Charlotte, NC Family Photographer | Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography
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Charlotte, NC Family Portrait Photographer

I am an international award winning Charlotte, NC family photographer based in Marvin, NC. I specialize in capturing stunning, timeless family portraits worthy of display on the walls in your home.  I was previously based in Westfield, NJ where I photographed hundreds of families during my first six years in business, and I relocated to the South Charlotte area of North Carolina in 2015.  After only one year in Charlotte, I was so grateful to be voted Best Photographer by South Charlotte Weekly's readers in The Best of the Weekly 2016, followed by Most Loved Family Photographer 2017 by Hulafrog South Charlotte and Gold Daisy Award Winner for Best Photographer 2017 by Macaroni Kid Union County.

I don’t just aim to make you or your children smile during a portrait session, but also to make you smile nearly every day after simply by glancing at the beautiful prints of your family that will hang on your walls.  I believe that seeing your family's portrait hanging on your wall or above your fireplace can make you smile any day of the year.  I believe in making moms cry, because honestly when they see beautiful portraits of their whole family together - well, they often do cry. But, these are the best possible tears filled with happiness and overwhelming love.

I chose to specialize in family photography, because I also believe that children deserve to have beautiful photographs with their parents - hugging them, tickling them, giggling and laughing with them, so that years down the line they will always be able to see your beautiful face smiling with theirs, so I’m always encouraging Moms and Dads to jump into the photographs with their children.

My work has been featured in numerous publications including American Baby MagazineShutter magazineDenim & Grace 2014 PosebookNew Jersey Family, and Ballantyne magazine.  I have also been on featured on blogs for NAPCPLemonade &  LensesProject NurserySeniorologieTwo Bright Lights, Love + Wander, and The Indie Tot.

Over the years, I have received numerous awards for my photography including Silver Awards in WPPI’s First and Second Half Members Image Competitions in 2013, 2015 and 2016; Third Place in the Portrait: Children category in ShutterFest’s 2016 Image Competition and a Merit in ShutterFest’s 2015 competition, and acceptance into the General Collection in the 2016 PPA International Photographic Competition.

I photograph on location in Union and Mecklenburg counties, including Ballantyne, South Park, Blakeney, Marvin, Weddington, Matthews, Waxhaw, Myers Park, Mint Hill, Indian Trail, Wesley Chapel, Fort Mill, Pineville, Piper Glen, Dilworth, Plaza Midwood, Eastover, Elizabeth, Barclay Downs, and Quail Hollow.

During a family portrait session with me, we will capture individual portraits of each of your children, photographs of siblings together, portraits of each parent with each child, as well as multiple full family portraits.

This gallery highlights favorite images from client portrait sessions. Enjoy!