In the old days, only the hoity-toity had the brass to immortalize themselves by having their portraits painted, which were hung in the home and passed down through the generations. The best blended art with history. Then along came photography, and even average Joe's got professional photographic portraits (did your folks ever haul you and and couple of screaming siblings off to a certain department store to have your pictures taken against an improbable background?) Then came digital photography and everybody became a photographer. Little moments in life were forever captured - but the professional portrait lost ground. Even with the best equipment, most of us just don't have the eye of a photographer, and the pics I snap of my kids are well, hhmmm, nice but not exactly portraits for the ages. This really struck me when I saw portraits of brilliant up and coming singer Elise LeGrow (also my step-daughter, but I'm not biased - check her out!) at left. It turned out the pics were done by Manuella Pararas-Hulbert, another up and comer. Manuella is a young Toronto-based photographer who specializes in maternity, newborn, children and family portraiture. She took such lovely pictures of Elise that I used her when I got new head shots done, and now I'm considering getting a family portrait done that could grace the walls of the Hodge Podge Lodge - if I can somehow manage to get everybody in the same place at the same time for more than three minutes. That would truly be an historic event!