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4/25 Spring Park Sessions to Benefit Women Rising JC

by & filed under Events, Family Portrait Sessions, Giving Back.

Liberty State Park Sessions to Benefit Women Rising

The hardship of women and families in unsafe situations has always been a cause that struck close to my heart. I have been looking for a way to use the time I have available since the girls are away at school to get involved in a meaningful way with an organization making a difference in women’s lives. Women Rising is a local organization that came to my attention. Their amazing work in empowering women to achieve self-sufficiency and live safe, fulfilling and productive lives is exactly the kind of organization I want to support. I arranged with the group’s leadership to make this offer.

On Saturday, April 25th Hartshorn Portraiture will be conducting sessions in Liberty State Park to benefit their work. Each family will receive a 15-minute session and an 8×10 print 

100% of the $125 session fee goes to support this group and their goal of helping at-risk women. Call the studio at 201.610.1199 for details and to book your session. Please mention that you are interested in a session for Women Rising.

We’re Getting Warmer- Schedule Your Spring Session Today

by & filed under Portraits In The Park, Portraiture.

Liberty State Park Blossoms: 2020 Spring Session Dates are here!

With the advent of Spring Forward and all the adjustments to family life that losing an hour of sleep creates- there is a positive aspect. The 2020 Spring Session Dates are here! It’s getting warmer and we are getting ready for the beauty of Spring. Will you join us this year for a session in the park? We have some amazing locations for beautiful family portraits.

Stevens Park, Hoboken -is where the cherry blossoms will be in bloom and make a gorgeous setting for your family shoot. 

Saturday, April 4th
Sunday, April 5th

Saturday, April 18th
Sunday, April 19th

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

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit – has a spectacular field of daffodils predicted to be in full bloom at this beautiful location just in time for these sessions. 

Liberty State Park Jersey City is a new favorite location for family sessions; close by for NYC families as well as NJ clients it offers a variety of wonderful backdrops including blossoming trees, the NYC skyline, and river views.

NJ Botanical Gardens/Skylands offers the elegance of formal gardens and gentle paths winding through the woods- this spot also includes 96 acres of specialty gardens surrounded by 1000 acres of woodlands.

Fort Tryon Park is located just above the GW Bridge this park offers amazing architectural elements as well as beautiful green spaces and an amazing view of the Hudson River and the Palisades for stunning portraits- you can make a day of it- we have some tips for you here.

Saturday, May 2nd
Sunday, May 3rd
Sunday, June 6th

Hartshorn Favorites:

Pier A in Hoboken is a beautiful spot with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

Central Park, New York City is an iconic location where you can 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.

March is Women’s History Month: Celebrating Local Women & Their Stories

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

Sometimes we get so caught up in where women haven’t gotten yet (gender-based violence, the wage gap, maternal health and #metoo to name a few) we forget how far we have come. March is the month for that celebration as Women’s History Month.

While we are excited about the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote and the dedication of an entire month celebrating Women’s History, I wanted to make it personal. To speak with and about women in our community who are using the rights we have earned to assert their passion, creativity and freedom. We chose women from the surrounding community that we have met and admired.

Their stories inspire and their endeavors are well worth supporting. We’ve dedicated a page on our blog for each amazing woman- and linked to them here. Read and please feel free to comment here with a glimpse into YOUR story.

Jennifer Araneo
Kamari Aykes-DeBarbieri
Nathalie Crews Vargo
Carrie Gallaway
Veronica Manning
Andrea Rizvi