13 Feb

Charlotte, NC Tween Portraits | Valentine’s Day

Charlotte, NC Tween Portraits | Valentine’s Day

Last month, I attended the National Association of Professional Child Photographers Retreat in Georgia, and I returned home with so many wonderful ideas.  After watching a Senior Portrait Styling and Lighting Workshop, I immediately wanted to come home and photograph my daughter in a similar style with a Winter/Valentine’s outfit.  But then I thought about how fun it would be to include her friends in the session, and so I reached out to a few Moms. We visited our local Target store’s clearance for a few key finds and here is the result of our Tweens Portrait session.

I love photographing girls at this age, especially with their friends.  These girls will be finishing elementary school this year and starting middle school!  It makes me so nervous for my daughter from a social perspective, especially because I remember how tough middle school was for me.  I always wanted to be popular, and wanted to be liked and have a ton of friends.  But now I’m old enough to look back and realize, my true friends were the girls that didn’t care about my popularity status or that my mother was the secretary in our school – they were the friends that liked me for me.  All girls need to have those friends.  Right now, I’m so happy for my daughter to see her with these sweet girls and I love the quality of the friends she has already made since our relocation to this area, and I hope these friendships continue into middle school.  I do feel we are very lucky, because some of the closest friendships I have developed since moving here are the parents of the my daughter’s new friends.

It’s the friends that love you for the person you are that will be the most important friends to keep in life.
Charlotte, NC Tween Portraits by Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan

Charlotte, NC Tween Portraits by Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography Charlotte, NC Tween Portraits photographed on location by Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography

Clothing: Target.com

 

 

 

09 Feb

Charlotte NC Tween Portraits | Valentine Style

Charlotte, NC Tween Portraits | Valentine Style

Hard to believe this beautiful, young girl is in her tweens, right? There is just something classic and simple about her beauty. We had such a great time styling a session for my daughter and her friends recently, and this is just one of the many photographs we created.  The styling was simple and classic – a jean jacket, furry boots, and a scarf and voila!

Enjoy!

Charlotte NC Tween Portraits styled for Winter and Valentine's Day

 

09 Jul

New Jersey Child and Family Photographer | Walking in Sunshine – Promise Walk for Preeclampsia – Cranford, NJ

For the second year in a row, I photographed The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia held at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, NJ.  After photographing last year’s event, I heard from numerous friends and client Moms that had also been impacted by Preeclampsia during pregnancy.  And while many of the stories I heard do have happy endings, unfortunately there are still too many that do not.

The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia – Cranford supports The Preeclampsia Foundation, and their mission to provide patient support and education, raise public awareness, catalyze research and improve healthcare practices.  This organization holds a special place in my heart for the help they have provided to dear friends, and so I continue to support and contribute to this organization and donate my time to their events.

Thankfully, the sun was out this year for our event organizers, volunteers and walkers, and it was another amazing day!  Once again, I met a ton of wonderful people as well as reconnected with good friends.

I created this slideshow with my favorite images from the day and shared it with the race organizers.  I invite you to take a couple of minutes to watch the slideshow, but I also ask that you take some time to learn more about Preeclampsia and its symptoms from the Preeclampsia Foundation.

The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia – Cranford has raised over $32,000 for this cause, with donations still accepted through August.  If you would like to donate, you can do so by clicking here.  Thank you for your time.

 

17 Mar

Sunny Marvin, NC Family Photographs | I need spring!

Sunny Marvin, NC Family Photographs | I need spring!

I don’t know about you but I’m just about done with winter.  We’ve had snow, the temps have been in the single digits and the holidays are over so I’d be very happy if we could just fast forward to spring. We are so close to it and I can’t wait!

That’s why I had to post these colorful, bright, cheerful photos of this beautiful family of 4!  I can just feel this warm sunshine on my back, smell the green blades of grass and hear the sweet giggles of these two sisters.  Oh spring time, you can’t come fast enough!

 

Sunny Family Portraits by Marvin, North Carolina Family Photographer Sunny Marvin, NC Family Photographs by Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan Sunny Marvin, NC Family Portraits

07 Mar

North Carolina Senior Portrait Photographer | Class of 2015 – Recruiting Senior Ambassadors

I’m very excited for the upcoming Class of 2015 Senior Ambassador Program Are you ready for your REAL high school senior portrait experience?

If you want an opportunity to truly have fun with your HS Senior Portraits and if you want senior portraits that capture your true personality and don’t look the same as everyone else’s – then welcome to Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography’s Senior Ambassador Program!

Our Senior Portraits focus on capturing the real you – different locations, multiple settings, multiple outfits and styles – all customized with you. We want to set a completely new bar for high school senior photography — and this is your opportunity to be a part of it.

And we want you to be a representative for Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography for your high school. Help us spread the word about Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography HS Senior Portraits.   And see your amazing portraits used in our marketing materials for the coming year!

Have questions? Keep reading for answers to some of the most common questions about the program.

NJ Senior Portrait Photographer

What exactly does being Senior Ambassador or representative mean?

I need high school students in the Class of 2015 (current HS Juniors), that are outgoing, fun and comfortable in front of the camera, and looking to have an incredible experience with their high school senior portrait session.  Modeling experience is absolutely NOT necessary. The goal is to have fun, and create images that show your true personality!

What’s in it for you?

Participants selected for the 2014 Ambassador Program are eligible to receive over $850 worth of products and services, starting with your own custom senior photo session.  Want a chance to feel like a model for a day?  We will coordinate hair and make-up for your session as well to enhance the experience and ensure that you do feel like a model for your session!

How do I get involved?

High School Senior Ambassador Sessions are available for the following dates during High School Spring Breaks.  Sessions will take on place location at local parks and downtown areas.  Possible locations include: Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Summit, Chatham, Berkeley Heights, and Metuchen. While most sessions will be outdoors and on location, if the weather doesn’t cooperate for that day, we can do an indoor studio session at our new studio in Westfield, NJ located at 7 Elm Street above Eileen Fisher.

 

Senior Ambassador
Session Scheduling By School

School Name Session Dates
Bishop George Ahr (Edison, NJ) April 21, 2014
Kent Place (Summit, NJ) March 19-20, 2014
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (Scotch Plains, NJ) April 16, 2014
Union Catholic High School (Scotch Plains, NJ) April 17, 2014
Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (Scotch Plains, NJ) April 14, 2014
The Wardlaw-Hartridge School (Edison, NJ) March 24 & 28, 2014
Westfield High School (Westfield, NJ) April 18, 2014

 

What if my school is not listed?  

We can still coordinate a session date for you and you can help us start the High School Ambassador program at your school.  Just call us to learn more and we’ll get a date scheduled for you.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have an amazing, customized portrait session with the opportunity to earn a few perks including prints and a chance to compete for $1000 towards your college education!  To learn more about the program, call me at 908-889-5416 or email carolyn@carolynannryan.com. I’m happy to speak with you and/or your parents about this program, and I highly encourage bringing a parent along for your session. These sessions are lots of fun, and we want your parents to love these portraits too! And there is no minimum order requirement for any of my portrait sessions.

I look forward to hearing from you!!!

 

02 Oct

Charlotte Metro Family Photographer | A cutie pie!

Charlotte Metro Family Photographer | A cutie pie!

OMG!!  This one year old boy is such a cutie pie!   I don’t know what I love the most – the red shoes, the images of his hair blowing in the breeze, the cute vest or the checkered bow tie!   He is clearly a budding model already demonstrating he can handle  multiple locations, wardrobe changes and props!  This family is as sweet in person as they look in these photos – I’m smiling right along with them.  Oh and let’s not forget this all takes place in my favorite city, New York City.

Wait til you see these images, you’ll be saying … “OMG!”

Enjoy!

Vendors:
Bowtie and Tie: William & Sally on Etsy

 

 

Charlotte Metro Family Photographer photographs adorable cutie pie and his family

Charlotte Metro Family Photographer features urban uptown family portrait session

Charlotte Metro Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan shares cute family portraits

09 May

Charlotte, NC Senior Portraits | Bridget {Class of 2014}

Charlotte, NC Senior Portraits | Bridget {Class of 2014}

Welcome Bridget from Bishop George Ahr High School to the Class of 2014 Senior Ambassadors for Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography!

Edison New Jersey Senior Portraits

Senior Portrait Ambassador Program Edison NJ Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography

 

02 May

Waxhaw, NC Senior Portrait Photography | Emma {Class of 2014}

Waxhaw, NC Senior Portrait Photography | Emma {Class of 2014}

Welcome Emma from Bishop George Ahr High School to the Class of 2014 Senior Ambassadors for Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography!

Senior Portraits. Class of 2014. Waxhaw, NC

Waxhaw, NC Senior Portrait Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan

01 Apr

North Carolina Senior Portraits | Seniorologie Styled Session {Vintage Style}

New Jersey Senior Portrait Photographer | Seniorologie Styled Session {Vintage Style}

The final session to highlight from the Seniorologie Styled ShootOut is our Vintage Style. I had so much fun with this look, especially in the desert!  With all of the old vintage cars around the area, and the long deserted road through our location, it was so fun to photograph this style our chosen location.  But I think I would also have fun with this style and photographing a session at the NJ Shore this summer.  If you also love this look, and would want to do something similar in NJ, then give me a call.

If you are in the Class of 2013 or 2014, now is a great time to book your portrait session, and there is still availability in the Ambassador Program!!! For more details, see the blog post here and call us!

 

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20 Mar

North Carolina Senior Portrait Photographer | Seniorologie Styled Session {Prom Queen}

New Jersey Senior Portrait Photographer | Seniorologie Styled Session {Prom Queen}

Next up from the Seniorologie Styled ShootOut is our Prom Queen.  I just love the red dress with our model’s cool red hair and the adorable crown!  We had a few great props during this session, but these are still styles that can replicated here in NJ as well.  You can bring your prom dress to your Senior Portrait Session or swing by a vintage or second-hand shop to find a beautiful dress just for your session.

If you are in the Class of 2013 or 2014, now is a great time to book your portrait session, and there is still availability in the Ambassador Program!!! For more details, see the blog post here and call us!

 

Scotch Plains NJ Senior Portrait Photographer Styled Session with Prom Queen look

Scotch Plains NJ Senior Portraits on location with antique cars

 

18 Mar

North Carolina Senior Portrait Photographer | Seniorologie Styled Session {School Girl}

New Jersey Senior Portrait Photographer | Seniorologie Styled Session {School Girl}

During my recent trip to Las Vegas, for the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Conference (WPPI), I attended a Styled ShootOut with a group of photographers from Seniorologie.  We journeyed to a Ghost Town location about 45 minutes from Las Vegas that was out in the desert and felt like photographer’s heaven.  It had old barns, old cars, signs, props and gorgeous scenery with beautiful light.

Today’s blog post will be the first in a series highlighting the different styles we photographed that day!  I absolutely loved this adorable, preppy school girl style complete with the red hat, varsity sweater and fake eyeglasses.  This style could be easily replicated and I’m looking forward to visiting a few vintage shops for ideas for future styled sessions.

If you are a high school junior or senior and want to have some fun with your portraits, then let’s chat about a styled session for your Senior Portraits!

Enjoy!

 

Fanwood NJ Senior Portrait Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan photographs styled session with a school girl classic look

08 Mar

North Carolina Senior Portrait Photographer | Class of 2014 – Recruiting Senior Ambassadors

I’m very excited for the upcoming Class of 2014 Senior Ambassador Program.  Are you ready for your REAL high school senior portrait experience?

If you want an opportunity to feel amazing about how you looked in your senior portraits and if you want senior portraits that capture your true personality and  don’t look the same as everyone else’s – then welcome to the Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography’s Senior Ambassador Program!

Our Senior Portraits focus on capturing the real you – different locations, multiple settings, multiple outfits and styles – all customized with you. We want to set a completely new bar for high school senior photography — and this is your opportunity to be a part of it.

And we want you to be a representative for Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography for your high school. Help us spread the word about Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography HS Senior Portraits.   And see your amazing portraits used in our marketing materials for the coming year!

Have questions? Keep reading for answers to some of the most common questions about the program.

Fanwood, NJ High School Portraits

What exactly does being Senior Ambassador or representative mean?

I need high school students in the Class of 2014 (current HS Juniors), that are outgoing, fun and comfortable in front of the camera, and looking to have an incredible experience with their high school senior portrait session.  Modeling experience is absolutely NOT necessary. The goal is to have fun, and create images that show your true personality!

What’s in it for you?

Participants selected for the 2014 Ambassador Program are eligible to receive over $850 worth of products and services, starting with your own custom senior photo shoot.  Want a chance to feel like a model for a day?  We will coordinate hair and make-up for your session as well to enhance the experience and ensure that you do feel like a model for your shoot!

How do I get involved?

High School Senior Ambassador Sessions are available for the following dates during High School Spring Breaks.  Sessions will take on place location at local parks and downtown areas.  Possible locations include: Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Summit, Chatham, Berkeley Heights, and Metuchen. I work on location, so all dates are weather permitting.

Senior Ambassador
Session Scheduling By School

School Name Session Dates
Bishop George Ahr (Edison, NJ) April 3 – 4, 2013
Kent Place (Summit, NJ) March 20 – 21, 2013
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (Scotch Plains, NJ) March 29, 2013
Union Catholic High School (Scotch Plains, NJ) March 29, 2013 & April 3 – 4, 2013
Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (Scotch Plains, NJ) April 3 – 4, 2013
The Wardlaw-Hartridge School (Edison, NJ) March 20 – 21, 2013
Westfield High School (Westfield, NJ) March 29, 2013

 

What if my school is not listed?  

We can still coordinate a session date for you and you can help us start the High School Ambassador program at your school.  Just call us to learn more and we’ll get a date scheduled for you.

 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have an amazing, customized portrait session with the opportunity to earn a few perks including prints and a chance to compete for $1000 towards your college education!  To learn more about the program, call me at 908-889-5416 or email carolyn@carolynannryan.com. I’m happy to speak with you and/or your parents about this program, and I highly encourage bringing a parent along for your session. These sessions are lots of fun, and we want your parents to love these portraits too! And there is no minimum order requirement for any of my portrait sessions.

I look forward to hearing from you!!!

03 Apr

Charlotte, NC Senior Portrait Photographer | Published! {Senior Style Guide}

Charlotte, NC Senior Portrait Photographer | Published! {Senior Style Guide}

Just as I’m expanding to include High School Senior Lifestyle Sessions, one of my sessions has been published and featured on the Senior Style Guide!  I’m so excited about this feature and very happy to share this with everyone.

Details on the Class of 2013 Senior Model Program will be available very soon.  In the meantime, check out Kate’s classic and elegant senior style on the Senior Style Guide here and please don’t forget to show them some love and comment on the post!!

About Senior Style Guide: It is a community of photographers showcasing the latest trends in Senior Portraits. A place that seniors can go to in order to find the best senior photographers in their area.

Thanks so much!  Enjoy!

Charlotte, NC Senior Portrait Photographer | Published! {Senior Style Guide}

16 Mar

Engaging Charlotte, NC HS Senior Portraits | Lifestyle Session – Feminine and Edgy

Engaging Charlotte, NC HS Senior Portraits | Lifestyle Session – Feminine and Edgy

Here are sneak peeks from a wonderful lifestyle session with Cassie yesterday in Fanwood, NJ.  When I asked Cassie to describe her style before the session she used both feminine and edgy, and she was right.  I absolutely loved her outfits and her fun attitude and sweet smile matched perfectly!

Enjoy and many more to come!

07 Jul

Classic Waxhaw, NC Senior Portraits| Classic Style

Classic Waxhaw, NC Senior Portraits| Classic Style

Last week, I had an opportunity to spend a few hours with this lovely, young woman. It was my first Senior Session for the Class of 2012, and we had a beautiful day and a great time walking around Staten Island.  We found a bunch of great spots to shoot right in her town and at a nearby park, and I enjoyed talking with her about applying to colleges and her close friends.

I’m looking forward to a few more sessions with the upcoming Class of 2012.  If you know any High School Seniors, please feel free to forward my information and this blog.  This is such an important time in their lives, and a contemporary Senior Session is a great way for parents to capture the true personalities of their children and treasure it for years to come.
Classic Waxhaw, NC Senior Portraits
Classic Waxhaw, NC Senior Portraits by Carolyn Ann Ryan