In the years since I’ve had kids, I’ve subjected them to many photo sessions (what mom hasn’t?), but our experience with Mac and his crew at Hartshorn Portraiture at their beautiful studio in the trendy Monroe Center in Hoboken was next to none. I had checked out Hartshorn Portraiture’s website before lugging my preschooler and then-five month old to do the photo shoot and expected the pictures to be gorgeous, but the results blew me away. The pictures were quite simply masterpieces.
Up front, I need to point out that this studio is not for everyone – only those who are in the market for high-end photographic artwork and can afford to pay for it. Their range of oil, watercolor and canvas prints can easily run into the thousands of dollars. Hartshorn Portraiture may be as pricy as it gets, but what you get in return is akin to artwork rather than photographs.
The entire experience was easy and fun. We arrived at Hartshorn’s gorgeous, airy studio, and I relaxed and enjoyed coffee while Mac goofed off with my three-year old and snapped her pictures, perfectly capturing her playful energy. During the two hour photo shoot, Mac had my occasionally surly and always very opinionated daughter cracking up (she hates getting photos taken and usually makes goofy faces). The pictures he took of my little guy were just as delicious. It was reassuring to know that if the kids Mac is shooting become cranky during the photo shoot, he sends you home (with no hard feelings) and tells you to come back another day. Low-stress, gorgeous photos. Sign me up.
A couple weeks after the photo session, I met with Jennifer, Mac’s wife, to review the pictures. She played me a lovely slideshow and patiently helped me pick my favorites (they were all so gorgeous, it was hard to choose!). Jennifer’s design talent is tremendous. She encourages her clients to bring in pictures of the space where the pictures will be displayed so that she can help figure out what would look best. She’s as silly and fun as Mac, and her eye for design is unparalleled.
Hartshorn Portraiture specializes in maternity, newborn, and family pictures. The shoot can be scheduled in-house at the studio or on location wherever you please. In fact, Mac spends much of his time during the summer months at the Jersey shore and in the Hamptons for those of you looking for family pictures at the beach. Check them out and tell them twohappymamas sent you!
Disclosure: I received a photo session and portrait in connection with reviewing Hartshorn Portraiture’s services. The opinions stated in this post are mine and mine alone. As you know, we at twohappymamas only recommend products or services we believe are good for our readers.