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 to book your senior portrait!

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 ~