04 Feb

Charlotte Photographer | Into the Tween Years

Charlotte Photographer | Into the Tween Years

As my own daughter grows into her tween years, I have a funny feeling I’ll see my photography business growing into to photograph tweens as well.   The tween years can be a difficult age, but hopefully one that gets easier with a few good friends by your side.  I loved photographing my daughter and two of her new friends recently, and these giggles just warm my heart.

Charlotte Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan photographs tweens together

Outfits: sweaters, jackets, hats and accessories purchased at Target.com

03 Feb

North Carolina Family Photographer | Valentine Gift Idea

Charlotte, North Carolina Family Photographer’s Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away.  It’s amazing to realize that we are already into the second month of 2016, and I just finally started remembering to use 2016 instead of 2015 on my checks.  But now it’s time to think of Valentine’s Day presents.  While I’m not ready yet for myself, as a Family Photographer in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, I do have an amazing idea for all the Dads and Husbands out there, and I’m so excited to share it!

What does a Mother love more than anything else in this whole word?  It’s not chocolate, jewelry, flowers, and it isn’t even wine (although, wine can sometimes be a good friend).

It’s her family!

So, this Valentine’s Day, give her a gift that will surprise and delight her.  Give her the gift of Memories.  Give her the gift of Family with a gift certificate towards a Family Portrait Session.

This is a gift that won’t just last this year, but when she orders beautiful family portraits for the walls in your home, she will see them everyday and always remember the Valentine’s present she loved so much!

Now, I know what you might be thinking.  Are you envisioning a torturous family session where you are desperately trying to get your kids to smile? Why would you sign up for that?

That’s where I come in and make that part of the process as painless as possible. With years of experience, I have the secrets to reducing the stress of a family portrait session.  We’ll discuss everything to help you and your spouse prepare for the day during our pre-session consultation call.  When you arrive at the session, the goal is simply to have fun while spending time with the ones you love the most.

What comes with your gift certificate?

  • a beautifully packaged gift certificate all ready to present (no wrapping needed)
  • a $100 print credit to use towards your print order (special offer valid now through February 120th)
  • on the day after Valentine’s Day, your spouse will receive an email with our online booking calendar to select her session date

How do you get one?
Simply call me at 704-256-7270. I look forward to working with you and your family!

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02 Feb

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | November Rain

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | November Rain

From the moment we first discussed family portraits, this Mom knew she wanted beautiful Fall Foliage, and I couldn’t wait to see what Charlotte, North Carolina had in store for us during my first Fall season in The Tar Heel State. But, unfortunately, what October and November had in store this year was rain – lots and lots of rain.  So, that not only meant lots of rescheduled portrait sessions for almost every photographer in the area, it also meant that most of the leaves fell off the trees before they even finished turning colors.  It was just that kind of season.  But after a few weeks of rain, the sunshine finally came along with a  few warm days to enjoy it.

Now, I had to find a location that still had foliage. One of the first things I had to do in relocating was find new locations for my family sessions.  I met with fellow photographer friends and I even did some scouting on my own. But, after checking my favorite spots, the foliage just wasn’t there anymore. I had asked friends and even my husband, but it just wasn’t around.  And then, another client had a suggestion and when I visited this new spot,  I rejoiced.  The park was situated just below street level near a few office buildings and the leaves were still on the trees.  It was shielded from the winds, and it was the perfect Fall family portrait session location.  In all my travels, I had missed this gem of a location.  But thanks to my client – we found it – and it was hiding just one block away from my husband’s office!  He could probably even see it from his office.

Now we had a beautiful location, a gorgeous day, and it was time to work the family portrait photography magic.  I hope you enjoy the photographs from this Charlotte, NC Family Portrait Session.

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28 Oct

Charlotte NC Family Portraits | Focus on the Moments

Charlotte NC Family Portraits | Focus on the Moments

One of my favorite wedding photographers is constantly reminding photographers that photographing a wedding isn’t about capturing and documenting the shoes, rings and table cards, but it’s about capturing the moments of the day.  I think the same can be true in family portraits.  It isn’t about photographing a styled session and showing photographs of children holding berries or pinecones (while I will admit these can be beautiful images and wonderful accents to a gallery), but it’s about documenting a family together for an afternoon.  It’s about the squeezes and hugs, the way they look at each other, the giggles and laughs, and the stolen moments of pure adorableness.  And it’s about remembering the couple of hours they spent together just enjoying each other’s company and being happy.  But sometimes, my favorite part of these sessions is remembering the moments that triggered that perfect giggle or smile and what might have been happening behind the scenes to create those seemingly perfect moments.  If the viewer of the photographs only knew how we did it.  Because yes, maybe the giggles were generated by the tiniest family member singing a song about poops while the family walked together holding hands.  As you can imagine, that might just cause the rest of the family to crack up with real, genuine laughter and for me – it becomes the perfect moment.   I just love those moments.  They are my favorite.

 

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19 Oct

Charlotte Family Photographer | The Gift of Memories

Charlotte Family Photographer | The Gift of Memories

One of my favorite things about this session is that Dad had purchased a gift certificate for Mom for Mother’s Day.  He knew she had wanted family portraits for awhile, and he knew she loved my work, so he took a phenomenal opportunity to surprise her and give her the gift of memories for a very special present!  Not only did he make her happy when she opened the gift certificate, but I know she was thrilled with the results from the portrait session and the beautiful prints that are now displaying in her home on her walls.  This is such a beautiful family and the boys had so much personality!

This is truly a gift that Mom will treasure for many, many years to come!  Great job, Dad!

Charlotte Photographer, Carolyn Ann Ryan,

Charlotte Family Photographer, Carolyn Ann Ryan, creates portraits of brothers for a Fall Family Portrait Session

 

 

Family Portraits taken by Charlotte Family Photographer, Carolyn Ann Ryan

16 Oct

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Beauty Multiplied

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Beauty Multiplied

I really have a special place in my heart for families that have four girls.  While I also love families with 1, 2, 3, 5 or more girls, there is just something about the magic number 4.  Maybe, it’s because my only sister has four beautiful daughters and my nieces are some of the most awesome kids I know.  There is something so amazing about their sisterhood and friendships – words can’t even describe it.  It is so evident in the way they support each other in everything they do.  And well, my sister is the equivalent of a superhero in my eyes.  I absolutely have no idea how she does all that she does, and in the midst of what could be chaos for some, has created an incredibly loving and crazily fun home and family.

And so, I have a crazy amount of respect and love for parents with four daughters, and I have so much spending time with their families and seeing the family dynamics.  This family was no exception, and I saw the same crazily awesome feeling of sisterhood existing in this four beautiful girls, and it was such a pleasure to spend an afternoon with them.  But I think all in the family would agree, that the littlest munchkin absolutely STOLE.THE.SHOW!  We just couldn’t stop giggling at the amazing and sometimes hilarious expressions she provided.  It became evident that she just didn’t love sitting in the grass, especially as she would hold her legs up in the air while Dad was trying to sit her down.  And then, she just kept us smiling throughout the day.  These images not only gave us beautiful photographs for wall portraits and holiday cards, but we were also able to create the most perfect Thank You card for the littlest first birthday party!

I hope these make you smile today!

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13 Oct

Marvin, NC Family Photographer | Mother and Son

Marvin, NC Family Photographer | Mother and Son

There is something incredible about the bond between a Momma and her little man.  All it takes is for him to look into her eyes, flash that sweet smile, and her heart just melts.  And then, just to ensure that he has her completely wrapped around his finger, he dives in for a hug and gives the best tight squeeze he can give.

I have had the pleasure to photograph this Mom and her boy 3 times in the past few years, and each session has shown their incredible bond and it just seems to grow more and more each year.  He just adores her, and his smile and happiness shows it all.  She is his best friend, his support, his biggest fan and champion.

For each session, we chose a new location, first a park, then the beach and for the final session we met in a historical village.  I love the benches, barns, brick walls and more to accent the gorgeous afternoon light.  I have worked with so many wonderful and amazing clients over the years, and I was honored to have one more session with this pair before my relocation to Charlotte, NC.  These guys have a special place in my heart.

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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.

 

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26 Feb

Marvin, NC Family Photographer | Smile, its contagious

Marvin, NC Family Photographer | Smile, it’s contagious!

It’s true what they say about smiles- they are contagious!  The day I photographed this amazing family, I knew I was surrounded by such an abundance of happiness and love.  Big sister was so caring towards her little brother, holding hands, and giving him snuggles or tickles to make him laugh.  She was full of energy and giggles and I couldn’t resist her beautiful eyes and amazing curls!

 

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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

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.

 

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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.

 

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!

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