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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

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Best of Weddings 2011

January 11th, 2012

We are so excited to have been voted as a 2012 Best of Weddings Winner for The Knot! Thank you to all of our awesome brides who left rave reviews and helped us achieve this honor as a leading wedding professional in St. Louis. The official announcement will be made later this month, but we couldn’t wait to share the news!

Now for 2012 – we are already off to a busy start! Amanda and I had an awesome time meeting brides (and some grooms) at the STL Wedding Show at America’s Center last weekend. It’s amazing how many engagements happen over the holidays!

This weekend I’m heading to New Orleans for the Digital Wedding Forum Photography Convention. I love going to seminars and continuing to learn and grow as a photographer. Plus, it’s getting cold here!

While I’m gone Amanda will be meeting with couples at Hermann Hill during The Wedding Trail on Sunday, January 15.

The following Sunday, January 22, we both will be able meet brides attending Unveiled 2012 at The Renaissance St. Louis Grand.

If you are planning a wedding, I hope we get to see you at one of these events! It is so much fun to hear your wedding plans and stories of how you got engaged!

In the next few days I’ll be posting blogs on some of the last few weddings from 2011. The end of the year was a little crazy and my blogging got pushed aside. I’ll be posting the last few weddings of the year soon. In the meantime I have put together a slideshow of some of our favorite weddings and love stories for 2011 – check it out here.

Thanks again to all our awesome clients – looking forward to another wonderful year!

Cathy

 

 

We are so excited to have been voted as a 2012 Best of Weddings Winner for The Knot! Thank you to all of our awesome brides who left rave reviews and helped us achieve this honor as a leading wedding professional in St. Louis. The official announcement will be made later this month, but we couldn’t wait to share the news!

Now for 2012 – we are already off to a busy start! Amanda and I had an awesome time meeting brides (and some grooms) at the STL Wedding Show at America’s Center last weekend. It’s amazing how many engagements happen over the holidays!

This weekend I’m heading to New Orleans for the Digital Wedding Forum Photography Convention. I love going to seminars and continuing to learn and grow as a photographer. Plus, it’s getting cold here!

While I’m gone Amanda will be meeting with couples at Hermann Hill during The Wedding Trail on Sunday, January 15.

The following Sunday, January 22, we both will be able meet brides attending Unveiled 2012 at The Renaissance St. Louis Grand.

If you are planning a wedding, I hope we get to see you at one of these events! It is so much fun to hear your wedding plans and stories of how you got engaged!

In the next few days I’ll be posting blogs on some of the last few weddings from 2011. The end of the year was a little crazy and my blogging got pushed aside. I’ll be posting the last few weddings of the year soon. In the meantime I have put together a slideshow of some of our favorite weddings and love stories for 2011 – check it out here.

Thanks again to all our awesome clients – looking forward to another wonderful year!

Cathy

 

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What to Wear – Engagement Session | St. Louis Wedding Photographer

October 3rd, 2011

I love engagement sessions and getting to know a couple a little better before their big day. I find many couples are unsure what to wear for these sessions and come to me for suggestions. Since I’m a very visual person, I thought it might be helpful to put a few ideas in writing along with some images from fun engagement sessions I’ve done in the past.

There are a few general rules that apply to any photo session:

  • Wear something you love that fits well, flatters your figure, and enhances your best features.
  • Choose colors that work well for your complexion.
  • More fitted clothing with clean lines, nothing too bulky or baggy usually works best. However, avoid anything too tight or uncomfortable.
  • Layers always look great – vests, ties, jackets, scarves, hats, and accessories.
  • Keep the focus on you by not wearing anything too distracting.
  • Be sure the outfit fits your personality.
For your engagement session:

  • Coordinate, but don’t get too “matchy”.  Pull a color from your dress into his shirt, vest, or tie. Think of your two outfits together the way you would if putting together one outfit for yourself.
  • Keep the same “feel” for your outfits. For example, dressy, casual, vintage, cowboy, or high fashion. You want to keep that same feel in his and her looks.
  • Shoes – match your shoes to your outfit. Heels always look great and make your legs look longer, but you may want to bring some flats for walking between shots. And guys don’t forget to coordinate your shoes as well, including socks that might show.
  • Mani/pedi – if your wearing open toed shoes, plan some barefoot shots, or would like a shot with your ring on your hand you might want to consider a manicure and/or pedicure prior to the shoot.
Things to avoid:
  • A Purse – Unless it is a part of your outfit you might want to leave it behind.
  • Busy prints – don’t be afraid of patterns and color, but do avoid busy prints and large logos that can be distracting.
  • Shiny makeup.
  • Bright white shirts – if you’re going for a specific look with maybe a white sundress and white shirt on your guy that’s great. However, try to avoid matching white shirts and jeans which can be a little boring or a white shirt on your guy when you have an outfit full of great colors.
  • Super short skirts or shorts – these will not only be uncomfortable for posing, but usually are not flattering in photos.
  • Wearing something you wouldn’t normally wear – remember to be yourself!

 

 

How many outfits:

Most couples bring 2-3 outfits. Mix them up – for example, one dressy, one more casual, and one “about you”. This could be  anything from  sports jerseys, to vintage      clothing, or something to showcase your professions or favorite activity together.

Keep in mind, depending on the locations, you may be changing in the back of the car. Have a brush, mirror, hairspray, etc. handy for these changes.

 

Speaking of locations:

  • Choose a place you always want to remember.
  • Think about what best fits you as a couple – a park or field of wildflowers; an urban location; a coffee shop; the place you had your first date or were engaged; a sports venue?
Props:
I love props! Feel free to bring anything that completes a theme about the two of you, coordinates with your outfits, or has special meaning to the two of you. A few ideas – bikes, picnic baskets (don’t forget the food, wine and wine glasses!), musical instruments, books, mugs of coffee or hot cocoa, your favorite chair.  The possibilities are endless.
A “Thank You” or “Save the Date” banner or poster. These shots are great to use for your Thank you or Save the Date cards.
If you have an idea for a theme, but are not sure how to carry it out, let me know. I am always glad to bring props for you.
Pets are always fun to include, but you might want to make plans for a friend to come along to care for your pet when those shots are finished.

More ideas for your engagement photos:

 

  • Your going to have some many wonderful shots, you’ll want to share them with family and friends. A few ideas you might not haveconsidered for your engagement photos – Thank you Cards, Save the Date Cards, newspaper announcement, an image for your wedding website, wedding program, framed prints as gifts,  a guest book for your wedding, or a coffee table album to display at your wedding.
  • A canvas artwork piece for yourselves as a remembrance of this special time in your life.
   
Most Important:
These are just some suggestions – feel free to break the “rules”. What is most important is that you dress comfortably so you can be  yourself and enjoy the session spending time together cuddling, laughing, and having fun!
 

I love engagement sessions and getting to know a couple a little better before their big day. I find many couples are unsure what to wear for these sessions and come to me for suggestions. Since I’m a very visual person, I thought it might be helpful to put a few ideas in writing along with some images from fun engagement sessions I’ve done in the past.

There are a few general rules that apply to any photo session:

  • Wear something you love that fits well, flatters your figure, and enhances your best features.
  • Choose colors that work well for your complexion.
  • More fitted clothing with clean lines, nothing too bulky or baggy usually works best. However, avoid anything too tight or uncomfortable.
  • Layers always look great – vests, ties, jackets, scarves, hats, and accessories.
  • Keep the focus on you by not wearing anything too distracting.
  • Be sure the outfit fits your personality.
For your engagement session:

  • Coordinate, but don’t get too “matchy”.  Pull a color from your dress into his shirt, vest, or tie. Think of your two outfits together the way you would if putting together one outfit for yourself.
  • Keep the same “feel” for your outfits. For example, dressy, casual, vintage, cowboy, or high fashion. You want to keep that same feel in his and her looks.
  • Shoes – match your shoes to your outfit. Heels always look great and make your legs look longer, but you may want to bring some flats for walking between shots. And guys don’t forget to coordinate your shoes as well, including socks that might show.
  • Mani/pedi – if your wearing open toed shoes, plan some barefoot shots, or would like a shot with your ring on your hand you might want to consider a manicure and/or pedicure prior to the shoot.
Things to avoid:
  • A Purse – Unless it is a part of your outfit you might want to leave it behind.
  • Busy prints – don’t be afraid of patterns and color, but do avoid busy prints and large logos that can be distracting.
  • Shiny makeup.
  • Bright white shirts – if you’re going for a specific look with maybe a white sundress and white shirt on your guy that’s great. However, try to avoid matching white shirts and jeans which can be a little boring or a white shirt on your guy when you have an outfit full of great colors.
  • Super short skirts or shorts – these will not only be uncomfortable for posing, but usually are not flattering in photos.
  • Wearing something you wouldn’t normally wear – remember to be yourself!

 

 

How many outfits:

Most couples bring 2-3 outfits. Mix them up – for example, one dressy, one more casual, and one “about you”. This could be  anything from  sports jerseys, to vintage      clothing, or something to showcase your professions or favorite activity together.

Keep in mind, depending on the locations, you may be changing in the back of the car. Have a brush, mirror, hairspray, etc. handy for these changes.

 

Speaking of locations:

  • Choose a place you always want to remember.
  • Think about what best fits you as a couple – a park or field of wildflowers; an urban location; a coffee shop; the place you had your first date or were engaged; a sports venue?
Props:
I love props! Feel free to bring anything that completes a theme about the two of you, coordinates with your outfits, or has special meaning to the two of you. A few ideas – bikes, picnic baskets (don’t forget the food, wine and wine glasses!), musical instruments, books, mugs of coffee or hot cocoa, your favorite chair.  The possibilities are endless.
A “Thank You” or “Save the Date” banner or poster. These shots are great to use for your Thank you or Save the Date cards.
If you have an idea for a theme, but are not sure how to carry it out, let me know. I am always glad to bring props for you.
Pets are always fun to include, but you might want to make plans for a friend to come along to care for your pet when those shots are finished.

More ideas for your engagement photos:

 

  • Your going to have some many wonderful shots, you’ll want to share them with family and friends. A few ideas you might not haveconsidered for your engagement photos – Thank you Cards, Save the Date Cards, newspaper announcement, an image for your wedding website, wedding program, framed prints as gifts,  a guest book for your wedding, or a coffee table album to display at your wedding.
  • A canvas artwork piece for yourselves as a remembrance of this special time in your life.
   
Most Important:
These are just some suggestions – feel free to break the “rules”. What is most important is that you dress comfortably so you can be  yourself and enjoy the session spending time together cuddling, laughing, and having fun!
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Melissa & Quinn Wedding | Hermann Wedding Photographer

July 3rd, 2011

The weather could not have been any more beautiful and the setting at the Long Farm near Hermann, MO was amazing. There were so many special moments and beautiful images from the day. Here are just a few of my personal favorites. Congratulations to Quinn & Melissa, Duke and Duchess of Bethany Springs!

 

Loved the butterfly release – my assistant Amanda captured this great shot!

 

 

 

The weather could not have been any more beautiful and the setting at the Long Farm near Hermann, MO was amazing. There were so many special moments and beautiful images from the day. Here are just a few of my personal favorites. Congratulations to Quinn & Melissa, Duke and Duchess of Bethany Springs!

 

Loved the butterfly release – my assistant Amanda captured this great shot!

 

 

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Ashlynn & Bryen Wedding | St. Charles Wedding Photographer

June 30th, 2011

Being a part of Ashlynn & Bryen’s wedding day was such a pleasure! They are the sweetest couple and their love for each other is so obvious. The beautiful ceremony took place at the St. Charles Conservatory. We did a few photos in Old Town St. Charles immediately after the ceremony, but it was so ridiculously hot, they decided on an air conditioned limo ride. We traveled to New Town St. Charles and had a great time as the weather began to cool. We were able to finish with some shots at Boulevard Park just before the rain started and they headed off to their party with family & friends.

 

I love to turn around and see the look on the groom’s face as his beautiful bride walks down the aisle – makes my heart skip a beat!

Congratulations Ashlynn & Bryen!

 

Being a part of Ashlynn & Bryen’s wedding day was such a pleasure! They are the sweetest couple and their love for each other is so obvious. The beautiful ceremony took place at the St. Charles Conservatory. We did a few photos in Old Town St. Charles immediately after the ceremony, but it was so ridiculously hot, they decided on an air conditioned limo ride. We traveled to New Town St. Charles and had a great time as the weather began to cool. We were able to finish with some shots at Boulevard Park just before the rain started and they headed off to their party with family & friends.

 

I love to turn around and see the look on the groom’s face as his beautiful bride walks down the aisle – makes my heart skip a beat!

Congratulations Ashlynn & Bryen!

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John & Jackie Sneak Peek Part 2

May 26th, 2011

Here is part 2 of John & Jackie’s awesome wedding! I’ll be posting a slideshow tomorrow to include some of the reception shots. I’ve been smiling (and laughing) all day looking at those!

So glad the rain held off for the outdoor ceremony – it was beautiful!

The children’s vows and watering the family tree were both such special touches!

 

Here is part 2 of John & Jackie’s awesome wedding! I’ll be posting a slideshow tomorrow to include some of the reception shots. I’ve been smiling (and laughing) all day looking at those!

So glad the rain held off for the outdoor ceremony – it was beautiful!

The children’s vows and watering the family tree were both such special touches!

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John & Jackie

May 25th, 2011

John & Jackie’s wedding was beautiful! Every detail from the music, to the setting at Wine Country Gardens, to the special touches in the ceremony fit them perfectly. Here’s part one of their sneak peek. Part 2 and a slideshow coming soon!

The swan even posed for this one.

 

John & Jackie’s wedding was beautiful! Every detail from the music, to the setting at Wine Country Gardens, to the special touches in the ceremony fit them perfectly. Here’s part one of their sneak peek. Part 2 and a slideshow coming soon!

The swan even posed for this one.