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A Very Special Day

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Today is Mother’s Day – a day to honor all mothers. I wish you all a happy day!  Last month, we celebrated a little early, with an afternoon of mini-portrait sessions to benefit The Lunch Project, at the McGill Rose Garden. For three years we have been photographing beautiful families in a lovely urban garden to support The Lunch Project.  We raised $850, which supports ten days of lunches for the school children in Lemanyata School in Arusha, Tanzania ~ 9000 lunches!

I am so honored to support The Lunch Project and all my wonderful friends that are volunteering in so many ways to build this philanthropic effort. And I am thankful. Many thanks to Rebecca Wofford for having the vision and courage to start The Lunch Project; to Kate Hindin for her tremendous support and good cheer; to Karisa Pennell who makes it possible for us to hold our event at the McGill Rose Garden; and to my sweet family ~ with me every step of the way. And last but not least, thank you to all the families that participated in our mini portrait sessions. We had so much fun ~ and here are some images from our special day:




A Midwinter Family Portrait Session

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

I enjoyed photographing this beautiful family ~ in the outdoors of midwinter. Mom and Dad wanted nice portraits of their oldest son, who is graduating from high school this year – for his senior portraits and to mark this important milestone, and they also wanted keepsake portraits of their whole family, the siblings and each child. I strive to bring out the best in each of the families I photograph, and we had a lot of fun that afternoon! People often ask me when the best time is to photograph their children and I say the time is NOW ~ children are precious at any age, in every season, and commissioning a portrait is the best gift you’ll ever give your family. Spring is just around the corner and a great time for family portraits, so take a look at your calendar and send me a message {nanine@naninephoto.com} so we can book a special time for you! As for this sweet family, their portraits have been ordered and are getting framed as I write this! Can’t wait to deliver them! But in the meantime, here are some of my favorites from our afternoon in the great outdoors ~

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Fun Family Portraits ~ A Stroll Through Freedom Park

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

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 ~

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:

A Nature Preserve Family Portrait

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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!

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 ~

Fun in the Park ~ A Children’s Portrait Session

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012


I enjoyed working with this sweet mom and her two little ones. Mom wanted to surprise her husband with portraits of their children in the park ~ as holiday gifts. So we had a blast! The children ran around, I ran after them, back and forth over the leaves, behind the trees and in between the branches ~ and here are the portraits from our fun session together in the park ~