Double Fun With Senior Twins

I had the pleasure of working with this sweet family to capture a special season of life ~ Their older twins are graduating from high school so Mom and Dad wanted to take this chance to create keepsake portraits of the boys and the whole family. We had shared bleacher seats when our boys were playing baseball just a while back, and now they are almost graduating from high school! Life has a way of speeding up; family portraits are a great way to stop time for a moment. I was excited for the opportunity to photograph the twins, their sister and whole family. Their garden and front porch provided the perfect backdrop, and they selected comfortable outfits in rose, cream and burgundy + blue jeans. I love to see similar hues in family portraits, to connect them, but let them shine as individuals. Because our session took place before the holidays, these portraits made great gifts. Here are our favorite images, thank you for a wonderful afternoon together!

New Year – New Look – Happy 2018

Happy February y’all! After a fun winter vacation to Hawaii, we’ve hit the ground running at Nanine Hartzenbusch Photography.  I’m excited to share all the changes with you! We have redesigned this blog for a cleaner, updated look that focuses on photography! We simplified  my monthly newsletter with a lighter, easier to read format. I’ll be freshening up my website portfolios with new images, new sessions & simplified, streamlined portrait products and collections,  so stay tuned! Starting next week, you’ll see blog posts of my favorite recent images: Senior portraits, Family portraits & a sweet baby and her siblings.

I love to photograph when I travel, I’m challenged to see the world around me a little differently. What makes it unique? How does the light look? Color? Texture? My eyes are always on the move to find a special image that captures a sense of place. That said, here are some of my favorite images from Hawaii ~

Welcome 2018!

As sun sets on 2017 and I look ahead to 2018, I am excited. Excited for the future. Excited for adventures that lay ahead. Excited to work with you and your families in 2018. But first …  I’ll start the new year by taking a vacation! (Yay!) So that means a vacation from this blog too. I’ll catch up with you in mid-January when we start getting revved up for a whole new season of Photography ~ Family & Child Portrait sessions, Workshops, Corporate and Editorial shoots, Business Portraits, Fine Art Photographic Prints, Non-Profit Visual Storytelling and Destination Sessions to the DC area and beyond!  Until then, please follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more timely updates.

Best wishes to each of you for a joyful holiday and Happy New Year!



Giving Thanks

“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

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!

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.