An Early Morning Stroll in the Garden

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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Sweet Girl & Her Cello

I was delighted to photograph this sweet girl and her cello. We decided to photograph both indoors and outside among the trees. She is beautiful, confident and passionate about her music.  I wanted to show all of that in her portrait. We had a lot of fun that day,  and here are some of my favorites from our session!

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Welcome to the World ~ Sweet Little Newborn

I was delighted to photograph sweet baby M last week and her parents and older brother! We had a great time photographing indoors, outdoors, in color, and my favorite – b&w- to capture her preciousness on day seven of her life. What a privilege it was to spend time with this beautiful family. I was so honored to photograph these moments. And without further ado, here are my favorite images from our afternoon portrait session ~

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A Twilight Portrait Session in the Park

I enjoyed photographing these three sweet siblings in the park at twilight. The sun was setting, the light gorgeous and what a beautiful setting! I love bringing out the best in each child, to create a lasting keepsake. And here are some of my favorite images from our session in the park:

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Happy Mother’s Day

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

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.