For years, it’s been a right of passage: getting your family portrait done at Sears. Now it’s no more. Sears has announced that it is shutting down all of its portrait studios, effective immediately.

The following email was posted on the main page of the Sears Portrait Studio website on April 4th, 2013.

"Dear Valued Customer Family,

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.

Jim Abel
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sears Portrait Studio"