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Amanda’s Family | St. Louis Family Photographer

July 8th, 2012

I absolutely love working with Amanda at weddings and getting the chance to photograph her with her beautiful family was even more fun! We met at their new home and captured some great memories of this important time in their lives. I can’t wait to help her put together a canvas wall display for her new home! We’ll post a picture when it’s finished. For now, here are a few of my personal favorites.

 

I absolutely love working with Amanda at weddings and getting the chance to photograph her with her beautiful family was even more fun! We met at their new home and captured some great memories of this important time in their lives. I can’t wait to help her put together a canvas wall display for her new home! We’ll post a picture when it’s finished. For now, here are a few of my personal favorites.

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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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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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McAFee Family | O’Fallon Family Photographer

July 28th, 2011

I’ve known Brian since he was a kid playing football with our son Chad so he almost feels like one of my kids. He now has a sweetheart of a wife, Laura and two beautiful children Hagen & Addison. I loved being able to spend some time with them recently and welcome baby Addison. Congratulations to a wonderful family! Feel free to leave them a comment on the blog.

Hagen is very proud to be a big brother!

Amazing what a bribe from dad to go to McDonald’s will do for a smile!

Addison was determined to stay awake and not miss a moment of her first photo shoot, but we did get a few sleepy baby shots. She is just precious!

Congratulations McAFee Family!

 

 

I’ve known Brian since he was a kid playing football with our son Chad so he almost feels like one of my kids. He now has a sweetheart of a wife, Laura and two beautiful children Hagen & Addison. I loved being able to spend some time with them recently and welcome baby Addison. Congratulations to a wonderful family! Feel free to leave them a comment on the blog.

Hagen is very proud to be a big brother!

Amazing what a bribe from dad to go to McDonald’s will do for a smile!

Addison was determined to stay awake and not miss a moment of her first photo shoot, but we did get a few sleepy baby shots. She is just precious!

Congratulations McAFee Family!

 

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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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Thank Heaven For Little Girls | St. Charles Family Photographer | Hermann Family Photographer

June 21st, 2011

I had the pleasure of photographing two great families recently. The Wunderlich’s at their home near Hermann and The Bushong’s in Old Town St. Charles. Both families have two adorable little girls. The girls are all so sweet – I can’t stop smiling as I go through the photos from their sessions!

Grass in your toes is the funniest thing!

I’m a Little Teapot

 

I had the pleasure of photographing two great families recently. The Wunderlich’s at their home near Hermann and The Bushong’s in Old Town St. Charles. Both families have two adorable little girls. The girls are all so sweet – I can’t stop smiling as I go through the photos from their sessions!

Grass in your toes is the funniest thing!

I’m a Little Teapot

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Emily & Drew Engagement Session | St. Louis Wedding Photographer

June 20th, 2011

I recently did an engagement session at the Missouri Botanical Garden for the first time. What a wonderful place for a photo shoot! Emily & Drew were so sweet – I loved spending time with them! Here are a few of my favorite shots.

She said yes!

 

I recently did an engagement session at the Missouri Botanical Garden for the first time. What a wonderful place for a photo shoot! Emily & Drew were so sweet – I loved spending time with them! Here are a few of my favorite shots.

She said yes!

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Center Stage Dance Academy| St. Peters Dance Photographer

June 16th, 2011

After so many years of practically living in the dance studio, I always enjoy any opportunity I get to hang out in a dance studio. I recently got the chance to spend some time at Center Stage Academy of Dance to photograph their dancers. The students, parents, and teachers were awesome and the photo shoots stayed right on schedule! Here are a few of my personal favorites from the week (It was so hard to choose!). An email with details on accessing the galleries will go to all parents by Saturday, June 18. Thanks for a great week!

Did I mention Edward & Jacob were there?

Cool tap costumes that lit up! We did these shots in the dark – a new experience!

Here’s a sample of a custom designed collage. Please contact me directly cathy@cathyhartmanphotography.com for details.

 

After so many years of practically living in the dance studio, I always enjoy any opportunity I get to hang out in a dance studio. I recently got the chance to spend some time at Center Stage Academy of Dance to photograph their dancers. The students, parents, and teachers were awesome and the photo shoots stayed right on schedule! Here are a few of my personal favorites from the week (It was so hard to choose!). An email with details on accessing the galleries will go to all parents by Saturday, June 18. Thanks for a great week!

Did I mention Edward & Jacob were there?

Cool tap costumes that lit up! We did these shots in the dark – a new experience!

Here’s a sample of a custom designed collage. Please contact me directly cathy@cathyhartmanphotography.com for details.

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Dancers Scott & Melissa

June 7th, 2011

I love sessions with dancers, and this session with Scott & Melissa was no exception! Scott was one of my students many years ago. He met his wife, Melissa while dancing on a cruise ship. They both now dance in Myrtle Beach. It was so much fun to hang out with them and their daughter Molly to get these shots.

What fun – jumping with mom & dad.

And rolling down the hill with dad.

Thanks Scott & Melissa for a great shoot!

 

I love sessions with dancers, and this session with Scott & Melissa was no exception! Scott was one of my students many years ago. He met his wife, Melissa while dancing on a cruise ship. They both now dance in Myrtle Beach. It was so much fun to hang out with them and their daughter Molly to get these shots.

What fun – jumping with mom & dad.

And rolling down the hill with dad.

Thanks Scott & Melissa for a great shoot!

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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!