Mother’s Day Already?

I don’t know about you, but I have felt like the days are crawling by, but wait a minute, where did April go? As the weather finally warms up here in Ohio, and life is oh so slowly and carefully moving back into gear, I am looking forward to reconnecting with family, friends and clients! (Slowly and carefully) Portraits in front of the house have always been one of my favorites, since it will give children a reminder of the house they grew up in. We actually have a front porch photograph of my husband’s great grandparents’ family. Truly priceless. … Continue reading Mother’s Day Already?

Who’s Zooming Who?

As we settle into this new way of family life, I remember the great Aretha Franklin song, “Who’s Zooming Who?” from 1985. If you don’t know it, you can find it on YouTube. Now ZOOM has entered the international consciousness as a verb, defining the way we communicate. No longer does a simple phone call suffice. We want to SEE each other too, especially since we can’t do it in person. A wonderful idea, in my humble opinion! Now, we live a scant 10 minutes away from two children, but still connected with them and our youngest via Zoom for … Continue reading Who’s Zooming Who?

Finding Our Way Home

Life, Part IV. That’s how I think of our latest adventure, here in Cleveland, Ohio. Part I was growing up in Chicago. All the fun of a big family in a big city. We were city kids, roaming the neighborhood and spending a surprising amount of time downtown. Mom worked in the Loop, and we were at her office so often, she may have invented Take Your Children to Work Day (unofficially). Part II was getting married and moving to Ohio, my new husband’s home. Our children had the best of both worlds, enjoying a cozy life in a small … Continue reading Finding Our Way Home

Countdown to Christmas!!!

Can you believe it is almost Christmas again? And the end of a decade? 2020 around the corner. Grab the reins and enjoy the ride… You know I talk about our kids and grandkids all the time. They are the light of our lives. So it came as no surprise to most of you when I announced we were (semi) retiring and moving to Cleveland to be near them. Well, we did it, and here we are, five minutes from the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, getting to know our new home and loving hanging out with our family. Hopefully … Continue reading Countdown to Christmas!!!

Girlfriend Marketing: Ballerinas and Superheros

We all know that word of mouth is the best way to find new businesses. I have been so fortunate to know a core group of extraordinary women who, like me, have their own businesses here in Old Town Alexandria. So now is my chance to spread the word! Starting with this post, please allow me to introduce you to some fabulous local entrepreneurs! Kelly with Spring Chick at the Market Most Saturdays, you will find Kelly at the Farmers Market in the square in Old Town Alexandria. When I need fabulous dress up looks for my little clients, I … Continue reading Girlfriend Marketing: Ballerinas and Superheros

Ten Short Days in Springtime

SO here we are again, springtime in DC, counting the days until the cherry blossoms arrive. This year, we didn’t get false alarms or windy weather, and the blossoms are right on time, April 1! The blossoms really are a cottage industry here in DC. With everything from signature cocktails, https://washington.org/deal/special-cherry-blossom-cocktail to parades, https://washington.org/deal/special-cherry-blossom-cocktail it is high tourist season, and this year it looks like they will be rewarded with a beautiful show, right on time. It is also one of my favorite times for cherry blossom portraits! Since this is such a transient area, having portraits in the iconic … Continue reading Ten Short Days in Springtime

Unicorns or Dragons?

Are your children and grandchildren like mine?  While I always liked horse as a girl,  unicorns are all the rage now.  Soft and beautiful, every little girl’s dream pet. Unless they prefer dragons! Or maybe both.  From Disney princesses to Dungeons and Dragons, your child’s imagination is boundless.  When I saw these wonderful stuffed creatures, I knew they needed a home at the studio. How much would your child love a portrait of themselves with a unicorn or dragon? Now is the chance.  For a short while, This Magic Moment Portraits will be available at an introductory price. Imagine one … Continue reading Unicorns or Dragons?

New Year, New Look!

So here we are at the beginning of another new year, and the perfect time for an updated headshot for your work, blog,  social media, or for those single individuals out there, a dating site! Your online image is generally the first impression you make on others, whether personal or professional. What does your portrait say about you?  Are you  just another face in the crowd? Or does your portrait stop the scroll and make the viewer want to get to know you and do business with you? Are you fun and outgoing, a thoughtful introvert, a lover of books … Continue reading New Year, New Look!

Your Place or Mine?

One of the first questions clients ask is “Where should we have our portraits made?”        It used to be automatic to go to a studio, either a chain like Olan Mills or Sears Portrait Studio or if you wanted something more elegant or unique, an individual photographer, like Portraitions! In recent years, the trend has been outdoor portraits, which are great, unless it is too hot, too cold, windy, rainy or just too humid for our hair to behave properly!  Trees and flower are lovely, unless our hair is droopy or we are freezing or sweating. The most frustrating is … Continue reading Your Place or Mine?

Baby Days

Baby days.  I remember them well. Well, as much as I can recall the sleepy weeks after each of our three children arrived. Fragments of the most amazing times… I remember my husband and I staring down at the crib that held tiny Matthew, all snuggled up, astonished at the miracle we had created.  Angela was the first girl in my husband’s family in 24 years, and the haze of pink that accompanied her birth was as soft and delightful as she. Joseph’s arrival was especially memorable, since I had knee surgery the next day, but that’s another story. In … Continue reading Baby Days