Posts Tagged ‘BreakDown STL’

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.

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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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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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BreakDown STL | St. Louis Photographer

November 8th, 2011

I had an awesome time doing the photo shoot for the BreakDown STL 2011-2012 Team! This wonderful group of teens always inspires me. BreakDown STL is a peer-to-peer performing arts outreach organization that empowers teens to make positive choices regarding sex, relationships, drugs and alcohol. They are a very talented group of teenagers spreading a powerful message through high-energy performances in St. Louis area schools integrating real-life situations effecting our youth today. Led by Executive Director Jenna Imergoot BreakDown STL now reaches approximately 8,000 teens per year. If you have a teen, they need to see this performance. Check out their website and Facebook page to learn more.

What a fun group – they’re up for any ideas to get the shot!

There happened to be a Graffiti artist at the wall who agreed to paint the BreakDown logo for the shoot

Thanks BreakDown STL for being so awesome to work with – Good times!

 

I had an awesome time doing the photo shoot for the BreakDown STL 2011-2012 Team! This wonderful group of teens always inspires me. BreakDown STL is a peer-to-peer performing arts outreach organization that empowers teens to make positive choices regarding sex, relationships, drugs and alcohol. They are a very talented group of teenagers spreading a powerful message through high-energy performances in St. Louis area schools integrating real-life situations effecting our youth today. Led by Executive Director Jenna Imergoot BreakDown STL now reaches approximately 8,000 teens per year. If you have a teen, they need to see this performance. Check out their website and Facebook page to learn more.

What a fun group – they’re up for any ideas to get the shot!

There happened to be a Graffiti artist at the wall who agreed to paint the BreakDown logo for the shoot

Thanks BreakDown STL for being so awesome to work with – Good times!