit providing temporary shelter to homeless families in our community. Mac will capture a portrait of each mum with their family (with or without Dad)  and create a custom 5×7 print for each family ( a $225 value)  100% of the $75 session fee will go directly to Family Promise. We will include a social media digital file with Family Promises’s logo for you to share with friends and family via FB, Instagram or wherever you wish! Join us for tea, a signature mimosa by The Botanist Gin and snacks to support this amazing new resource for at-risk families. Call 201.610.1199 to reserve your spot today! Sessions begin at 9:00 AM.


Additional prints will be available at a special rate – 50% of all print fees from these sessions will be donated by Hartshorn Portraiture to Family Promise of Hudson County. If you are interested in additional prints ready BEFORE Mother’s Day (May 13th) please let us know on the day of the session. We will arrange for you to visit and view your session images prior to printing.

Special event pricing for prints:

8×10 Print- valued at $225 for these sessions  $112 ($56 donated to Family Promise)

5×7 print valued at $130  for these sessions  $65 ($33.00 donated to Family Promise)

One 8×10 and two 5×7’s (one image) valued at $485 for these sessions $225 ($113 donated to Family Promise)



Jen’s Day Out: The Museum of Art and Design and Restaurant Robert

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Having just come back from 2 weeks away I barely have a moment away from playing catch up in all areas of my life. That being said a day off here or there is restorative and a trip into Manhattan is a quick vacation from the weekday grind.

I needed to recharge the creative batteries and The Museum of Art and Design at Columbus Circle is so inspirational. The works included are not only visually stunning but thought provoking. This museum is as much about the political as it is about the decorative.

A few exhibits currently on display:

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary:  a selection of mixed-media collage, on paper and wood panels, and sculpture presented in an installation designed by the artist addresses the issues highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement

La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border: is a collection of jewelry by artists from Mexico, the United States, Latin America, and Europe expressing the current tensions between countries and the porous nature of borders and the exchanges of arts culture and ideas these borders allow.

Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro: Miriam Schapiro was a pioneering feminist artist who created collages- femmages, actually, the term she used to describe her painting and collage pieces influenced by women’s home arts and crafts.

After a trip through all of these thoughtful exhibits, something on the lighter side was in order- I chose the restaurant at the top of the Museum- Robert. Situated above it all, Robert offers breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle (be certain to book ahead and request a window table!). The decor is bright, colorful and modern, the service is incredibly attentive but never intrusive. The food- a multi-culturally influenced American cuisine.- is presented so beautifully, you almost don’t want to eat it! Plates, especially at lunch, are easily shared.

The entire experience, paired with being off on my own in one of the great cities in the world, was just what I needed. Consider taking yourself there and be certain to try one of their beautiful cocktails as you look out over the city.


Give the Gift of Memories for Mother’s Day

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If you’ve sat with me in a presentation and had your spouse say- “I like THAT photo” only to purchase another image, this is your moment. Give me a call at 201.610.1199 and let’s choose the perfect image to create amazing gifts for mums and grandmums just in time for Mother’s Day. If you order by May 1st, we can create the gifts below ready for pick up by May 12th. Please be aware that as these items are all created by hand, time is short , so please don’t delay!

Gallery Quality Art Work

There are people on your Mother’s Day list whose happiness would be your best gift. For these very special people consider the gift of a true work of art. A museum series watercolor of your favorite image, printed on finest grade watercolor paper, hand-torn and signed by Mac Hartshorn.

For a more modern touch, choose a gallery style canvas wrapped print, produced at our studio to Mac’s exacting standards, meticulously mounted with hardwood stretchers and ready to hang.


A Display of Affection


The selection of photos from your family session may have left many gems unrevealed! Choose some of those unprinted photos or select your favorites to share with your mom as custom prints starting at $130 with hand crafted artisanal frames from just $40.


When One Photo Isn’t Enough

Turn this year’s family photo session into an album that is sure to become her greatest treasure. This 5×5 hardcover linen-bound album will please moms and grandmothers alike. The album features 12 board pages that we will custom design to best feature your family’s beautiful images. A matching archival linen-covered box protects your album from dust and light. An extraordinary value at $350 and certain to delight. memories for mother’s day


Give The Gift of Memories

Our very popular 45 minute session with a custom 8×10 print is a great value $495 . Choose a studio, spring or beach session The certificate will state the details of the gift, and, as with all good gifts, no price will be mentioned. The gift certificate will be boxed, gift-wrapped and ready to give. Memories for mother’s day

Things to DO This Weekend April 21 & 22

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Things to DO Spring 2018


Celebrate the Spring with Earth Day and Daffodil Celebrations galore. Get ready for Mother’s Day with a portrait session for Mom to benefit

Family Promise of Hudson County.

THIS SUNDAY Sunday April 22nd 9:00 AM-12:00 PM DO GOOD + GET GOOD

The perfect Mother’s Day gift! Get an Ultra-Mini Mommy & Me Session to benefit Family Promise of Hudson County. Each $75 session fee is donated to Family Promise and includes a 10 minute session and a custom 8×10 by award-winning photographer Mac Hartshorn. Just a few sessions left. Prints ready by Mother’s Day! Call today at 201.610.1199 or email us at to reserve a session

Saturday April 21 10:00 AM until 01:00 PM
(New Brunswick 40 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Make time for Milk & Cookies with Tahira at The State Theater. Clever spiders, signifying monkeys, and grinnin’ buzzards are just some of the intriguing characters you’ll meet in Tahira’s colorful folktales. Her high-energy, interactive program blends storytelling and music to delight audiences of all ages. This program is the perfect way to introduce children ages 3-8 to live theater. Admission $3

Saturday April 21st 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Clifton 30 mins from Hoboken and JC ) Join City Green at the 1st annual Earth Day Festival! City Green is New Jersey’s most exciting environmental and urban agricultural destination. Located just minutes from major highways, City Green is a place where families can learn about nature, explore our gardens and visit the goats and chickens. The Earth Day Festival will feature lots of learning and fun for all! Live music, food trucks and kids’ crafts will ensure there is something for everyone. FREE

Saturday April 21st 10:00 AM-4:00 PM (Jersey City) Celebrate Earth Day in Jersey City’s glorious backyard- Liberty State Park. Kick-off Earth Day at 10:00 am and get your heartrate going at the Annual Earth Day 5K Run/Walk. The race promises a flat and fast USATF-NJ Certified route through Liberty State Park and has become one of the region’s fastest growing Spring 5Ks. All registrants will receive a race t-shirt as well as post-race refreshments. Register now and join the fun! Afterwards head over to the Kid’s Kingdom for Earth-Friendly Activities Environmental Exhibits Health Screenings FREE Rides, Prizes,  Arts & Crafts, Kids’ Obstacle Course, Strolling and Stage Entertainment. Event takes place at 299 Morris Pesin Drive. FREE. Free Shuttle from Liberty State Park Light Rail Station.

Saturday April 21st 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Jersey City) A new session of STORYBOOKS TO STAGE is starting at Hudson County Community College. In each 60 minute workshop, children bring stories to life, through creative movement, acting and song. The children will develop their creativity and artistic skills by making puppets or crafts that pertain to the story for their performance. Appropriate for ages 3-6. Classes $12-$60.

Saturday April 21st 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM  (Jersey City) Magnolia Landing at Journal Squared will open its 2018 event series in Jersey City’s Journal Square neighborhood The outdoor gathering, curated by Marketplace JC, will feature food and drink, local crafts and live music provided by Peter Lin and Orion Burre in the plaza at rental development Journal Squared. Vendors include • Modern Sage • Paper Cicada • The Urban Oasis Shop • Juice For Us • Deko & Gina • We Build Bikes • Moxie Sorbet Designs • Wonder Curl • Laylani Crafts • The Lucky Honeybee • Swixel Design • Gentleman’s Corner • Dark Side of the Moo • Filfil Foods LLC • Townpeddlers • PJ Ryan’s • Riverview Jazz • Cryo Cream

Saturday April 21st 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (NYC) Celebrate Earth Day on the Highline! Everyone’s favorite above-ground train track turned park is welcoming the warm weather with an exciting festival for New Yorkers of all ages. To kickstart summer, The High Line will offer exciting music, art, poetry performances, horticulture and hands-on projects for visitors to enjoy. Culture Shock for Families offers a bazaar, a jam session with Michael & The Rockness Monsters, among other activities. The event is FREE, but you’ll need to register.  Appropriate for all ages.

Saturday April 21st 1:30 PM- 3:45 PM (Westfield, NJ 40 minutes from Hoboken/JC)  Swim over to the Westfield Y for Healthy Kids Day featuring a new EVERYTHING IS AQUATICS theme. Bring your bathing suits and towels! Space is limited for pool activities. Advance registration recommended. More information online or at the Welcome Center. Activities In the Water … – Parent/Child Classes (adult with child age 6 mos.-6 yrs.) – Aquatic Leader Mini-Class (ages10+) – Safety Around Water (all ages, non-swimmers welcome!) – “On Boarding”/Boating Safety (ages 6+) – Swim Ability Evaluations (ages 3+) – Water Polo Demo & Mini Class (ages 10-14) – Family Swim Activities On the Land … – Photo Booth – Healthy Treats – Open Water and Boating Safety with the Coast Guard Auxiliary – Parent Information from the Y and Community Partners – Mermaid Arts & Crafts and Water-Play Games FREE. Appropriate for ages 6 months and up.

Saturday and Sunday 4/21 + 4/22 11:00 AM-5:00 PM (Tenafly, NJ 20 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Festival season is beginning and with the sunny weather the Tenafly Craft Fair will be a wonderful weekend wander. See the over of more than 200 artists, crafters and vendors. Free admission and parking. There will also be food from local restaurants and plenty of kids activities.

Sunday April 22nd 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM Celebrate Earth Day at the Museum of Natural History. From early-morning yoga in the Cullman Hall of the Universe to performances that include John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean by Chelsea Symphony Orchestra and “The Umbrella Project” by Pilobolus in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, visitors can enjoy a Museum-wide festival of art, science, and culture in honor of Earth Day. Renowned artists and scholars join Museum scientists on special Museum tours for critical conversations on sustaining the beautiful planet we call home. Visitors can also see pop-up performances by Fela!’s Abena Koomson-Davis, Martha Redbone, Ashley Jackson, and the Secret Drum Band; view films and art installations, and more. FREE with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages.


Sunday, April 22nd 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM (Summit, NJ 40 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Reeves Reed Arboretum celebrates the earth! With Daffodil Day falling on Earth Day, come celebrate spring and the Earth amongst thousands of daffodils at this festive, family-fun event!

  • Enjoy one of NJ’s largest Daffodil collections!
  • Bash the Trash – live entertainment with instruments made from recycled and reused materials
  • Green Goats petting zoo
  • Summer Camp Showcase – featuring BOLD Arts dance workshops and LoYa Yoga demonstrations
  • Spring themed games and crafts
  • Photos with Bruce Lorenz
  • Cosmic Garden Series art exhibit – featuring Pen and Ink Drawings by Lynne Friedman
  • Food and refreshments available for sale.

Appropriate for all ages. Admission $10/person or $25/family.Saturday

Sunday April 22nd 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM (Ridgewood, NJ 35 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Join the folks at Van Neste Square Park for a Daffodil/Earth Day Extravaganza  Educational Displays, Water Conservation, Petting Zoo, Crafts, Music by Blue Plate Special, Daffy Dog Parade at 12:30pm FREE Appropriate for all ages. More info here.

Sunday April 22nd 1:00 PM-4:00 PM (Westfield, NJ 40 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Visit the Miller Cory House for their Sheep to Shawl Festival and experience sheep shearing as it was done in colonial America; demonstrations of early American farm tasks such as spinning, weaving, butter churning and soap making; children’s games and crafts; bake sale; herb sale; free refreshments. Rain or shine; no reservations necessary.$4.00 for ages 13 and older, $3.00 for ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3.

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