10 Sep

Memorable Charlotte Family Portraits

I love helping my clients update their family portraits, no matter the age of the children. Even if your children are growing up, it is so important that they have memorable family portraits as a keepsake. I often find that as our children get older, scheduling that family portrait session each year becomes harder and harder. They have sports and activities that take their time after school, during the weekend and more.

But it’s wonderful when busy clients find the time to create these priceless memories that they will treasure for years to come.

This client also welcomed a new puppy just a few months before the session, and so it was a pleasure to include this new family member into their photographs. When my clients want to include their pets, we will sometimes begin the session at their home to make it easier on our furry friends and my client. But then, we still head to one of my favorite locations to achieve a variety of backdrops and looks for their photographs.

Memorable Charlotte Family Portraits photographed by Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography in May.
Memorable Charlotte Family Portrait Photography
Memorable Charlotte Family Pictures taken in the Ballantyne area.
Memorable Charlotte Family Photographs

Fall Family Portrait Sessions are booking quickly. I only have nine sessions remaining for 2019, so don’t miss your chance to capture your family’s memories and create beautiful holiday cards and holiday gifts for your family.

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!

28 May

Professional Headshots Charlotte, NC | Best First Impressions

Having a professional business portrait can be extremely helpful in making a good first impression. If you are a small business owner, including your portraits on your web site can help your customers get to know the person behind the business. When they walk into your office or store or meet you in person, they will feel a connection, as if they already know you.

Professional portraits can also be helpful to include on social media sites, such as LinkedIn, and business executives never know when they might need to share their headshot for an industry speaking engagement or inclusion with an article for the press.

Professional Headshots Charlotte, NC

Whether you need casual business portraits on location or professional studio style headshots, I have the equipment and training to meet your needs. I have experience photographing both men and women in corporate and casual settings and understand how important it is that your headshot represent you and your brand for your business. I have photographed authors for book covers, veterinarians, doctors, orthodontists, dance studio owners, finance executives, realtors and even other photographers. I also have experience photographing Chief Executive Officers for their public company’s annual report publication.

Professional Business Portraits in Charlotte
Chief Executive Business Portraits for public company annual report in Charlotte NC
Outdoor on location professional business headshots in Charlotte NC by Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography

12 Apr

Irish Dance Photography | Unique Portrait Experience

This Sunday, April 14th, the 2019 World Irish Dancing Championships will begin in Greensboro, NC, at the Koury Convention Center. This is only the third time that the World Championships will be held in the United States, and for all of the Irish Dancers in the USA, but especially for Irish Dancers in the Southern Region, this is a huge deal!

As an Irish Dance parent, I’m beyond thrilled for my daughter to have another opportunity to compete with her team at a World Irish Dancing Championships, and I’m ecstatic for all of the dancers from our school (Connick School of Irish Dance) that will have the chance to compete at this major competition.

As a portrait photographer, I’m so excited to see all of the dancers. I have been mesmerized by the designs, color and sparkle of the Irish dance costumes for years, and photographing Irish Dance Portraits has become a fabulous new passion for me! I can’t help but love the pops of colors and amazing detail in each and every solo dress for the ladies or solo vests/suits for the gentlemen.

I want to take this moment to wish safe travels to all of the families, teachers, dancers, judges and organizers traveling to North Carolina. And I want to extend all of the very best wishes to every dancer joining us for this competition from teams to solos. May each dancer walk off the stages feeling that they danced the best they have danced in their life and that all of their hard work and preparation was shown in their performances! And thanks to every teacher and volunteer that played a part in bringing this competition to North Carolina! We know that there have been countless, unseen hours of work and effort put into bringing this competition to our state, and we hope you get to truly enjoy your efforts this week!

I hope you will enjoy this slideshow of some of my favorite Irish Dance portraits and I’m looking forward to working with more dancers this coming week! There are still portrait session slots available, so don’t miss your chance to book a unique portrait experience with Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography.

I will be available for sessions from April 14 – 17, and my photographer friend and colleague, Words & Pictures by Jeannie DeSena is also available for bookings. If I’m unavailable for your session, please don’t hesitate to give Jeannie a call too.

10 Apr

Charlotte Photographer | National Siblings Day 2019

National Siblings Day is today, April 10th, and I just adore this day. To celebrate holidays such as National Siblings Day, I love going back through my previous client sessions and finding my favorite photographs that best represent the holiday.

For this day, I tried to find the sweetest, cutest and sometimes funniest photographs of siblings together. I love that each of these images reminds me of my childhood and moments with my sister. And I’m always so honored to have been a small part of my tiny clients’ childhood, to create and capture these memories with them.

I hope you enjoy this compilation of sibling photographs, and don’t forget to reach out and call your favorite sibling(s today!

And if you haven’t done a family session in awhile, let’s chat soon and maybe your children will be part of next year’s Siblings slideshow!

27 Jun

Charlotte NC Classic Styled Child Portraits | A Great Hat

Top 14 Classic Styled Child Portraits

“A great hat speaks for itself” ~ Unknown

As we start to get ready for Fall Family Portrait Season (and yes, my clients have already started booking their sessions), I wanted to share some of my favorite classic styled child portraits. Sometimes, it really is as simple as adding a hat to a child to achieve an adorable classic look. And there is just something about a hat that really adds personality to a photograph. During my pre-session consultations, I always suggest that my clients think about their outfits down to the accessories, which includes shoes, hair bows and ribbons, jackets, vests and most certainly hats.  So today, I’m sharing my Top 14 Favorite Classic Styled Child Portraits. Whether it was a beret, a soft hoodie, a winter beanie, an ascot cap, a Panama hat or even a Santa hat, these youngsters have style.

Which is your favorite?

Enjoyed this post?  Don’t miss some of my other favorite “top” photographs here:  Top 10 Sibling Hugs and Top 12  Moments of Joy and Top 11 Families Walking Together


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19 Sep

Priceless Charlotte Family Photography | Unique Portrait Experience

Why Book a Portrait Session with Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography?

Have you ever done a portrait session with the goal of printing photos for your walls, but then never got around to figuring out the best photos, the right sizes or the best ways to organize your pictures into a gallery or cluster?

This can be an overwhelming and daunting task for some, and therefore it may be put off til tomorrow, then next week, and before your know it – next year.

Unique Portrait Experience

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When booking a family portrait session with Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography, I want to help remove the overwhelming and daunting feelings that come after the photos have been taken.  I want to do everything I can to make the experience as full service as possible – all the way down to the part of helping you choose the best images to display on the walls in your home!

I absolutely love photographing my family clients and I do everything I can to help my clients enjoy having their photos taken, BUT the MOST enjoyable part of the process for me has been helping my clients choose the beautiful moments and classic photographs from their session that will become wall art in their homes.

Using special software, I can help you visualize exactly how your printed photos will look sized to the scale on the walls in your own home, so you can order your prints with confidence.

Here are a few examples of the real displays my clients have purchased for their homes:Family Photographer in Charlotte creates a Unique Portrait Experience


Unique Portrait Experience in Charlotte NC

I would love to help you get your photos printed and onto your walls as well! I am available for family portrait sessions in the South Charlotte area and would love to chat with you about your own session and booking the perfect date. Please call my studio office at 704-256-7270 to book your family photo session.  Need more inspiration?  Visit www.carolynannryan.com