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Archive: November, 2017



Giving Thanks

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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!

Tuesday, 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.