Archive for the ‘My Life’ Category

Spring Awakenings

March 5th, 2013

It is hard to believe with the dreary weather and snow today that spring is only 14 days away! I am ready for the emergence of new life and the carefree beauty of the outdoors that comes with this time of year. Along with the arrival of spring, I have plans for a fresh start in my photography business. Several people have asked me recently why I haven’t been blogging so I thought I’d give a quick update.  I’ve been very busy this winter working on some exciting ideas that I will be sharing soon on my newly designed website and blog. For those of you who have not heard, I now live in St. Charles and will be staying in the area. I really have spring fever right now and cannot wait to get back outdoors for more sessions.

Here are a few reminders from last spring to “warm” you up on this cold winter’s day.

Newborn baby girl

robin

spring-12

wren

spring-14

Where man sees but withered leaves,
God sees sweet flowers growing.

~Albert Laighton

 

It is hard to believe with the dreary weather and snow today that spring is only 14 days away! I am ready for the emergence of new life and the carefree beauty of the outdoors that comes with this time of year. Along with the arrival of spring, I have plans for a fresh start in my photography business. Several people have asked me recently why I haven’t been blogging so I thought I’d give a quick update.  I’ve been very busy this winter working on some exciting ideas that I will be sharing soon on my newly designed website and blog. For those of you who have not heard, I now live in St. Charles and will be staying in the area. I really have spring fever right now and cannot wait to get back outdoors for more sessions.

Here are a few reminders from last spring to “warm” you up on this cold winter’s day.

Newborn baby girl

robin

spring-12

wren

spring-14

Where man sees but withered leaves,
God sees sweet flowers growing.

~Albert Laighton

breaker

May Day Tuesday | St. Peters Photographer

May 2nd, 2012

This Tuesday finds me reflecting on all the reasons why I feel lucky to love pursuing my own business.

I love to be challenged; it forces me to grow in what I am passionate about.  I love to connect with my clients, the way I want to connect with them.  I love to give back to the community and devote extra time to organizations I believe in.  I love the feeling of pride that overwhelms me when I’ve created something on my own.  I love that I can find time for a work/life balance, and when my life needs me to take a break from work, my work allows me this opportunity.

Much of last week and the rest of this week, I will be devoting some time to my parents.  I am certainly thankful that when they need me, I can be there for them.  With that said, I don’t have much business to blog about this week.  However, I would like to take the opportunity to offer a FUN promotion.  By the way, this is yet another reason I love owning my own business….making a decision to do something FUN!

Outdoor Family Portraits

Take advantage of the beautiful weather late spring can offer with an outdoor family portrait.  Choose from any of our area’s most stunning parks, open spaces, urban locations or any other location that has a special significance to your family.  These sessions are always a lot of FUN and the natural, vibrant color these portraits offer is truly breathtaking.   Included in the $99 session fee you will receive 1 8×10 gift print and 1 Facebook image..  Availability is limited, so call to reserve your session today.


 

This Tuesday finds me reflecting on all the reasons why I feel lucky to love pursuing my own business.

I love to be challenged; it forces me to grow in what I am passionate about.  I love to connect with my clients, the way I want to connect with them.  I love to give back to the community and devote extra time to organizations I believe in.  I love the feeling of pride that overwhelms me when I’ve created something on my own.  I love that I can find time for a work/life balance, and when my life needs me to take a break from work, my work allows me this opportunity.

Much of last week and the rest of this week, I will be devoting some time to my parents.  I am certainly thankful that when they need me, I can be there for them.  With that said, I don’t have much business to blog about this week.  However, I would like to take the opportunity to offer a FUN promotion.  By the way, this is yet another reason I love owning my own business….making a decision to do something FUN!

Outdoor Family Portraits

Take advantage of the beautiful weather late spring can offer with an outdoor family portrait.  Choose from any of our area’s most stunning parks, open spaces, urban locations or any other location that has a special significance to your family.  These sessions are always a lot of FUN and the natural, vibrant color these portraits offer is truly breathtaking.   Included in the $99 session fee you will receive 1 8×10 gift print and 1 Facebook image..  Availability is limited, so call to reserve your session today.


breaker

Tuesday Updates | St. Peters Photographer

April 24th, 2012

Wow!  A few weeks have come and gone since my last Tuesday blog.

Tuesday’s are just flying by and I am starting to realize how easy it is for busyness to get the best of me, at least in the way of keeping up my blog that is.  I have so many things coming to fruition right now with my photography business and schooling.  Yes…you read right, schooling.  I am graduating with a degree in Graphic Design this July.  Yay!!  Although I am thrilled about this accomplishment, it has certainly overwhelmed my spare time with finals and planning for an upcoming internship.  I am gaining a new appreciation for all the college kids out there trying to juggle all they do.  Finding the balance in time while caring for family, running a business and going to school can be challenging, but I remind myself often to appreciate the blessing of it all.  I was reminded just this past week in the lyrics of a familiar, favorite song, “In the middle of my little mess, I forget how big I’m blessed.”  A reminder to myself every now and again to breath and tell myself, “If I miss a blog or two occasionally, it’s not the end of the world.  It just means I am busy doing what I love, taking pictures and learning how to always be the best I can be at just that!”

Most of my photography sessions over the past two weeks have been with graduating seniors.  Old Town St. Charles, historic Cottleville and cooperating weather made perfect settings for these shoots.  I am looking forward to getting the editing work done on these sessions.  I will also be finishing up a shoot with one of my Senior Role Models.  I am eager to get his session shot and edited so I can finalize this new program for 2012 and get it up, running and released.

 

 

I was honored to photograph the Third Annual Gala for BreakDown STL Saturday, April 14th at the Kemp Auto Museum. What an amazing event with Tim Ezell as MC and Andy Benes as a guest speaker, also the recipient of the BreakDown STL Youth Empowerment Award.  It was certainly a “red carpet” event!

 

 

Visit my website at www.cathyhartmanphotography.com to view the galleries from the event.

Client login: gala

A big, heartfelt thanks to BreakDown STL for announcing me that evening as BreakDown’s official photographer.  I love this group and all they are doing for our community.

Saturday, I photographed Lindsey and Adam’s wedding at Hermann Hill.  What a beautiful day it turned out to be after all the rain we had last week.  I also found time over the weekend for a workshop on senior photography at the Hilton Ball Park and the Wedding Trail in Hermann.  Always appreciative to learn!

Tip of the week:  Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy

 

Wow!  A few weeks have come and gone since my last Tuesday blog.

Tuesday’s are just flying by and I am starting to realize how easy it is for busyness to get the best of me, at least in the way of keeping up my blog that is.  I have so many things coming to fruition right now with my photography business and schooling.  Yes…you read right, schooling.  I am graduating with a degree in Graphic Design this July.  Yay!!  Although I am thrilled about this accomplishment, it has certainly overwhelmed my spare time with finals and planning for an upcoming internship.  I am gaining a new appreciation for all the college kids out there trying to juggle all they do.  Finding the balance in time while caring for family, running a business and going to school can be challenging, but I remind myself often to appreciate the blessing of it all.  I was reminded just this past week in the lyrics of a familiar, favorite song, “In the middle of my little mess, I forget how big I’m blessed.”  A reminder to myself every now and again to breath and tell myself, “If I miss a blog or two occasionally, it’s not the end of the world.  It just means I am busy doing what I love, taking pictures and learning how to always be the best I can be at just that!”

Most of my photography sessions over the past two weeks have been with graduating seniors.  Old Town St. Charles, historic Cottleville and cooperating weather made perfect settings for these shoots.  I am looking forward to getting the editing work done on these sessions.  I will also be finishing up a shoot with one of my Senior Role Models.  I am eager to get his session shot and edited so I can finalize this new program for 2012 and get it up, running and released.

 

 

I was honored to photograph the Third Annual Gala for BreakDown STL Saturday, April 14th at the Kemp Auto Museum. What an amazing event with Tim Ezell as MC and Andy Benes as a guest speaker, also the recipient of the BreakDown STL Youth Empowerment Award.  It was certainly a “red carpet” event!

 

 

Visit my website at www.cathyhartmanphotography.com to view the galleries from the event.

Client login: gala

A big, heartfelt thanks to BreakDown STL for announcing me that evening as BreakDown’s official photographer.  I love this group and all they are doing for our community.

Saturday, I photographed Lindsey and Adam’s wedding at Hermann Hill.  What a beautiful day it turned out to be after all the rain we had last week.  I also found time over the weekend for a workshop on senior photography at the Hilton Ball Park and the Wedding Trail in Hermann.  Always appreciative to learn!

Tip of the week:  Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy

breaker

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]

breaker

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.

breaker

Our Trip To Yellowstone | Travel and nature photography

September 28th, 2011

Bob and I just got back from an amazing trip to Yellowstone with Austin Lehman Adventures.  I can’t imagine a better way to see Yellowstone for the first time. We were able to relax and really enjoy ourselves thanks to our wonderful tour guides Jeff & Tatiana! They took such great care of us and were full of surprises! We’ll always remember the fun we had and treasure the new friendships with others in our group. Everything was so beautiful some of these shots look fake, but I took them all except for a few when we were on the rafts. Here’s a video of some of my favorite images.

 

Bob and I just got back from an amazing trip to Yellowstone with Austin Lehman Adventures.  I can’t imagine a better way to see Yellowstone for the first time. We were able to relax and really enjoy ourselves thanks to our wonderful tour guides Jeff & Tatiana! They took such great care of us and were full of surprises! We’ll always remember the fun we had and treasure the new friendships with others in our group. Everything was so beautiful some of these shots look fake, but I took them all except for a few when we were on the rafts. Here’s a video of some of my favorite images.

breaker

San Antonio – Imaging USA

January 23rd, 2011

It’s hard to believe that just 4 days ago I was walking around San Antonio in 70 degree weather. I got home Thursday night to 8 inches of snow and my outside thermometer showed 8 degrees – wow what a difference a 3 hour plan ride can make. Anyway, it’s still great to be home, nice and cozy inside, as the snow continues to fall.

Imaging USA, the photography convention I attended was amazing. I can’t wait to put the new skills, ideas, and props I bought into use.

The trade show – shopping heaven for photographers.

My hotel was about 7 blocks from the convention center – a beautiful walk in 65-70 degree weather on the River Walk along the San Antonio River.

These boats gave tours all day up and down the river.

The restaurants were prepared for the chili evenings (around 45) where tourists still sat outside for dinner.

It feels a lot like Mexico here.

Then you walk past the occasional restaurant that makes you go hmmm. Italian food, jazz, and belly dancing?

There are American flags everywhere.

And just as many lone star flags.

In fact, there are stars everywhere. I shot this through a star in the bridge railing.

Stars on the chairs and even the napkins shaped like a star.

There are beautiful and unique fountains and waterfalls all along the River Walk.

And if you look closely you’ll see little critters along the way.

As I look out my window at all our snow, it’s hard to believe I shot this little bug in a rose just 4 days ago.

I walked past so much rich history and architecture every day – it was amazing.

This walkway into The Alamo was another area I walked past on my way to classes each morning.

On the last day I was able to spend a little time actually touring The Alamo.

The walk back to my hotel each evening was just as beautiful as the morning walks.

I loved the last part of my walk on this tree lined street in front of my hotel.

I stayed at the historic Sheraton Gunter. Supposedly there’s a room on the 6th floor that’s haunted by a woman murdered there in 1965. They say you can sometimes see her in pictures, but I never got that lucky.

 

It’s hard to believe that just 4 days ago I was walking around San Antonio in 70 degree weather. I got home Thursday night to 8 inches of snow and my outside thermometer showed 8 degrees – wow what a difference a 3 hour plan ride can make. Anyway, it’s still great to be home, nice and cozy inside, as the snow continues to fall.

Imaging USA, the photography convention I attended was amazing. I can’t wait to put the new skills, ideas, and props I bought into use.

The trade show – shopping heaven for photographers.

My hotel was about 7 blocks from the convention center – a beautiful walk in 65-70 degree weather on the River Walk along the San Antonio River.

These boats gave tours all day up and down the river.

The restaurants were prepared for the chili evenings (around 45) where tourists still sat outside for dinner.

It feels a lot like Mexico here.

Then you walk past the occasional restaurant that makes you go hmmm. Italian food, jazz, and belly dancing?

There are American flags everywhere.

And just as many lone star flags.

In fact, there are stars everywhere. I shot this through a star in the bridge railing.

Stars on the chairs and even the napkins shaped like a star.

There are beautiful and unique fountains and waterfalls all along the River Walk.

And if you look closely you’ll see little critters along the way.

As I look out my window at all our snow, it’s hard to believe I shot this little bug in a rose just 4 days ago.

I walked past so much rich history and architecture every day – it was amazing.

This walkway into The Alamo was another area I walked past on my way to classes each morning.

On the last day I was able to spend a little time actually touring The Alamo.

The walk back to my hotel each evening was just as beautiful as the morning walks.

I loved the last part of my walk on this tree lined street in front of my hotel.

I stayed at the historic Sheraton Gunter. Supposedly there’s a room on the 6th floor that’s haunted by a woman murdered there in 1965. They say you can sometimes see her in pictures, but I never got that lucky.

breaker

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.

breaker

My Grandkids

September 7th, 2010

It’s not often I get all eleven of my grandchildren together at one time, but when I do it’s crazy & awesome! Sometimes during a photo shoot people worry that their children aren’t behaving as well as they want them to, but it really doesn’t bother me. I don’t expect them to sit quietly and pose perfectly – that just wouldn’t be a normal day! Anyway, the best shots are when they’re being themselves. Here’s a few outtakes from how perfectly things went at the photo shoot with my eleven grandchildren.

The first step is to gather everyone into one general location

The next step is to keep the baby from crying and get everyone to look at the camera instead of Fen trying to run away.

It’s usually best if they don’t eat the mulch

Now, if we can just get one shot without goofy faces or cheesy smiles

No matter what, jumping and hanging out with your cousins is always a great time!

And, here are my favorite shots of the day

And number one – all eleven in one shot – priceless!

 

It’s not often I get all eleven of my grandchildren together at one time, but when I do it’s crazy & awesome! Sometimes during a photo shoot people worry that their children aren’t behaving as well as they want them to, but it really doesn’t bother me. I don’t expect them to sit quietly and pose perfectly – that just wouldn’t be a normal day! Anyway, the best shots are when they’re being themselves. Here’s a few outtakes from how perfectly things went at the photo shoot with my eleven grandchildren.

The first step is to gather everyone into one general location

The next step is to keep the baby from crying and get everyone to look at the camera instead of Fen trying to run away.

It’s usually best if they don’t eat the mulch

Now, if we can just get one shot without goofy faces or cheesy smiles

No matter what, jumping and hanging out with your cousins is always a great time!

And, here are my favorite shots of the day

And number one – all eleven in one shot – priceless!

breaker

My First Camera

September 1st, 2010

While cleaning my basement store room to make more space for photo props yesterday, I came across an old scrapbook. It’s full of images I took with my first camera! I had so much fun looking through them I just had to share a few.

This is my brother Keith in 1967. I love that he posed for me! Oops – I guess I’m showing my age with these dates!

My friend Kimberly Rogers loved posing for my camera – if you’re out there Kim, I’ve been trying to find you! I love that my shadow is in this shot which means she was facing straight into the bright sun, & could I be any further away!

Now we jump to 1969. I obviously still needed a little work on my composition skills – I almost got my brother Keith and our new puppy Rowlf in the shot!

1971 – this was the year I took photography in 4-H and actually learned a little bit about what I was doing. Notice the way mom is holding her purse – not sure if she did that or I directed it?

We had just moved to the country so there was always work to do – here’s dad taking a break from all the leaves!

And my whole family heading to the pond for fishing and a swim. Not sure dad was enjoying me constantly stopping him for pictures.

Of course, our pony Bill was always along – he loved to nudge people and push them into the pond.

Well that’s my trip down memory lane for the day, now back to editing!


Posted in: My Life
Expand Close
| 2 Comments | See Full Post
 

While cleaning my basement store room to make more space for photo props yesterday, I came across an old scrapbook. It’s full of images I took with my first camera! I had so much fun looking through them I just had to share a few.

This is my brother Keith in 1967. I love that he posed for me! Oops – I guess I’m showing my age with these dates!

My friend Kimberly Rogers loved posing for my camera – if you’re out there Kim, I’ve been trying to find you! I love that my shadow is in this shot which means she was facing straight into the bright sun, & could I be any further away!

Now we jump to 1969. I obviously still needed a little work on my composition skills – I almost got my brother Keith and our new puppy Rowlf in the shot!

1971 – this was the year I took photography in 4-H and actually learned a little bit about what I was doing. Notice the way mom is holding her purse – not sure if she did that or I directed it?

We had just moved to the country so there was always work to do – here’s dad taking a break from all the leaves!

And my whole family heading to the pond for fishing and a swim. Not sure dad was enjoying me constantly stopping him for pictures.

Of course, our pony Bill was always along – he loved to nudge people and push them into the pond.

Well that’s my trip down memory lane for the day, now back to editing!