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Relax. Overcast Weather Is Actually Good!

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We’ve all heard “April showers bring May flowers,” but April weather and its signature gray-ish, overcast sky can also bring with it incredible family photos. 

If it seems a little overcast on your scheduled park photoshoot day, don’t be discouraged. Sunshine is nice, but this is actually even better. Mac refers to this setting as “softbox lighting” and it truly makes for the most gorgeous ambiance and lighting. If you don’t want to take my word for it, just look at this photo.

Soft temperatures and softbox lighting = picture perfect. 

Please call us at the studio to book your spring session at one of our stunning park locations – 201-610-1199. Space is limited!

Trench Coats for Spring

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As evidenced by last week, early spring weather can be anything but predictable. So, it’s always best to be prepared for whatever may come our way. For me, this means investing in a quality umbrella, trench coat, and rain boots (or as I say, Wellies) to get through spring in style. 

While shopping online for a classic style trench coat to incorporate into my wardrobe, I came across a few that I must share.  Here are some of my favorite trench coats for spring, and do let me know if you end up with one! It was hard to choose. 


When it comes to classic staples, nobody does it better than Theory. This Oaklane Trench Coat is available in three colors (I’m partial to the Crepe color, but the Black is also beautiful) and is minimalist but chic. At over $600, it’s definitely an investment — but a great coat is worth investing in, in my opinion.

This Brooks Brothers coat is not only classic, but the price is right. It’s double-breasted and has all the classic details that I love, including belted cuffs, a removable belt, welt front pockets, a back storm flap, and a back vent. The best part? It has a removable water-repellent lining so you’re ready for whatever the weather throws your way.

For a more brown color and a longer length, I am loving Reformation’s Holland Trench. It’s available in Camel and Brown, and is a real statement piece. I like the more relaxed fit and how it is longer than the others I came across, though I think you’d definitely need a heel with this coat to complete the look.

Spring Portraits that Give Back

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Help the Hoboken community and take beautiful images of your family this Spring!

We have partnered with FLAG and created an exclusive package for your family portrait amongst the cherry blossoms at Liberty State Park with the stunning NYC skyline. This discounted package is only available during the month of April.

Our mini shoot is $275 and includes the following:

  • 20 minute session with Mac Hartshorn.
  • A personal design consultation at our Hoboken studio to reveal and guide you through your artwork selection.
  • One custom 8×10 print*.
  • A social media sized file for sharing with friends on Instagram, Facebook etc. from the image you choose.

*Additional artwork is a la carte

The best part? 100% of the session fee will be donated to the Hoboken Food Pantry.

To book your session, email jennifer@hartshornportraiture.com, or call us at the studio — 201.610.1199.