19 Jun

Outdoor Spring Senior Portraits Charlotte | White Flowers

Charlotte, NC is a beautiful area in the Spring, especially for outdoor Spring Portrait Sessions. I especially love all the first blooms and gorgeous white flowers on the trees during the first weeks of Spring. This year, Spring was especially early and the timing worked just perfectly for this Senior Portrait session.

I was driving to one of my favorite locations in the Ballantyne area, when I passed a Corporate Office surrounded with trees all in bloom. I continued to meet my client and requested that they follow me back to this spot and the results were wonderful!

Spring Outdoor Senior Portraits Charlotte
Charlotte Spring Outdoor Senior Portrait Photography
Outdoor Senior Portrait Session in Charlotte during Spring

After a quick clothing change, we headed to my standard location to continue capturing photographs of this stunning young lady. After discussing her college options with Mom, I know this hard working young woman has a very bright future ahead of her.

Charlotte Senior Photos in Spring

During our pre-session consultation, Mom mentioned that her daughter loved to read. As an extra prop, I brought some of my grandfather’s antique books with me for the session. I loved using a handful of these books for various poses with Seniors, but I do keep the oldes and most treasured books at home (including one with my great-grandmother’s name that she dated December 25, 1900).

I loved Anne’s final outfit selection with the simplicity of a white shirt and jeans, but the added scarf for style.

Charlotte Senior Portrait Photographer Outdoor Park Session

Looking ahead to the future, I expect we will hear wonderful things from Anne after college!

Charlotte Senior Portrait Posing Ideas

This same location looks equally amazing in the Fall, so if you are thinking about booking your own Senior Portrait Session this year, please give me a call at 704-256-7270 or reach out via email to carolyn@carolynannryan.com. I look forward to helping you plan your ideal Senior Portrait Session.

17 Jun

Charlotte, NC Photographer| Elegant Autumn Senior Portraits

Charlotte is such a beautiful city for High School Senior Portrait Photography, and Autumn is a wonderful season to capture stunning, elegant senior photos.

Here is a spectacular example of a super fun and elegant Autumn Senior Portrait Session. Nina brought three favorite outfits for the session, and I just adored all of her choices. Fall equals sweater weather and the texture of her light gray fuzzy sweater was perfect for the start of our session. It worked great with the backdrop of Fall leaves, but even better against the concrete staircase in one of my favorite Ballantyne locations.

Elegant Autumn Senior Portraits Charlotte
Elegant Autumn Senior Portrait Photography Charlotte
Elegant Autumn Senior Photos

After a quick clothing change, we popped across the street from our first spot, to another little park complete with fountain. After grabbing a few favorite posed portraits, I had a little fun playing with creative uses of the fountain and the Autumn sunset backlighting Nina.

Creative Autumn Senior Photos in Charlotte, NC

One last clothing change into her cheer costume helped complete our session. We were finished, and I was just about to put my camera away, when my subject turned to her Mom and gave her a huge hug, and thanked her for scheduling her Senior Portrait Session with me. Her happiness in her smile said it all, and I nearly cried. We will all treasure that moment, and I’m so glad that my camera was still around my neck!

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

 

 

 

12 Oct

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Even when they are not so little . . .

As a family photographer, I truly believe there is never a bad time for family portraits. It doesn’t matter the age of your children, younger or older, it’s always a great time to update your photographs.  Children deserve to have tons of beautiful images and photographs with their parents that they will keep and treasure years into the future.  When children are teenagers, it’s awesome to remind them of the importance of family and the closeness they share with their family members.  As children get older, they often start to realize that their parents are their best friends and their biggest fans and champions.  These relationships are so fun to capture in images for both parents and children. During this particular session,  I especially loved showing these  beautiful girls just how stunning they really are, and my favorite photographs from the day were the ones we created  of the sisters together.  Their incredibly close friendship just shines right through in these photographs.  Through thick or thin, these sisters will forever be each other’s best friend.

 

Charlotte NC Family Photographer photographs teenagers and parents

North Carolina Family Photographer, Carolyn Ann Ryan, photographs clients on location in a historic village. Charlotte North Carolina Family Photographer creates beautiful images of sisters

 

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!!!

 

04 Jun

North Carolina Senior Portrait Photographer | FEATURED! {Seniorologie}

North Carolina Senior Portrait Photographer | FEATURED! {Seniorologie}

Just yesterday, I was featured on the popular Seniorologie blog for their Member Share Monday!

You can find my interview and image highlights on their blog by clicking here, and don’t miss their 20 questions at the end!

About Seniorologie:  Seniorologie is an inspirational blog dedicated to the study of senior portrait photography. The goal is to share inspiration and information from many of the awesome senior photographers out there! We will post unique sessions, behind the scenes, marketing, business tips and more!

 

Seniorologie blog featuring NJ Senior Portrait Photographer, Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography.

 

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!!!

14 Jan

Marvin, NC Family Photographer | Best of 2012 Portraits Contest – Which is Your Favorite?

Marvin, NC Family Photographer | Best of 2012 Portraits Contest – Which is Your Favorite?

2012 was an incredible year, and I feel honored and blessed to have worked with such incredible clients!

As a fun way to kick-off 2013, I’d like to say thank you to last year’s amazing clients and showcase my favorite images from 2012! But I have found it IMPOSSIBLE to choose my top favorites!

So, I’d love to enlist the help of my clients and their friends to vote for The Best Images of 2012!  Please share this contest with your friends and family, and ask them to vote too! The more votes, the better!

The top images with the most votes will WIN PRIZES, including:

  • First Place:20×30 canvas print
  • Second Place: 11×14 wood print
  • Third Place: DVD Music Video Slideshow
  • And more . . .

WHEN YOU VOTE – YOU ALSO CAN WIN PRIZES. 

VOTE and comment on your favorite image and your name will also be entered for the chance to win a complimentary family portrait session!

Get your vote in soon & tell all your friends!

Click here to vote http://bit.ly/10u7iyW

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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!