18 Aug

Marvin, NC Photographer | Back to School Portraits

Marvin, NC Photographer | Back to School Portraits

Tomorrow will be the first day of school for my oldest child.  As we relocated from New Jersey to Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this Summer, tomorrow’s Back to School brings excitement and a little nervousness.  We are entering a whole new world tomorrow, including the world of school uniforms.   We were so excited that we couldn’t wait for the official first day (tomorrow), and took advantage of last night’s beautiful light to capture these Back to School Portraits.

Wishing this girl a wonderful day tomorrow and can’t wait to hear about all her new friendships and the adventures that await her this year.

Mom Photographer Tip: Some of the best smiles and giggles from our brief session came when a fly buzzed my ear and I jumped around in a circle trying to get away from it.  I’m sure it was an amusing and entertaining sight and I’m happy it wasn’t caught on video.  My daughter thought it was hysterical! But that is definitely something that can be faked while photographing your own kids that is bound to bring a few giggles.

Marvin NC Family Portrait Photographer photographs Back to School Portraits

Charlotte NC Family Photographer takes Back to School portraits for first day of school

 

19 Mar

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Waves and Curls

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Waves and Curls

From the moment I stepped out of the car, I melted for her red hair and those tiny little waves and curls.  Then came the smile with just a couple of little teeth and it made me giggle.  And it’s no wonder that her parents are just mesmerized by this tiny little person in their life. She was curious and silly and happy and filled with sugar and spice and everything nice.  I just couldn’t get enough of those grins and giggles.

She’ll melt your heart too.

 

Charlotte NC Family photographs taken by Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography for family's first portraitsCharlotte NC Family Portraits for first birthday

24 Feb

North Carolina Family Photographer – Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

North Carolina Family Photographer – Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

It might be cold outside, but inside the studio, the smiles and giggles can just warm your heart!

This smiling munchkin made us giggle so much during this session.  Little guys are always very curious, and that was true for this baby in blue, intently taking in the new surroundings, new people and new things to get his hands on.  Mom was prepared and brought some of his favorite ‘loves’.  These photographs can be such a special keepsake for the little ones when we incorporate their favorite toys and books and truly capture their personality at this stage in their life.

the size of his smiles that we had a wonderful time!!Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography captures  children smiles in her studio

23 Feb

Charlotte, NC Child Photographer – Communion Portrait Season

Westfield NJ, Child Photographer – Communion Portrait Season

Thoughtful. Beautiful. Thankful. Peaceful. Loved.  These are just a few of the words that came to mind when I was processing the images of this young lady on her special day.  I was lucky to be able to capture some of these images in our studio, as well as outdoors.  I can’t help but think that she and her family were also feeling some of the same sentiments, as well.

Communion season is almost here (and hopefully warmer weather to go along with it), so don’t forget to book your child’s Communion Portrait Session or a full family Portrait Sessions and we can also capture your little one in the Communion dress/suit on that same day!

first communion special moments captured by Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography Communion Photographs captured by Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography

 

21 Feb

Childhood Photographer Charlotte, NC – What are you wishing for this year?

Childhood Photographer Charlotte, NC – What are you wishing for this year? 

If I asked this question right now, most people in the Northeast would answer with warmer weather, sunshine, Spring, Summer, etc.

Have you ever wondered what a child was thinking when you asked them a question?  I just love the sweet expression in this first photograph when I asked her “What are you wishing for this Christmas?”  You could tell there was a long list running through her head, and her eyes twinkled and sparkled with happiness as she thought about Christmas morning.

The rest of the session was filled with happiness and giggles as we spent a beautiful afternoon in the Fall enjoying the outdoors.  Here’s hoping your wishes come true this year.

 

Child and Family portraits by Carolyn Ann Ryan Photograhy in Charlotte, North Carolina
Childhood Photographer Charlotte, NC - Childhood moments captured by Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography

09 Feb

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer – Best of 2014 Portraits Winners

Westfield, NJ Family Photographer – Best of 2014 Portraits Winners

The Best of 2014 Portraits Contest is closed and we are so thrilled to announce the winners! Thanks so much to everyone that took the time to vote in our contest and we loved reading all of your comments too!  This was a very close race, and I received so many compliments on all the beautiful images of these wonderful families, and in my eyes you are all winners!!!

The Top 3 Images with the most votes are:

  • First Place: 16×20 canvas print (valued at $445)

Charlotte NC Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan Best of 2014 Portraits winner first place

Thumb Wrestling Champion

 

 

 

  • Second Place: 11×14 mounted print (valued at $175)

Marvin, NC Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan Best of 2014 Portraits winner second place

Christmas Jams in Christmas Jammies

 

  • Third Place: DVD Music Video Slideshow ($175)

Union County, NC Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan Best of 2014 Portraits Third Place

Little Minion

 

I will be in touch with each of the winners today to help claim your prizes!

Thanks again to all of our wonderful and amazing clients – it has been a pleasure working with you!

 

23 Jan

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer – Best of 2014 Portraits Contest

Best of 2014 Portraits Contest is now open.

It’s that time of year again, and we are so proud to host the Best of 2014 Portraits Contest.  So much happened in 2014, including the Grand Opening of our very first portrait studio in Westfield, and I am so honored and blessed to have worked with such incredible clients!

I’d like to say thank you to last year’s amazing clients and showcase my favorite images from 2014!  But we just couldn’t choose our top favorites and we need your help!  It was hard enough to select just ONE image from these sessions. Sometimes, it’s the sweet adorable face that we can’t resist, or maybe it’s the one that makes us laugh, or maybe it’s the image that tugs at our heart!  Which one will you choose?

The Top 3 Images with the most votes will WIN PRIZES, including:

  • First Place: 16×20 canvas print (valued at $445)
  • Second Place: 11×14 mounted print (valued at $175)
  • Third Place: DVD Music Video Slideshow ($175)

Voting begins today on Friday, January 23, 2015 and will close on Friday, February 6th at 11:59 pm.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, February 9th. You will only be able to vote ONE time.  Anyone caught tampering with or violating the rules will be immediately disqualified.

 Use the radio buttons at the bottom of the page to enter and submit your vote to the contest. 

Additionally, since we would like to share the fun and gifts of the contest with everyone, if anyone books a WINTER STUDIO PORTRAIT SESSION while the contest is running, they will receive a $100 print credit towards their print order!  Call us at 908-232-2336 to discuss your session options and book your session for a February or March Winter Studio Portrait Session.

 

Best of 2014 Portraits

1. Communion Day Giggles

001

2. Happiness

002

3. You Can’t Give a Hug, Without Getting A Hug

003

 

4. First Steps

004

 

5. Daddy’s Little Girl to Have and Hold

006

6.Little Minion

005

7. Brothers

008

8. Soulful

062

 

9. Sunshine Day

009

10. Love

010

11. Sunshine and Smiles

011

12. Cutie Pie

012

13. College Bound

013

14. Sisters

014

15. Summer Days

015

16. Hugs for Mom and Dad

016

17. Thumb Wrestling Champion

017

18. Saturday in the Park

018

19. Sweet Dreams

019

20. Communion Day

020

 

21. Brotherly Love

021

22. Whenever I See Your Smiling Face

022

23. True Companion

023

24. Two of a Kind

024

25. Best Friends

064

 

26. Together

025

27. We’re in This Together

026

28. Belly Laughs

027

29. Just Married

028

30. Mom Makes Everything Better

029

31. Sweetness and Love

030

32. Puppy Love

031

33. Family

032

34. Joy

033

35. Pure

034

36. Laughter

035

37. Christmas Puppy

036

38. Day at the Beach

037

39. Her Little Loves

038

40. Princess

039

41. Be My Valentine

040

42. Through the Years

41

43. Double the Love

042

44. Giggles

043

45. Group Hugs

044

46. Three of a Kind

045

47. Soft and Cuddly

046

48. Kissy Face

047

49. Christmas Jams in Christmas Jammies

061

 

50. So Happy Together

048

51. Cuddles

063

52. Inseparable

049

53. Generations

050

54. Pretty in Pink

051

55. Three Plus One

052

56. Sparkling Smiles

053

57. All Together

054

58. Little Boy Blue

055

59. Best Days

056

60. Beauty

057

61. Summer Breeze

058

62. Walk in the Park

059

63. Lullaby

060

 


Rules and Eligibility
Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident. Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography employees and their immediate family members are not eligible. Immediate family includes only spouses, parents and children. Contest entrants include all Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography clients that completed sessions and orders in 2014.  Voting begins today on Friday, January 23, 2015 and will close on Friday, February 6th at 11:59 pm.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, February 9th. You will only be able to vote ONE time.  Anyone caught tampering with or violating the rules will be immediately disqualified.

 

19 Jan

Future Charlotte, NC Family Photographer – The Road Ahead

Getting ready to move to Charlotte, NC

Carolyn Ann Ryan, Family Photographer from NJ, gets ready for relocating to Charlotte, NC

 

 

As we have been packing away the holiday decorations (and yes, we are definitely delayed on that task), the reality of the next six months is sinking in more and more – and our upcoming move to Charlotte, NC is almost here.   If you are a subscriber to my monthly newsletter, then you probably already saw the news a few months back that my family and I will be moving to Charlotte, NC in June 2015.  My husband is being relocated for his job, and so while we are excited about this opportunity, we are also going to miss our family and friends in NJ, and I will certainly miss my wonderful clients.

I’m definitely a sentimental person, and therefore with each holiday and milestone, I can’t help but realize that this is our last Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s in our NJ home.  When we purchased this house, we thought it was just a starter house and we would probably only live here for a couple of years.  And here we are, 10 years later, and this house has truly been our home.  We have loved this town, our friends, neighbors and this whole community.

But I also have been keeping my thoughts focused on the road ahead.  These will be exciting times for our family with new home construction, new schools for the kids, new friends to make, warmer weather to enjoy (really happy about this one), and many new adventures for all of us.

What does this mean for Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography?  I’m still in business in NJ until the end of June, but the last sessions in NJ will be held around mid-May to ensure that all images are processed and all ordering appointments are complete before we move.

I will unfortunately be unable to donate gift certificates to Tricky Trays and Silent Auctions in NJ this year, but if you know schools in the Marvin, Weddington, Ballantyne, Matthews, Wesley Chapel, and Pineville areas in North Carolina that will be hosting fundraisers in the late Spring, please let me know and I may be able to provide a gift certificate.

Additionally, if you have friends in the South Charlotte area, near Marvin, Weddington, Ballantyne, and surrounding neighborhoods, then please let them know that Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography will be re-launching in the Fall and I’m looking forward to working with families in the area!

We still have six more months to go, but just wanted to give a special thanks to all of our wonderful NJ and NY clients!  It has been a privilege to work with you and your families, and thank you for making me part of your moments and memories!  If you are ever in the Charlotte, NC area, then please get in touch!

 

 

 

08 Jan

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer – Hearts Galore

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer – Hearts Galore

Isn’t it bizarre how a simple outfit can change your mood and make you so happy?  Isn’t it true that when you feel good about the way you look in a particular dress or pair of jeans, it can make your whole day?  This adorable young lady looked so sweet and happy in this perfectly pink and red dress.  We just had to capture this moment.  As a parent, there are times during your children’s youth when you want to be able to remember how adorable they are and this was one of those times.  It was around Valentines Day when we photographed these images (hence the jewelry and hearts!)  and Mom wanted to capture that feeling –  when she saw her daughters smile in the most perfect little dress.  Transforming you back to those special moments –  PRICELESS!

Westfield, NJ Family Photographer photographs young lady in portrait studio for valentines day carolyn ann ryan photographs young lady in westfield portrait studio

10 Sep

Warmhearted Charlotte, NC Family Photography – Outdoor Happiness

Warmhearted Charlotte, NC Family Photography – Outdoor Happiness

Like so many others, when I’m outdoors and the sun is shining and the light is just so perfect,  I’m a happy lady!!  These cuties and their parents were all smiles that day and I was so incredibly glad to have found a new, fabulous location to capture this family’s beautiful images.  The kids especially loved peeking through the old tree and playing with the crackling leaves in the field.   My excitement is building knowing that the weather is turning soon, the sun will be setting earlier,  the air will be getting a chill and the leaves are going to start falling.  I am so eager about my upcoming fall sessions!!

Warmhearted Charlotte, NC Family Photography

 

Marvin NC Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan photographs an adorable Fall family session Photographs by Marvin NC Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan Warmhearted Charlotte, NC Family Photography by Carolyn Ann Ryan Marvin NC Family Photographer photographs warmhearted images of parents and children

 

08 Sep

Union County North Carolina Family Photographer | Quiet Moments

Union County North Carolina Family Photographer | Quiet Moments

No doubt about it, life is busy. Careers, kids, spouse, friends, family – sometimes it seems like there’s not enough time to fit it all in. But once in a while, when you least expect it, life gives you a quiet gift. Sometimes it’s in the form of a warm hug, a silly giggle or sweet kiss that keeps you grounded and reminds you what life is all about. These images remind me that in a fast paced world of go-go-go, there are the moments with our families that we want to hold on to and cherish as we tackle the day to day.

 

Union County North Carolina Family Photographer

Union County North Carolina Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan takes playful photos of children and parents

 

 

 

31 Jul

Dreamy North Carolina Childhood Photography | Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Dreamy North Carolina Childhood Photography | Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

It’s Christmas in July!!!  Or maybe it’s just me trying to catch up on sharing some of last year’s portrait sessions.  I do love twinkling lights in the backdrop of a portrait session.  I also love capturing the bond between sisters – one that is truly irreplaceable. My sister and I have a bond that no other could replace, and the same is true with these two special ladies.  I’ve had the privilege to watch these little girls grow over the last 4 years through my lens and photographs.  This was our 5th session together (and I’m looking forward to their sixth session already booked for this Fall!).    These girls came prepared, as they always do, to show me their stuff- their sassy sister poses, their giggles, their hugs, and especially their fabulous dresses and accessories (thanks to mom!!).

Dreamy North Carolina Childhood Photography Charlotte Uptown Session Dreamy North Carolina Childhood Photography Park Session by Carolyn Ann Ryan Dreamy North Carolina Childhood Photography Urban Session by Carolyn Ann Ryan

30 Jul

Cheerful Charlotte, NC Child Photographer – Smiles, and Laughter and Minions- Oh My!

Cheerful Charlotte, NC Child Photographer – Smiles, and Laughter and Minions- Oh My!

Any photographer will tell you that you need to be prepared for anything, and for the first time in a long while, I was taken off guard by this little man. The reason why is simple – I didn’t know I could fall in love more than I already am with this little Minion. I had prepared a day for my son and I to capture a few special moments for his upcoming birthday party invitations designed around his favorite character. I have to admit I was prepared with the outfit and hat, but what this little guy did for me when it all came together, was remind me of how NOT so little he is anymore. And that took my breath away for a moment. He is truly “one in a minion!” The beauty of capturing images of your family is that you can look at a photograph and you are instantly takes you back to that moment and you feel the rush of love all over again. THAT is why I love my job!

Cheerful Charlotte, NC Child Photographer Birthday session with Carolyn Ann Ryan Carolyn Ann Ryan captures amazing smiles in studio Charlotte, NC Child Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan photographs 5 year old boy in Charlotte NC

 

 

28 Jul

Darling Charlotte, NC Child Portraits – Growing

Darling Charlotte, NC Child Portraits – Growing

Do you wonder what your little one will be when he/she grows up? How will their mannerisms and qualities change when they are not so little anymore. I often think about that as I look through the lens at the little personalities jumping and playing around right in front of me. This little one was incredible to watch, as she playfully grasped at her dress one minute and then the next minute looked inquisitively at the colors jumping off the pages of her books. Through the wardrobe changes and the images we captured with only a diaper cover, I was filled with happiness as I watched this little girl show us her stuff – the big beautiful smiles seem to pop off her face, even the ones with the two little teeth peeking through. 🙂

Darling Charlotte, NC Child Portraits by Carolyn Ann Ryan of a 1st brithday portrait session in her studio 1st birthday portrait session photographed by Charlotte, NC child photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan Charlotte, NC Child photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan photographs a 1 year old in darling first birthday portrait session

 

 

25 Jul

Graceful Charlotte, NC Child Photography – Holy Communion

Lovely and Graceful Charlotte, NC Child Photography

Not only do these smiling faces bring happiness to every single day for this family, but on this day I was lucky enough to be a part of the sweetness and joy of a precious milestone. We captured some beautiful moments, together with her and her brothers. Everything we captured was as symbolic as the special milestone itself. I especially love the moments that she seems to be reflecting on her accomplishments as she gazes at her flowers, and maybe, just maybe, she is thinking how proud she is on this special day. These are the sessions that remind me how lucky I am to be able to provide families with memories that will be a part of their child’s journey.

Carolyn Ann Ryan photographs 8 year old for communion portraits

Lovely and Graceful Charlotte, NC Child Photography Charlotte NC Child Photographer works in her studio capturing communion moments