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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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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

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Senior ROLE MODEL Program

January 31st, 2012

What’s New for 2012?

Introducing…

Our Senior ROLE MODEL program

 

How does the program work?

You spend some time with me during a complimentary mini photo shoot in March or April at my studio. During this mini session, I will only be able to capture a glimpse of the Role called YOU, so it’s a must to get your senior photography session on my books for a later date. From your mini shoot, I’ll create some really cool senior ROLE MODEL cards with your amazing photos and some information about my business for you to hand out to all your senior friends. It’s that simple. What will you get in return?

A complimentary mini photo session, complimentary business cards with your images to pass out, 2-3 watermarked Facebook images to share with your friends. A 20% discount on your creative senior session, 10% of products purchased from your senior or mini session. Plus if a referral brings in one of your cards, books and shoots their senior session with me you will receive $25 cash credit of your senior photo package, plus other great opportunities just for being named one of my senior ROLE MODELS. Participation in the senior ROLE MODEL program will require a signed contract with parent permission.

I am accepting a maximum of 12 ROLE MODELS for the 2012-13 school year, so if you are interested, act fast.

To apply please contact me and I will send you the link to an online application.

 

What’s New for 2012?

Introducing…

Our Senior ROLE MODEL program

 

How does the program work?

You spend some time with me during a complimentary mini photo shoot in March or April at my studio. During this mini session, I will only be able to capture a glimpse of the Role called YOU, so it’s a must to get your senior photography session on my books for a later date. From your mini shoot, I’ll create some really cool senior ROLE MODEL cards with your amazing photos and some information about my business for you to hand out to all your senior friends. It’s that simple. What will you get in return?

A complimentary mini photo session, complimentary business cards with your images to pass out, 2-3 watermarked Facebook images to share with your friends. A 20% discount on your creative senior session, 10% of products purchased from your senior or mini session. Plus if a referral brings in one of your cards, books and shoots their senior session with me you will receive $25 cash credit of your senior photo package, plus other great opportunities just for being named one of my senior ROLE MODELS. Participation in the senior ROLE MODEL program will require a signed contract with parent permission.

I am accepting a maximum of 12 ROLE MODELS for the 2012-13 school year, so if you are interested, act fast.

To apply please contact me and I will send you the link to an online application.

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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!