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Giving Thanks

November 21st, 2017

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things” — Maya Angelou

Thanksgiving Day. Amid the rush of traveling to loved ones, buying food for the Thanksgiving table, straightening the house, sweeping leaves,  there is the promise of one untouched day given over to being thankful. Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. Delicious, comforting food, no gifts and lots of hanging out with family and friends. Time slows to a crawl and we savor the moments that string together to make this day so special.

It is 2017 and I am thankful for so much: The sweetness and light of our son, who will walk through the doors later tonight, his first visit home from college. My strong, kind, patient and resilient husband. My sisters who are each making the world a better place.Our cousins who are like sisters to us and their amazing, creative mother. My brothers-in-law and their beautiful families.  My incredible mother, who so fiercely loves us and lives life to its fullest. Her sweetheart, whose warm embrace hugs us all.

I am thankful for their light that shines through each day.

And I am thankful for the gift of photography that keeps me on my toes, pushes my creativity and allows me to capture the light that shines in each of you, your families, your children.

Savor this day, this week for all it has to offer. Treasure your loved ones and hold them close to your heart, and remember those who could not be at the table.

Happy Thanksgiving!

— Nanine

Celebrate Your 2018 Grad with a Portrait

November 14th, 2017

The leaves are out in full color and what a great time to book a portrait session for your Class of 2018 Senior! I have a few sessions available in November and December. If you want to start thinking ahead, we are also starting to book  sessions for Spring 2018. The senior year flies by with many “last” celebrations. Take time out for what’s important: capturing these moments in images before they leave high school. You’ll be glad you did!   Let me share images of my recent senior sessions so you can see the possibilities!

Celebrating 10 Years in Business!

November 7th, 2017

This time, ten years ago, I quietly launched my photography business here in Charlotte, NC. I named it Nanine Hartzenbusch Photography ~ Documentary Family Portraiture. Ten years later, I continue to build upon what I started: creating custom story-telling portraits of your beautiful families, siblings, infants, toddlers, seniors, and extended family gatherings.  I’ve designed your stellar holiday cards, graduation party invitations and baby announcements. I’ve partnered with non-profits to donate to silent auction fundraisers and held a day of mini-sessions at the McGill Rose Garden to benefit local charities. I’ve taught workshops and college courses and I’ve traveled to the DC area to work with a great group of clients. For all this, I am grateful.

Prior to starting my photography business, I worked as a staff photojournalist and editor at newspapers and wire services. When I launched my business, I  turned my lens in a new direction, using my photojournalistic influences on portrait photography clients. I also enjoy working with editorial, small business, non-profit and commercial clients to tell their stories with images.

I look forward to the next ten years with YOU! Sharing your precious moments, telling your stories. Thank you for thinking of Nanine Hartzenbusch Photography!

Nanine’s Experience:

Nanine has 25+ years experience as a photojournalist, family portrait and corporate photographer. She was part of the New York Newsday team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting in 1992. Her clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, South Park Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, PNC Bank, Allstate Insurance, Kipp Charlotte, Cooking Light, Organic Gardening, Franklin & Marshall College, Lehigh University, Haverford College and many prominent Charlotte and Washington DC area families. Nanine has taught Photojournalism at the Knight School of Communication, Queens University, and Photography workshops. She has donated her photographic & design services to the MACS Education Foundation, Charity League, The Lunch Project, Saint Johns Episcopal Church-Charlotte and the Mental Health Association of the Carolinas.

 

Happy Fall, Y’all

October 31st, 2017

The leaves are beginning to turn and there is a chill in the air. Finally! We are keeping busy at Nanine Hartzenbusch Photography photographing families, seniors, little ones and business portraits. In the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about each of these portrait sessions and showing you some fun images and how they can be used.

Think about installing a family portrait wall! Or have me design a custom holiday card to send to your cherished friends and family. Perhaps you have a graduation senior ~ Let me capture some spectacular images now, before they head off, and create a custom graduation announcement/party invitation as well.

Maybe you are expecting a child. Let me photograph your beautiful maternity portraits and follow up with newborn, six month and one year portraits. 25+ years of experience and counting. Custom portrait photography is just that – Custom to YOU – to your surroundings, to your experiences. Each day brings new hope, new opportunities. There is no time like the present to book your portrait session.

Please give me a call at 704.909.9963 or drop me a line at nanine@naninephoto.com. We are getting busy as the season unfolds, but I have session times available during the weekdays and on some select weekends. I hope to hear from you soon!

Nanine’s Senior Garden Portraits Saturday May 13

April 25th, 2017

It’s not too late for Senior portraits, just in time for graduation! As a special offer to celebrate our Seniors, I’ll be photographing my Simplicity Senior Portrait sessions on Saturday, May 13. Eight appointments  will be made available on a first come, first served basis:

10:00 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am, 12:15 pm, 2 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:15 pm.

Please contact me at 704.909.9963 or nanine@naninephoto.com  to book your time with me.

Please SHARE this blog post to those you think might be interested in a Senior Simplicity Portrait Session.
Thank you!!

 Here are the details:

Saturday May 13

Location – My South Park Garden

Session lasts 30 minutes

5 Digital images of your choice on flash drive

15-20 proofs shown

One Senior per session

$275 per session

Nanine’s Experience:

Nanine has 25+ years experience as a photojournalist, family portrait and corporate photographer. She was part of the New York Newsday team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting in 1992. Her clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, South Park Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, PNC Bank, Cooking Light, Organic Gardening, Franklin & Marshall College, Lehigh University, Haverford College and many prominent Charlotte and Washington DC area families. Nanine teaches Photojournalism at the Knight School of Communication, Queens University, and Photography workshops. She donates her photographic & design services to the MACS Education Foundation, Charity League, The Lunch Project and the Mental Health Association of the Carolinas.

Meet me in the Rose Garden

February 17th, 2016

It’s hard to believe that we are almost a month away from the start of Spring. Soon enough our landscapes will be awash in green and colorful blossoms. Charlotte area friends, please join me on Sunday April 17 at the McGill Rose Garden as I photograph ten families to benefit The Lunch Project, a Charlotte-based philanthropic organization that gives kids the fuel to learn — by providing hot lunches to Tanzanian school children and inspiring service in all children.  Each portrait session will represent one day of hot lunches for the Lemanyata and Engorika schools, $85 provides for 900 lunches!

This will be my fifth year offering portrait mini-sessions!  Our 15 minute sessions will produce a set of portraits just in time for Mother’s Day. Each participant will receive a matted gift print, nicely packaged in a pear green signature box with organza ribbon, suitable for framing or giving as a gift to the special Moms in your life. The McGill Rose garden is a magical setting and provides a perfect backdrop for your beautiful family, sibling or child portrait. Nanine brings her 25+ years experience as a photojournalist, photo editor, educator and community volunteer to you. Please contact Nanine Hartzenbusch at nanine@naninephoto.com to book your appointment. Sessions take place at the McGill Rose Garden between 3 pm and 6 pm, but must be booked in advance.  I hope to see you Sunday April 17 !!

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A Beautiful Winter Wedding

January 15th, 2015

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best in 2015! Over the holidays, I was honored to photograph the wedding of two very special friends. The light shone brightly on this wet, cloudy winter solstice day, the church filled with an abundance of happiness. There was so much to celebrate that day: the marriage of two sweet people, with their families and friends, music, verse, flowers and candlelight. It was, indeed a lovely way to end the year and now we have photos to start the new year!

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Celebrating Graduation with a Senior Portrait

June 6th, 2014

I was so honored to photograph my friend’s daughter  to celebrate her graduation from high school. We had a great time, and the garden provided a beautiful and relaxing setting. We came away with a set of portraits that will be cherished for years to come. Thank you for the opportunity to spend time with you, we had so much fun! Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes as you start your college years! And here are some of our favorites from our garden portrait session ~

 

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A Very Special Day

May 11th, 2014

Today is Mother’s Day – a day to honor all mothers. I wish you all a happy day!  Last month, we celebrated a little early, with an afternoon of mini-portrait sessions to benefit The Lunch Project, at the McGill Rose Garden. For three years we have been photographing beautiful families in a lovely urban garden to support The Lunch Project.  We raised $850, which supports ten days of lunches for the school children in Lemanyata School in Arusha, Tanzania ~ 9000 lunches!

I am so honored to support The Lunch Project and all my wonderful friends that are volunteering in so many ways to build this philanthropic effort. And I am thankful. Many thanks to Rebecca Wofford for having the vision and courage to start The Lunch Project; to Kate Hindin for her tremendous support and good cheer; to Karisa Pennell who makes it possible for us to hold our event at the McGill Rose Garden; and to my sweet family ~ with me every step of the way. And last but not least, thank you to all the families that participated in our mini portrait sessions. We had so much fun ~ and here are some images from our special day:

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Meet me in the Rose Garden

February 11th, 2014

It’s hard to imagine the fragrance of roses with snow in our future, but before we know it spring will show her beautiful blooms. For a third year in a row I’ll be offering mini-portrait sessions at the McGill Rose Garden to benefit The Lunch Project, a Charlotte based philanthropic organization.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I will be offering 15 minute mini-portrait sessions to families and children on Sunday April 6, from 3-6 pm. 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,  just in time for Mother’s Day (May 11).

The Lunch Project has a simple goal  – to give children the fuel to learn.  The Lunch Project also works to inspire service in elementary school children in the U.S and aspires to be a platform for child philanthropy for global hunger relief in the schools.  For several years, The Lunch Project has supported the Lemanyata Primary School near Arusha Town in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania with regular hot lunches. Recently, the model of The Lunch Project was adopted by Matimu Primary School in the Arusha District.

Please mark your calendars for Sunday afternoon April 6 ~ and email me with your preferred time ~ nanine@naninephoto.com. I look forward to working with you and your families to benefit Tanzanian school children!

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