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!