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.
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
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!!
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 ~
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.