28 May

North Carolina Child Photographer | Tiny Tuesday – Bubbles

North Carolina Child Photographer

I love the magic hour just before sunset when the sun is low and just sparkles on everything.  It can make something as simple as bubbles look like fireflies dancing in the sky.

This portrait of my daughter was taken just this weekend at a friend’s Memorial Day BBQ.  The sound of children filled with the air with laughter, giggles and yes, the occasional screech, scream, and squeal (often coming from my own children).  But it was a gorgeous day to be with friends, and the children just loved a great day to play outdoors while the parents enjoyed good food and good company.

Even my 7 year old couldn’t resist a chance to play with bubbles, and I just fell in love with this photograph of her. She looks mesmerized by the bubbles, or maybe she is enchanted by her own reflection in my lens.  Either way, the light was beautiful and this is my Tiny Tuesday favorite photograph.


Marvin, North Carolina Child Photographer captures girl blowing bubbles at sunset

15 May

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Extended Family

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Extended Family

I believe in family portraits and I love, love, love getting parents into the photographs with their children – regardless of the age of the children. Therefore extended family portraits have an absolutely special place in my heart!

I was so excited when my client booked this portrait session with her sister as a gift for their Mom. We now have all of Mom’s loved ones in one photograph, along with many others to complement and surround her full family portrait.

The family did an amazing job with color coordinating their outfits for the session after our consultation. When I arrived, I was so excited to pair their style with the beautiful morning light and the leaves that were just starting to appear on the trees in the park.

But would you be believe it was just 40 degrees that April morning! It was quite the chilly start to our day! We rotated family members in and out of the portraits so they could each put their jackets on for a few minutes and keep warm!  But you would never know looking at the smiles on their faces how cold it was that day!  I think they were just so happy to spend a weekend together.

The entire family was just wonderful.  Everyone needs a beautiful full family portrait with grandparents, parents and children all together!


Extended Family Portrait Session by Charlotte, NC Family Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan Charlotte, NC Family Photographer captures extended family portraits for Spring

14 May

Marvin, NC Child Photographer | Cuteness

Marvin, NC Child Photographer | Cuteness

I love watching my little clients grow.  I’ve been photographing this family since their older little man was just a tiny newborn baby. And last year, we welcomed their second little guy. It was so wonderful to meet my clients at Historic Richmondtown in Staten Island once again this Spring to photograph their oldest child’s 3rd birthday portraits along with Easter portraits of both little guys.

During our consultation, their Mom and I talked about how much we love Janie & Jack outfits and I just can’t resist a little boy in a hat, so Mom made sure to get some adorable little hats for these munchkins.  Their outfits were just perfect for the day, the season and location.

While we were wandering around Richmondtown in Staten Island, I noticed a few new buildings. These new additions are part of the set for Boardwalk Empire which occasionally films in this area.  We loved incorporating the buildings into our photographs.

I hope you enjoy the irresistible cuteness of these little brothers and I can’t wait for the little man’s 1st birthday session later this year!


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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

22 Feb

North Carolina Child and Family Photographer | Favorite Fridays – Trendy Ties

North Carolina Child and Family Photographer | Favorite Fridays – Trendy Ties

As a North Carolina child and family photographer, I often find adorable, little online stores for clothing for children, as well as cute props and accessories!  My latest find is this adorable online store, Trendy Ties!

As you might imagine, they make adorable ties and bowties for our favorite little men! But now they also make cute little skirts for our favorite little ladies, as well as matching hair ties!  I just received my order today of a sweet tie for my son in the Spring Blue Gingham with a matching skirt and hair tie for my daughter for Easter.  I cannot wait to photograph my children in their coordinating set, and will definitely share photos when I do!

These sets will also be adorable for your children for your Spring Family Portrait Sessions, so I recommend checking out their site and placing your order soon, as these are custom made.

For today’s Favorite Friday, I wanted to introduce my clients, fans and friends to Trendy Ties, as well as let you know that I have a special coupon code that I can share with clients.  So, if you are a current or past Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography client, and would like to place an order with Trendy Ties, then please email me at carolyn@carolynannryan.com for your special coupon code.

Enjoy your weekend!




North Carolina Child and Family Photographer shares trendy ties web site



21 Feb

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Pretty in Pink

Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Pretty in Pink

I absolutely loved this family portrait session and could not have asked for a better day with more beautiful light.  It was mid-October, and the foliage was just a little early this year. The beautiful yellow leaves in Watchung Reservation were the perfect backdrop for this family session.  And I loved how the Mom pulled all the colors together for the session and gave a beautiful color pop with the pink dress her daughter was wearing.

But nothing was better than the beautiful giggles and smiles of this sweet little girl!



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Charlotte Family Photographer, Carolyn Ann Ryan, capturing adorable giggles

Charlotte Photographer, Carolyn Ann Ryan, captures sweet family moments

28 Jan

Marvin, NC Family Photographer | Best of 2012 Portraits: And the Winners Are . . .

Marvin, NC Family Photographer | Best of 2012 Portraits: And the Winners Are . . .

The Best of 2012 Portraits Contest has come to a close and I’m so excited to announce our client and voter winners!

Thanks so much to everyone that participated and voted during the contest!

Here are the adorable client winners:


  • First Place: Sweet Dreams wins a 20×30 canvas print Marvin, NC Family Photographer  Best of 2012 Portraits


  • Second Place: Falling Leaves wins an 11×14 wood print
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  • Third Place: Happy Family wins a DVD Music Slideshow
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  • Fourth Place: Future Rockstar wins a wood gallery cube decor
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  • Fifth Place: All Smiles wins a 12 month calendarCharlotte Child Photographer Mother and Son Portraits



And a special congratulations to our voter prize winners: Christina McCormack, Cecilia T. DeGennaro, and Frank Pernice!  They will each receive a gift certificate for a family portrait session!

Thanks again to everyone that participated!

24 Jan

Fanwood, NJ Family Photographer – NEWS RELEASE – January 24, 2013


Helping Cancer Patients and Families Celebrate Their Lives Through Photography 

Fanwood, NJ Based Family Photographer Teams Up with Magic Hour Foundation to Offer Charitable Portrait Sessions to Local Cancer Patients

FANWOOD, N.J. – January 24, 2013 – Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography announced today that it has joined a network of professional photographers working with Magic Hour Foundation to provide charitable portrait sessions to families of cancer patients and survivors.

By joining with Magic Hour Foundation, Carolyn hopes to serve the individuals and families who are fighting cancer by providing them with the ability to celebrate their lives through photography.  Carolyn will be included in Magic Hour Foundation’s directory of photographers available to cancer patients and their families that apply for Magic Hour Sessions.

Magic Hour Foundation’s vision states that “Family and memories are two of the most valuable treasures in life.  They should be celebrated in the present and captured for the future.”

“Families deserve beautiful images of the ones they love, most especially those who are battling difficult illnesses such as cancer,” said Carolyn Ann Ryan, owner and photographer of Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography.  “I want to give them something that brightens their day, helps them smile, and reminds them in a beautiful way of all the good reasons why they continue to fight each day.”

“We’re thrilled to have photographers the caliber of Carolyn Ann Ryan in our network,” said Alan Darmody, Founder and CEO of Magic Hour Foundation. “We are blessed to offer this service to cancer warriors that need a few added blessings in their life.”

 About Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography

Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography is a New Jersey and New York boutique child and family photographer that specializes in capturing the true sweetness of childhood that can be found in everyday life. Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography was launched in 2009 and is based in Fanwood, NJ. Carolyn photographs on location in Union County, as well as Central and Northern New Jersey and the New York City metro area. For more information, visit www.carolynannryan.com.

Magic Hour Foundation

Magic Hour Foundation is a national network of professional photographers who want to serve the individuals and families who are fighting cancer by providing them with the ability to celebrate the truly important things in life through photography. These charitable portrait sessions will provide an opportunity to be normal – just relax, smile and have fun with loved ones. Above all, we strive to express compassion and love as we support them and pray for God’s grace in their lives, no matter the outcome of their battle. Magic Hour Foundation was formed in 2012 and is based in Atlanta, GA.  In less than six months, the network already has photographers in 34 states and is continuing to grow. For more information, visit www.magichourfoundation.org.


Carolyn Ryan
(908) 889-5416


Click here to view official Press Release on PRWeb.com

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 . . .


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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19 Dec

Charlotte, North Carolina Maternity Photographer | PUBLISHED! {THE POPPY CAT}

Charlotte, North Carolina Maternity Photographer | PUBLISHED! {THE POPPY CAT}

In just one week, I was published twice on the The PoppyCat blog – once again for Twins Week!  This feature shows images from the gorgeous late Summer maternity session with Abby & Scott in Stamford and Old Greenwich, CT.   And once again, special thanks to Pamela Harayda for assisting with this session. We had a phenomenal time with Abby & Scott, and as you can see from the photos – there was lots of laughter during the session.

Check out Twin Week – Day Six on The Poppy Cat here and please don’t forget to show them some love and comment on the post!!

About The Poppy Cat:  The Poppy Cat features beautiful photography with infants, children and families.  “We hope the readers of our publication will see the beauty in the everyday life of being a mother”.

13 Dec

Fanwood, NJ Newborn Photographer | PUBLISHED! {THE POPPY CAT}

I’m so excited to be included in The PoppyCat blog’s Twin Week!  I had such an amazing time with this adorable little brother and sister, as well as their Mommy and Daddy.  And stay tuned for later this week, when their Mommy’s maternity session will be featured too!!!  Special thanks to Pamela Harayda for assisting with this session.

Check out Twin Week – Day Four on The Poppy Cat here and please don’t forget to show them some love and comment on the post!!

About The Poppy Cat:  The Poppy Cat features beautiful photography with infants, children and families.  “We hope the readers of our publication will see the beauty in the everyday life of being a mother”.

10 Dec

Waxhaw, North Carolina Family Photographer | Childhood Enclosed

Waxhaw, North Carolina Family Photographer

Wow, it’s been over two months since I have had an opportunity to blog my family portrait sessions and I have a long list of sessions to add to the blog!  It’s been a busy holiday season, and I’m so grateful for all of my wonderful and amazing clients!

So, now we are jumping all the way back to August to begin a marathon of family portrait session blog posts!

This sweet family requested a downtown session right in the beautiful town of Basking Ridge.  I absolutely loved having an opportunity to just wander up and down the main street and find different backdrops and settings for creating family images.  After walking up and down the main road, we ventured off to a side road and down to an open park area to complete the session.  This sweet little girl loved being photographed and might just be a model someday! She has sweet eyes and a beautiful smile, and I just loved her dress, side-ponytail, and the beautiful blue ribbon with her curls.  OK, so maybe I just loved everything about this session.  And I hope do you as well.

This is the perfect way to kick-off the upcoming marathon of blogs and family photos!  Enjoy!

Family Photographer, Carolyn Ann Ryan captures portraits in Basking Ridge

Family Portrait Session in Basking Ridge, NJ

23 Oct

Waxhaw, NC Child Photographer | Tiny Tuesday – Munchkin and Pumpkin

Waxhaw, NC Child Photographer | Tiny Tuesday – Munchkin and Pumpkin

This is a special day in the history of my family, and so it just seems fitting to share photos of my own munchkin and pumpkin on the blog for Tiny Tuesday.

I love these photographs simply because these guys are mine. They are mine, they are sweet, they might drive me nuts at times, but when they are at their best – they bring an incredible amount of joy, laughter and happiness to my life.  I wish I could just mentally record all those silly and adorable moments, so I can play them back in my head over and over again twenty or thirty years from now. I hope my memory will hold all those treasured moments.

In the meantime, here are my favorites from their mini-holiday portrait session this year.  And special thanks to my husband for being a great Dad to these two stinkin’ cute little kids.

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03 Oct

Charlotte, NC Maternity Photographer | Getting ready for baby

Charlotte, NC Maternity Photographer | Getting ready for baby

A couple of months ago, I received a phone call from a former co-worker.  As soon as I heard her voice on the phone, I knew exactly why she was calling and I was thrilled – she was pregnant!  But even better, she is expecting twins!!! I was so excited that she wanted to do a newborn portrait session, and she also requested that I travel out to see her in Connecticut for a maternity session.  What could be better than an opportunity to show everyone how beautiful she looks while awaiting the arrival of her little munchkins?

Absolutely! So I traveled out to Connecticut and we visited a couple of locations in both Stamford and Greenwich.  It was such a beautiful day with gorgeous light and an incredible sunset that I almost wanted to move there by the end of the session so I could shoot in those locations all time time!

It was extremely difficult for me to narrow down her session to just a few favorites! And I can’t wait to photograph her little ones when they arrive.



Charlotte, NC Maternity Photographer Getting ready for baby

Charlotte, NC Maternity Photographer

Charlotte, NC Maternity Photographer Carolyn Ann Ryan



02 Oct

Marvin, NC Child Photographer | Tiny Tuesday – Life’s Most Beautiful Season

Marvin, NC Child Photographer | Tiny Tuesday – Life’s Most Beautiful Season

“Childhood is life’s most beautiful season.”  – Author Unknown

When I first read this quote, I fell in love with it. It inspires me.  When I photograph children, I want to capture those amazing moments of childhood. The awe and wonder that can be found in something as simple as leaves falling from the trees on a crisp, Autumn day.  Today’s Tiny Tuesday photograph was created last November and is one of my favorites still, because I just LOVE the expressions and happiness on the faces of these children.  I can feel their giggles and the warmth of the sun.

They each grabbed a pile of leaves and stood together.  And then the leaves went up into the air and the fun began.  It was that easy, and yet it feels that magical.

Do you remember the fun of jumping and rolling in the leaves?  Last week, when I picked my daughter up from school, we each counted how many leaves we could “crunch” as we walked back to the car.  It was easy and simple, but she giggled with delight with each leaf that really crunched and crackled under her shoes.

Don’t forget to take a few moments this season and enjoy the simple moments that Fall can provide and bring warmth and smiles to the faces of our little ones!

What do you think of when you see this photograph?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and memories of your favorite things about Fall.

Happy Tiny Tuesday!


Marvin, NC Family and Child Photographer photographs children throwing leaves