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Archive: ‘Garden’



An Early Morning Stroll in the Garden

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

I had so much fun photographing three siblings in the garden. We chose the early morning hour for the best light and optimum time (right after breakfast)! The colors were gorgeous, the light so soft and their smiles so sweet. I photographed this lovely family when their little brother was a baby and I hope to return again and again! I love watching my client families grow up so nicely. And these are my favorite images from their garden portrait session ~


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Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! Today we’ll take time to smell the roses and stroll the paths at the McGill Rose Garden in Charlotte, a Mother’s Day family tradition. If you have not been, please consider visiting today or any other day. It’s a lovely city block filled with roses and lots of other flowers, trees, bushes, grasses, sculptures and even a rail car. An oasis in the city, an unexpected surprise, a place of peace and contemplation. Last month I spent an afternoon photographing ten mini-portrait sessions to benefit The Lunch Project, a Charlotte based philanthropy that helps feed school children in Tanzania a hot lunch. I am thrilled to write a check today that will support ten lunch days at the Lemanyata School or 9,000 lunches. It costs $85 to feed 900 children a lunch. Please visit The Lunch Project on Facebook or their website to learn more about this wonderful organization. Our portrait mini-sessions included children, families, moms, dads, dogs, giant cookies and lots of laughs. It was a fun day and everyone received a matted gift print ready for gift giving or for keeping. Here are some portraits from our special day in the garden ~

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Welcome to 2013

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

I look forward to each January as an opportunity to reflect on the past year and anticipate the gifts this new year will bring. Best lesson of 2012 – There is no substitution for “being there.” Spending time with good friends whom you cherish … Being with family near and far … Truly living and breathing in the moment … Helping a friend in need. As for 2013, I am excited for all the things to come. I’ve started teaching Photojournalism at the Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte ~ It’s such a privilege to  share the craft of visual storytelling with my students. I’ll be updating my website at Nanine Hartzenbusch Photography with new images ~ and I’m very excited to share  the best of the best with you. I look forward to working with clients, new and returning to bring lasting keepsakes to be treasured. Look for a spiffed up newsletter, special Limited Edition Photo Sessions, and stunning, elegant ways of displaying your family portraits.  As I was going through my recent images, I came across this one, symbolizing the road ahead, open and inviting. Just as my son was anticipating beach fun, I look forward to a year full of hope, opportunity and dreams fulfilled. Happy 2013 to all of you, I wish you all the best this year.

Sweet Children in the Rose Garden

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

This past spring I had a lovely afternoon in the McGill Rose Garden with several special families. I photographed mini sessions and proceeds from the sessions directly benefitted  The Lunch Project, a Charlotte-based philanthropic organization, founded by Rebecca Wofford and Kristin Steele.  I met so many wonderful children and their parents that afternoon and was able to help The Lunch Project with a donation, so a win-win! The Lunch Project provides a hot lunch to school children at the Lamenyanta Primary School near Arusha Town in the Kilimanajaro Region of Tanzania. A hot lunch helps the children to learn and stay in school.  It costs $85 to feed 950 children one lunch. And The Lunch Project  provides an opportunity for families in the United States to teach their own children about philanthropy by sponsoring a lunch and reaching across the oceans to make a global connection with school children in Tanzania. Most recently, The Lunch Project has presented in local elementary schools and through an age-appropriate, educator-designed curriculum, they hope to inspire children to engage in philanthropy and become more globally aware.

These siblings had such sweet smiles were so much fun to photograph – we walked through the gardens and picked some fun places to take their portraits. Here are some of my favorite images from their session in the McGill Rose Garden ~

Barefoot Boys in Blue

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

I am really excited to share these latest portraits with you ~ photographed near Indianapolis this summer during our travels. I was so happy to be able to visit my friend and her sons ~ they are our family friends ~ and photograph them outdoors as the sun was setting. I last photographed these brothers five years ago – (they may look familiar to those who have seen my website ). I enjoyed my time with them, bringing out the best in each brother and photographing them together also, in different outdoor settings. Mom had a chance to update family photos and also share them with relatives. Here are some of my favorites from our portrait session in the garden:

Sweet siblings in the Rose Garden

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

I had wonderful time photographing these sweet siblings during a recent photo session at the McGill Rose Garden - They had such cute, pretty smiles and loved being in the garden. I offered mini-sessions to benefit The Lunch Project, a Charlotte philanthropic organization.We had a lot of fun exploring the corners of the garden ~  and benefitted The Lunch Project. Here are my favorite portraits from their session:

Thank you ~ You helped make a Difference

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Thank you to so many of you for making  Sunday, May 6 such a success! Our special garden portrait mini session in honor of Mother’s Day was wonderful. But I could not have done it without your support. Thank you to Karisa at  McGill Rose Garden for hosting us. What a place of beauty! Thank you to Rebecca and Kristin, co-founders of The Lunch Project for your support. And thank you to all the participants! It was so much fun to bring out the best in each of you! I am busy editing your photo galleries, and will let you know when each one is ready. But in the meantime, I’ve designed this poster for the McGill Rose Garden that will be displayed in the garden on Mother’s Day. You’ll see familiar faces here :) And lastly – thank you for the opportunity to support The Lunch Project – a Charlotte-based non-profit organization that helps provide hot lunches to school children at the Lamenyanta Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania and educates US elementary school children about global philanthropy.

Coming Together For a Great Cause

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012


I am really excited and looking forward to this Sunday. It’s just a few more days till our special event at the McGill Rose Garden to benefit The Lunch Project.  I’ll be photographing special portrait mini-sessions in honor of Mother’s Day. Proceeds will be donated to The Lunch Project. The garden is a beautiful oasis just north of Uptown Charlotte, at 940 North Davidson Street. It began in 1950 when Helen McGill planted two rose bushes to beautify the square block her husband Henry had purchased,  which was used as a coal yard. Over the next three decades, numerous rose bushes and beds were planted. In 1967, the garden opened to the public on Mother’s Day, and that tradition continues today. What a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day with a walk in the garden, bursting with colorful rose bushes and other blooms. When you visit the garden, be sure to stop in and see Karisa Pennell, and her beautiful floral designs, or take a class from her at Nectar – the cute shop you first walk into at the Garden.

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Wofford and Kristin Steele, who started The Lunch Project in 2011. They gave a very moving presentation at The Charity League of Charlotte and I was drawn to their cause ~ and how small actions can make a huge difference in the life of a child, a school and a village. While visiting Tanzania, Rebecca connected with the Lamenyanta Primary School near Arusha Town in the Kilimanajaro Region. She discovered that while enrollments are increasing in primary schools due to a government initiative, the support and infrastructure is lacking. Each teacher typically has a classroom of 125 children – with dirt floors, leaky roofs and not enough books. Those children walk great distances to school and are often hungry, struggling to keep awake and learn.  Providing a hot lunch to these children can give them the energy to concentrate and stay in school. Lunches are cooked over a wood fire by their mothers ~ which allows them to be involved in their child’s school and earn a small income. It’s simple, and it works. It costs $85 to feed 950 children one lunch. Rebecca and Kristin started by providing one lunch a week. One year later, they are up to two lunches a week. And The Lunch Project  provides an opportunity for families in the United States to teach their own children about philanthropy by sponsoring a lunch and reaching across the oceans to make a global connection with school children in Tanzania. Most recently, The Lunch Project has presented in local elementary schools and through an age-appropriate, educator-designed curriculum, they hope to inspire children to engage in philanthropy and become more globally aware.

Karisa, Rebecca, Kristin and I will join forces on Sunday to provide a fun afternoon of special portrait mini-sessions. The garden will be open to families who have booked sessions, to stroll around before and after their portraits.  Through our efforts we’ll be able to sponsor several lunches at the Lamenyanta Primary School.

So the good news is we are fully booked for our event on Sunday – but if you are interested, I can put you on our waiting list. If enough people sign up, we may open up another day of mini portrait sessions. Please contact me at nanine@naninephoto.com if you would like to be placed on our waiting list. …..And we’ll keep our fingers crossed for perfect weather!

Toddler + Leaves = Pure Delight!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

I had so much fun photographing this sweet little girl playing in the leaves. Mom wanted a nice photo for a holiday card. Simple. easy. peasy ~ not! I think I got my exercise for the week that day running around. I’d love to have some of that toddler energy, any way to bottle it up? But after all that running and jumping and crawling and falling, we did end up with some really nice portraits showing all her different expressions. And here are my favorites from our session in the crunchy leaves ~

A Stroll in the Park ~ Fun Family Portraits

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

I am so pleased to share with you this family photo session from the fall ~ a stroll in the park, walking through the colorful fall leaves. We had a lot of fun together, and used different settings for our portraits at this picturesque Charlotte, NC  park. The children are adorable ~ and so are mom & dad. I was so honored to work with this sweet family and hope they will  cherish these family portraits for years to come. Here are some of my favorite images from our time together in the park!