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Archive: July, 2011

Beautiful Family in a Summer Garden

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

What a fun time I had photographing this beautiful family! We planned their family portrait session in the garden. The blooms were at their peak glory and provided a relaxed setting for their session. I like to photograph in the late afternoon when the light is soft and flattering and the temperatures slightly cooler and more comfy. It’s been such a hot summer, hasn’t it? I just put their album together for them and can’t wait to present it to them! Here are some of my favorite portraits from their garden session ~

Linville Falls’ Hidden Treasures ~ A Weekend Journey

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

This past weekend we took advantage of our cool spell (60 degrees & drizzle) to explore Linville Falls and Gorge in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I’ve heard about the Falls for many years but had not ventured there. We discovered  one treasure after another ~ What a feast for the senses ~ The pine scent, the soft cool air on our faces, breathtaking vistas and a profusion of rhododendron blooms. I thought rhododendrons were reserved just for the month of June, but I learned there are 4 varieties and the ones in bloom right now are called Rosebay Rhododendron. I brought my Olympus Pen EP-2 and had a blast photographing Linville’s treasures. And here are some of my favorite images of the day ~

City of Brotherly Love ~ A Family Journey

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Earlier this month we ventured to points north for our summer family vacation.  Among the cities we visited, Philadelphia was our favorite! We used to live there, many moons ago, before children, and have fond memories. We explored Historic Philadelphia, the Reading Terminal Market, The National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Society Hill neighborhood and ate at one of our most favorite restaurant in America – Vietnam. As we traveled through Philadelphia,, sharing the sights with our now 11 year old son, I brought my Olympus Pen EP-2, my trusty travel camera to photograph and capture memories of our family journey. I was attracted to the  historic spaces, architecture and interiors – the quality of light, textures and  how a building makes you feel when you stand in it. Here are some images from our travels  ~


Family Journey Trip Tips ~

1. We used hotwire to find an excellent rate at the Holiday Inn Philadelphia – Historic District. A perfect location, comfortable and gracious accomodations, and a perfectly lovely rooftop pool – A MUST for summer travel. There are many hotels to choose from, but the Holiday Inn suited our needs as a family perfectly.

2. Old City Coffee and Starbucks are within a stone’s throw of the hotel doors. Old City Coffee has charm and was our pick for our visit since we can enjoy Starbucks any old day, but Old City Coffee is ONLY in, well, Old City! Don’t get me wrong, I love my Starbucks frappuccinos and skim vanilla lattes, but OCC is one of a kind. And it’s next to the $5 t-shirt store and around the corner from Jonathan Adler design store, a feast for the eyes!

3. Reading Terminal Market is a must see and visit to soak in Philadelphia eating history. It’s a farmer’s market, gourmet store, international eatery and food related gift store all rolled into one magnificent hall. A walkable feast, shall we say. Please don’t leave Philaldelphia without stepping into this treasure of a market.

4. To experience the historic sites at Independence National Historical Park – plan to spend a whole day just here – you can see the cradle of American history from Independence Square, all you need is a great pair of walking shoes.

5. Our favorite restaurant, Vietnam has a sister restaurant (or shall I say “brother” restaurant) –  in Charlotte – So if you can’t make it up to Vietnam in Philadelphia, come visit Vietnam Grille in the Starmount neighborhood in Charlotte. Brothers Benny and Ricky Lai have opened up successful restaurants in both cities – we are lucky to have both!

Sweet Family Portraits ~ Gorgeous Holiday Cards

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

I’m busy designing my 2011 Holiday cards, taking advantage of the summer weeks to get a jump on the holiday season. I love coming up with unique ways to help you express your holiday greetings. Last fall I had the privilege of photographing this lovely family. From our photo session, my client was able to decorate their home with beautiful family portraits and produce a keepsake card they were proud to send to friends and family members. Here are some images from our photo session and their holiday card. I’ve included a sampler of other holiday cards I produced last season to inspire you! Please contact me at nanine@naninephoto.com to book your fall family photo session so you can decorate your home and be able to send out a unique holiday greeting.