May 12th, 2013
Happy Mother’s Day everyone! Today we’ll take time to smell the roses and stroll the paths at the McGill Rose Garden in Charlotte, a Mother’s Day family tradition. If you have not been, please consider visiting today or any other day. It’s a lovely city block filled with roses and lots of other flowers, trees, bushes, grasses, sculptures and even a rail car. An oasis in the city, an unexpected surprise, a place of peace and contemplation. Last month I spent an afternoon photographing ten mini-portrait sessions to benefit The Lunch Project, a Charlotte based philanthropy that helps feed school children in Tanzania a hot lunch. I am thrilled to write a check today that will support ten lunch days at the Lemanyata School or 9,000 lunches. It costs $85 to feed 900 children a lunch. Please visit The Lunch Project on Facebook or their website to learn more about this wonderful organization. Our portrait mini-sessions included children, families, moms, dads, dogs, giant cookies and lots of laughs. It was a fun day and everyone received a matted gift print ready for gift giving or for keeping. Here are some portraits from our special day in the garden ~
February 26th, 2013
I love sharing my craft and skill with all sorts of families ~ Big families, small families, siblings, newborns ~ and my own family. When my cousin Adele called me a while back to commission a portrait of her mother, I was thrilled! I love to spend time with Adele and her mother Patsy and of course Adele’s dog, Sophie! Not only is Adele my cousin (actually officially she is my first cousin once removed – my grandmother and her mother are cousins) but I am proud to call her a close friend and confidante. Even though she lives a few hours away, she has always been there for us. Adele wanted a few framed portraits of her mother to cherish for years to come, and holiday cards for her mother and for herself. Patsy is sweet, fun, smart and a joy to be with. I wanted to capture her sense of fun, loveliness and her sweet smile, so here are my favorite images from our portrait session ~
February 19th, 2013
Take time to smell the roses ~ at the McGill Rose Garden this April 14. We had so much fun last year, we are returning to the garden this April! I’ll be offering mini-portrait sessions to benefit a wonderful area philanthropy – The Lunch Project.
The Lunch Project has a simple goal - To provide long-term financial support to enable Tanzanian mothers to cook and serve a nutritional meal to schoolchildren in Tanzanian primary schools so children will be better equipped to learn. The Lunch Project also works to foster a sense of philanthropy and global awareness by educating and engaging families and school children in the United States and Tanzania. Currently, The Lunch Project supports the Lemanyata Primary School near Arusha Town in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania with regular hot lunches. It costs $85 to feed 900+ children a hot lunch.
And this is where you come in. In honor of Mother’s Day, I will be offering 20 minute mini-portrait sessions to families and children at the McGill Rose Garden on Sunday April 14, from 3:30 pm till twilight. The sessions are $100 and $85 from each session will be directly donated to The Lunch Project in your name (to cover the cost of feeding a hot lunch to the entire school!) Each participant will receive a gift print, suitable for framing or giving as a gift, just in time for Mother’s Day (May 12).
Please mark your calendars for Sunday afternoon April 14 ~ and email me with your preferred time ~ firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to working with you and your families to benefit Tanzanian school children!
January 24th, 2013
I look forward to each January as an opportunity to reflect on the past year and anticipate the gifts this new year will bring. Best lesson of 2012 – There is no substitution for “being there.” Spending time with good friends whom you cherish … Being with family near and far … Truly living and breathing in the moment … Helping a friend in need. As for 2013, I am excited for all the things to come. I’ve started teaching Photojournalism at the Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte ~ It’s such a privilege to share the craft of visual storytelling with my students. I’ll be updating my website at Nanine Hartzenbusch Photography with new images ~ and I’m very excited to share the best of the best with you. I look forward to working with clients, new and returning to bring lasting keepsakes to be treasured. Look for a spiffed up newsletter, special Limited Edition Photo Sessions, and stunning, elegant ways of displaying your family portraits. As I was going through my recent images, I came across this one, symbolizing the road ahead, open and inviting. Just as my son was anticipating beach fun, I look forward to a year full of hope, opportunity and dreams fulfilled. Happy 2013 to all of you, I wish you all the best this year.
November 22nd, 2012
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year ~ We gather together with family, enjoy delicious food, spend time with friends, and reflect on the year’s blessings. I am grateful for my sweet family, our friendships, our beloved city of Charlotte and all my wonderful clients. Let the adventures continue in 2013! All the best to you and your families this Thanksgiving Day. ~ Nanine
October 25th, 2012
I love the beach, and carry special memories from our trips to places where water meets the sand. I bring my camera with me on our trips and make pictures that come from the heart ~ capturing family memories, or a beautiful landscape. Each year, I contribute a print to The Light Factory annual Print auction and this year I’ve donated “Faded Lights,” a print from Bowen’s Island, near Charleston. Out for a family dinner on the docks of Bowen’s Island marina, we took a walk and found this treasure.
The Light Factory is Charlotte’s museum devoted to photography and film, educational programs and cultural events. I am grateful for its presence and impact. The Print Auction promises to be an evening of great food, drinks and a chance to purchase original art. Please visit the the gallery of prints here. And For a fun look behind the scenes, please visit Dina Asma’s blog (Exhibitions coordinator and Light Factory Gallery Manager). For more information on the Auction evening, click here & enjoy!!
August 8th, 2012
This past spring I had a lovely afternoon in the McGill Rose Garden with several special families. I photographed mini sessions and proceeds from the sessions directly benefitted The Lunch Project, a Charlotte-based philanthropic organization, founded by Rebecca Wofford and Kristin Steele. I met so many wonderful children and their parents that afternoon and was able to help The Lunch Project with a donation, so a win-win! The Lunch Project provides a hot lunch to school children at the Lamenyanta Primary School near Arusha Town in the Kilimanajaro Region of Tanzania. A hot lunch helps the children to learn and stay in school. It costs $85 to feed 950 children one lunch. And The Lunch Project provides an opportunity for families in the United States to teach their own children about philanthropy by sponsoring a lunch and reaching across the oceans to make a global connection with school children in Tanzania. Most recently, The Lunch Project has presented in local elementary schools and through an age-appropriate, educator-designed curriculum, they hope to inspire children to engage in philanthropy and become more globally aware.
These siblings had such sweet smiles were so much fun to photograph – we walked through the gardens and picked some fun places to take their portraits. Here are some of my favorite images from their session in the McGill Rose Garden ~