Monthly Archives February 2012

Senior Photography in St. Louis

It is that time of year again when we are gearing up for our St. Louis senior photography season. We will soon be featuring on our web site all of our Class of 2013 spokesMODELS. We have been very busy finding new locations to photograph at, new backgrounds to create and new lighting techniques to use. We are always trying to improve ourselves here at Nordmann Photography. I am very excited about all of our spokesMODELS. There is still time to be a Class of 2013 spokesMODEL by filling out this ONLINE APPLICATION. We are still photographing our spokesMODELS but here are some of my favorite images taken so far of each spokesMODEL.

Gabby Grossberg from Parkway North

Kelly Wertenberger from Ursuline Academy

Kimmie Klopenstein from O’Fallon Township

Melissa Tychonievich from Webster Groves High School

Madison Thorpe from Ursuline Academy

Dana Sell from Webster Groves High School

Shea Kreft from O’Fallon Township

Sami Thomas from Webster Groves High School

Annie Hartwig from Westminster Christian Academy

Adalie Schmidt from Incarnate Word

Brian Meyer from Webster Groves High School

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A Creative Father

On my blog posts I have never mentioned my parents. They were both 1st generation immigrants from Italy. My father from the southern part of Italy and my mother from the northern part of Italy. They were both professional musicians and played in the Chicago Symphony. That is where they met. They were very proud Italians who worked very hard. They gave up their music careers to start and provide for a family. They owned an Italian Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois, Michelini’s Restaurant.

But today my blog is about my father. A very talented man. Today my nephew shared this link on an article about my father when he was inducted into Loyola Academy’s Hall of Fame a few years ago.

I remember these times so well when he would be carrying his camera to all of my brother’s football game. He would go to all of my brother’s football practices and every game. He always had his camera in tow. He was a true artist when it came to film. I think this article speaks for itself.

Athletic Hall of Fame – Member Profile

Mario Camastro


Six days a week you would find him working at his restaurant, Michelini’s, on Foster and Maple in Evanston. At least until 8:30 p.m. when the customers were shooed out and the doors were closed, and it was time for his nightly steak and martini with his wife, Maria. But on Sunday afternoons, Mario Camastro was stationed at the top of a press box or, in a pinch, on the roof of a truck, his film camera aimed at the Loyola football Ramblers. Through scorching heat, through wind, through rain, or through snow, Mario was there. Tireless, reliable, committed, disciplined, generous – Mario was a prince of a man, a true friend to Loyola, its coaches, and its players. Mario actually began filming games at nearby St. George where his son, Paul, played for Coach Max Brunell and his two young assistants, Frank Amato and Tom Powers. With the announcement of the imminent closing of St. George, he enrolled his youngest son, Carl, in Loyola and volunteered his services to Bob Naughton and his staff. For thirteen years, he filmed the games, drove to the old shop at Ogden and Grove to have the film developed, then delivered it to the Loyola coaching staff. Mario demonstrated tremendous pride in his work, staying for the Monday film session to ensure the comprehensiveness of the films for the coaching staff. He never missed an assignment in those thirteen years, and never took a dollar for his work. Mario, at times, took considerable risks to film the game, once hazarding to stand on the roof of the Soldier Field press box amidst an ice and snow storm in order to the get the best shots of the action. And he did get the best shots. Mario worked hard to get it all right, to get the proper timing, the correct angle, the most helpful vision of the field. Tom Powers recalls more than one college recruiter taking the time to note that Loyola’s game films were easily the best in the Catholic League. Mario did more than film the games. He was there for people. Mario hosted pre-game meals for the team at his restaurant on Sunday mornings. He took care of underpaid and underfed coached and there wives with steak dinners on the house. Once, when St. George would not allow a post-season banquet for the football team, Mario hosted one himself after graduation. He was there for people. The coaches that depended on him remember Mario Camastro with admiration and fondness. Frank Amato recalls “a good-hearted man…a giver, not a taker” who was there the time Coach Amato had to get back to New York and his dying father, and didn’t have the plane fare to get there. Tom Powers knew him as a “loyal parent and a loyal friend, a genuine man, a true booster of the Academy and its players.” He was truly a Man for Others. Mario died suddenly in 1983 following heart surgery.

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Jenny & Craig-St Louis Wedding Couple

One of our wonderful wedding couples is featured in the current issue (February 22, 2012) of Town & Style Magazine. Congratulations to JENNY & CRAIG. Below are the images from their spread in the magazine. To read their story click HERE then go to page 27.

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Adalie Schmidt-St Louis Senior Class of 2013 spokesMODEL

We are in full swing photographing our Class of 2013 spokesMODELS for our high school senior photography. I was so surprised when Adalie Schmidt came with her mom to our info night a few weeks ago. I photographed Adalie’s mom and dad’s wedding several years ago. It is always such a delight when you run into past clients. Adalie is an amazing soccer player from Incarnate Word and has already signed with Iowa State. Here is her Video from her spokesMODEL session.

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Ruth & Patrick-St Louis Wedding 12.18.11

I had such a wonderful time photographing Ruth & Patrick’s Wedding on December 18th, 2011. They had a beautiful ceremony at the Hanley Road Baptist Church, and a wonderful reception at the Piper Palm House.
Butler’s Pantry provided a wonderful spread of food and drink and Jason from Millenium Productions kept the party in full swing. To top it off they had a Bag Pipe exit topped with sparklers.

          Best of luck to Ruth and Patrick!

Ceremony – Hanley Road Baptist Church
Florist – Krissy McArthur of MCK Designs
Dress – Ultimate Bride
Brides Ring – Shane Company
Reception – Piper Palm House
Caterer – Bulter’s Pantry
Cake – Sugaree
DJ – Jason with Millenium Productions
Videographer – Tim Nordmann with Nordmann Photography

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Our 1st Entrepreneur of the Week

We will be featuring our Entrepreneur of the Week as a new part of our blog. Most of the entrepreneurs we will be featuring are small business owners, artists and writers. According to the Princeton Review… “The small business owner is the backbone of the American economy. Ninety-nine percent of all employers are small business owners. They provide 75% of the new jobs created every year, and they are responsible for 96% of all exported goods. Small business owners work out of garages, small stores on Main Streets, and huge corporate campuses.”

A small plug for us. We have photographed all of these entrepreneurs.

So today I am going to start with a writer, Julie Lessman. Julie is a writer of Christian Romance Novels. Check her web site out at
So meet Julie Lessman and visit her web site and enjoy reading her books.

Hello … I’m Julie Lessman, an Inspirational Romance author with a passion for God and a passion for romance. Since the age of twelve, I’ve been in love with the idea of being “in love.” It happened the moment Scarlett seared Rhett with a look on the winding staircase of Twelve Oaks. Suddenly I was a goner, spellbound by the emotional ebb and flow of romantic relationships.

As an adult, I quickly learned that true romance is spiritual as well as physical and emotional. And one pass through the “Song of Solomon” in the Bible told me that God was the biggest romantic of them all, deeply passionate in His love for each of us. Through my love affair with Him, I have discovered that romance can transcend to another dimension where romantic passion and spiritual passion merge, creating a 3-D love story: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together. I hope you enjoy my stories … and may they bring you closer to the Father’s heart.



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Elle & Mike 12.10.11 St Louis Wedding

Our Dear friends Harry & Janet saw their last child married on December 10, 2011. Congratulations to Elle & Mike who had their ceremony at the beautiful St John Nepomuk Church highlighted by the processional being led by a bagpiper. Their reception was held at the wonderfully decorated Monsanto Hall at the Missouri Botanical Gardens with lovely flowers by Tina Barrera and the delicious cake by Sugaree Baking Company.


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So the latest rage in Social Media is Pinterest. To bottom line it Pinterest is a site that you can have pin boards of all of your favorite things. On mine I have several boards. I have Books I love, Senior Looks, Great Shoes, Places I would like to go, Accessories and more. Not that I ever would purchase any of the items pinned or go to any of my favorite places. My boards are my dream arenas. And I can share my interests with all of my Pinterest friends. So if you are so inclined you can follow me on Pinterest. And then I can follow you on Pinterest. I can pin something you like and you can pin something I like. It is like being friends but not really.

Here are a few of my boards.

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Social Media

I am so overwhelmed with social media. It has taken over my life. Facebook is all consuming but I love to keep up with my friends, family and customers to see what they are up to. I don’t post much on my personal Facebook page – just when inspired to do so – but will comment or “like” other friends comments. But our business pages – now that is another story. We have our business page Nordmann Photography that has to be attended to daily for our high school senior photography. We have another Facebook page Nordmann Portraits reserved mainly for children’s photography and family portraiture. Then we have Nordmann Weddings dedicated to all of our future and past brides. For the people wanting video we have Nordmann Video. Ok and I know this is getting ridiculous but how can we forget about our Sports Photography – Nordmann Sports. Oh and we can’t forget our latest endeavor and recent facebook site for the women who want to bring the sexy back into their lives Boudoir Black Diamond.

So I think I created a monster with all of these different pages but my justification is that we do have different audiences. I never want to bore people with Boudoir Photography if they were just interested in High School Senior Photography. Would a bride be interested in sports photography over wedding photography? So not only am I a photographer but also a social media designer and writer. Wait – I never signed up for this job as a social media guru. All I ever wanted to be was a photographer.

Stay tuned for tomorrows blog. I will be talking more about social media and time wasters such as Twitter, Instagram and now Pinterest. And guess who is wasting her time with all the above?

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Gnome Fun

Our grandaughter Hadley last Halloween came to our studio for a fun Gnome shoot in our studio garden. She was definitely playing the part of a garden gnome since she just saw the movie Gnomeo and Juliet. It was fun to see Hadley act the part.

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