A Day at Fort Tryon Park

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fort tryonThe onset of Spring has me aching to be outdoors. Recently the girls and I visited Fort Tryon Park, scouting for locations for our upcoming sessions. We have Fort Tryon Park sessions scheduled for the following dates: Sat. May 4th, Sun. May 5th, and Sun. June 2nd.  If you’d like a Spring session on the Jersey side please check our NJ locations and dates listed here. Give us a call if you’d like to book your Spring Session at 201.610.1199.

The trip to the park from New Jersey is relatively simple as it sits just above the George Washington Bridge and there is parking on the premises. The park was donated to the city by John D. Rockefeller and is the highest point in NYC. When Rockefeller purchased the park he made certain to put in a clause that nothing over 35 feet high could be built across the way on the Palisades to preserve the gorgeous view!

If you book a session with us for this beautiful location please save time to explore the park- there is so much to do and see! Here are a few don’t-miss activities.

The Billings Arcade: Originally a private estate owned by C.K.G. Billings Fort Tryon Park boasts the original driveway approach which survived the fire that destroyed the estate. It is known as the Billings Arcade – a 50-foot arched structure which was the original driveway that meandered up the hill to the estate.

The Cloisters: Nelson Rockefeller donated the structure known as The Cloisters to New York. The building is comprised of bits of churches, convents and other medieval structures brought over from Europe. The Museum is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and houses over 2000 pieces of art including the seven famous Unicorn Tapestries. (Please Note: We cannot do any photos that include the museum itself due to copyright laws)

Home to the largest public access garden in NY: The Spring is a fantastic time at Fort Tryon Park for daffodils, quince, cherry blossoms and heather.

A country inn right in Manhattan: The New Leaf Restaurant is a charming stone building that hosts not only extraordinary catered affairs but a lovely weekend brunch!

The first woman soldier in the US is honored in the park: Margaret Corbin fought in the battle of Fort Washington during the American Revolution, taking over the cannons after her husband was killed in the battle and becoming wounded herself. She was also the first woman to collect a soldier’s pension for her wounds. There is a plaque commemorating her service at the entrance to the Park at Margaret Corbin Drive.

The last lighthouse in Manhattan: Located just down the hill underneath the George Washington Bridge is the Little Red Lighthouse, built in 1920 and the subject of a 1941 book “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge” by Hildegarde Swift. The path to get to the lighthouse is pretty challenging but if you are up for a hike, it’s a piece of NYC history.




EVENT April 6th: Mother’s Day Sessions Benefitting Family Promise Hudson County

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Family Promise Mother’s Day Sessions

Please join us to support our very favorite local charity.

Saturday, April 6th  

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Hartshorn Portraiture Studio

Monroe Arts Center |  720 Monroe Street |  Suite E418

Call TODAY to reserve 201.610.1199

Photos will be ready in time to be the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

We are partnering with Family Promise of Hudson County to raise funds for the important task of housing families in need in our area. This shelter offers a safe place for families who have lost their home to stay together while finding the support they need to locate permanent housing. Last year was the first year for this wonderful organization and they have managed to find homes for eight families! We’d like to grow our contribution and we’d love your support. Your $75 donation goes directly to the charity and supporting the work they do. You get a 10-minute session with Mac Hartshorn and a custom 5×7 print.

Family Promise Mother’s Day Sessions

Family Promise Mother’s Day Sessions

Family Promise Mother’s Day Sessions

Winter Skin Savior

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Winter Skin

Here are some tips from my favorite facialist Megan McGhee. She is the best and makes house calls so give her a call if you are in need. I am planning a “peel party” in the near future with a few girlfriends! Just what you need at this time of year to have a fresh face for the spring. Want to schedule your own gathering? Reach out to Megan at meg.mcghee@hotmail.com or by calling 630. 347. 9350

From Megan:

If you have big plans this winter to hit the slopes, it’s essential to keep your skin in mind before facing the elements. Between brutally cold temperatures and blustering winds, your skin can become dry, chapped, and irritated with each run. Read below for some of my skin tips and skin-saving products.

Cleanse, Hydrate, Protect

1- Cleanse

Since we’re dealing with a colder climate than usual, keep in mind that your cleanser should be tailored to the frigid weather. Treat your skin to a cleanser that won’t compromise your skin’s moisture barrier. During the colder seasons—and especially during your next ski trip—swap out your regular cleanser for a hydrating formula that’s been tailored to your skin’s specific concerns and needs. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm  (Sephora $29.50) is a silky, smooth, and lightweight formula that is gentle on the skin while removing makeup, dust, and grime off your skin, eyes, etc. It leaves your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. It has no fragrance and is easy to use.

2- Hydrate

Cover exposed skin on the slopes with gloves, a scarf, a face-mask, and a hat. For the areas you can’t cover up, I swear by Decleor’s Aromessence Marjolaine Baume. (Amazon $68) It’s really rich and hydrating so it acts like a skin barrier, which helps protect from wind.

3- Protect
Pile On the SPF!  Obviously, if you spend hours in the sun, you need to spread on the SPF. But make sure you’re covering everything that’s exposed. I suggest using a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater with both a chemical and a physical blocker, like  EltaMD SPF46 (Amazon.com $33). Chemical sunscreens absorb ultraviolet radiation and give it off as heat while physical sunscreens reflect ultraviolet radiation. Together, they provide the best protection against the sun.


A dry pout is never a good thing when mixed with snowy weather. To help keep your lips hydrated and smooth, reach for a deep conditioning lip balm and emollient with SPF. On the mountain my top pick is Coola Liplux Original Formula SPF 30 $12. It has a rich formula with Raspberry and Avocado fruit butters soothes and nourishes, while also protecting with SPF 30. It glides on smoothly and keeps lips feeling hydrated for hours.

Post-Ski (for healing)

When you have windburn, you don’t want to put chemicals on it. Try applying a thick layer of Aquaphor Healing Ointment (CVS $14) to any chapped areas to instantly soothe and heal.