Carr Shulman Family Session

by & filed under Family Portrait Sessions, Portraits on The Beach, Portraiture.


Amelia has devel­oped into quite the beau­ti­ful, young lady. Last year, we had a hol­i­day card ses­sion with the Carr Shulman fam­ily at Pier A, but this year, we had a change of scenery and we took our gear to the beach. We had a blast, and so did Amelia when she jumped into the waves!

The Carr Shulman fam­ily has come back year after year for a new set of por­traits to doc­u­ment their mem­o­ries, and we are so grate­ful! Mac and I (and the girls) truly feel as if we are a part of our clients’ fam­i­lies, and that’s what makes our work so spe­cial to us.

Local Barre

by & filed under Be Inspired, Our Favorite Things, People and Places We Love.


I joined the Local Barre in Hoboken this month and love it. I swear my butt is going north instead of fur­ther south! The west loca­tion is in the Monroe Center and has a really slick look with steel and wood inte­rior design. They focus on the details with every exer­cise and superb ser­vice. It’s the go-​to des­ti­na­tion if you want to get in shape and enjoy the jour­ney while you are at it. They offer cycle and barre classes so that you burn calo­ries and tone those mus­cles. Check it out!

A Note From Mac

by & filed under Be Inspired, Follow The Hartshorn Family!, Giving Back.


On November 20th I will sleep on the street in New York City, to both draw atten­tion to our home­less youth pop­u­la­tion and raise money for the home­less kids who live at Covenant House. Each year in the U.S. alone, as many as 2 mil­lion youths expe­ri­ence a period of home­less­ness, and every year more than 5,000 of these young peo­ple lose their lives to the streets.

I know that some­times it’s hard to decide which cause or orga­ni­za­tion to give to – every­one seems deserv­ing, and there’s only so much to go around. So let me tell you specif­i­cally what your money can do for the kids at Covenant House.

  • $100 pro­vides a week of meals for two kids.
  • $275 pro­vides med­ical care for one teenager or young adult
  • $500 trains a vol­un­teer to serve these young people.
  • $1,000 pro­vides a young man or woman with job train­ing and employ­ment preparation.

Hartshorn Portraiture will also be donat­ing art­work from any pre­vi­ous photo ses­sion based on the level of pledge com­mit­ment from our clients:

  • Pledge $500 or more = 16×20 stan­dard print.
  • Pledge $1000 or more = 8×10 hand torn and signed gallery watercolor.
  • Pledge $2000 or more = 16×20 hand torn and signed gallery watercolor.

My goal is to raise $10,000 in the next month. No mat­ter the size of your dona­tion, the value of it to these kids who have so lit­tle is enor­mous. Here is a link to my dona­tion page. Please be as gen­er­ous as you can – with your heart as well as your wallet.