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Archive: ‘Editorial Assignments’

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.


Portrait of a Veteran ~ Fred Butler

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Telling stories with pictures ~  that is what I like most about being a photographer ~ people, places and the unexpected moments I encounter. I had the honor of photographing a World War II veteran, Fred Butler, 92, of Greenville, SC. The editors of Lehigh University’s Alumni Bulletin magazine (an elegantly designed publication with great writing, photography and design) assigned me to photograph Fred Butler and any memorabilia he may have that would help tell the story. They were commemorating the 70th anniversary of America’s entry into WWII with stories by their alumni. Butler, a 1941 grad of Lehigh University, served in the Navy and recounts the firebombing of his ship, the USS Hazleton in the Pacific. He was featured in this story along with several of his fellow Lehigh alumni. I photographed Fred with his scrapbooks, clippings and also focused on his face & eyes which had seen so much. He also showed me a black and white photo of his high school basketball team, from Honesdale, Pa., which had been perfectly preserved. I brought my 12 year old son along to be my “assistant,” but also so that he could meet Fred and learn about his history and service to our country. It was a precious afternoon ~ capturing moments with Fred and also with my son on our afternoon journey to Greenville. To see the article, please click this link. (Fred is featured on page 36) ~ And here are some of my favorite portraits from our afternoon together:

Portrait of a Golfer ~ Charlie Sifford

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

I had the pleasure of meeting an photographing Charlie Sifford, a golf legend, at his home in Charlotte, NC. The Southern California Golf Association inducted him into their Hall of Fame this fall, and published a story about his legacy in the pages of its magazine, FORE. You can see a virtual copy of the magazine here. Turn to page 14/15 to view the story & portraits. Sifford, now 89, fought discrimination in golf and ended up winning  two PGA tournaments. He broke the color barrier and paved the way for all athletes to compete fairly. At his home, I photographed him with his golf club, his golf memorabilia and also focused on capturing a simple portrait of his face.  It was an honor to work with him and here are some of my favorite images from my assignment with Charlie Sifford.

Family of Eight ~ UCity Magazine

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Remember the show Eight is Enough? Well, I met a real life family of eight while on assignment for U City Magazine last month. Meet  David and Mendy Henderson and their six children – their most recent additions are twins, adopted  from Ethiopia last year. The Hendersons, who started University City Fellowship church in 2000, are featured in the November issue of UCity. My favorite quote from the story is “love loud, risk often, hope always,” David’s mantra. He and Mendy truly practice what they preach and follow their hearts. Their church’s mission is to reach people local and globally, and they have done just that. Here are my favorite images from my afternoon with the Hendersons. To see more, please visit the UCity Magazine pages.

Chefs Giving Back ~ South Park Magazine

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

If you know me, you know I love food, cooking, dining out and collecting cook books! I also love to tell stories of people who give back, pay it forward or contribute to their community.  So I was thrilled to work with South Park Magazine this month to photograph two top Charlotte chefs Gene Briggs and Paul Ketterhagen, and their special dishes for a feature on the upcoming March of Dimes Signature Chefs’ Auction November 3 at Carmel Country Club. Briggs, executive chef and partner of Blue Restaurant and Bar prepared a Rabbit Stifado and Ketterhagen, executive chef at Carpe Diem prepared a Tomato Cobbler. Both chefs will be participating in this special dinner to benefit the March of Dimes ~ Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes mission to promote healthy babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. You can read about the chefs, their dishes and their commitment to charities in the November issue of South Park Magazine and you can see the fun photographs I took here ~


SouthPark Magazine ~ A Culinary Adventure

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

I am so pleased to share with you my latest client, SouthPark Magazine, a gorgeous, smartly written, edited. photographed and designed slick shiny magazine put out by the Charlotte Observer company. I am honored to work with such a great team of editors, and my assignments have been so varied and interesting. This month I worked with Carrie Leonard, (AKA)  Culinary Carrie as she is known. What a wonderfully warm person and a fantastic chef! She teaches culinary classes at Johnson & Wales University, is the resident chef on Charlotte Today on WCNC-TV , and is launching a new venture, the Chef Factor. In the October issue of SouthPark Magazine, Chef Carrie is featured in a story promoting healthy eating habits and two tasty recipes are included ~ Quinoa and Fresh Herb Shrimp Salad and Spicy Crab Salad on Chilled Canteloupe. Carrie is a renal cell carcinoma survivor herself and promotes a healthy diet and lifestyle through her teaching and cooking demonstrations. You can read more about Carrie Leonard  in the latest SouthPark Magazine – October issue ~ Here are some more photos from our fun afternoon in Carrie’s kitchen!