Archive for March, 2012

Tuesday Blog | St. Peters Photographer

March 28th, 2012

My Tuesday Blog was ready to go on Tuesday, but my internet went out again before I could get it posted. Someone came out and ran a new cable for me yesterday and my internet is now working better than it has in months – yeah! So . . . Here’s Tuesday’s blog ~ on Wednesday.

Last week brought me tons to be excited about!  Sure makes for easy Tuesday blogging!

The forecast of rain most days left me feeling uncertain of the ability to capture what I was hoping to with my clients.  Turns out, even though the forecast was dreary, the off and on cooperating weather had me excited and seizing opportunities as they came.

Early on in the week, the weather held off just long enough for me to get some of the shots I needed with 18 month old Claire.  The damp day wasn’t favorable for her Easter frills, but it really turned into such a fun session.  Although Claire didn’t want to sit long, she became very attached to one of my little chairs.  So much so, that she wanted to drag it into every shot.  She was very precious dressed in her purple and white Easter dress.  When the rain broke for a short time, we ventured outdoors and captured some perfect moments near my purple tulips surrounded by trees in full bloom.  The purple was perfect!

I was happy to meet another busy little guy later in the week on Friday during his mother’s maternity shoot. Two year old Avery was not really interested in the photo shoot with mom and dad, but was willing to let me snap a few quick shots of him.  Just adorable!!  Little ones always bring such innocence, honesty and laughter to the lens.  I am always thrilled with the images I get from their shoots and even more so when the weather doesn’t get in the way of my plans.

On Saturday, the weather threatened an engagement session with Abby and Ben scheduled in Forest Park.  The forecast wasn’t promising for the evening so we opted to move the session up a few hours although still concerned that the rain may put a damper on the session all together.  I don’t think any of us were real excited about getting caught in a storm in the middle of the park.  All three of us appreciated the weather cooperating and allowing this beautiful session to continue as planned.

What a blast I had on Sunday shooting my Senior ROLE MODEL’s.  The kids did a great job helping me create a fun concept and I absolutely loved every look that hair and makeup stylists Marla Lebish (hair) and D’Shannon Llewellyn (makeup) created.  It was certainly a day full of excitement with music, snacks, props, blue skies, sunshine and smiles.  I even got to try out some of my new equipment on these soon-to-be seniors.  It was a long, but fun day and I can’t wait to share the amazing shots and video coverage from this fun session. Click this link to play a sneak peek slideshow of a few shots of the day ~ Cathy Hartman Photography Senior Role Models 2012-13

Special thanks this week to SNL Painting for transforming the walls of my front showroom into a shimmering shade of gold.  Looks amazing!  Looking forward to seeing the room come to life as I get everything put back together.

Tip of the week:  This week’s tip, isn’t really a tip.  Rather, an offer for a cool new find.  If you have an iphone4, I can make personalized cases with a favorite photo from a past or upcoming session.  The cost is $35.  Contact me for more details. Until Next Tuesday! ~Cathy

 

My Tuesday Blog was ready to go on Tuesday, but my internet went out again before I could get it posted. Someone came out and ran a new cable for me yesterday and my internet is now working better than it has in months – yeah! So . . . Here’s Tuesday’s blog ~ on Wednesday.

Last week brought me tons to be excited about!  Sure makes for easy Tuesday blogging!

The forecast of rain most days left me feeling uncertain of the ability to capture what I was hoping to with my clients.  Turns out, even though the forecast was dreary, the off and on cooperating weather had me excited and seizing opportunities as they came.

Early on in the week, the weather held off just long enough for me to get some of the shots I needed with 18 month old Claire.  The damp day wasn’t favorable for her Easter frills, but it really turned into such a fun session.  Although Claire didn’t want to sit long, she became very attached to one of my little chairs.  So much so, that she wanted to drag it into every shot.  She was very precious dressed in her purple and white Easter dress.  When the rain broke for a short time, we ventured outdoors and captured some perfect moments near my purple tulips surrounded by trees in full bloom.  The purple was perfect!

I was happy to meet another busy little guy later in the week on Friday during his mother’s maternity shoot. Two year old Avery was not really interested in the photo shoot with mom and dad, but was willing to let me snap a few quick shots of him.  Just adorable!!  Little ones always bring such innocence, honesty and laughter to the lens.  I am always thrilled with the images I get from their shoots and even more so when the weather doesn’t get in the way of my plans.

On Saturday, the weather threatened an engagement session with Abby and Ben scheduled in Forest Park.  The forecast wasn’t promising for the evening so we opted to move the session up a few hours although still concerned that the rain may put a damper on the session all together.  I don’t think any of us were real excited about getting caught in a storm in the middle of the park.  All three of us appreciated the weather cooperating and allowing this beautiful session to continue as planned.

What a blast I had on Sunday shooting my Senior ROLE MODEL’s.  The kids did a great job helping me create a fun concept and I absolutely loved every look that hair and makeup stylists Marla Lebish (hair) and D’Shannon Llewellyn (makeup) created.  It was certainly a day full of excitement with music, snacks, props, blue skies, sunshine and smiles.  I even got to try out some of my new equipment on these soon-to-be seniors.  It was a long, but fun day and I can’t wait to share the amazing shots and video coverage from this fun session. Click this link to play a sneak peek slideshow of a few shots of the day ~ Cathy Hartman Photography Senior Role Models 2012-13

Special thanks this week to SNL Painting for transforming the walls of my front showroom into a shimmering shade of gold.  Looks amazing!  Looking forward to seeing the room come to life as I get everything put back together.

Tip of the week:  This week’s tip, isn’t really a tip.  Rather, an offer for a cool new find.  If you have an iphone4, I can make personalized cases with a favorite photo from a past or upcoming session.  The cost is $35.  Contact me for more details. Until Next Tuesday! ~Cathy

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Terrific Tuesday | St. Peters Photographer

March 20th, 2012

Yep!!  It’s certainly a “Terrific Tuesday” again.

Last week I titled my blog “Terrific Tuesday.”  Who knew I would be so lucky to be calling Tuesday “Terrific” two weeks in a row?   I actually feel it’s a must today, especially with it being the first official day of spring.  While I’m mentioning luck, I’m hopeful this lovely weather pattern is a trend that grants me some luck with my upcoming shoots this week.  The spring surroundings at my home studio would certainly make for some amazing backdrops.  Cooperation from Mother Nature can certainly play a role in a photographers favor, but sometimes, the unexpected surprise creates the perfect treasure.

Can’t say I initially felt she (Mother Nature) offered me much luck this past Saturday at the St. Patrick’s Day Run and Parade in Cottleville.  For the past 3 seasons, I’ve captured images during this fun event and this year, I was lucky to be named the Parade’s “Official Photographer.”   I photographed from start (7:30 am) to an unexpected, surprise wet finish.   I suddenly found myself huddling with parade judges, emcees, and anyone else who joined the squeeze under the porch at The Flower Shop.  How quickly my lucky opportunity changed as I found myself soaked from head to toe, appreciating the fact that my equipment was safe and dry while waiting for the rain to slow enough to make a break for the car.  I must say, even though the midday thunderstorm from the rain put a quick damper on the festivities, it turns out, the down pour made for some of the best unexpected shots of folks heading for cover and dancing in the rain.  Once again…lucky!  I am really excited about some of these photos and think some of them may make some fun family memories.  Anyone interested in ordering photos can follow the link to my site.  Enter  client login and type green12 in the album box. 

Another unexpected lucky surprise came my way this morning in the way of some very exciting news!!  About 3 weeks ago, I did some special editing for a client ordering a photo on a large canvas.  Some of you may recall the photo, male dancer leaping under the St. Louis Arch?   I received a phone call this morning from Diversified Lab in St. Louis.   They featured my edited photo as the “Photo of the Day” on their Facebook page.   Can’t wait to get my hands on the canvas to see the finished product!  Yay!!

As always, much of last week’s agenda was made of the usual; editing work, a few great meetings with brides and finishing up a couple of albums.  I was very happy to finalize some decorating decisions on my front room currently being renovated into my showroom thanks to the assistance of SNL painting.  I’ve partnered with this organization on a few occasions for business and family photography and certainly appreciate all the business they’ve done for me as well.

I am really excited about the shoots I have on the schedule for the week, including the group shoot with my new Senior Role Model’s.  Watch for pictures and video coverage coming soon.  Once again, I am happy to introduce my Senior Role Models for the 2012-3013 season:

Henry Wynd – Marquette High School

Courtney Moeslein – Barat Academy

Lexi Lewis – Marquette High School

Kristen Warncke – Francis Howell Central

Alden Henderson – St. Louis University High School

Kate Thompson – Fort Zumwalt East

Danielle Colombatto – Fort Zumwalt West

Sydney Ockerhausen – Lafayette Senior High School

I am so lucky to love what I do!

Tip of the week:  “Luck is…believing your Lucky!”   ~ Tennessee Williams

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy

 

 

Yep!!  It’s certainly a “Terrific Tuesday” again.

Last week I titled my blog “Terrific Tuesday.”  Who knew I would be so lucky to be calling Tuesday “Terrific” two weeks in a row?   I actually feel it’s a must today, especially with it being the first official day of spring.  While I’m mentioning luck, I’m hopeful this lovely weather pattern is a trend that grants me some luck with my upcoming shoots this week.  The spring surroundings at my home studio would certainly make for some amazing backdrops.  Cooperation from Mother Nature can certainly play a role in a photographers favor, but sometimes, the unexpected surprise creates the perfect treasure.

Can’t say I initially felt she (Mother Nature) offered me much luck this past Saturday at the St. Patrick’s Day Run and Parade in Cottleville.  For the past 3 seasons, I’ve captured images during this fun event and this year, I was lucky to be named the Parade’s “Official Photographer.”   I photographed from start (7:30 am) to an unexpected, surprise wet finish.   I suddenly found myself huddling with parade judges, emcees, and anyone else who joined the squeeze under the porch at The Flower Shop.  How quickly my lucky opportunity changed as I found myself soaked from head to toe, appreciating the fact that my equipment was safe and dry while waiting for the rain to slow enough to make a break for the car.  I must say, even though the midday thunderstorm from the rain put a quick damper on the festivities, it turns out, the down pour made for some of the best unexpected shots of folks heading for cover and dancing in the rain.  Once again…lucky!  I am really excited about some of these photos and think some of them may make some fun family memories.  Anyone interested in ordering photos can follow the link to my site.  Enter  client login and type green12 in the album box. 

Another unexpected lucky surprise came my way this morning in the way of some very exciting news!!  About 3 weeks ago, I did some special editing for a client ordering a photo on a large canvas.  Some of you may recall the photo, male dancer leaping under the St. Louis Arch?   I received a phone call this morning from Diversified Lab in St. Louis.   They featured my edited photo as the “Photo of the Day” on their Facebook page.   Can’t wait to get my hands on the canvas to see the finished product!  Yay!!

As always, much of last week’s agenda was made of the usual; editing work, a few great meetings with brides and finishing up a couple of albums.  I was very happy to finalize some decorating decisions on my front room currently being renovated into my showroom thanks to the assistance of SNL painting.  I’ve partnered with this organization on a few occasions for business and family photography and certainly appreciate all the business they’ve done for me as well.

I am really excited about the shoots I have on the schedule for the week, including the group shoot with my new Senior Role Model’s.  Watch for pictures and video coverage coming soon.  Once again, I am happy to introduce my Senior Role Models for the 2012-3013 season:

Henry Wynd – Marquette High School

Courtney Moeslein – Barat Academy

Lexi Lewis – Marquette High School

Kristen Warncke – Francis Howell Central

Alden Henderson – St. Louis University High School

Kate Thompson – Fort Zumwalt East

Danielle Colombatto – Fort Zumwalt West

Sydney Ockerhausen – Lafayette Senior High School

I am so lucky to love what I do!

Tip of the week:  “Luck is…believing your Lucky!”   ~ Tennessee Williams

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy

 

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Henry | St. Peters Newborn Photographer

March 14th, 2012

I don’t think I’ve ever photographed a newborn who slept so soundly throughout his entire shoot.  Thank you Kelsey & Nick for sharing this sweet little guy, and I love the props you brought along! 

 

 

I don’t think I’ve ever photographed a newborn who slept so soundly throughout his entire shoot.  Thank you Kelsey & Nick for sharing this sweet little guy, and I love the props you brought along! 

 

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Terrific Tuesday | Cathy Hartman Photography

March 13th, 2012

Wow what a beautiful day! I had to take a little time from my editing to walk around and snap a few shots of the spring flowers in my yard. With the warm weather finally here, I’m amazed at the promise each year brings. Watching the buds appear and then blossom on the trees almost overnight is one of my favorite parts of spring. Then the new grass and flowers emerge, fresh and colorful. It’s a wonderful time of year. We look forward to the welcome change of weather, like the familiar hug of a long-lost friend. This year, I feel it more than ever. I can not wait to spend some time outside, planting flowers, reading and just enjoying this wonderful season. I’m also very excited to get outside for some gorgeous outdoor sessions. Year after year, I’m amazed at how lucky I am to be doing what I love, every day. Thank you so much for being a part of my journey. Your business and your friendship mean the world to me.

Wishing you plenty of wonderful springtime memories, and looking forward to helping you create new ones for you to enjoy for many years to come.

“May the sun shine all day long,

everything go right, and nothing wrong.

May those you love bring love back to you,

and may all the wishes you wish come true!

~Irish Blessing

Looking forward to spending St. Patrick’s Day in Cottleville this Saturday. For the third year in a row, I’ll be photographing their Run for the Helmet, Parade, and festivities of the day. Here’s a link to the slideshow I did last year to get you in the mood for a fun St. Patrick’s Day ~ hope to see you in Cottleville!

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/38466506[/vimeo]

 

Wow what a beautiful day! I had to take a little time from my editing to walk around and snap a few shots of the spring flowers in my yard. With the warm weather finally here, I’m amazed at the promise each year brings. Watching the buds appear and then blossom on the trees almost overnight is one of my favorite parts of spring. Then the new grass and flowers emerge, fresh and colorful. It’s a wonderful time of year. We look forward to the welcome change of weather, like the familiar hug of a long-lost friend. This year, I feel it more than ever. I can not wait to spend some time outside, planting flowers, reading and just enjoying this wonderful season. I’m also very excited to get outside for some gorgeous outdoor sessions. Year after year, I’m amazed at how lucky I am to be doing what I love, every day. Thank you so much for being a part of my journey. Your business and your friendship mean the world to me.

Wishing you plenty of wonderful springtime memories, and looking forward to helping you create new ones for you to enjoy for many years to come.

“May the sun shine all day long,

everything go right, and nothing wrong.

May those you love bring love back to you,

and may all the wishes you wish come true!

~Irish Blessing

Looking forward to spending St. Patrick’s Day in Cottleville this Saturday. For the third year in a row, I’ll be photographing their Run for the Helmet, Parade, and festivities of the day. Here’s a link to the slideshow I did last year to get you in the mood for a fun St. Patrick’s Day ~ hope to see you in Cottleville!

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/38466506[/vimeo]

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Melissa & Mike Married | Hermann Wedding Photographer

March 12th, 2012

Mike & Melissa’s wedding turned out  beautifully. I cannot believe how quickly they were able to make plans and pull it all together. Their busy lives kept getting in the way of setting a date for their wedding.  So, on a Friday in February they purchased their marriage license and on Saturday morning they booked Hermann Hill Chapel. Melissa called me immediately after to see if I would be able to photograph their wedding the next day.  I’m so happy I was available to be a part of this intimate family wedding.  On Saturday they had purchased a wedding dress, dresses for the girls and rented tuxes for the guys. Hermann Hill took care of the cake and flowers for them and they had a beautiful and moving ceremony on Sunday afternoon.  No guests, just this new family of 5 consisting of a bride, groom and their 3 children.  It was one of the sweetest weddings I’ve ever been blessed to shoot.  Their 12 year old daughter even gave a beautiful speech when they cut their cake, which I caught on video. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this blog to see a slideshow of more images from their special day including this sweet speech. I was thrilled to have met this family – It was a happy day!

 Click here to see a slideshow of more images from Mike & Melissa’s wedding

 [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/38405130[/vimeo]

 

Mike & Melissa’s wedding turned out  beautifully. I cannot believe how quickly they were able to make plans and pull it all together. Their busy lives kept getting in the way of setting a date for their wedding.  So, on a Friday in February they purchased their marriage license and on Saturday morning they booked Hermann Hill Chapel. Melissa called me immediately after to see if I would be able to photograph their wedding the next day.  I’m so happy I was available to be a part of this intimate family wedding.  On Saturday they had purchased a wedding dress, dresses for the girls and rented tuxes for the guys. Hermann Hill took care of the cake and flowers for them and they had a beautiful and moving ceremony on Sunday afternoon.  No guests, just this new family of 5 consisting of a bride, groom and their 3 children.  It was one of the sweetest weddings I’ve ever been blessed to shoot.  Their 12 year old daughter even gave a beautiful speech when they cut their cake, which I caught on video. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this blog to see a slideshow of more images from their special day including this sweet speech. I was thrilled to have met this family – It was a happy day!

 Click here to see a slideshow of more images from Mike & Melissa’s wedding

 [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/38405130[/vimeo]

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First Tuesday in March | St. Peters Photographer

March 6th, 2012

Welcome to the first Tuesday in March!

I love that March brings along with it the onset of spring and an inspiring feeling of all things new.  Here at my home studio, I am surrounded by signs of spring, new daffodil blooms in my garden, greener grass emerging, budding trees and I even saw a Robin yesterday.   I’ve heard it said the sighting of a Robin means the return of warmth is near.  Yay! This colorful bird is also known to signify “New Beginnings” and this week’s opportunities certainly tell of new beginnings.

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of photographing an amazing group of teenagers that have committed to making a difference in the lives of teens in our area. They are called Breakdown STL, and are quickly becoming known as St. Louis’s best local charity.  They perform a high energy multimedia presentation with a purpose empowering teens to make positive choices regarding: sex, relationships, drugs, alcohol, self-harm, bullying, and suicide by providing preventative health education.  This is a must see event for all, and one of the best investments in time for your teenager.  For more information on this charity, please visit www.breakdownstl.org.

Saturday I captured some amazing shots and video coverage at a fun wedding in Rhineland, Missouri.  Beth and Brian exchanged vows at Church of the Risen Savior and celebrated their new beginning at Valentine Hall.  I just love the name of that place for celebrating a wedding, very fitting indeed.  The entire day was full of details, a photographer’s playground really.  Their adorable children Hannah (2) and Carter (5) were included throughout the day until, like little angels; fell fast asleep in their sleeping bags during the reception.   Just darling!  I am certain these two little ones will add some precious moments to the photos I captured.   The day was absolutely perfect and I’m so happy for this sweet couple.

Sunday brought me a newborn boy named Henry.  Henry’s mother contacted me on Thursday and was eager to find time for a newborn session, including mom and dad.  Our time frame was very limited, dad was only available on weekends and Henry was already 9 days old.  I prefer to take newborn pictures within the first 2 weeks of birth while they still look brand new so we scheduled the session right away.  Henry was adorable and slept like a charm.  One break for a little snack and a brief pause for one little accident during his little nakey shots (which mom caught very quickly with a nearby diaper) made for a rather quick session for a newborn.  Kelsey & Nick, Henry’s parents, were so calm for first time parents, and brought some fun props for Henry.  One of my favorites was dad’s duck decoys.  This was an awesome session with this sweet- as- could- be family.

As always, some of my week involved time on the computer for editing.  I had a request from a client for some special editing on a photo of her son that I took some time ago as she was interested in having it displayed in her home on canvas.  The color in the photo needed to match the décor in her home.  I absolutely love the way the editing in this shot turned out.  Can’t wait to see this on canvas!

Another agenda item for me this week was finalizing the application process for my Senior Role Model program.  I am so excited about this new program and am happy to introduce you to my Senior Role Models for the 2012-3013 season:

Henry Wynd – Marquette High School

Courtney Moeslein – Barat Academy

Lexi Lewis – Marquette High School

Kristen Warncke – Francis Howell Central

Alden Henderson – St. Louis University High School

Kate Thompson – Fort Zumwalt East

Danielle Colombatto – Fort Zumwalt West

Sydney Ockerhausen – Lafayette Senior High School

Watch for Senior Role Model spotlights on this great group of kids over the next several weeks.

Special shout out of thanks to photographer, Jeanette Steiner for her help and graciousness this weekend.

Tip of the week:  Since my daffodils are in bloom why not consider a Spring or Easter mini photo session?  Perfect for those Easter Bonnets and Baskets!  Contact me at cathyhartmanphotography.com  for more information regarding special discounts on this mini session.

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy

 

Welcome to the first Tuesday in March!

I love that March brings along with it the onset of spring and an inspiring feeling of all things new.  Here at my home studio, I am surrounded by signs of spring, new daffodil blooms in my garden, greener grass emerging, budding trees and I even saw a Robin yesterday.   I’ve heard it said the sighting of a Robin means the return of warmth is near.  Yay! This colorful bird is also known to signify “New Beginnings” and this week’s opportunities certainly tell of new beginnings.

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of photographing an amazing group of teenagers that have committed to making a difference in the lives of teens in our area. They are called Breakdown STL, and are quickly becoming known as St. Louis’s best local charity.  They perform a high energy multimedia presentation with a purpose empowering teens to make positive choices regarding: sex, relationships, drugs, alcohol, self-harm, bullying, and suicide by providing preventative health education.  This is a must see event for all, and one of the best investments in time for your teenager.  For more information on this charity, please visit www.breakdownstl.org.

Saturday I captured some amazing shots and video coverage at a fun wedding in Rhineland, Missouri.  Beth and Brian exchanged vows at Church of the Risen Savior and celebrated their new beginning at Valentine Hall.  I just love the name of that place for celebrating a wedding, very fitting indeed.  The entire day was full of details, a photographer’s playground really.  Their adorable children Hannah (2) and Carter (5) were included throughout the day until, like little angels; fell fast asleep in their sleeping bags during the reception.   Just darling!  I am certain these two little ones will add some precious moments to the photos I captured.   The day was absolutely perfect and I’m so happy for this sweet couple.

Sunday brought me a newborn boy named Henry.  Henry’s mother contacted me on Thursday and was eager to find time for a newborn session, including mom and dad.  Our time frame was very limited, dad was only available on weekends and Henry was already 9 days old.  I prefer to take newborn pictures within the first 2 weeks of birth while they still look brand new so we scheduled the session right away.  Henry was adorable and slept like a charm.  One break for a little snack and a brief pause for one little accident during his little nakey shots (which mom caught very quickly with a nearby diaper) made for a rather quick session for a newborn.  Kelsey & Nick, Henry’s parents, were so calm for first time parents, and brought some fun props for Henry.  One of my favorites was dad’s duck decoys.  This was an awesome session with this sweet- as- could- be family.

As always, some of my week involved time on the computer for editing.  I had a request from a client for some special editing on a photo of her son that I took some time ago as she was interested in having it displayed in her home on canvas.  The color in the photo needed to match the décor in her home.  I absolutely love the way the editing in this shot turned out.  Can’t wait to see this on canvas!

Another agenda item for me this week was finalizing the application process for my Senior Role Model program.  I am so excited about this new program and am happy to introduce you to my Senior Role Models for the 2012-3013 season:

Henry Wynd – Marquette High School

Courtney Moeslein – Barat Academy

Lexi Lewis – Marquette High School

Kristen Warncke – Francis Howell Central

Alden Henderson – St. Louis University High School

Kate Thompson – Fort Zumwalt East

Danielle Colombatto – Fort Zumwalt West

Sydney Ockerhausen – Lafayette Senior High School

Watch for Senior Role Model spotlights on this great group of kids over the next several weeks.

Special shout out of thanks to photographer, Jeanette Steiner for her help and graciousness this weekend.

Tip of the week:  Since my daffodils are in bloom why not consider a Spring or Easter mini photo session?  Perfect for those Easter Bonnets and Baskets!  Contact me at cathyhartmanphotography.com  for more information regarding special discounts on this mini session.

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy