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


19 Mar

Charlotte, North Carolina Child Photographer | Pure Happiness – Tiny Tuesday

Scotch Plains, New Jersey Child Photographer

It’s been way too long since I’ve shared a Tiny Tuesday post.  On Tuesdays, I like to share some of my favorite images from client portrait sessions or sometimes of my own children.

This image was taken on a day that just felt like the perfect day.  I absolutely LOVE the Fall season, and this session was around mid-October.  The sun was warm, the leaves were almost at their peak color and this particular park was full of beautiful yellow.   The sun was still high up in the sky, but just twinkling perfectly through the leaves in this particular area.   This adorable girl was just so sweet throughout the session and cooperating for every moment – we had giggles, laughs, hugs, runs, cartwheels and more!

I wanted an image that just highlighted and captured that smile and her abundance of happiness!  I wanted to capture the sweet innocence of childhood and the happiness that comes from spending a beautiful day outdoors with your family.  That perfect childhood laugh is found right in her adorable smile.  The best way to capture this was to come in close to that adorable giggle.   You don’t need to see her whole face to feel her happiness – you just needed to see her whole smile and that’s where all the emotion is contained in this image for me.



Scotch Plains Child Photographer captures Pure Happiness with adorable giggles

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!



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!!!