Archive for the ‘Dance’ Category

Nv Dance Force | St. Charles Dance Photographer

June 30th, 2012

As always, photographing the dancers at Nv Dance Force was a blast! Here’s a few of my favorites from this year’s shoot.

 

As always, photographing the dancers at Nv Dance Force was a blast! Here’s a few of my favorites from this year’s shoot.

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Francesca | St. Louis Child Photographer

June 23rd, 2012

I love this shot of Francesca because she was just having so much fun. It was a blast to watch her go through her dance routines to pick my favorite poses for her dance shots. Francesca is a dancer at Charmette Academy of Dance and obviously loves to dance!

These images will be even more precious someday because they include a special childhood memory, her favorite teddy bear.

I even got to try out my new chalk board background for the first time – fun!!!

Thanks Francesca for being such a joy to work with!

 

 

 

I love this shot of Francesca because she was just having so much fun. It was a blast to watch her go through her dance routines to pick my favorite poses for her dance shots. Francesca is a dancer at Charmette Academy of Dance and obviously loves to dance!

These images will be even more precious someday because they include a special childhood memory, her favorite teddy bear.

I even got to try out my new chalk board background for the first time – fun!!!

Thanks Francesca for being such a joy to work with!

 

 

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Inertia, The School of Dance | Dance Photographer

June 22nd, 2012

I always love to work with dancers and the group from Inertia, The School of Dance was awesome! Our photo shoot in Old Town St. Charles was a huge success despite the problems with parking and a few raindrops here and there. Here are a few of my favorite images from the day.

Thank you to the helpful dad who got the girls up and down safely – I love this shot!!!

It was actually raining when we photographed this group. I was so impressed how patient everyone was waiting under umbrellas. The little ones even held umbrellas over my head to keep my camera drop – what a bunch of cuties!

Fortunately, the rain was not bad and did not last long. With the cooperation of wonderful parents, teachers and dancers we finished on time and just minutes before a huge thunderstorm passed through.

 Thanks Inertia for such an enjoyable photo shoot and great day!

 

I always love to work with dancers and the group from Inertia, The School of Dance was awesome! Our photo shoot in Old Town St. Charles was a huge success despite the problems with parking and a few raindrops here and there. Here are a few of my favorite images from the day.

Thank you to the helpful dad who got the girls up and down safely – I love this shot!!!

It was actually raining when we photographed this group. I was so impressed how patient everyone was waiting under umbrellas. The little ones even held umbrellas over my head to keep my camera drop – what a bunch of cuties!

Fortunately, the rain was not bad and did not last long. With the cooperation of wonderful parents, teachers and dancers we finished on time and just minutes before a huge thunderstorm passed through.

 Thanks Inertia for such an enjoyable photo shoot and great day!

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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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Tuesday Tips & Updates

February 21st, 2012

 

I guess time does fly when you are having fun!

Last Tuesday has come and gone already?  If I didn’t have a calendar telling me so, I wouldn’t believe it.  Since my last update, I must confess…it’s not been all fun and smiles.  A few days found me a bit under the weather with a head cold, but the weekend sunshine and fun shoots on my agenda had me feeling rejuvenated and back to business as usual.

Friday, I had the honor of photographing the graduation ceremony for Anthem College.  I loved the energy coming from the graduate’s sense of accomplishment as I photographed the ceremony and individual still shots of the grads.

Congratulations on your achievement Anthem College graduates and best of luck in your future endeavors!   Watch for my post of photos from this event later this week.

/><strong>Saturday’s</strong> sunshine took me to Old Towne St. Charles for an engagement session.  Sarah and Nick came along with their two pups and a little colder air than we anticipated.   Despite the chill, the sunshine offered a beautiful day for this sweet couple.  I am really excited about some of the shots I captured with this family (furry kids included) in the making.  I am looking forward to shooting Nick and Sarah’s big event at Herman Hill in late September.</p>
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<p><strong><a href=Sunday took me back to my first love, DANCE!  What fun I had capturing my granddaughter’s in action at Dance Connection Performing Arts Center’s annual  Competition Team Extravaganza held at Francis Howell Central High School.  It is certainly a joy to still have a personal connection with dance through my granddaughters and the studio.  Check out my Facebook page for more pictures of Madeline and Olivia’s dance Extravaganza.

Yesterday afforded me the opportunity to get out and LEARN!!  I promised myself early on that when I find myself blessed with moments of downtime, I would try my best to spend it learning from fellow photographers.  The Illinois Chapter of the Professional Photographers Association hosted a workshop yesterday and I spent my time in a senior portrait photography workshop with Teri Quance from Quance Design housed in Houston, Texas.   During the workshop, Teri really challenged us photographers to reflect on our vision, passion and what’s important to us in our personal business.  She was so inspirational!!  I can’t wait to implement some of her very cool ideas into my promotional products for senior business.

2013 Seniors

The deadline for becoming a part of my new Senior ROLE MODEL program is fast approaching!  Please check out the link on my website and Facebook pages and fill out an application if you are interested. Role Models chosen can look forward to “first class treatment” during our March group and individual photo session (hair and makeup provided), as well as other great opportunities.   We know you have a big story to tell Seniors!!  We are ready to capture the visual ROLE called YOU!

2012 seniors, graduation is approaching!   Now is the time to place orders for invitations, thank you cards, coffee table books, and DVD slideshows for your upcoming graduation parties.  If you haven’t had had your senior picture taken yet, it’s not too late!  Book your session now to get your images back in plenty of time for graduation!

Tip for Tuesday:  Seniors have you heard of Pinterest?  It’s a fun site for loads of great ideas.  Including, but not limited to… How to pair cute outfits!!  Check it out!!

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy

 

 

I guess time does fly when you are having fun!

Last Tuesday has come and gone already?  If I didn’t have a calendar telling me so, I wouldn’t believe it.  Since my last update, I must confess…it’s not been all fun and smiles.  A few days found me a bit under the weather with a head cold, but the weekend sunshine and fun shoots on my agenda had me feeling rejuvenated and back to business as usual.

Friday, I had the honor of photographing the graduation ceremony for Anthem College.  I loved the energy coming from the graduate’s sense of accomplishment as I photographed the ceremony and individual still shots of the grads.

Congratulations on your achievement Anthem College graduates and best of luck in your future endeavors!   Watch for my post of photos from this event later this week.

/><strong>Saturday’s</strong> sunshine took me to Old Towne St. Charles for an engagement session.  Sarah and Nick came along with their two pups and a little colder air than we anticipated.   Despite the chill, the sunshine offered a beautiful day for this sweet couple.  I am really excited about some of the shots I captured with this family (furry kids included) in the making.  I am looking forward to shooting Nick and Sarah’s big event at Herman Hill in late September.</p>
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<p><strong><a href=Sunday took me back to my first love, DANCE!  What fun I had capturing my granddaughter’s in action at Dance Connection Performing Arts Center’s annual  Competition Team Extravaganza held at Francis Howell Central High School.  It is certainly a joy to still have a personal connection with dance through my granddaughters and the studio.  Check out my Facebook page for more pictures of Madeline and Olivia’s dance Extravaganza.

Yesterday afforded me the opportunity to get out and LEARN!!  I promised myself early on that when I find myself blessed with moments of downtime, I would try my best to spend it learning from fellow photographers.  The Illinois Chapter of the Professional Photographers Association hosted a workshop yesterday and I spent my time in a senior portrait photography workshop with Teri Quance from Quance Design housed in Houston, Texas.   During the workshop, Teri really challenged us photographers to reflect on our vision, passion and what’s important to us in our personal business.  She was so inspirational!!  I can’t wait to implement some of her very cool ideas into my promotional products for senior business.

2013 Seniors

The deadline for becoming a part of my new Senior ROLE MODEL program is fast approaching!  Please check out the link on my website and Facebook pages and fill out an application if you are interested. Role Models chosen can look forward to “first class treatment” during our March group and individual photo session (hair and makeup provided), as well as other great opportunities.   We know you have a big story to tell Seniors!!  We are ready to capture the visual ROLE called YOU!

2012 seniors, graduation is approaching!   Now is the time to place orders for invitations, thank you cards, coffee table books, and DVD slideshows for your upcoming graduation parties.  If you haven’t had had your senior picture taken yet, it’s not too late!  Book your session now to get your images back in plenty of time for graduation!

Tip for Tuesday:  Seniors have you heard of Pinterest?  It’s a fun site for loads of great ideas.  Including, but not limited to… How to pair cute outfits!!  Check it out!!

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy

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Nv Dance Force | St. Charles Dance Photographer

June 29th, 2011

I always love working with the dancers at Nv Dance Force! Last year we sweltered in the heat at Forest Park, and this year we started out in the cold rain in Old Town St. Charles. But, no matter the weather, the dancers are troupers! We finished with some groups outside around the studio, set up in doors for a few days, and finally got some great stage shots at the Showcase on June 18. Here are a few of my favorites.

 

I always love working with the dancers at Nv Dance Force! Last year we sweltered in the heat at Forest Park, and this year we started out in the cold rain in Old Town St. Charles. But, no matter the weather, the dancers are troupers! We finished with some groups outside around the studio, set up in doors for a few days, and finally got some great stage shots at the Showcase on June 18. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Center Stage Dance Academy| St. Peters Dance Photographer

June 16th, 2011

After so many years of practically living in the dance studio, I always enjoy any opportunity I get to hang out in a dance studio. I recently got the chance to spend some time at Center Stage Academy of Dance to photograph their dancers. The students, parents, and teachers were awesome and the photo shoots stayed right on schedule! Here are a few of my personal favorites from the week (It was so hard to choose!). An email with details on accessing the galleries will go to all parents by Saturday, June 18. Thanks for a great week!

Did I mention Edward & Jacob were there?

Cool tap costumes that lit up! We did these shots in the dark – a new experience!

Here’s a sample of a custom designed collage. Please contact me directly cathy@cathyhartmanphotography.com for details.

 

After so many years of practically living in the dance studio, I always enjoy any opportunity I get to hang out in a dance studio. I recently got the chance to spend some time at Center Stage Academy of Dance to photograph their dancers. The students, parents, and teachers were awesome and the photo shoots stayed right on schedule! Here are a few of my personal favorites from the week (It was so hard to choose!). An email with details on accessing the galleries will go to all parents by Saturday, June 18. Thanks for a great week!

Did I mention Edward & Jacob were there?

Cool tap costumes that lit up! We did these shots in the dark – a new experience!

Here’s a sample of a custom designed collage. Please contact me directly cathy@cathyhartmanphotography.com for details.

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Dancers Scott & Melissa

June 7th, 2011

I love sessions with dancers, and this session with Scott & Melissa was no exception! Scott was one of my students many years ago. He met his wife, Melissa while dancing on a cruise ship. They both now dance in Myrtle Beach. It was so much fun to hang out with them and their daughter Molly to get these shots.

What fun – jumping with mom & dad.

And rolling down the hill with dad.

Thanks Scott & Melissa for a great shoot!

 

I love sessions with dancers, and this session with Scott & Melissa was no exception! Scott was one of my students many years ago. He met his wife, Melissa while dancing on a cruise ship. They both now dance in Myrtle Beach. It was so much fun to hang out with them and their daughter Molly to get these shots.

What fun – jumping with mom & dad.

And rolling down the hill with dad.

Thanks Scott & Melissa for a great shoot!

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The Circus and The Symphony

January 10th, 2011

The Floating Palace, a collaboration of Circus Flora and the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall this past weekend can only be described as “Magical”. The story is about a circus showboat that played up and down the Mississippi River just before the Civil War. I spent most of the day Saturday capturing images of the rehearsal and performance.

 

Members of The St. Louis Arches with coach and director Jessica Hentoff. The group is a part of Circus Harmony, a St. Louis circus school and social circus organization that can be seen almost every weekend at City Museum.

Featured Clown, Tom Dougherty, greeting audience members before the show.

Elliaire Duet performed by Elliana Hentoff-Killian and Claire Kuciejczyk-Kernan. The girls, both 18, are members of the St. Louis Arches. Elliana has been with Circus Flora since she was six months old and performed her first trick in the ring with Nino, the clown.

Johnny Peers with his menagerie of dogs, each rescued from a pet shelter. I love how this little guy is looking at the Orchestra looking back at him.

Duo Voltart – Beautiful!

Alesya Gulevich began performing in the circus in Russia at the age of five. She currently is a two time Guinness World Record holder for simultaneously spinning the most hula hoops at one time.

The St. Louis Arches

They aren’t kidding when they say “Watch Out for Flying Children”.

Andrew Adams and Erika Gilfether, ADAMO, in a moving and romantic performance to Ballade from Karelia Suite, op.11

The Flying Wallendas/The Great Wallendas – WOW!

What a wonderful show – I hope they do it again!

Not sure how to respond to Johnny Peers who seems to have gone to the dogs.

Ever think you might want to run away with the circus? You can actually do just that in St. Louis. The classes with Circus Harmony at City Museum are open to all ages. Elizabeth Bunny Herring, center, is a student at Circus Harmony doing trapeze at age 82! Also Pictured St. Louis Arches member Iking Bateman and Director Jessica Hentoff.

Lastly, I have to share my moment of fame in the circus. I performed with Gamma Phi Circus as a college student at Illinois State University in 1978. I don’t have many pictures, but here are a couple I found.

 

The Floating Palace, a collaboration of Circus Flora and the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall this past weekend can only be described as “Magical”. The story is about a circus showboat that played up and down the Mississippi River just before the Civil War. I spent most of the day Saturday capturing images of the rehearsal and performance.

 

Members of The St. Louis Arches with coach and director Jessica Hentoff. The group is a part of Circus Harmony, a St. Louis circus school and social circus organization that can be seen almost every weekend at City Museum.

Featured Clown, Tom Dougherty, greeting audience members before the show.

Elliaire Duet performed by Elliana Hentoff-Killian and Claire Kuciejczyk-Kernan. The girls, both 18, are members of the St. Louis Arches. Elliana has been with Circus Flora since she was six months old and performed her first trick in the ring with Nino, the clown.

Johnny Peers with his menagerie of dogs, each rescued from a pet shelter. I love how this little guy is looking at the Orchestra looking back at him.

Duo Voltart – Beautiful!

Alesya Gulevich began performing in the circus in Russia at the age of five. She currently is a two time Guinness World Record holder for simultaneously spinning the most hula hoops at one time.

The St. Louis Arches

They aren’t kidding when they say “Watch Out for Flying Children”.

Andrew Adams and Erika Gilfether, ADAMO, in a moving and romantic performance to Ballade from Karelia Suite, op.11

The Flying Wallendas/The Great Wallendas – WOW!

What a wonderful show – I hope they do it again!

Not sure how to respond to Johnny Peers who seems to have gone to the dogs.

Ever think you might want to run away with the circus? You can actually do just that in St. Louis. The classes with Circus Harmony at City Museum are open to all ages. Elizabeth Bunny Herring, center, is a student at Circus Harmony doing trapeze at age 82! Also Pictured St. Louis Arches member Iking Bateman and Director Jessica Hentoff.

Lastly, I have to share my moment of fame in the circus. I performed with Gamma Phi Circus as a college student at Illinois State University in 1978. I don’t have many pictures, but here are a couple I found.

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Storyboards

August 31st, 2010
I just finished a few new storyboards. These make great canvas wraps or metal prints that are ready to hang without searching for the perfect frame.  You can see more samples on my website under portfolios/artwork & creative.




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I just finished a few new storyboards. These make great canvas wraps or metal prints that are ready to hang without searching for the perfect frame.  You can see more samples on my website under portfolios/artwork & creative.