The Portraits that Move Experience

Experience personal, custom videos by celebrating who you are on film, in a space of trust, gratitude and joy.

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Speak on the phone directly with founder and executive producer Susannah Ludwig.

In the first conversation, discuss the right Portraits that Move video for your family: Signature Portrait (in-depth 3-5 minute documentary quality film that empowers children to share their stories their way), Baby Video (a perfect complement to infant and baby photos), Generations Video (living history of the generations that make your family what it is), Mitzvah Video or holiday card video.

Ask Susannah questions about the process. Get a glimpse at the love and joy that go into creating every unique Portraits that Move film.  

I am truly blessed to do this work. I feel called to help parents experience and preserve the joy their families bring to them. Every time I speak with a parent about Portraits that Move I renew my commitment to do this work with love, respect, and gratitude.
— Susannah Ludwig, Founder and Executive Producer, Portraits that Move

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The professional filmmaking team comes to a home or a location of your choosing to film your family's Portraits that Move video.  Film shoots run between 1.5 hours and 4 hours.  Plan for 3 - 4 hours, and a two person team, for a Signature Portrait film shoot.

The team observes your child doing the things they love to do — playing, reading, laughing, and being themselves. We ask them to tell us about themselves, their likes and dislikes, their feelings, their dreams and their family. 

Our team of filmmakers is gifted in working with children of all ages, personalities and abilities.  We know how to create a trusting, creative environment in which children feel comfortable being and sharing exactly who they are.  For more about how we work with children, and for tips on starting meaningful conversations with your kids, visit our blog.

Working with the team at Portraits that Move was so easy! They were calm and collected and made everyone present at ease. My children were ages 6 and 3... we cannot wait to look back on this masterpiece when they are older! Highly recommend the whole experience and finished product!
— Sarah Kahn, Portraits that Move parent
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The professional film editors on the Portraits that Move team spend hours editing the footage from the shoot.

Music selection and acquisition are included in the price of the film. Music complements the tone and spirit of your Portraits that Move film perfectly.  The editing process is completed in about 3 - 4 weeks.  

At the end, you have a professionally produced, legacy quality video to treasure for generations, and to share with your friends and family right now. 


When your Portraits that Move video is complete, you receive the password-protected video electronically for download to as many devices as you wish, and a link to share with friends and family via email and social media.

For Mitzvah Videos and other events or gifts, the Team is skilled at interfacing directly with AV professionals to ensure that your film debut matches the professional quality of the film itself.