Images of Hope

This week, I’m happy to share with you my favorite images from a recent personal project. Images of Hope was a challenge I gave myself to find an image each day during the season of Lent that expressed a message of hope. In Lents of past I typically give up something – sweets, alcohol, processed foods, fewer electronics, etc. This year, though, I looked up at the sky and saw a nest in the raw branches of a winter tree. A symbol of hope and new life. I decided to start with that image and try to find an image each day. Most days I did, although I did miss a few. I posted them on my Facebook and Instagram pages with the hashtag #ImagesOfHope.

The project helped me to become more aware of my immediate surroundings, and view the quality of light, shapes and texture with a more focused lens. In finding images that expressed hope, I too, felt a greater sense of hope and peace within my community. Peace be with you all!

 

 

McGill Rose Garden Event Booking Quickly!

Need an updated, unfussy family portrait in a BEAUTIFUL setting? Come to the McGill Rose Garden in North Charlotte on May 5 or 6 to participate in our annual Celebrate Spring! mini-portrait sessions. The warmer weather and garden blooms will give you the perfect backdrop for a family, sibling, teen or child portrait. These sessions are also perfect for an outdoor business portrait or a quick senior or graduation portrait. Your session lasts 15 minutes, and I’ll provide you with 10-15 proofs to choose your complimentary image. $100 of your $125 fee will be donated to The Charity League of Charlotte.

You’ll receive a professionally produced portrait session AND proceeds benefit Charity League’s literacy and classroom success initiatives. An absolute Win-Win! With your session you will receive one complimentary gift print. You’ll also be able to purchase additional print and digital portrait collections. To schedule your portrait, select a time slot below and email me at nanine@naninephoto.com – I’ll confirm your appointed time and send you details. Thank you for your continued support of Nanine Hartzenbusch Photography’s annual Celebrate Spring! Mini-Portrait sessions at the McGill Rose Garden that benefit a local non-profit.

Available Portrait Session Appointments:

Saturday May 5: 10 am, 10:20 am, 10:40 am, 11 am, 11:20 am, 11:40 am
Sunday May 6: 1:20 pm, 1:40 pm, 2 pm (BOOKED) 2:20 pm 2:40 pm 3 pm (BOOKED)

Giving Back to our Charlotte Community

Charlotte, NC, gives a lot. In fact, the Queen City was named the most socially responsible big city in the U.S., by the Conscious Consumer Spending Index ranking in this Charlotte Observer article last November. Charlotte is home to more than 400 non-profits, according to Share Charlotte, which aims to engage the community with charitable organizations.

Here at Nanine Hartzenbusch Photography, we are proud to support area non-profits through silent auction and other donations. This spring we are donating portrait sessions to The Salvation Army , The Ronald McDonald House and the Charity League of Charlotte.

We are also excited to host a mini-portrait session event at the McGill Rose Garden on Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6 to benefit the Charity League of Charlotte. The McGill Rose Garden is a gorgeous setting for portraits. This historic urban North Charlotte garden, filled with rose bushes and other flowers will sing “Spring!” into your portraits. Charity League is near and dear to my heart. I’ve been a proud member for nine years; seven of them I’ve served on the board including two years as President. The League has assisted Charlotte children in need for almost 100 years. Your participation in this event will help us with our literacy and learning initiatives with Charlotte area students. Please see details in the flier below and contact us soon, these sessions will book up quickly!

Senior Portraits in a South Park Garden

I enjoyed photographing this beautiful senior girl in our South Park garden. She has a beautiful smile and a great outlook on life. I’ve known her family since we moved to Charlotte over a decade ago. In fact, her mom was the first friend I made a few days after we moved in to our home. I’ve watched her daughter grow up through our neighborhood and school celebrations, so when it was time to book her senior portrait, I was so happy to be able to capture her beauty in the garden. ‘Tis the season, for your senior’s portrait. If you have not booked yet, we still have time. I have weekday afternoons and some weekends remaining before May 15. I hope to work with you this spring!

Brothers in a Winter Garden

I had a blast photographing two sisters’ families on a recent trip to the DC area. They live on opposite sides of the country so we celebrated with a portrait session during their holiday visit. The weather was freezing but that did not stop their sons from enjoying the great outdoors and running around the garden.Their mother and the boys’ grandmother was able to join in, which made for wonderful multi-generational portraits. Thank you for the opportunity to photograph your families and your sweet and fun boys!

 

Dreamy Senior Portraits in the Garden

I had such a wonderful time photographing this beautiful senior girl in the garden. The weather was crisp and sunny, the garden lush and provided a lovely backdrop for her milestone Senior portraits. This was a great opportunity to capture her beauty once more before she heads off to college. Mom and I have been friends for over a decade, so it was an honor for me to photograph her daughter. And of course we had to get a mom + daughter portrait. Have you booked your senior portraits yet? I have availability on weekdays and some weekends this spring before May 15. Please contact me at nanine@naninephoto.com to book your senior portrait!