Remember the days when you dressed up your little daughter and took her to Sears Portrait Studio at Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing?

It was a special day! Sure there was fussing, and combing, and brushing - maybe a few tears were shed. The photos were available in a couple of weeks, and you were so proud.

Those days are gone. Sears Portrait Studios across the country are closed for good. At the website,, you'll find this message:

After many years of providing family portrait photography, we are sad to announce our Sears Portrait Studios are now closed. We appreciate your patronage and allowing us to capture your precious memories. If you currently have an album or have had a recent portrait session, you can order products at thru April 18, 2013.

If you have had a recent session, your portraits may be available at your local studio.

Goodbye Sears Portrait Studios, hello bathroom mirror.

I was on my 17-year-old son's Facebook page the other day. Naturally 95% of his friends are girls - and they all have the same exact pose in their Facebook photo: they're scantily dressed, standing in front of the bathroom mirror - one hand holding up the cell phone, while the other is posed on their hip.

This is the photo of the future. 50 years from now, Grandmas will be sharing their photos of themselves in bathroom mirrors, clean and used towels half-hanging in the background.

"Here I am with my high school diploma - in the bathroom mirror. Here I am with my dress for prom - in the bathroom mirror. Here's me and my best friend - in the bathroom mirror."