11 Feb

Charlotte, NC Child Photographer | Chocolate Dreams

Charlotte, NC Child Photographer | Chocolate Dreams

Growing up, Chocolate Milk was one of my favorite foods.  It was my breakfast before school (nutritious, right?), and I’d have a glass when I arrived home from school and another before bed.  I do wonder how my parents allowed to occur.  I’m pretty sure I drank about 5 glasses of chocolate milk per day between the ages of 12 and 18.  I had even decided that when I grew up, I would have two dogs – both Chocolate Labrador Retrievers and I would name them Nestle and Hershey.

Well, I don’t have the dogs yet.  But this is what happens when a family photographer that doesn’t cook much takes a food photography class at the NAPCP Retreat with Lauren Carnes. I needed to practice what I learned, so this was the easiest scene I could create and one of the first that popped into my head.  My glasses of chocolate milk never looked this pretty when I was a kid.  And I am pretty certain my children will be requesting to recreate these images this weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Charlotte, NC Child Photographer practices food photography

 

Milk Bottles: Target

Valentine’s Day Decor and Candy: Target

Food: Hershey’s Syrup and Reddi-Whip Whipped Cream

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

 

08 Feb

Classic Charlotte NC Family Portraits | Cranberry Hues

Classic Charlotte NC Family Portraits | Cranberry Hues

The styling and outfits for this session made this just the perfect, classic family portrait session for Charlotte, NC area in the Fall.  It was simple, but coordinated and the colors just fit perfectly with the Autumn hues.  It’s subtle coordination from Mom’s cranberry red sweater and jeans, to the daughter’s matching cranberry hairband and denim skirt to Dad’s blue plaid shirt with jeans.  In my eyes, it was something as simple as a hairband that pulled all the colors and style together.

But nothing is better for me, than the happiness of a little girl spending quality time with Mom and Dad.  From the sparkle in her eye right down to the crinkle in her nose with her giggles in the last image, this session was one of my favorites from 2015.

Enjoy!

Classic Charlotte NC Family Portrait Session in Ballantyne area

Classic Charlotte NC Family Portraits by Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography Classic Charlotte NC Family Portraits near Ballantyne Corporate Park

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.

Charlotte NC Family Photographer, Carolyn Ann Ryan, photographs family in Fall Portrait SessionSibling and Family Portraits by Charlotte, NC Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan

Portraits by Carolyn Ann Ryan, Charlotte, NC Family Photographer
Outfit Suggestions for Family Portraits photographed by Carolyn Ann Ryan in Charlotte, NC

 

29 Jan

Marvin, North Carolina Family Photographer | Little Boy Blue

Marvin, North Carolina Family Photographer | Little Boy Blue

It’s family portrait sessions like this one that make my heart simply melt right from the start.  I met this family before we even arrived in Marvin, North Carolina and with our common New Jersey backgrounds, we were instant friends.  But those little boys with their blonde curls and adorable cheeks, just melted my heart every time I saw them.  When I arrived at the home to begin photographing the family, Mom apologized that the boys weren’t dressed yet, but I begged her to wait just a few more minutes before putting on their button-down shirts.  Standing in the doorway with their jeans, gel in their hair and the white t-shirts, I had to get started right away.  Just a few quick photographs and I let Mom finish getting them ready.

First we stayed right at the home finding perfect light on the lawn, and I loved the laughter as the boys sat together in the grass!  Next, we headed to their country club and then to the park to get photos in front of the barn!  I just love being a family photographer in North Carolina because the locations and settings are awesome!  The nearby park has a barn!

The ending of this session was just as good as the start with gorgeous light, an adorable family, and those curls and cute cheeks!  The photograph of the boys in front of the barn was just the perfect image for above Mom’s fireplace in her home.  Can it get any sweeter than this?

Enjoy!

 

Family Portrait Photographer, Carolyn Ann Ryan, creates adorable portraits

Carolyn Ann Ryan photographs families Marvin, NC Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan creates family portraits at their favorite locations Family Photographer in Marvin North Carolina

 

21 Jan

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer receives International Awards at WPPI Competition

Charlotte, NC | Award Winning Family and Pet Portraits

I am beyond thrilled to announce that Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography recently earned four Silver Awards in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Second Half 2015 Image Competition . Each year, I submit a handful of my favorite images to the top Image Competitions in order to have my work reviewed and critiqued by some of the most talented photographers in the industry. And I’m not alone in this effort as thousands of entries are submitted by photographers around the globe and every entry is critiqued and scored by the panel of judges.

I’m ecstatic to have multiple images recognized by the judges, and with these awards I have earned the title ‘Associate of WPPI‘.  All of the images below were created during portrait sessions with my clients, and I am truly honored and grateful to have had the opportunity to create each of these images.  Whether photographing an adorable family of six or a family’s new puppy, I have truly loved being a part of each of these moments.

 

Charlotte NC Award Winning Family Photographer wins silver award from WPPI

Together is All We Need

 

Charlotte NC Family Portrait Photographer Award Winning Cat Photograph earns silver award from WPPI

Lost in a Sea of Green

 

Charlotte NC Family Photographer Award Winning Mother and Son portrait wins silver award from WPPI

Sharing Secrets

 

Charlotte NC Family Portrait Photographer Award Winning Pet Portraits wins silver award for puppy photograph titled Wanna Take Me Home

Wanna Take Me Home?

 

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.

 

Charlotte, NC Photographer, Carolyn Ann Ryan, photographs family portrait session in Spring Charlotte NC Family Photographer takes photographs of Moms and Dads with their children Charlotte NC Child and Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan creates beautiful family portraits

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.

 

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

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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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!

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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

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!