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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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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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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

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Another Beautiful Tuesday | St. Peters Photographer

February 28th, 2012

Tuesday has certainly turned into one of my favorite days of the week.   Wondering  why?

Tuesday is the day I’ve set aside to tell you about the different opportunities that have come my way the week before, or things I’m just plain excited about.    Every once and a while, it feels good to slow down, clear my busy mind and take a moment to reflect  and be thankful for everything that makes up the job I love.  Tuesday is becoming that opportunity for reflection for sure.

This past week led me to a familiar photography session that I’m always grateful to donate my time for.  Every year in February and March, several photographers come together to photograph for a very special organization, The Missouri Adoption Heart Gallery.  Wednesday, I spent some quality time with one of these amazing kids and today I had a session with another sweet boy.  These kiddos look so forward to the photography sessions and the individual one on one attention that goes along with it.  I value the time spent with them as well and it makes my heart happy to see them smile.   The longer I shoot for the Missouri Adoption Heart Gallery; the more I come to the realization that I cannot adopt each child I photograph.  Well, I’m almost coming to that realization anyway.  Take a moment to view the photographs of these beautiful children in need of forever families/homes @ moheartgallery.org/adoption.

Aside from my shoots with Missouri Heart Adoption Gallery and a few appointments here and there, I designated a great deal of my time last week to some much needed catch up work on the computer.  Wedding album designs, editing and business planning were a must for the agenda.  However, the weekend brought around plans for some casual down time with friends, but an unexpected surprise phone call made for a quick change in plans and a very eventful weekend.

On Saturday morning, I received a call from an eager bride planning a very quick wedding and in desperate need of photography.  The wedding was taking place Sunday (as in the next day) in Hermann.  So, Sunday afternoon I packed up and headed to Hermann to photograph an impromptu, private wedding.   The bride and groom purchased their marriage license on Friday, booked Hermann Hill Chapel, purchased a wedding dress, dresses for their girls and ordered tuxes for the guys on Saturday and had the most precious wedding ceremony on Sunday.  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.  I was thrilled to have met this family – It was a happy day!

This week, I am looking forward to shooting Breakdown STL, a high energy multimedia presentation with a purpose.  BreakDown STL empowers 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 more information on this free presentation at the Edward Jones Theatre on March 1st visit  www.breakdownstl.org.

Reminder:  The deadline for becoming a part of my new Senior ROLE MODEL program March 1st!   Check out the link on my website and Facebook pages and fill out an application if you are interested.

Tip for Tuesday:  Great informational tidbit on How to pay for college? The link provided offers great tips for high school students, parents and college students.

http://www.studentbank.com/featured/101-ways-to-pay-for-college/

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy

 

Tuesday has certainly turned into one of my favorite days of the week.   Wondering  why?

Tuesday is the day I’ve set aside to tell you about the different opportunities that have come my way the week before, or things I’m just plain excited about.    Every once and a while, it feels good to slow down, clear my busy mind and take a moment to reflect  and be thankful for everything that makes up the job I love.  Tuesday is becoming that opportunity for reflection for sure.

This past week led me to a familiar photography session that I’m always grateful to donate my time for.  Every year in February and March, several photographers come together to photograph for a very special organization, The Missouri Adoption Heart Gallery.  Wednesday, I spent some quality time with one of these amazing kids and today I had a session with another sweet boy.  These kiddos look so forward to the photography sessions and the individual one on one attention that goes along with it.  I value the time spent with them as well and it makes my heart happy to see them smile.   The longer I shoot for the Missouri Adoption Heart Gallery; the more I come to the realization that I cannot adopt each child I photograph.  Well, I’m almost coming to that realization anyway.  Take a moment to view the photographs of these beautiful children in need of forever families/homes @ moheartgallery.org/adoption.

Aside from my shoots with Missouri Heart Adoption Gallery and a few appointments here and there, I designated a great deal of my time last week to some much needed catch up work on the computer.  Wedding album designs, editing and business planning were a must for the agenda.  However, the weekend brought around plans for some casual down time with friends, but an unexpected surprise phone call made for a quick change in plans and a very eventful weekend.

On Saturday morning, I received a call from an eager bride planning a very quick wedding and in desperate need of photography.  The wedding was taking place Sunday (as in the next day) in Hermann.  So, Sunday afternoon I packed up and headed to Hermann to photograph an impromptu, private wedding.   The bride and groom purchased their marriage license on Friday, booked Hermann Hill Chapel, purchased a wedding dress, dresses for their girls and ordered tuxes for the guys on Saturday and had the most precious wedding ceremony on Sunday.  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.  I was thrilled to have met this family – It was a happy day!

This week, I am looking forward to shooting Breakdown STL, a high energy multimedia presentation with a purpose.  BreakDown STL empowers 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 more information on this free presentation at the Edward Jones Theatre on March 1st visit  www.breakdownstl.org.

Reminder:  The deadline for becoming a part of my new Senior ROLE MODEL program March 1st!   Check out the link on my website and Facebook pages and fill out an application if you are interested.

Tip for Tuesday:  Great informational tidbit on How to pay for college? The link provided offers great tips for high school students, parents and college students.

http://www.studentbank.com/featured/101-ways-to-pay-for-college/

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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Circus Image Winner | St. Louis Photographer

September 29th, 2011

I’m so excited my image from the circus titled “Just Missed” won first place in the photojournalism category at St. Louis Camera Club last night. I took the image at the Moolah Shrine Circus in St. Charles. Wow, and I just realized I posted to my blog two days in a row – maybe I’m finally about to get caught up from vacation! Now, back to editing.

 

I’m so excited my image from the circus titled “Just Missed” won first place in the photojournalism category at St. Louis Camera Club last night. I took the image at the Moolah Shrine Circus in St. Charles. Wow, and I just realized I posted to my blog two days in a row – maybe I’m finally about to get caught up from vacation! Now, back to editing.

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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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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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Life is a Cabernet

October 13th, 2010

On Monday, October 11, 2010 The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) St. Louis Chapter presented its 15th Annual Action, Luncheon and Fashion Show – “Life is a Cabernet”. Donations at this event support local patient services as well as globally funding research and clinical trials. The St. Louis Chapter contributes significantly to the critical research being conducted at the Advanced Center for Parkinson Research at Washington University School of Medicine. You can learn more about Parkinson Disease and the St. Louis Chapter on their website www.stlapda.org. My dad has suffered from Parkinson’s for 34 years. He never complains and maintains a great sense of humor while continuing to battle this disease. He and my mom who is a constant caregiver are a true inspiration to me. I was honored to attend and photograph this event. You can see all the images on my website www.cathyhartmanphotography.com under client proofs/events. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Debbie Guyer Coordinator & Honorary Chairperson Bill Donius

There was quite a frenzy getting in final bids for all the great silent auction items

The luncheon was delicious and this desert was amazing

Master of Ceremonies for the Fashion Show Victoria Babu – KTRS 550 am & Kent Ehrhardt – KMOV News 4

Loved the Fashion Show!

Brooke & Melissa Dubman

Joel Perlmutter Medical Director St. Louis APDA & his wife Monica

Tango Entertainment by Michael Flanagan & Joanne Fountain

My inspiration – my mom & dad – Bill & Donna Peacock

 

On Monday, October 11, 2010 The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) St. Louis Chapter presented its 15th Annual Action, Luncheon and Fashion Show – “Life is a Cabernet”. Donations at this event support local patient services as well as globally funding research and clinical trials. The St. Louis Chapter contributes significantly to the critical research being conducted at the Advanced Center for Parkinson Research at Washington University School of Medicine. You can learn more about Parkinson Disease and the St. Louis Chapter on their website www.stlapda.org. My dad has suffered from Parkinson’s for 34 years. He never complains and maintains a great sense of humor while continuing to battle this disease. He and my mom who is a constant caregiver are a true inspiration to me. I was honored to attend and photograph this event. You can see all the images on my website www.cathyhartmanphotography.com under client proofs/events. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Debbie Guyer Coordinator & Honorary Chairperson Bill Donius

There was quite a frenzy getting in final bids for all the great silent auction items

The luncheon was delicious and this desert was amazing

Master of Ceremonies for the Fashion Show Victoria Babu – KTRS 550 am & Kent Ehrhardt – KMOV News 4

Loved the Fashion Show!

Brooke & Melissa Dubman

Joel Perlmutter Medical Director St. Louis APDA & his wife Monica

Tango Entertainment by Michael Flanagan & Joanne Fountain

My inspiration – my mom & dad – Bill & Donna Peacock

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St. Louis Camera Club Winner

April 28th, 2010

I am very excited and honored that the St. Louis Camera Club has chosen one of my images as one of 30 to represent the St. Louis Camera Club in a display at a “Sister Cities” 50th Anniversary promotion in Stuttgart, Germany. The image will be printed and framed for display. I titled the image “concentration” because of the intense looks on their faces (along with the tongues). These boys are such cuties!


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I am very excited and honored that the St. Louis Camera Club has chosen one of my images as one of 30 to represent the St. Louis Camera Club in a display at a “Sister Cities” 50th Anniversary promotion in Stuttgart, Germany. The image will be printed and framed for display. I titled the image “concentration” because of the intense looks on their faces (along with the tongues). These boys are such cuties!