Timothy and Becky’s Wedding

Last Saturday, March 17th, my son Timothy and Becky Winka got married. We had been looking forward to this special day for a very long time. Becky is a fantastic person and fits perfectly into our family.

We started off the festivities with the Rehearsal Dinner at Maggie’s Lunch Box. Maggies is located in the heart of Fenton’s industrial and business center.  This adorable cafe/bakery outdid themselves on the food.  The food was absolutely delicious.  We played an adorable slide show of Timothy and Becky growing up that always brings tears to a mom’s eyes.

Saturday the skies opened up and let loose with a ferocious rain storm. I have not seen rain like that in a long time. I knew right away that our wedding photographer, Susan Jackson, would not be able to take the wedding party anywhere for outdoor photos. So off to Andre’s West everyone headed for indoor photos. We were very pleased with Susan. Not only is she a fantastic photographer but she is also a good friend. She was so kind and nice to everyone and a trooper for putting up with all the Nordmanns.

Andre’s West was very accommodating. The reception hall was beautiful. And Becky’s table decorations added a nice personal touch. The hostess of the evening was very gratuitous and helpful.  And you can always count on Andre’s for a good meal.  My husband John was Timothy’s best man and outdid himself with a beautiful toast to the bride and groom.

Millenium Productions was the DJ service for the evening. The music was terrific and was enjoyed by everyone.  The dance floor was always filled with guests partying the night away.  I will say that my grandson Cameron was the best dancer of the evening.

Nordmann Productions was the videographer.  That is Timothy’s videography company specializing in weddings, corporate and sporting events. Phil Betts was the videographer, filling in for Timothy who was busy getting married.  Phil was so kind to be around and was very unobtrusive.  We appreciated that he did not use any blaring lights.  We haven’t seen the video yet but I know it will be amazing.

If you are interested in viewing all of the images of the evening go Nordmann Photography’s web site. Go to Client Log In and the Event is Nordmann and the password is BT. I am warning you there are a lot of photos to view. Here are a few of my favorites.

The Beautiful Bride

The Handsome Groom

The Nordmanns

Just Married

Becky and Timothy

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My Three Sons

I am a very proud mother of three amazing sons. I have been the owner/photographer of Nordmann Photography for 19 years. At one time or another each son was an integral part of my company. But as we grow and grow up things change and as a parent, don’t we raise our children to leave the nest? All three have become successful businessmen in their own creative field.

My oldest son Paul worked as a sports photographer for me and branched off and created Nordmann Sports Photography. He was top in his field of sports and soon saw that he wanted to learn more about photography and attended Hallmark Institute of Photography. He graduated #1 in his class and received the coveted Mamiya Award of Excellence. He did come back to the nest to be a wedding photographer. But soon flew away to be one of the top commercial photographers in St. Louis. He travels the country and world. Check Paul’s portfolio out at Paul Nordmann.com.

My middle son Timothy is the owner of Nordmann Productions and is one of the best videographers in St. Louis. In his teenage years, Timothy accompanied me on many of my photo shoots as a sports photographer early in my career. He worked for the Suburban Journals and St. Louis Post Dispatch as a free lance photographer. But he soon found his love as a cinematographer. He specializes in recruiting tapes for high school athletes, corporate events and weddings. Check out one of his latest videos of Jennifer and Thomas’ engagement story.

My youngest son Kevin is now the owner and photographer for Nordmann Sports. He took over the sports division several years ago and grew it into a very successful business. His sports photography can truly be called an art form. He is so talented in capturing an athlete at the peak of the action and creating a lifetime memory. One of Kevin’s best attributes is his customer service. He goes the extra mile to make every customer feel extremely special.

I am one lucky mom to have such talented sons. I am extremely proud of each of my sons accomplishments. And I thank God every day for having these 3 amazing men in my life.

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St. Louis Senior Photos

This is part 2 to yesterdays favorite senior pictures St. Louis. Today I wanted you to see some amazing St. Louis Senior Photos from some of our sessions. Check out the rest of our work on our web site www.nordmannphoto.com.

One of our most popular spots to be photographed is in our window seat just like Beth Sitterly from Webster Groves High School.

Forest Park in St. Louis has been a favorite for St. Louis Senior Photos. Chris Yount from MICDS was showing off his soccer skills.

The coveted ring light that makes everyone’s eyes look amazing. Alexa Franke from Clayton High School couldn’t look more beautiful with this light.

And we can be edgy with some photoshop skills. Paige Long from Mehlville High School was photographed right in our front yard of our studio.

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Senior Pictures St. Louis

I am so excited about our Class of 2012 Senior Pictures St. Louis.  We accomplished many goals this past year with finding new locations to photograph at, new lighting techniques and new products to offer.  Here are a few of our favorite Senior Pictures St. Louis from the Class of 2012. Check out our senior galleries on our www.nordmannphoto.com web site.

Our first image is of Darci Roberts from Whitfield at our favorite location in Forest Park, St. Louis.

We had so many great senior sessions at our Bluffs Location. Here is Emily Wunch from Webster Groves High School in our pool.

Our most chosen feature in our Garden Session this past senior season was our brand new waterfall in our brand new garden. This is Lauren Cooper from Marquette.

One of our seniors favorite backgrounds in our indoor studio was the silver ceiling tiles. Chandler Truelove from Parkway North loved this photo of her and her music.

One of my favorite senior photos is from our Bluffs locations. Here is Becca Green from Cor Jesu dancing on our dock.

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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 www.julielessman.com.
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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