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Welcome to 2013

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.

Giving Thanks

November 22nd, 2012

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year ~ We gather together with family, enjoy delicious food, spend time with friends, and  reflect on the year’s blessings. I am grateful for my sweet family, our friendships, our beloved city of Charlotte and all my wonderful clients. Let the adventures continue in 2013!  All the best to you and your families this Thanksgiving Day. ~ Nanine

Fun Family Portraits ~ A Stroll Through Freedom Park

November 1st, 2012

I really enjoyed working  with this lovely family. We chose to stroll through Charlotte’s Freedom Park because of its beauty and varying vistas. Mom and Dad had been wanting to have family portraits for their home and for gifts to give. We had a wonderful time capturing some nice moments in the later afternoon light at the park. I photographed them in color but we chose b&w for the simple beauty of the images. We chose unique shapes for a few of their wall portraits, wide horizontals and square shapes, to create visual variety for their portrait walls at home.  Here are some of our favorites from our family portrait session ~

Giving Back ~ The Light Factory Print Auction

October 25th, 2012

I love the beach, and carry special memories from our trips to places where water meets the sand. I bring my camera with me on our trips and make pictures that come from the heart ~ capturing family memories, or a beautiful landscape. Each year, I contribute a print to The Light Factory annual Print auction and this year I’ve donated “Faded Lights,” a print from Bowen’s Island, near Charleston. Out for a family dinner on the docks of Bowen’s Island marina, we took a walk and found this treasure.

The Light Factory is Charlotte’s museum devoted to photography and film, educational programs and cultural events. I am grateful for its presence and impact. The Print Auction promises to be an evening of great food, drinks and a chance to purchase original art. Please visit the  the gallery  of prints here. And For a fun look behind the scenes, please visit Dina Asma’s blog (Exhibitions coordinator and Light Factory Gallery Manager). For more information on the Auction evening, click here & enjoy!!

Sweet Children in the Rose Garden

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

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

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:

A Nature Preserve Family Portrait

July 17th, 2012

I enjoyed photographing this sweet family at the McDowell Nature Preserve. We walked along the pathways, finding new angles to photograph including the lake, the trees and the paths. The late afternoon sun provided a beautiful backdrop and lovely light for this family’s portrait session. Baby just turned one, so he is growing up! Here are some of our favorites from this fun family photo session!

 

Beautiful Family on the Greenway

July 10th, 2012

Greenways are one of my favorite outdoor locations to photograph families. The paths create visual interest, the  possibilities are endless and families enjoy being outdoors. I really enjoyed working with this family strolling down the Greenway path. Each curve yielded a new surprise – a historic cabin, horses in a field or a grassy hill. Thank you for a wonderful morning – we made some lovely portraits!

Thank you ~ You helped make a Difference

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.