Do you have photos of your parent(s) that you love and cherish? Is it just like one photo? In this technological age - you can leave your children with more that just one or two photos. You can leave them with a visual record of your time together. Be in the photos. Take photos. Back up your photos. Print your photos.
I don't like being in front of a camera. I prefer being behind it like most photographers. However, I can't imagine not being present in family photos in years to come. I want my daughter to see me visually present with her and her mommy...Us. The Harwicks.
Here's few cute photos by Allie Beardsley
When Brian Crosby, a composer & multi instrumentalist, contacted me about doing a Visual Branding Session I can honestly say that it was like my two favorite worlds were colliding. I love photography & music. I love the two separately and together (you can see more of my music photography here). Brian was acquainted with my work and understood that I would be entirely interested in his vision of what he needed for his Visual Branding and website update and we would collaborate to create lasting images. If I could photograph musicians every day...I would. So much raw creativity.
*Video not shot by Nina Harwick - but to supply you some beautiful music written and performed by Brian Crosby to accompany your viewing of his Visual Branding session. Please keep scrolling - the music will continue**
My daughter attends a creative Kita (daycare) that recently decided to do a project to create a Mural for their garden wall. little art Berlin donated their time to help plan the project! The wonderful owner of little art Berlin, Harriet came to the Kita each day for a week and blended up beautiful colors for the children to paint with and discussed different pattern and techniques the children could do for their portion. The pedagogical concept of the Kita is Reggio Emilia. It is student-centered approach that utilizes self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments -- which is essentially all child-led...so the children were the artist and the parents/teachers were merely assistants.
If you are interested in art classes, parties or PopUp Mobile Art events for your child or business, check out little art Berlin's new Moblie Art Labs
I donated a bit of my time to document the process for them. Here's a few fun colorful photos that I can share.
Just a few from recent Professional Portrait Sessions! Do you need to update your Linkedin, Facebook or Website Portrait? Just send me a quick message and we can do a short quick session!
The Sever family are cherished by me, because they are repeat clients! I love my repeat clients, because I get to check in with them and see how their little families have grown. I feel blessed to know these three. They signed up for a Mother's Day special and I was honored to meet Grandma (Oma). Two mothers to photograph! :)
What's there to say about a family filled with cuties?
The Beardsley family is another expat family here in Berlin that I had the pleasure photographing for a mini session at the gorgeous Volkspark Friedrichshain. They are celebrating that their sweet little boy has really started to master walking!
I believe that some of the best photographs you can have of your family are when you are interacting. When anyone suggests baking or cooking as their activity for a family session...I get super happy! It blends two of my favorite things.
Do you remember cooking or baking with someone from your family? These tiny interactions are so sweet.
I had the misfortune of having a flight cancelled and rebooked for the next morning in Amsterdam. So here with an unplanned layover, I made the best of bad luck and quickly headed into the Central Station. I had just about an hour to catch the last fleeting hints of a Spring sunset and wander around a city I'd love to explore more.
Now, when should I go back for a proper trip? Soon...soon I hope. :)
I've started a new collaboration! I love to collaborate with other entrepreneurs and businesses in general. I strongly believe that if we work together we will all rise.
In support of this idea, I am offering special pricing to this awesome group of ladies that are members of the Berlin MumsLikeUs a social group of Work Happy Moms. Their mission "is to build a better future for working mothers and the companies and businesses they work for."
I have had a great time photographing the first few portraits of these wonderful working Moms! More to come later this month and in May!
If you are part of this group and would like to sign up for April 28th, 29th or 30th - I can't wait to chat with you.
I have a passion for small businesses. I am one of those people that would love to buy all of my material needs and services from local businesses. Layla O'Mara and I connected to update her Visual Branding! These new sessions allow me the time to dig deep getting to know my clients. There's at least one meeting, if not two, where we discuss their needs, their styles, and their ideal clients. It allows me to find the style that will make their Visual Branding shine.
Layla is an acupuncturist with a strong skill set of healthy eating for fertility. She wants to show off her approach-ability, her style is natural and neutral with pops of cheerful colors. She also wants to show off acupuncture with less "scary" stock images of multiple needles everywhere...and that two or three needles only is a completely real situation. I am excited to show off these photos, because I believe they speak directly to her audience.
I went on a quick holiday to Madrid & Toledo to visit with friends. I thought I'd share a few snapshots with you all. Traveling around Europe has been the most important and amazing part of living abroad. I throughly enjoy learning about historical places and learning about current cultures. We ate more churros and chocolate than we probably should have, but the best idea we had was to go see a simply wonderful traditional flamenco show at Cafe de Chinitas.
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"I bought a fancy camera when I found out I was pregnant so I could take nice photos of my new baby... however I never really learned how to use it. I now know how to use the different settings in my camera to capture all those things that you notice in a baby that seems to change before your eyes. As someone told me about my wedding photos, they are the only tangible thing you have left after the wedding day passes and I think it's the same with photos of children. You can't remember every little detail and it's so nice to look back on photos and remember how little they were." Previous Moms with Cameras Student
"Nina made all those numbers and buttons on the back of my camera very easy to understand, and I feel much more confident that I know what I'm doing now when I press them!" Previous Moms with Cameras Student
As mothers we love having photos to remember back to that time our child had a face covered in spaghetti or in their Easter outfits. Do you have a new camera or a camera gathering dust? Would you like to capture more of the sweet family moments that happen daily?
Moms with Cameras is a 2-3 hour in person class with 4 weeks of post-class online homework and support. It is designed specifically for moms a who want to take better photos of their kids. A DSLR is recommended, but by no means required. You can take better photos with any camera (yes, even your cell phone!). "The best camera is the one you have with you."
We’ll cover some technical basics (exposure, ISO, shutter speed, aperture and camera modes) and then move on to finding the light, capturing the moment, improving composition, and some quick tips to better your shots. One week before the class, and for 4 weeks after, there will be a private Facebook group in which I’ll post homework assignments, give critiques, and answer any questions you might have. Class size is small (5-8 mamas) in order to allow time for individual attention and so I can answer as many of your questions as possible. The class is the most fun when it’s a group of friends or a group of random mamas, paired with wine or mimosas and snacks. Leave the kiddos at home and think of it as a girls’ afternoon! We’ll laugh a lot, you’ll learn a lot, and we’ll all have a great time! And to top it all off, you’ll leave with a better understanding of how to capture your kids just how they are right now. You can’t go wrong!
For information about current class offerings, please email me!
I met this beautiful soul a year ago. She's a eating psychology coach. She helps guide people to a healthier relationship with the food that fuels our lives.
She recently let me photograph her for some additonal Visual Branding for her new website update. We had planning sessions where we discussed what she really wanted to portray visually about her business and herself. I think we achieved it! Her main goals where to show off her approachability as a "real person", her quirky humour, her illustration work, and her love of coral/hot pink!
This sweet family wanted to do a "Day in the Life" to represent their slow weekend mornings. These documentary sessions are honestly so much fun. It's fantastic to be able to capture your family in a moment in time with all it's complexities and joys. They capture your regular routines. Your family, in your everyday life, is adorably magical. The interactions of siblings, the way you look at your child with overwhelming pride and sweetness, reading the same book 4000 times, chasing after your toddler with clothing, cuddling on the couch...
Oh Holiday Mini-Sessions, I love you! Here's a quick session with the Severs!
I had the wonderful privilege to photograph an awesome workshop for Girls Make Games at Wooga! This all girls workshop aimed at inspiring young girls (12-15 years old) to learn more about game design is very dear to my heart. If you didn't know my spouse is a woman games writer/designer! I myself am a passionate gamer. I am excited for this US based non-profit to have found a fantastic leader here in Berlin and it's coming soon to other German cities.
If you'd like to learn more about it, here are some links: