The Lorei Portraits Story

We opened in 1990.  I was in grad school with a young family living on beans and rice.  We had two small children, then three-four-five.  I was hoping to write the Great American Novel but words are cheap, and even harder to eat.  With a background in advertising and photography, and bills to pay, we launched Lorei Portraits.

I remember taking a portrait of our children down at the beach.  None of the kids were smiling.  I stared at the proof (this was back in the film days) and rejected it.  In frustration, I told them that we would have to reshoot.  My wife, who is often much calmer than I, urged me to look at the proof again, to see it for what it was.  How had I missed it?  The image had a timelessness, a serenity, a subtle joy.  It was beautiful, like a painting.  We had a large portrait made and hung it on our dining room wall.  It has never come down.     

It is not what we have in life but who.  A portrait of your family reminds you of who is important and why you make all the many sacrifices you do.  A portrait says to each and every family member: I belong, and I am loved.

Every face is beautiful.                        


Paul Lorei