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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.


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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

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First Tuesday in April | St. Louis Photographer

April 3rd, 2012

Today’s Tuesday blog is accompanied with record heat for a St. Louis April.

April?  Already April and it feels like June.  Easter is just around the corner and I feel like I should be watching nature bloom and yet I find myself wanting to pull out my swim suit and head out back for a dip in the pool.  What is up with our crazy weather patterns lately and where does the time go?  Much of my work this week has me asking myself this very question.  Well, not really about the weather, but about the passing time.

Babies…Babies…Babies!  I absolutely love my newborn and baby sessions.  This week brought me so much fun in two   families and their sweet baby girls.  Sophia and Olivia were simply angels as we adorned them in tutus, bunny wear, and even police uniforms.  These two beautiful babies were each just about a week old and I am so pleased with all the creativity used in their shoots.  I just love it when the parents are willing to be creative with me.  It sure makes for some pretty amazing photos.  It’s working with these little newborn’s that often has me wondering where the time goes.  I offer a Bebe Collection to my clients wanting newborn sessions. It’s a program that offers parents a discounted price and other specials with four custom portrait sessions as their baby grows: newborn, 3 months, 6-9 months and 12 months.  Parents can rest assured that they have a pre-paid session ready and waiting when the time comes.  I worked with little Roman last Thursday for his one year old session, his parents Gina & Leo are dear friends of mine.  It seems like just yesterday we were doing his newborn session.  I can’t believe he is already one year old and such a go-getter.  Gina and I had such a blast playing with him to get the shots we wanted.  It was precious time spent for sure.

Sunday evening had me reminiscing over time again as I headed to Quail Ridge Park to meet Krista & Adam for a maternity session.  Although it was a hot afternoon, it didn’t keep us from capturing great images of this special time in their life.  I couldn’t believe I was meeting Krista for a maternity session.  She used to be one of my dance students and now she is about to be a mommy.  Krista and Adam are a sweet couple and I loved spending time with them.  I also love that they are keeping the sex of the baby a secret until the arrival.  I can’t wait to meet their new one for a newborn session – only a few weeks away!

The weekend also brought an engagement session downtown.  Lindsey and Adam had a perfect day for a shoot at the City Garden, Busch Stadium, and The Arch Grounds. It was fun to get to know this couple a little better before their big day at Hermann Hill on April 21st.

I’m looking forward to my family being home for Easter.  Preparations are now underway for a houseful.  Can’t wait!

Tip of the week:  Happy Easter!!  Have any little ones to surprise?  Here is a link for some fun printouts and Easter treats.  Enjoy!!  http://www.welovetoillustrate.com/2012/04/free-easter-printables.html

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy

 

Today’s Tuesday blog is accompanied with record heat for a St. Louis April.

April?  Already April and it feels like June.  Easter is just around the corner and I feel like I should be watching nature bloom and yet I find myself wanting to pull out my swim suit and head out back for a dip in the pool.  What is up with our crazy weather patterns lately and where does the time go?  Much of my work this week has me asking myself this very question.  Well, not really about the weather, but about the passing time.

Babies…Babies…Babies!  I absolutely love my newborn and baby sessions.  This week brought me so much fun in two   families and their sweet baby girls.  Sophia and Olivia were simply angels as we adorned them in tutus, bunny wear, and even police uniforms.  These two beautiful babies were each just about a week old and I am so pleased with all the creativity used in their shoots.  I just love it when the parents are willing to be creative with me.  It sure makes for some pretty amazing photos.  It’s working with these little newborn’s that often has me wondering where the time goes.  I offer a Bebe Collection to my clients wanting newborn sessions. It’s a program that offers parents a discounted price and other specials with four custom portrait sessions as their baby grows: newborn, 3 months, 6-9 months and 12 months.  Parents can rest assured that they have a pre-paid session ready and waiting when the time comes.  I worked with little Roman last Thursday for his one year old session, his parents Gina & Leo are dear friends of mine.  It seems like just yesterday we were doing his newborn session.  I can’t believe he is already one year old and such a go-getter.  Gina and I had such a blast playing with him to get the shots we wanted.  It was precious time spent for sure.

Sunday evening had me reminiscing over time again as I headed to Quail Ridge Park to meet Krista & Adam for a maternity session.  Although it was a hot afternoon, it didn’t keep us from capturing great images of this special time in their life.  I couldn’t believe I was meeting Krista for a maternity session.  She used to be one of my dance students and now she is about to be a mommy.  Krista and Adam are a sweet couple and I loved spending time with them.  I also love that they are keeping the sex of the baby a secret until the arrival.  I can’t wait to meet their new one for a newborn session – only a few weeks away!

The weekend also brought an engagement session downtown.  Lindsey and Adam had a perfect day for a shoot at the City Garden, Busch Stadium, and The Arch Grounds. It was fun to get to know this couple a little better before their big day at Hermann Hill on April 21st.

I’m looking forward to my family being home for Easter.  Preparations are now underway for a houseful.  Can’t wait!

Tip of the week:  Happy Easter!!  Have any little ones to surprise?  Here is a link for some fun printouts and Easter treats.  Enjoy!!  http://www.welovetoillustrate.com/2012/04/free-easter-printables.html

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy

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Tuesday Blog | St. Peters Photographer

March 28th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Terrific Tuesday | St. Peters Photographer

March 20th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henry Wynd – Marquette High School

Courtney Moeslein – Barat Academy

Lexi Lewis – Marquette High School

Kristen Warncke – Francis Howell Central

Alden Henderson – St. Louis University High School

Kate Thompson – Fort Zumwalt East

Danielle Colombatto – Fort Zumwalt West

Sydney Ockerhausen – Lafayette Senior High School

I am so lucky to love what I do!

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

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henry Wynd – Marquette High School

Courtney Moeslein – Barat Academy

Lexi Lewis – Marquette High School

Kristen Warncke – Francis Howell Central

Alden Henderson – St. Louis University High School

Kate Thompson – Fort Zumwalt East

Danielle Colombatto – Fort Zumwalt West

Sydney Ockerhausen – Lafayette Senior High School

I am so lucky to love what I do!

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

Until Next Tuesday!

~Cathy

 

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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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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2012

Even though it is cold and grey outside, Valentine’s Day has me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside!!   Not only am I so grateful for the love of my family and dear friends, I can honestly say I LOVE what I do!  Creating masterpieces for the amazing people I get to work with just warms my heart over and over again. My clients often ask me, “What do you like to photograph most?”

My response, “Whatever I am photographing at the moment.”  I am inspired by Life and absolutely love any moment my clients feel worthy of capturing.  Let’s face it; I never get bored with all the variety Life has to offer.  So far this month, I’m having the time of my life shooting precious little ones.  The sweet, stillness of newborns and curious personalities of babies and toddlers are so fun to work with.  I just love the creative opportunities in these shoots.  I believe children in general offer such a joyful innocence to the lens.

Aside from my photo sessions, I’ve also spent time this month meeting with Brides as wedding season is just around the corner. I’m anxious to hear stories of  all the Valentine’s Day proposals and hoping for warmer weather for upcoming engagement sessions ~ although I was really wishing I had one scheduled yesterday in that beautiful snowfall!

The close of January brought a few new additions to Cathy Hartman photography.  I’ve brought in some “behind the scenes” part-time help in Amy Greco!  Amy is coming alongside to take care of some of the details that I don’t always have the time in my day to get to.   She is currently updating some of the wording on my website, packages, programs, etc. to offer a more “creative voice.”   If some of you were wondering if I’ve suddenly gained a new talent in my creative writing ability, well, that is probably Amy translating for me.  I welcome Amy and look forward to the support she will offer me in the upcoming months.

In addition, I’ve introduced a new SENIOR ROLE MODEL program that I am really excited about.  I am currently accepting applications for ROLE MODELS and will continue through March 1st.    Watch my blog in March as I unveil my ROLE MODELS for the 2012-2013 season.

Until next Tuesday,

~ Cathy

 

Even though it is cold and grey outside, Valentine’s Day has me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside!!   Not only am I so grateful for the love of my family and dear friends, I can honestly say I LOVE what I do!  Creating masterpieces for the amazing people I get to work with just warms my heart over and over again. My clients often ask me, “What do you like to photograph most?”

My response, “Whatever I am photographing at the moment.”  I am inspired by Life and absolutely love any moment my clients feel worthy of capturing.  Let’s face it; I never get bored with all the variety Life has to offer.  So far this month, I’m having the time of my life shooting precious little ones.  The sweet, stillness of newborns and curious personalities of babies and toddlers are so fun to work with.  I just love the creative opportunities in these shoots.  I believe children in general offer such a joyful innocence to the lens.

Aside from my photo sessions, I’ve also spent time this month meeting with Brides as wedding season is just around the corner. I’m anxious to hear stories of  all the Valentine’s Day proposals and hoping for warmer weather for upcoming engagement sessions ~ although I was really wishing I had one scheduled yesterday in that beautiful snowfall!

The close of January brought a few new additions to Cathy Hartman photography.  I’ve brought in some “behind the scenes” part-time help in Amy Greco!  Amy is coming alongside to take care of some of the details that I don’t always have the time in my day to get to.   She is currently updating some of the wording on my website, packages, programs, etc. to offer a more “creative voice.”   If some of you were wondering if I’ve suddenly gained a new talent in my creative writing ability, well, that is probably Amy translating for me.  I welcome Amy and look forward to the support she will offer me in the upcoming months.

In addition, I’ve introduced a new SENIOR ROLE MODEL program that I am really excited about.  I am currently accepting applications for ROLE MODELS and will continue through March 1st.    Watch my blog in March as I unveil my ROLE MODELS for the 2012-2013 season.

Until next Tuesday,

~ Cathy