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Downtown St. Louis enjoys a consistent stream of fashion events, most often held in the Washington Avenue garment district or in the plethora of affordable venue spaces on Cherokee and Jefferson. Residents of the outlying 'burbs beware, you're signing up for a 20+ minute one-way commute to get in on the action. Until now.
Streetscape Magazine's two-day fashion extravaganza, "Romancing the Runway" is changing the game with their fashion show and night market based in St. Charles County. The event celebrated it's third year this past Wednesday and Thursday evening, September 27th & 28th 2017 inside the City Foundry Center in Historic Downtown St. Charles.
That's right. The metro-area fashionistas packed up their bags for a small commute, while our friends in the outlying counties enjoyed a reprieve from the standard 20 minute gruel.
The City Foundry Center was beautifully lit and served as the perfect atmosphere for chatting with friends, both old and new. I was fortunate enough to snag an invite from the lovely ladies at BoutiqueNAV, a local company dedicated to promoting budding commerce and helping St. Louisans connect with small, privately owned brands and boutiques.
Anne Marie Brown and Gretchen Gannon of BoutiqueNav were perfect hosts, and effortlessly coordinated our gaggle of St. Louis bloggers. Although many of us were meeting for the first time, Anne Marie and Gretchen made us feel like we had all been friends for years.
The evening started with one of my favorite local designers, Barbara Bultman. Designing leather jewelry and sophisticated womenswear with a rustic twist, there's not much this woman can't do. Beautiful hues of navy blue, mustard yellow, and ambered orange paired nicely with earthy tribal prints and textured leather.
PRO-TIP: Craving more from this one woman wonder? Barbara Bultman has her own show coming up! "Where Fashion and Music Meet 2" will pop up inside Gaslight Studios (4916 Shaw Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110) on Friday, November 17th. Doors open at 6pm with the catwalk coming to life at 8pm. Rumor has it that local performer, Kaia, will provide live music. Mark your calendars now!
Also noteworthy was a fabulous collection by local designer, Paulie Gibson, that proved menswear design is alive and thriving in St. Louis. Bold patterns and sharp as tack tailoring stood front and center, supported by a muted color palette of white, black, and gray. The styling was somewhat reminiscent of the 1970s with groovy flared trousers, everyday pinstripe, and a jean jacket to envy all.
Another Romancing the Runway highlight was a stunning collection from local formal designer, Shaunice Williams. The crowd grew markedly silent as the first model appeared onstage, and continued to "ooh!" and "ahh!" with each new look. What was trending? Her collection featured deep jewel tones paired alongside sparking metallics and sheer sexy cutouts revealing just enough skin.
Streetscape Magazine also featured an impressive collection from Lindenwood design student, Aleah Rosenau. Bright cotton-candy hues demanded our attention, while structured tailoring and unexpected textures held it. My prediction? We'll be seeing a lot more from Aleah Rosenau in the future.
Romancing the Runway featured a hefty 9 designers last Thursday evening, seamlessly transitioning between collections with the ease of a seasoned event. No small feat indeed for a show with so many moving pieces.
Barbara Bultman | Amelie Skoglund | Shaunice Williams | Q. Liu | Paulie Gibson | Livaria Lingerie | Aleah Rosenau, Lindenwood Student | Abby Mrachko, Lindenwood Student | SKIF International
After the show, vendors from across the city remained open for guests to shop fashionably local goods until closing time. The ladies of BoutiqueNav bid us adieu, having successfully endeared us all into steadfast friendship and loyal support.
The bottom line? Romancing the Runway was a lovely toast to St. Louis fashion and local commerce. Scroll more from Romancing the Runway 2017 below!
Don't miss out next year!
- POST-SHOW UPDATE -
The night was, in a word, unforgettable. I'm not exaggerating when I say that The Factory Fashion Show & Night Market was one of the best fashion events I've been to in the Saint Louis area and truly set the bar for other events in town. Attendance was close to capacity for the upstairs fashion show and showcased big players in the St. Louis underground fashion scene, including two of my favorite designers from the evening, Brandin Vaughn and Kristen Johnson.
The vendors in the Night Market downstairs did not disappoint, and I nabbed an adorable new pieces from local companies: jorbaum and Vintage Visions. I can't wait to share what I got! Until then, check out a short video summing up my night below!
Supporting local can sometimes be...well, more difficult. It requires not ordering those shoes from Amazon Prime so they can be conveniently shipped to your doorstep in two days. Not ducking into Walmart on your way home from work for last minute groceries. Not stopping at big box stores for items that are locally grown, designed, and sourced.
But once you have the conviction to support budding businesses and local commerce, it becomes harder and harder to find high quality, small brands that resonate with you and your style.
For our early birds we've got farmer's markets, but even these present limitations. The market will be wrapping by the time some roll out of bed from the night before, hung over and focused on finding diner breakfasts. And even if we wake early, depending on the size of your market, non-food vendors can be few and far between.
So we go online. We read blogs and scroll Instagram. But sifting through the crowded World Wide Web to find quality, affordable goods is a frustrating game. Photos can be deceptive, and many times, intentionally so. Colors tweaked, details sharpened, and imperfections masked. They will not show you the softness of a fabric or the sturdiness of stitching. They certainly will not reveal that the ink on that t-shirt you're buying will quickly fade when washed.
Luckily there is an event in Saint Louis to answer all of these woes: The Factory Fashion Show & Night Market on Saturday, September 30th at 6pm. This bi-annual fashion show and night market celebrates the fresh, creative talent of St. Louis by shining a light on local business, art, and performance.
That's right: Sleep in, enjoy your diner breakfast, and stillget your shop on with the hippest local brands.
Taking over both levels of 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center, the Night Market will open at 6pm on the main level, with a cash bar, great music, and vendors from across the city selling their wares until 12am.
Did I mention The Factory Night Market is free and open to the public?
Vendors in attendance will include Drawing with a Sewing Machine, jorbaum, Commérage Lingerie, Artists First, Lemonhead.LA, Visions Vintage, Barbara Bultman Designs, BLK MGK WOMAN apothecary+healing art, Rusty Mae Designs, Ghetto Rig, Route, Inc., Salt Attic Stitching, Lark Skin Co., and more.
At 8pm the action kicks off upstairs with The Factory's ticketed Bi-Annual Fashion Show. Known for fusing fashion and art with theatrical experimentation, the show will begin with a performance entitled, "The Intimate Movements of Disco," from talented local dancer and artist, Kat Reynolds.
PRO-TIP: Kat is also a talented photographer! After receiving her BA in Dance, she discovered another medium in which to create beautiful imagery. She has exhibited in spaces across the city, including The Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, The Luminary, and more. Click here to check out her work!
St. Louis DJ and producer, nebulosa, will then take the stage to provide a bumping soundtrack for the main event, a fashion show curated exclusively by The Factory team. Don't miss an opportunity to see stunning collections from St. Louis' top designers, including Paulie Gibson, Brandin Vaughn, Stephanie Carlo, Lauren Michelle Tracy, Perpetua, and Jorge Marrero.
Got a passion for fashion? This is the perfect opportunity to witness the creative talent and intricate craftsmanship of the designers who makeup the underground fashion scene of St. Louis. There’s nothing else like it in the city!
PRO-TIP: This is the first time The Factory will present two menswear collections from Paulie Gibson and Jorge Marrero. Click here to read more about all the collections, including The Factory's creator, Kristin Johnson's brand, 'Perpetua,' showing at the Fall 2017 Factory Fashion show!
Tickets for The Factory Fashion Show range between $10-$30, depending on how close you'd like to be to the action. Nab a General Admission ticket for just $10, settle for second row at $20, or upgrade to a VIP experience for $30, which includes premium seating and complimentary beer and wine.
Eager to meet the designers and creatives behind the show? Stick around for the after party with local performing artist, DJMAKossa, starting around 9pm. Continue to shop some of hippest small brands in the city or find your favorite designer in the crowd. Don't miss your opportunity to meet and network with the biggest names in the Saint Louis fashion community!
The Factory Fashion Show & Night Market creates a platform for collaboration between artists of all media. Focusing on supporting local, independent designers, and “shop small” communities, The Factory team seeks to build direct connections between artist and consumer and create an interactive experience for the audience.
Support the artists and the makers of our community. Don't miss The Factory Fashion Show and Night Market, starting at 6pm on Saturday, September 30th at 2720 Cherokee St!
Will I see you there? Leave me a comment below!
St. Louis, like any major metropolitan area, has dealt with high crime rates and social unrest. We've watched our city burn to ground, and relatively recently, in the light of a verdict that became symbolic of a movement. But St. Louis knew about crime far before the shooting of Michael Brown Jr in August 2014.
Yes, we are familiar with the concepts of gang violence, domestic abuse, minority exploitation, and civil disobedience. We have images burned into our retinas of burning police cars, debilitated businesses, and a war zone complete with armored vehicles, smoke bombs and flash grenades. Angry protesters flooding the city with tear gas there to greet them.
Whether we'd like to admit it or not: St. Louis has a bad kid reputation despite it's otherwise wholesome, Midwest vibe. Ask any resident about crime in the city and you're likely to get one of two responses: 1.) resigned concern or 2.) hysterical laughter.
However, this weekend, I somehow seemed to forget about our rough and tumble street cred. 60,000 people from across the city and beyond gathered to celebrate the 8th Annual Loufest Music Festival at The Muny grounds in Forest Park. For 48 hours, the negative news cycle melted away and music, friendship and generosity reigned.
As a Loufest newbie, I was blown away by the sheer scale of the festival itself. Although an Anheuser Busch sponsorship was likely the culprit responsible for a lack of local craft breweries (something I admittedly missed), it undoubtedly afforded some top notch resources. Three stages equipped with state-of-the-art video and sound equipment amplified a mixed-bag of acts from across the country.
Jord Watches x Fauxgerty Loufest Kick-Off Party:
But, I'm getting ahead of myself. I officially kicked off my Loufest weekend on Friday evening with Jord Watches and Fauxgerty at their VIP Kick-Off Party held at Fauxgerty's adorable boutique located in the downtown Central West End neighborhood.
Honored to be invited along with some of the top bloggers in the city, I arrived to a warm reception: delicious beer provided by 4 Hands Brewing Company, an impressive spread of light eats, and a VIP Swag Bag containing gifts from local businesses that support St. Louis' authentic spirit. It was a fantastic evening I won't soon forget.
As I drove home from the party, I couldn't help but feel proud of local businesses like Jord Watches, Fauxgerty, and so many others that are thriving right here in St. Louis. Supporting local commerce goes beyond statuses on social media: it involves real action.
Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want. Support the makers. The artists, craftsmen, photographers, writers, performers, designers, the self-employed, the go-getters, and the do-it-yourself-ers. Vote for opportunity and supporting families. Support local commerce, and consider spending your hard earned dollars on one of these businesses that call St. Louis home:
With General Admission ticket prices nearing $100 for a two-day pass, I was thankful to avoid the box office by connecting with festival-styling company, Bohofaux, who provided me with VIP admission for the duration of the two-day event in exchange for promoting and assisting with the operation of their booth.
Bohofaux is a pop-up company offering bohemian braids and chunky glitter without the mess or hassle. The idea is simple, yet genius: a full service glitter and braid bar that makes all of our festival dreams come true.
They set-up shop at major music festivals like Coachella and Bonaroo, as well as more regional events like One Whirl Yoga Fest, Cannibus Cup, Free2Breathe Yoga Challenge, and our very own, Loufest Music Festival.
Located in both the General Admission and VIP areas, my girls and I at Bohofaux braided and glittered all ages and genders during the afternoon and then were able to enjoy the festival in all it's glory in the evenings.
Although Loufest has been held inside of Forest Park's Central Fields for the past 7 years, on-going renovations shifted the festival to The Muny grounds for the 2017 celebration. As a newcomer to the festival, I didn't take issue with the primarily concrete event space, but I imagine grass fields would create a slightly different atmosphere. More Woodstock, less Six Flags, perhaps.
PRO-TIP: While I did hear a few negative reviews of the new location, others embraced it! If the festival remains at The Muny grounds for the 2018 festival, consider bringing along a pair of roller blades to get around. I was impressed when I saw a few festival-goers doing this on Day Two!
Snoop Dog drew the biggest audience on Saturday night with the bodies stacked so deep it was difficult to maneuver across the crowd. Perhaps the close proximity of our neighbors increased our bond, but by the end of the concert many around us had passed joints, shared stories, and promised couches. Something about Snoop's hits, reaching all the way back to 1992, took us back in time. That night we were 16, 21, 25, 28.
The headliner for Day Two was another favorite of mine, Weezer. I snuck into my Aunt Kat's room at 12 years old to steal her Weezer CD because I worshipped the ground she walked on. Luckily she had great taste in music, and I still thank her to this day for only being mildly annoyed at me.
Although the crowd was smaller, the fans seemed truer with verses ringing in unison over the crowd at many points. They played with a kind of Beach Boys happiness. Youthful. Honest. Ornery. It was a great show!
All in all, the weekend was a whirlwind of glitter, music, and fun. It was unbelievable to me that such a place of free love and open happiness should exist in a place I call home.
We get so bent out of shape about who is on which side. About activism and control. About titles and statuses and tweets. But this past weekend, at least in a microcosm of St. Louis, Missouri: none of it mattered. Loufest Music Festival was a blast, ya'll.
I already can't wait until next year!
I don't know what it means to be satisfied. To feel contented.
My house is repeatedly torn down and rebuilt when I become restless with the walls. I take a sledgehammer to the hallway and lick up the plaster. Revel in the sound of glass shattering as I hurl each smiling, framed photograph to the ground. I light the curtains on fire and dig a knife into the furniture, tearing open its fluffy, white lifeblood. To end it all, I smash every mirror in the house. Laughing as I signal the bulldozer to flatten what I've built.
I dream of searching no further, of meeting my heart's deepest calling. Of finding the one I read about in books and being wise enough to recognize him when he comes. What if I am too busy rebuilding to notice? What if I'm undertaking too many renovations?
There's a reason they fence off construction zones: they're dangerous.
Perhaps lasting satisfaction is unattainable for a handful of miserable souls who torment themselves with what could be. We enjoy all the best things in life, which makes it hard to accept anything but. We juggle projects endlessly because to become static is frightening. To become static is failing.
I'm terrified that I'm playing a lifetime game of "just you wait." Of turning over leaves until there are no more trees in sight. Of severing ties when I should've strengthened them.
We are told to chase our dreams, but I wonder if I'll eventually come to regret spending my time chasing after a notion didn't exist.
Hungry for opportunities to connect with Saint Louis area creatives?
Well hold on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen, the next two weeks will provide the bulk of the month's largest photography networking events in the area. Our community is growing, and there are now more opportunities than ever before to practice your skills and shoot alongside professionals on both sides of the lens. Here's my list of 6 not-to-miss events happening in the Saint Louis photography community in the next two weeks:
RAYMOND KENNEDY JR. PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTS: NATURE PHOTO WALK - Sunday, August 20th; 4-7pm @ Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
After a wildly successful launch event a couple months ago with Pink Lemon Dance Studios, Raymond Kennedy Jr. is back with more. Completely free to attend, photographers and models of all ages and skill-levels are invited to network and practice their skills together for a Sunday afternoon photo walk at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary (2360 Highway D, St Charles, MO 63304). Although past events have been themed (blacklight, urban 80's), this month models are free to style as they wish.
PRO-TIP: With past meet ups including a black light photoshoot at Pink Lemon Dance Studios and an urban 80's photoshoot at the downtown graffiti wall, my eye is on this group to coordinate the most creative meet-ups in the future. Don't miss your opportunity to meet the whole gang this Sunday afternoon!
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017 - Monday, August 21st
If you're a resident of The Heartland, chances are you've heard of the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st appearing--well, galaxy wide--but eclipsing the sun in totality across the state, anywhere from a 10 seconds - 2 min, 30 seconds depending on where you stand. Don't miss your opportunity to capture this once in a lifetime experience.
A solar eclipse occurs whenever the moon’s shadow falls on the Earth. To photograph it, in short, you'll need a solar lens filter, typically ranging in price from $25-100 to protect your camera's imaging sensor and to gauge the correct exposure. You’ll also need your own pair of protective specs to view the event in all its glory. Do not skip this step! Even if 99% of the sun is covered by the moon, the remaining 1% crescent is dangerous to view with the naked eye and can cause serious eye damage or blindness.
PRO-TIP: Craving more information about the upcoming solar eclipse? Attend, “The Art of the Sun,” presented by University of Missouri-Saint Louis the evening before the big shebang, Saturday, Aug 20th at 7:30pm at the Touhill Performing Arts Center (1 University Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63121). The College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy are combining to present performances as well as scientific presentations to celebrate the historical celestial event. Completely free and open to the public, attendees will receive a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses! Click here for more information!
MERCADEZ PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTS: STL AREA PHOTOGRAPHER CONNECT - Friday, Aug 25th; 5-8pm @ Forest Park
Kick off a weekend of networking with a brand new monthly meet-up group started by local company, Mercadez Photography. Free and open to the public, St. Louis area creatives on both sides of the lens are invited to connect, shoot and inspire one another on Friday, August 25th from 5-8pm in Forest Park. Here's your opportunity to get in with a group from the ground up!
PRO-TIP: Interested in modeling? This is the perfect opportunity to get plenty of camera time! Since this will be one of the smaller meet-ups going on this month, I'd bet that models will enjoy more one-on-one attention for this photo walk. Take advantage of your opportunity network with St. Louis area photographers, practice your skills, and build your portfolio!
IGERSSTLOUIS PRESENTS FESTIVAL OF NATIONS PHOTOWALK - Saturday, August 26th; 10:30am @ Mokabees Coffeehouse
Don't miss this free photo walk presented by the team behind Saint Louis' fastest growing Instagram feature account, @igersstlouis. Photographers, models, and Instagram fanatics of all ages and skill levels are invited to network and practice their skills together in conjunction with the Festival of Nations held in Tower Grove Park that same afternoon. The group will meet at 10:30am at Mokabees Coffeehouse (3606 Arsenal St, St. Louis, MO 63116), situated across the street from Tower Grove Park. After grabbing a cup of joe, they’ll proceed to the Festival of Nations, and finish at Rooster’s on Grand.
You can bet this will be the first of many events from the @igersstlouis team! Click here to follow their Instagram account, where they showcase the daily flavor of St Louis, as well as announce all of their upcoming events.
PRO-TIP: Perhaps you're a blogger or avid Instagrammer? This is the perfect meet-up for you! Here's your opportunity to hang out on both sides of the lens while networking with multiple photographers and models in the area. Friendly to both the hobbyist and the pro, come out for an afternoon celebrating friendship and photography in Tower Grove Park.
ISR PHOTO WALK MEET-UP - Sunday, August 27th; 12pm @ Rise Coffeehouse
The ISRPhotos Walk is back again with its monthly meet-up on Sunday, August 27th in The Grove neighborhood. The group will start at Rise Coffeehouse (4176 Manchester Ave, St Louis MO 63110) at 10:30am, moving from there to the surrounding neighborhood. Photographers and models of all ages and skill-levels are invited to network and shoot alongside each other in this meet-up for Saint Louis creatives. Completely free to attend, it's held every month in a central Saint Louis location--previous locations include Soulard Farmer's Market, Maplewood, Tower Grove Park, The Loop, and more.
This month the group will collaborate with local clothing brand, Wagdod, for a gauntlet of product-focused photography. One of the largest meet-ups in the area, The ISR Photo Walk usually draws over 30 photographers in addition to the several models that drop by to pose for the camera. I would absolutely recommend this event for anybody interested in networking with photographers and models in the Saint Louis area!
PRO-TIP: Wagdod will be providing clothing for this months' models! Perhaps you have been wanting to update your headshots? Or get some pictures taken on a budget? Here's your opportunity to get photographed for free while networking with multiple photographers in the area. If you'd like to model for August's event send the @stlfaces team a direct message on Instagram!
CAMERAS & COFFEE - Sunday, August 27th; 6pm @ Pizzahead
Cameras & Coffee is a another fantastic event for Saint Louis creatives looking to connect with the area's many photographers and models. All ages and skill levels are invited to shoot, network, and learn from each others' expertise in this bi-annual meet-up that's more about chatting with pals and less about getting shots for your portfolio. Completely free to attend, the group meets every other month somewhere in Saint Louis. Past meet-up locations include The St. Louis Museum, Coffee Cartel, Rise Coffeehouse, and more.
This month the group will break the mold, foregoing a coffeehouse location for a pizza joint. Join Cameras & Coffee, or rather, Cameras & Pizza, on Sunday, August 27th at 6:30pm at Pizza Head on Grand Ave (3196 South Grand Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63118). Rumor has it that they're offering 2 slices of pizza and beer for $8.
PRO-TIP: You can bet there will be impromptu shooting going on. If you're a model or a photographer that is looking to shoot rather than gab, don't let this stop you from attending. You're encouraged to bring your camera!
And that's all she wrote, folks!
Do you have an event that should be included in September 2017's Saint Louis Photography Guide? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
No plans this Sunday? Don't miss one of my favorite local photography meet-ups, the ISRPhotos Walk for their July event themed around photographing Cosplay. Completely free to attend, it's held every month in a central Saint Louis location--previous locations include Soulard Farmer's Market, Maplewood, The Loop, and more. This month the group will meet this Sunday, July 30th in Tower Grove Park near the Flag Staff at 12pm.
Saint Louis area photographers and models of all ages and skill-levels are invited to network and practice their skills together this Sunday for an afternoon spent celebrating art and photography in Tower Grove Park. Don't miss your opportunity to catch cosplay models in action!
PRO-TIP: Confused about what exactly Cosplay is? You're not alone! Cosplay (or costume-play) is a performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a fictional character. The term "cosplay" was coined in Japan in 1984. It was inspired by and grew out of the practice then-known as fan costuming.
And as a bonus this month, Midwest camera chain, Creve Coeur Camera will be offering a free class at 10:30am at their Crestwood location (9560 Watson Road, Unit H, Crestwood, MO) to help you get prepped for the photowalk. The experts at CCC will discuss basic posing and lighting tips for the shoot using both natural lighting with reflectors and artificial lighting. Bring your camera and external flash if you've got one!
The class will last approximately 60 minutes, and is limited to 15 attendees so reserve your spot soon if you'd like to attend. Click here to register!
Early sign-up is not required for the photowalk portion of the event; everyone is welcome! Worried about having enough time to photograph the models? The photowalk will offer a variety of stations with each model to provide ample opportunity to photograph each one!
PRO-TIP: If you're a regular ISRPhotowalk attendee, you'll notice some new faces on Sunday! With Creve Coeur Camera sponsoring and the event growing each month, you won't want to be caught without your business cards. Don't forget to pack some in your bag!
One of the largest meet-ups in the area, The ISR PhotosWalk usually draws over 30 photographers in addition to the several models that drop by to pose for the camera. I would absolutely recommend this event for anybody interested in networking with photographers and models in the Saint Louis area!
PRO-TIP: Interested in modeling for this month's photowalk? It's not too late! Here's your opportunity to get photographed for free while networking with multiple photographers in the area. If you'd like to model for July's photowalk, send @isrphotos a direct message on Instagram!
Planning on attending the ISRPhotosWalk this Sunday?
Imagine a world in which Saint Louis, Missouri was a celebrated mecca of shopping and retail. Infamous as New York City's Garment District and situated proudly in the Heartland, the Gateway to the Midwest. Instead of bars and scattered businesses, Washington Avenue would gleam with the manicured storefronts and power-washed sidewalks that only accompany an upscale fashion district. The sidewalks would ebb and flow with the fluid motion of concerned mothers and tu-tu'd daughters, greasy teenagers and bored husbands, gold-chained gentleman and Starbucks-clutching ladies. Hard to imagine? Perhaps not as hard as you might think.
Such was the case throughout the early 1900s, when Saint Louis had one of the largest needle-trade centers in the country. Customers would actually walk out of stores without buying if they couldn't get their hands on St. Louis originals. Washington Avenue was once the shoe manufacturing capital of the United States, dubbed "Shoe Street USA," and was even credited with the first development of the junior-size dress category.
Although Saint Louis' garment industry would ultimately struggle with the advent of discount chains and the introduction of foreign merchandising, the city once thrived with active commerce thanks primarily to clothing design and manufacturing.
The Pins & Needles Design Competition seeks to revive our rich culture with their fashion show spotlighting new designers on Thursday, August 10th at The Majorette. Doors will open at 6pm, with the runway coming alive at 7:30pm. A project undertaken by the aptly named Brainchild Events, Pins & Needles spotlights aspiring designers in one-night, unforgettable fashion soirees.
This year's design competition will feature 6 designers from across the country competing for a $15,000 prize package, including a $1,000 cash prize from the Saint Louis Fashion Fund and other exposure to help launch successful careers in the fashion industry. Previous entrants have gone on to participate in Project Runway, America's Next Top Model, and New York Fashion Week.
Pins & Needles celebrates and supports the creativity and artistry of new designers by giving them the exposure, experience, and tools they need to take their collections from runway to retail.
Although standard ticket prices range from $25-40, I'm thrilled to share that I've teamed up with the Pins & Needles crew to offer an exciting discount exclusively to my friends and readers.
Use the referral code, "Johnson15" for 15% off of your tickets to the 9th Annual Pins & Needles Design Competition!
PRO-TIP: Both VIP and General Admission tickets will be 15% off with my discount code, so why not consider upgrading to a VIP experience? VIP tickets include pre-show appetizers, drinks, reserved seating, and a VIP swag bag!
So what are you waiting for? I've got my tickets to the show; who will I see there? Don't miss the premier event in the Saint Louis fashion community, the Pins & Needles Design Competition on Thursday, August 10th at 7:30 pm at The Majorette!
PRO-TIP: Eager to meet the designers and creatives behind the show? Don't miss the Pins & Needles Meet and Greet the evening before the event, Wednesday, August 9th at 7pm at the Live Juke Joint Dueling Piano Bar in Maplewood (7376 Manchester Rd, St. Louis MO 63143). Come meet and network with the biggest names in the Saint Louis fashion community. Click here to RSVP that you're coming!
The heat has rolled in silently, setting up camp in our backyards, our soccer parks, our sidewalks. Transforming our outdoor spaces, once full of new life and activity, into a sweaty no-man's land of barely breathable air. It's a battlefield worthy of a war, forcing us off the streets to seek refuge in our air conditioned homes, in front of our flat screen televisions tuned to Game of Thrones.
It's the time of year that showering becomes pointless since you'll be drenched in sweat within minutes of walking outside. The kind of weather that only feels good immediately after you shower, without make-up or tight clothing. Small sources of heat suddenly become sweltering in their additional emanations. The exhaust pipe of a running car. A giant air conditioning unit humming outside a commercial office building. Visible blur rising from a hissing barbecue grill. It’s undeniably hot.
Instead of struggling under the summer sun, spend this Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, refining your skills with Creve Coeur Camera during PhotoPalooza, a 2-day photography convention popping inside CCC’s Olive superstore location (12747 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141). The best part? The conference, and the numerous classes being taught by leading industry pros are entirely free and open to the public. All you need to do is register!
Classes are grouped into four sessions daily, allowing attendees to register for a total of 8 free photography education classes during the two day celebration. Learn and shoot alongside instructors from a wide range of backgrounds, specialties, and operating systems. Count on representatives from the some of the industry's biggest players to in attendance, including Panasonic, Canon, Sigma, Olympus, Nissin, Fuji and more.
PRO-TIP: Wondering which classes to register for your experience level? Creve Coeur Camera has saved you some guess work, ranking each class to better tailor offerings to student skill level: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Whether you're learning how to use your first camera or consider yourself a veteran in the game, CCC has classes that'll make you feel right at home!
Curious what classes are on my 'must attend' list? Read on for my course schedule, including my tips for getting the most out of Creve Coeur Camera's PhotoPalooza!
PRO-TIP: CCC has overlapped classes in each series in order to make as many classes available as possible. Students are asked to register for only one class per series (8 classes total). Attendees will not be able to enter a class after it starts, and will be discouraged from leaving early in order to attend simultaneous classes.
10:30 am [Series 1] : "Natural Light with Relectors" [B/I/A]
Join the Trent Broglin of the CCC team in a hands-on class focused on using reflectors and other objects to perfect the natural lighting in your shots--regardless of the time of day. Appropriate for all skill levels, learn how to easily control sunlight for stunning portraiture!
1:15 pm [Series 2]: "Making Money Being A Photographer" [B/I/A]
You won't want to miss this open discussion on pricing, equipment, and being profitable with Stephen Weiss, Owner and President of Creve Coeur Camera. As a full time photographer and owner of a chain of photography chains across the Midwest, Mr. Weiss has the experience and credentials to provide listeners with expert advice on the business side of photography.
3: 45 pm [Series 3]: "Lifestyle Portraits - Hands On Model" [I/A]
Study and remedy common portrait session pitfalls with Randy Kerr, acclaimed photographer and Westcott Lighting Pro. Kerr will discuss a range of topics, including: scouting shoot locations, modifying light, working in difficult situations, scouting for lens placement, and the vital factors to consider when scheduling your next shoot. Bring your tripod if you have one!
PRO-TIP: Kerr's resume boasts a unique form of teaching that conveys simplicity and clarity to sometimes confusing photographic terminologies. Do you appreciate a no-nonsense teaching strategy? Make sure you're on his roster!
6:45 pm [Series 4]: "Using Speedlights/Flashes Outside" [B/I]
Perfect for the external flash novice, this class taught by Bruce Michaelson, 30-year veteran in the game and Nissin Pro, will give students a solid foundation for using flashes outdoors. Often natural sunlight can be too harsh, creating undesired shadows on your subject's face. Don't miss this opportunity to study specific techniques that you can use to create stunning portraiture outdoors with the help of external flashes.
PRO-TIP: Although CCC has been tight-lipped about after-hour activities, you can almost bet there will be impromptu photoshoots and networking going on after classes have ended. Keep your ears open for last minute photowalks and networking mixers!
9:30 am [Series 1] : "Posing for Portraits" [B/I/A]
Join Suzette Allen and John Yoshinaga, husband/wife duo and Lumix Luminaries, for an outdoor class on capturing a client's style and mood with posing. Taking it up a notch, students will also learn how to create "Moving Portaits," a hybrid portrait product capturing movement. See how utilizing Moving Portraits can step up the storytelling value and impact of your next session!
PRO-TIP: Feeling left out with your mirrorless camera? In addition over 30 years of on-the-job experience, Allen has also enjoyed teaching students about their hybrid/mirrorless operating systems for the past 3 years. If you've ditched the DSLR, and are looking for specific guidance on your mirrorless set-up, make sure you register for her class!
11:45 am [Series 2] : "Bridal Portraiture" [I/A]
Watch and learn from acclaimed St. Louis photographer and CCC team member, Trent Broglin, as he demonstrates techniques for producing beautiful bridal portraiture. Don't miss his tips for creating those magical wedding moments, as well as making the bride feel comfortable on her big day.
1:30 - 2:30 pm [Series 3] : Break
There are 4 wonderful classes to choose from during Series 3, which I've listed below. I've opted to take a break during this time to explore the vendor booths, but if you're staying in class, you can look forward to focusing on one of these topics:
- "The Eye of a Sports Photographer"
- "What lens should I use?"
- "Family Portraiture"
- "Using Speedlights/Flashes Outside"
3:15 pm [Series 4] : "Speedlight Techniques" [I/A]
Scott Rovak, veteran sports and commercial photographer of 30+ years, demonstrates the use of various light modifiers such as umbrellas, softboxes, and popular snoots including MagMod and Rogue products. Rovak will discuss wireless options for using multiple flashes, adding colored gels for creating a "mood," and how to use your flash outside to address undesired shadows. Learn how to control your external flash to dramatically improve your photos. Bring your flash if you have it!
So what are you waiting for? Click here to register for two free days of photography education at Creve Coeur Camera's PhotoPalooza. Don't miss your opportunity to learn and shoot alongside leading industry professionals while visiting with the number one camera store in the Midwest!
No plans tomorrow night? Why not see Clayton Community Theatre’s (CCT) workshop production of And It Shall Be Forgiven, written by local playwright, Jason Slavik and directed by costuming legend, Tracey A. Newcomb. It will mark her St. Louis directorial debut, and the second production in the play’s history.
Check out my latest article for St. Louis Limelight Magazine, an exclusive, behind-the-scenes interview with the cast and crew of And it Shall Be Forgiven, as well as what you can expect if you're in the audience tomorrow night!
FUN FACT: I'm an editor for St. Louis Limelight Magazine, a brand new publication focusing exclusively on St. Louis' vibrant theatre community!
Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis, or more commonly called, "Shakespeare in The Park," opened Friday evening, inviting theatre-lovers across the metro-area to enjoy "The Winter's Tale" underneath the stars. Always free and open to the public, the festival celebrates its 17th season this year, popping up inside of Forest Park for a three-week marathon run of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. "The Winter's Tale" will now run nightly, excluding Tuesdays, at 8pm in Forest Park through Sunday, June 25th.
I caught the second official performance on Saturday evening, marking my 7th consecutive season as an audience member in Shakespeare Glen. The day had been a scorcher, but as the sun sank low in the sky, a cool breeze drifted in that settled the soul. We reclined on our blankets, bodies and bellies sated by food and wine. My dog, Della, sleeping lazily next to me. And on cue, as if the house manager could sense our complete contentment and boozy glow, the stage sprung to life.
Thinking about checking out Shakespeare in The Park for the fist time this summer? Or maybe you want the inside scoop on this year's show? Read on for my Ultimate Guide to Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis 2017, including pro-tips for preparedness that'll impress all of your friends!
Planning your Trip
Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis has a "bring your own" policy when it comes to food, beverages, and seating. Patrons wishing to watch from blankets are able to secure the closest seats, while lawn chairs and the like are directed to a separate section immediately behind them.
That being said, they do provide concessions and ticketed premium seating as well if you're not interested a DIY theatre experience. Reserved seating ranges from $10-40/ticket and the concession stand offers some admittedly tasty treats, although they don't come cheap.
PRO-TIP: If you're opting for a DIY experience, be sure to bring plenty of water. This Midwest heat is no joke, especially when you're drinking wine. Do yourself a favor and bring more than you think you'll need. A water from the concession stand will cost you a whopping $3.75!
PRO-TIP: The concession stand offers a delicious, possibly heart-stopping, funnel cake a'la mode that you should definitely check out if you've got a sweet tooth like yours truly. Worth every bit of its $6.50 price tag, you'll want to share this decadent treat with a friend. The amount of vanilla ice cream they give you is inspirational!
My advice? I've sat in both the blanket and lawn chair sections, and I always encourage first-timers to sit on blankets! Shakespeare's plays are not short, and the language can be difficult to understand at times, even for somebody who has studied Shakespearean plays. The closer you are to the action, the more vibrant (and easier to understand) the experience becomes. It allows you to see body language and facial expressions that can get lost in translation when watching from several feet away. Sit up close to become fully immersed in the world of the play!
PRO-TIP: Arrive early to nab a good seat! Seating is always first come, first serve in Shakespeare Glen so arrive prior to 6 pm to get the best spot. A few things to keep in mind, however: 1. Although the Green Show starts at 6:30 pm, folks start arriving earlier and earlier as month wears on. and 2. Weekend performances see a spike in attendance. Take these two factors into consideration when planning your trip! For example, if you're seeing one of the last weekend performances, plan on arriving close to 4 pm for a front row seat.
PRO-TIP: Worried about getting a back ache? Bring a pillow or stadium seats like these for the most comfortable blanket-viewing experience! By the end of the play, most of the blanket section will be laying down. Feel free to get comfortable!
What to Bring
How elaborate you'd like your set-up to be is completely up to you. I've seen camping tents, small tables, umbrellas, and hammocks. Board games, books, crosswords, and cards. Carryout boxes of all shape and sizes from restaurants across the metro-area. Buffet spreads with fruit platters, veggie trays, chips and dip, pasta salad, baked beans, pulled pork, fried chicken, and desserts in every variety.
BONUS!: Curious what my "must bring" items are? Click here for my Ultimate Shakespeare In The Park Check-List!
PRO-TIP: Planning a trip, but worried about rain? Bring a tarp to lay underneath your blanket, effectively blocking any moisture from your precious bottom. Don't forget your umbrella in case the skies open while you're there!
The Green Show
The Green Show kicks off at 6:30 pm, creating the perfect environment for 'pre-show picnickers to enjoy light entertainment while breaking bread with family and friends.' Featuring a wide array of local talents, performances can be found throughout the festival grounds prior to showtime.
The festival also offers a nightly "Bard's Buzz," including a summary and character outline of the play, family activity area with a variety of The Winter's Tale-themed crafts, and backstage tour providing a behind-the-scenes look at all the action. Take a walk around the festival grounds before the show and check out the Gift Shop and Green Show Stage!
PRO-TIP: Shakespeare in the Park veterans will be happy to learn that Juggling Jeff and his fire-breathing companion will be entertaining the crowd again this year on Saturday and Sunday evening performances only. Their slap-stick humor and witty word play has me rolling every year!
PRO-TIP #7: Still confused about where Shakespeare Glen is located inside Forest Park? For good reason! You won't find permanent signage pointing you to the right place once you get into the park. Instead, scan for shorter temporary signs pointing patrons in the right direction. Shakespeare Glen is located just off Fine Arts Drive, to the right of the Saint Louis Art Museum if you're looking down at Art Hill. Click here for a map!
PRO-TIP: Parking is scarce, especially on weekends. Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis will also overlap with The Muny's season this year (6/12 - 6/25), creating one of the highest demands for parking we've seen yet. Plan on walking up to a mile from your vehicle to the festival grounds if you're intent on scoring a free parking spot!
FUN FACT: Did you know The Winter's Tale was one of the last plays Shakespeare ever wrote? Most critics believe Shakespeare wrote it between 1610-1611!
The show opens with modern club music, as our main protagonist (Charles Pasternak as Leontes) steps to center stage in a fuzzy bathrobe and slippers. He bobs along to the beat, newspaper in hand, earbuds noticeably jammed in his ears. It's an energetic wake-up, worthy of a comedy, and it captures your attention instantly. At first it's even unclear that the play is beginning. You think, perhaps this is just an actor warming up before the show. But, soon Pasternak is joined by his wife (Cherie Corinne Rice) and daughter (Cassia Thompson), wearing heavy coats and hats, joyfully dancing along. They are the picture of a happy family.
The daughter interrupts, playfully pulling the earbuds from his ears. She begs for a story, and her father concedes, promising a sad tale full of 'sprites and goblins,' for a sad tale is best for winter. Ironically, the temperature in Shakespeare Glen at this moment is anything but.
And with that, the scene transforms into the story he presumes to tell. The actors strip their winter coats, exposing clothing from another time, of renaissance ladies and loyal lords. The supporting cast floods the stage, singing in beautiful harmonies to stringed instruments as they set the stage. The play has begun.
PRO-TIP: Wear comfortable sandals so you can slip off your shoes and get comfortable while you watch the show. Stick your toes in the grass and leave your worries behind . Some things are just best enjoyed without shoes.
For the next two and a half hours we follow Leontes (Pasternak), King of Sicilia, as he groundlessly accuses his pregnant wife, Hermoine (Rice) of having an affair with his childhood best friend, Polixenes (Chauncy Thomas). Our Winter Tale contains demons far scarier than sprites and goblins, for these demons are of the mind. A man tormented and a family ripped apart. I'll spare you the full report, as the folks at Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis have so graciously done it for me. Click here for the full plot synopsis!
PRO-TIP #8: Unfamiliar with the show? There is a plot synopsis provided in the playbill to help acquaint you with the story before the play starts! Bonus points for reading it aloud for your entire group to hear. It'll increase anticipation and guarantee you won't get too lost once the play starts!
Typically alternating between comedy and tragedy each season, this year the selection committee opted, instead, for a plot that falls somewhere in the middle. While "The Winter's Tale" is typically grouped with Shakespeare's comedies, it truthfully feels more at home as a psychological drama and romance. The title implies a tall tale of fantasy, yet the tone of the play is darkly realistic. The comedic bits are more like side dishes to the overall entree.
PRO-TIP: A friendly reminder that photographing the actors and/or the use of recording devices during the show is strictly forbidden by law. There are a handful of reasons for this, including several union rules concerning the safety of actors, as well as the intellectual property issues in regard to the shows' designers and directors. If you bring along your camera, stick to photographing before and after the curtain, and of course, credit any set photographs appropriately.
Support the Festival
At two occasions in the evening--once before the show, once after-- volunteers will disperse into the crowd, collecting donations in plastic tupperware containers. Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis relies on contributions from individuals, businesses, and institutions to support their award-winning work. In addition to offering a month-long Shakespearean production free of cost to the public, the company seeks to 'expand participation in the arts throughout the Saint Louis region' through extensive arts-education programs in schools and community-based story-telling experiments in the streets.
Without the community's support, the festival would cease to exist. Consider dropping in a few dollars to support Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis year-round.
PRO-TIP: Planning on donating a few dollars? Don't forget to stop by the ATM before the show!
A final note...
I loved the evening, start to finish, as I always do, There's a reason I'm a 7th season veteran, right? The actors skillfully brought the world of the play alive before our eyes, and it was a joy to follow a story I wasn't already familiar with before I arrived. I was incredibly impressed by the music in the play. The cast sings in a handful of scenes throughout the show in beautifully executed harmonies.
This is the perfect summer to discover a new tradition. If you haven't experienced Shakespeare in the Park yet, I highly recommend making the jump this year. Shakespeare's work is timeless, and an evening spent enjoying it under the stars was truly magical. If you're a veteran audience member like yours truly, this year does not disappoint!
Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis is a must-see event for June 2017!
Summer has settled in to stay in Saint Louis, and I've got a sunny disposition as I sit dreaming of a unique happiness that takes effect for me during these few short months. I can nearly feel the sun's warmth on my skin, smell sweet sweat and cut grass and grilling meat, hear the sound of an ice cream truck of questionable ownership and operation circling my neighborhood.
We kick off the sunny season today, and Saint Louis has woken from hibernation, embracing summer euphoria and all its glory. The days are longer days, and shorts shorter. We open our closets each day, smirking with satisfaction. Not today, jacket, not today.
PRO-TIP: Big plans? Whether it's a family barbecue or a wild float trip, bring your camera along and photograph the people you love on days that whiz by far too quickly. Photograph moments of candid joy and sincere surprise. youthful banter and annual arguments. Sibling rivalries and wrought iron relationships. Photograph babies that will not be babies for long and Wisdom that's on marked time. Gut-busting, side-splitting laughter and firework friendships that feel fated in the stars. Don't lose an opportunity to photograph and enjoy time with those you love this summer!
If you're staying in the city this month in lieu of flying to your beachside bungalow, there are a plethora of events in the Saint Louis photography community that you need to know about. We're in full swing festival-mode, with the list of outdoor events across the city growing larger and larger as we reach the peak of summer. Which means you can bank on tons of opportunities to photograph our city's unique, local flavor.
Without further ado, I present my June 2017 Saint Louis Photography Guide, complete with pro-tips to make this month as picturesque as possible. Don't miss these chances to learn and work on both sides of the lens in Saint Louis, Missouri this month!
VISIT THE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM - [FREE ADMISSION] - Friday, June 2nd; 11am-9pm
The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to celebrate the achievements of the inventors, pioneers, and pivotal artists throughout the history of photography. The museum houses 6,000-square-feet of gallery and exhibition space in the Grand Center area of St. Louis, a hop and a skip from Fox Theatre. On the first Friday of every month, IPHF throws opens its doors, allowing free admission to the public all day. Don't miss your opportunity to enjoy a trip to the museum free of cost!
This summer IPHF presents "Diego and Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Way", a special exhibition of photographs chronicling the lives and relationship of the famed Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Their marriage began in 1929, with extensive media coverage acting as a constant backdrop. With volatile tempers and countless infidelities, the couple divorced in 1939, only to marry again a year later. These photographs enhance our ability to understand an artistic couples' interactions and journey.
Diego and Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Way will run Saturday, May 13, 2017 through Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Saint Louis International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum.
PRO-TIP: After you're done visiting the museum, head up the road to The Dark Room Photo Gallery inside The Grandel Theatre and check out Jeannie Liautaud's exhibit, "The Grandparents Project." if you missed the opening reception last month! Doubling as a hopping bar, the gallery recently opened, featuring enhanced viewing and ease via dedicated galvanized steel art walls. Grab a cocktail, listen to the live band, and take a stroll around the room! Click here for more information about Jeannie Liataud's exhibit, "The Grandparents Project."
Click here to visit the IPHF website for more information!
CREVE COEUR CAMERA PRESENTS, "HDR IMAGE PROCESSING" - [FREE CLASS] - Saturday, June 3rd; 9:30am @ Creve Couer Camera
Sharpen your skills this month by joining Creve Coeur Camera for a free lecture on HDR Image Processing. Learn about the basics of high dynamic range (HDR) imaging, as well as the techniques used to produce stunning HDR landscape photos. Frustrated with highlights and shadows? The experts at Creve Couer Camera show us how you can control these variables with proper bracketing and knowledge of HDR software. There is no cost for this class, but you will need to reserve your spot ahead of time. Limited to 40 students; Duration: 60 minutes
FULL MOON VIEWING @ COMPTON HILL WATER TOWER - Friday, June 9th; 5:30pm-12am @ Compton Hill Water Tower Park & Preservation Society
Don't miss this opportunity to photograph crystal clear skies from atop the historic Compton Hill Water Tower during the Full Moon on Friday, June 9th. Each month, March through November, the tower is opened to the general public for a spectacular Full Moon viewing. The tower features a 360-degree view of the city of Saint Louis for those undaunted by the 198 step spiral staircase to the top. Admission is $5, and they're a cash-only operation. Make sure you stop by the ATM!
The completely restored Compton Hill Water Tower was built in 1898, and is located in the 36-acre Reservoir Park, at the corner of S. Grand Blvd and Russell Blvd, just south of I-44 in the City of St. Louis (63104).
PRO-TIP: St. Louis Photography Club is hosting a meet-up to coincide with the Full Moon Viewing at 7pm. Why not network while you photograph the stars? Click here for more information about the St. Louis Photography Club, and their meet-up on June 9th!
ISR PHOTO WALK MEET-UP - Saturday, June 10th; 11am @ Missouri Botanical Gardens
Saint Louis area photographers of all ages and skill-levels are invited to network and practice their skills together at one of the most popular photography meet-ups in the area, The ISR Photo Walk. Held every month in a central Saint Louis location, this month the group will meet at the Missouri Botanical Garden for an event focused on macro photography.
Breaking the mold, the photowalk will be more tutorial-based this month, limiting attendance to just 25 photographers for the first time ever. Additionally, there is a nominal fee to gain admission into the Garden ($6 residents; $12 adults). Suggested equipment includes tripod, reflector, and macro extension tubes. Equipment is not required, however.
Planning on attending the photowalk this month? Don't waste any time! Email email@example.com and/or message them on Instagram to reserve your spot. I'll update my blog post when all slots have been filled.
PRO-TIP: If you're looking to take advantage of discounted STL resident ticket prices, you'll need to bring proof of residency. Click here to view the Missouri Botanical Gardens Admissions Page.
KRIS COLE MODEL CASTING CALL - Saturday, June 10th; 1-3pm @ Merchandise Mart Lofts
Saint Louis fashion designer, Kris Cole, hosts an open call for female models for her fashion line, Prominent Sanctuary, on Saturday, June 10th from 1-3pm at The Merchandise Mart Lofts in Downtown St. Louis. After winning the 2015 Saint Louis Emerging Designer Competition, Cole has taken the Saint Louis fashion community by storm, participating in competitions across the metro area, including St. Louis Fashion week. Drawing inspiration from Alexander McQueen, Cole's designs are loved by women across the country, and have have been featured in Macy's and beyond.
To sign up for an audition appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cole asks that women wear a tank top, jeans, and heels (no wedges) with natural face
DAVID COBLITZ PRESENTS, "YOUR ART SHOULD REFLECT YOUR HEART, NOT YOUR WINDOWS" - Saturday, June 17th; 1:30pm @ International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum.
Local expert commercial photographer, David Coblitz, discusses various printing methods that eliminate reflections from photographic prints, in this $5 lecture hosted by the Saint Louis International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum. Compare in class prints on Sintra/PVC, Aluminum Di-Bond, Canvas Giclees, as well as traditional museum glass.
Join David as he shares the techniques that helped his company, Coblitz Creative Concepts, gain the attention of big clients like Bausch & Lomb, Laclede Gas, Missouri American Water, Edward Jones, and more.
Admission is $5; to register, email email@example.com or call 314.535.1999.
Click here for more information about David's lecture and the International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum.
PRO-TIP: Admission to all Saint Louis International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum lectures are free with IPHF membership, costing between $35-75 yearly. Click here for more information about becoming an IPHF member.
SAINT LOUIS PRIDE FEST @ SOLDIERS MEMORIAL PARK - Friday, June 23rd- Sunday, June 25th; Soldiers Memorial Park, Downtown Saint Louis
Document one of the most vibrant and eclectic festivals to overtake downtown Saint Louis and beyond, Pridefest 2017. Estimating attendance of over 250,000 people last year, the festival is one of the most successful Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) events in the Midwest region. Don't miss this wild 3 day celebration featuring the second largest parade in the Saint Louis area, 160+ exhibitors and sponsors, 2 entertainment stages, children's area, and much more.
PRO-TIP: Did you know the first Pride was a police riot? It's true! Pride is held each summer to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969, one of the first organized displays of LGBT protest.
Read this article before photographing and posting photos from Pride!
PRO-TIP: Large crowds aren't your thing? Photograph the slightly smaller Tower Grove Pride celebration on Saturday, June 25th 2017 from 12-8pm at Ritz Park on Sound Grand Boulevard. The festival celebrates it's fifth anniversary offering a more intimate atmosphere in which to eat, drink, dine, & dance. Click here for more information about Tower Grove Pride 2017
BONUS: COMPETITION SPOTLIGHT!
Competitions are a fantastic way to expose your work to an entirely new audience, while gaining the opportunity to establish yourself more in the industry. Are you interested in public speaking or teaching others your passion? Earning titles makes you more marketable as an expert in your field. Why not enter an image competition this June?
GoUNESCO PRESENTS "MAKE HERITAGE FUN!" PHOTO CONTEST - Deadline Sunday, June 25th; Lewis & Clark Trail
Have you been itching to enter an image competition but dread the paperwork and printing that goes along entering? GoUNESCO offers a solution with this low-cost, artist-friendly photo contest aimed at celebrating the American heritage of exploration and travel into the unknown. Photographers along the historic Lewis & Clark trail, spanning 3,700 miles across 10 states, are invited submit photos that symbolize the American spirit of exploration, using the trail as a backdrop.
Pay just $5, submit your photo online, and wait for a panel of international judges to award cash prizes in 4 categories: Grand Prize, Professional, Non-Professional, and Under 18. That's right, no high registration fee. No drawn out ceremony. No printing and crossing your fingers it sells!
Click here to sign up for GoUNESCO's "Make Heritage Fun" photo contest!
Let your friends know you're entering! Click here forGoUNESCO's "Make Heritage Fun" Facebook Event.
GoUNESCO is an offshoot of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (or UNESCO), a nonprofit focused on contributing peace and security by promoting international collaboration. GoUNESCO specifically aims to make heritage more engaging, hosting a variety of events and initiatives year-round including the operation of its global student outreach program and coordination of Go Heritage Runs.
That's it, folks!
Do you have an event that should be included in July 2017's Saint Louis Photography Guide? Leave me a comment below!
After canceling their photowalk earlier this month, popular photography meet-up group, Cameras & Coffee, announced a rescheduled meet up this morning for this Saturday, May 27th at 9am at the new Rise Coffee House location in The Grove neighborhood (4176 Manchester Ave, St Louis MO 63110). They plan to enjoy the newly opened patio, weather permitting.
As the past few months' meet-ups were primarily photowalk based, the group's leader, Steve Peterson thought they'd "return to [their] roots" for this Holiday weekend meet-up that's more about chatting with pals and less about getting shots for your portfolio.
PRO-TIP: You can bet there will be impromptu shooting going on. If you're a model or a photographer that is looking to shoot rather than gab, don't let this stop you from attending. You're encouraged to bring your camera!
About Cameras & Coffee
Cameras & Coffee is a bi-monthly networking meet-up group for Saint Louis creatives looking to connect with the area's many photographers and models. All ages and skill levels are invited to shoot, network, and learn from each others' expertise. The group meets every other month somewhere in Saint Louis; past locations include The St. Louis Museum, Coffee Cartel in the Central West End, and more. Click here join the Cameras & Coffee Facebook Group for all the latest updates.
You've been told you are an old soul. Which is a nice way of saying you have the same tendencies as someone of an older generation. You're not entirely convinced that they're speaking of the sepia-toned, glamorous ages of yore either. Don't be fooled. No, they aren't mentally casting you in Gone With The Wind or Casablanca. They're calling you old.
We are self-proclaimed early birds. There is no shame in our game.
We revel in the intoxicating smells of brewing coffee and new books. Delight in early morning farmer's markets and the quiet moments before dawn. We adore a good breakfast, and beginning our day with actioned intention. Some exercise, others read or journal or pray. No matter the activity, we savor reflective solitude and cathartic expression in the fleeting minutes before the the world wakes.
We believe that happiness is not found, but rather built, slowly, day by day, through self-care and thoughtful deed. Accept that while we can and do fail often, there is hope and possibility in each sunrise for a new beginning.
We are the crusaders of to-do lists, champions of routine, advocates for scheduling. We have lists for books we'd like to read, products we need to try, places we die to visit. Lists for every major project and endeavor.
There are not many things in the world that we are extraordinarily particular about, but one of them is undoubtedly our bedtime.
Watch as we become cranky from sleep deprivation. Bear witness as we transform from kind, rational beings into evil witches from foreign fairy tales with dark endings. We become resentful without rest, confused when drowsy, and angry when woken unjustly. Sleep is more than necessary. It's primary.
We treat our bedtime routines with respect and reverence, excitedly pulling back our sheets, and slipping beneath the covers prior to 10pm. We do not struggle with falling sleep. With allowing the dreams we paint to carry us far away from the worries of life. Nature's perfect escape.
Of course, we accept that occasionally we will be asked to stay awake past our bedtime by another breed of human. They have the best intentions, with their weeknight commitments and total disregard for adult work hours. And we concede, understanding the importance of friendships that feed the soul.
However, we must remember to keep moving. Netflix & Chill is really just code for Snooze & Chill for someone finding the ambiance all too inviting.
We possess a passion for delicious food, anticipating our meals as we fantasize about retirement during our actual jobs since we're nowhere near the age of 65. We dream of seconds that don't whiz by.
Of minutes passed lingering on all the books we haven't read. Of weeks savoring all the food we've stopped ourselves from eating. Of months finally relinquishing the rules of polite society. Of years soaking in the full expanse of time and being.
We take no issue with eating dinner at 5:30pm, after walking through the door, and wearily kicking off our dusty boots. It's been a long day, and we're starving. Besides, early dinners go hand-in-hand with early bedtimes.
We've steadily incorporated over-sized sweaters and comfortable clogs into our everyday look. Decided against frying our hair, opted to apply less makeup instead of more. We have chosen to stop breaking down our bodies into contorted shapes for the sake of desirability.
We habitually tackle crafting projects, attempting each with varying levels of success. Believing, at the most basic level, that there is nothing beyond our creative grasp. We've dabbled in competitive baking, knitting, needlepoint, and quilting. Studied candle making, container gardening, scrap-booking, and recycling reclaimed drift wood. We consider each endeavor a notch in our belt, a testament to our craftiness.
We've learned to hold on to those who lift us up, and silently remove those who cause more harm than good. More anguish instead of joy.
While our friends tremble at growing older, we understand that the only way in which to progress is by moving forward. Aging is an adventure we welcome with open hearts.
Old souls delight in being life-long students. We commit to staying vigilant in the pursuit of knowledge, regardless of age or experience level.
And while we acknowledge that we may never find the answers to our heart's deepest calling, we commit to exploring every nook and cranny of this earth until we do.
Kiana Azizian is a writer and poet based in Portland, Oregon that you need know about if you're hopelessly devoted to words. This twenty-something has taken the literary web space by storm, with thousands of re-tweets and re-pins from all over the world, including big accounts like Poems Porn, Words of Queens, and even Britney Spears herself. Her honest, beautiful language has captivated readers who now clamor for more.
A resident writer for ThoughtCatalog.com and EliteDaily.com, you've probably read one of her articles before, with crushingly relatable titles like, "This Is Why You Should Stop Blaming Yourself For His Actions," and "What It Means To Be A Girl Who Always Loves 'Too Much'," being shared like viral hotcakes on Facebook and Pinterest. Azizian released her debut book, "To All The Ones I've Ever Loved," a collection of simplistic, soulful poems this past November. And what's more, she's coming out with a new book in less than a week!
Between Azizian's busy schedule, I was able to pull her aside for an in-depth interview about life and love, her authorial debut, and upcoming book release. Her words have stirred the hearts of social media users across the world, including my own, and I'm thrilled to share her story.
Read on for my one-on-one interview with Kiana Azizian!
Congratulations on your recent publishing debut! What a huge accomplishment. Did you find publishing your first book changed your process of writing?
Thank you so much! Publishing my first book has only help motivate me even more. It’s been so inspiring seeing how people have been able to relate to my work. And this only pushes me more to write and put my work out into the world.
Each poem is incredibly poignant and challenges even my own perceptions of love and loss, alienation and acceptance. I imagine it could be an emotional process writing it all down! Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I would have to say it does a little bit of both. Some days, writing can be completely draining and take a lot out of me. While other days, it’s the only thing getting me through.
What is your ideal writing atmosphere?
A crowded coffee shop. I just love the chaotic atmosphere, somehow I find it calming.
What is your writing process? Do you draft on paper or keyboard?
My writing process is messy and chaotic. I’m constantly coming up with new ideas and content. I prefer to draft on paper. I always carry around a little notebook with me, so whenever I find inspiration, I jot it down. I just love the pen to paper aspect of it all.
You touch on the subject of being human a few times in your book, “To All The Ones I Ever Loved.” Could you talk about what you mean?
Honestly, I think we’re all too hard on ourselves. We put on so much pressure to be perfect and live a certain type of lifestyle. At the end of the day, we’re just human. We make mistakes. We fall. We break. We fail. But it’s okay. We learn. We grow. We heal. We move on. Life is meant to be fun, and I think we all take it a bit too seriously.
The second half of your book is titled “Heartbreakers,” wherein each poem, titled by initials, appears to describe past lovers. You continue this inclusion of initials through much of the rest of the book. Have any of the guys you’ve written about read the book and/or recognized their initials?
Surprisingly, none of them have said anything. I’m not really in contact with any of the “heartbreakers” mentioned in the book. I bet none of them have even taken the time to read the book.
Many of your poems contain a message of self-acceptance and perseverance. Are there any personal experiences that helped shaped the overall narrative/theme of the book?
Just life to be honest. I think we have all been through our own struggles and setbacks. Growing up, I had a difficult time expecting myself and loving who I was. I think it’s such a shame how we spend our lives hating ourselves and wishing we were someone else.
What did you edit out of your book?
I sometimes find my work can be repetitive. For me, writing is a healing process. So when I’m dealing with something difficult, I find I tend to repeat myself quite a bit. I had to edit out a few pieces, which seemed they had already been discussed in the book.
Okay, girl. You’re all over my Pinterest feed! Tell me about the success you’ve had with online platforms and what guidance could you offer young authors trying to market and publish their own work?
I would say to just keep going; keep publishing and putting yourself out in the world. Even if rejection and failures come your way, use these to motivate you even more.
What advice would you give an aspiring writer? Are there any tips you’d share?
Stay true to yourself. Find your voice and stick to that. We all have something important to say, and I think we often forget this. Say what’s on your mind, even if other people disagree.
When's the next book coming out?
Actually, I am coming out with a new book in about two weeks. The title is "us," and it’s a book about love, loss, heartbreak, acceptance, and healing. It will be available on Amazon, so keep an eye out :)
Thanks so much for having me! I love being able to share my work.