Cathy Smart Photography: Blog en-us (C) Cathy Smart Photography (Cathy Smart Photography) Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:31:00 GMT Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:31:00 GMT Cathy Smart Photography: Blog 120 80 Brush with Burden 2018 This weekend is the open house and award presentations at the Brush with Burden Art Exhibition in Baton Rouge. This is a juried multimedia exhibition featuring all types of art inspired by the South’s natural beauty. My Poppies at Sunset was juried into the show and will be available for viewing this week, March 14-22 in the Ione Burden Conference Center at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane.

Poppies at SunsetPoppies at SunsetPoppies were backlit as the sun was setting along the Mississippi River.

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Sing and Swing - Opera Louisianne

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Revisiting Africa Enjoy the short video "Revisiting Africa"




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Family Mini Sessions - November 18 We are doing another Family Mini Session on Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 - 4:00. Contact me at or 225-288-7627 to book your time. It is $75.00 for a 20 minute session and you will receive 8 downloadable images. 


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Family Mini Sessions We are offering Family Mini Sessions on Saturday, September 23rd from 8:00 - 5:00. These will be 20 minute sessions for $75.00 and you will receive 8 digital images you can download from a password protected gallery. Spaces are limited so sign up now by emailing me at today. 


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Art Melt - Forum 35 In anything that we love to do, whether it is a job, a calling or a hobby, there is always some satisfaction when others acknowledge that they like what you do. It's not the reason that we do it, but it feels good when others appreciate your work. I'm thrilled that my "Flying Egret #2" has found a home and will bring some joy to the viewer. Thank you for the purchase from the Art Melt 2017 - Forum 35.


"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:23-24


Art Melt 2017 Forum 35's Art Melt Event 2017



Flying Egret #2

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Jennie Fonte Celebrates 100 Years! Jennie Turns 100

A little video I put together from some of the images taken at Jennie Fonte's 100 year old Birthday Celebration.  What fun it was!!




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The Market at Circa 1857 Colors of the SwampColors of the SwampColors of the Swamp

I am so excited to announce that as of May, 2017, you will be able to find some of my work for purchase at The Market at Circa 1857. The Market is located at 1857 Government Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily. You can contact me at or for questions. 

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Brush with Burden Art Exhibition 2017  

Aged Cypress, St Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, LouisianaAged Cypress, St Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana

This weekend was the open house and award presentations at the Brush with Burden Art Exhibition in Baton Rouge. This is a juried multimedia exhibition featuring all types of art inspired by the South’s natural beauty. I was so honored to receive a Third Place ribbon for my ‘Flying Egret’. The day I captured this image it was cloudy and overcast when this egret chose to land on the top of a tree branch. As he took his time during the landing, I was able to capture several shots of this beautiful white bird against a white overcast sky. This is printed on a 20 x 30 canvas.

Flying Egret #2Flying Egret #2Flying Egret

A second image, Peaceful Morning on the Bayou, was taken on a foggy morning from a kayak. If you have never been out in the bayous in a kayak in the early, peaceful hours as the day is beginning, I highly recommend it. Large colorful cypress trees tower out of the water as the fog and mist create a beautiful picturesque setting. This was a Merit Award winner. Printed on archival mat paper, matted and framed to 18x24.

St Catherine Creek National Wildlife RefugeSt Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge

"Autumn in the Bayou" was also juried into the Brush with Burden Art Exhibition. 

Both of these images will be hanging in the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge during the month of April.


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Louisiana Photographic Society 2016 Level A Color Digital Projection Winner At the Louisiana Photographic Society's Christmas Party, I was awarded the 2016  Color Digital Projection Winner, Level A. 

Louisiana Photographic Society Photographer of the Year Awards

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2017 'Smart' Photo Calendar My 2017 Calendar's 13 images, a new one to enjoy each month and for only $25.00 plus tax and shipping.  Go to my 2017 Calendar Gallery to see the rest of the photos I have chosen this year. This calendar is 8x11 when hung. Cost is $25.00 plus tax. Shipping is available and price will vary. Contact me at; or to place an order or for more information2017 Calendar2017 Calendar Cover

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Bluff Park Art Show 2016 I have been told that the first Saturday in October has been the date for the Bluff Park Art Show, Hoover, Alabama, for the past 52 years. So the 53rd Annual Bluff Park Art Show was held on the first Saturday of the month, October 1st, 2016, at Bluff Park in Hoover, Alabama. There were 145 artists, new and experienced, that were juried into the show. Show visitors had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the artists as they viewed original fine art including paintings, jewelry, digital art, clay, glass, metal, textiles and more. Show visitors have come to expect exceptional art, innovative art techniques and a friendliness that is unique to the annual Bluff Park Art Show event. 

I was beyond excited to be a part of this show this year and it was so much more than I expected. It was such an honor to be included in this wonderful mix of exceptional artisans. One of the highlights of this show each year is the awarding of the cash awards, over $12,000. What a humbling experience to be selected to be among the winners of this year's show. My "Taking Flight" Great Blue Heron, won the Mills Pharmacy award. And if that wasn't enough, Robert Mills of Mills Pharmacy stopped by my booth after the awards. It was a pleasure to meet him and thank him personally for his generous donation. 

As an artist and photographer, there are times when you question whether or not you should continue - or at least I do. This event was an encouragement to me and it helped give me the desire to forge ahead and strive to be better and more creative in my future works. Just being around other artists lifts my spirits and brings joy to my heart. 

I loved being a part of the 53rd Bluff Park Art Show and plan to apply again next year. Thanks Bluff Park Art Association for being so hospitable and encouraging. 

Taking FlightTaking FlightA Great Blue Heron taking flight in Lake Martin, Louisiana.

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4th of July Fireworks Fireworks! I have always enjoyed watching fireworks growing up. There is something about the surprise of colors exploding in the dark sky that is mesmerizing and beautiful.  Although I've watched fireworks with my family in a local neighborhood the past several years, I hadn't spent much time photographing them. This year I really wanted to try and capture these explosions of color with my camera. 

I had two opportunities to practice this year as we were able to see the family fireworks on Sunday and then the downtown Baton Rouge fireworks on Monday, July 4th. It was a lot of fun experimenting, and I hope to try my hand at it again next year. 

My settings: I set my camera to Bulb mode and had a remote cable release to control the timing of each shot taken, my ISO was set to 100, my Aperture was set to f8, and sometimes f11. (I will change this next time to a smaller Aperture so I can extend the length of time my shutter is open and try to capture longer trails.) I also pre-focused my subject and then set my focus to Manual.  I used a Canon 5D Mark III and a 24-70mm lens. 

This first image is a composite. This was my first time at this location and I wasn't sure where the fireworks were going to be located. I had envisioned having the bridge in the background as the fireworks exploded. From my location, that wasn't going to happen. I took several photos of the bridge and night sky before the show began and then had to change the direction of my camera to capture the fireworks. I'll be better prepared next year. 

These are some of the photos I captured from downtown Baton Rouge and the ones with the family.


Baton Rouge 4th of JulyBaton Rouge 4th of July

Louisiana Capitol SunsetLouisiana Capitol SunsetBy Cathy Smart/LPS - Our Louisiana State Capitol Building illuminated by the sunset.







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Louisiana Photographic Society Photographer of the Year 2015 Award Cathy Smart - Louisiana Photographic Society's 2015 Photographer of the YearCathy Smart - Louisiana Photographic Society's 2015 Photographer of the Year It is such an honor to be presented with the Overall Photographer of the Year - Level A - award by the Louisiana Photographic Society at tonight's Christmas Party.  I have been a member of LPS since 2011 and I have become a better photographer in part because of this club. There are members of all skill levels and everyone is willing to share, teach, and give of themselves to help other photographers learn to become better. This club offers monthly meetings where there is a speaker and a photo competition. In addition to the monthly meeting there are Lagniappe classes held once a month. These are workshops or lectures, or training and critiquing sessions all offered free of charge. In addition to these monthly meetings there are other workshops and field trips held throughout the year. It is also a place to meet new friends who have a similar interest in photography. Membership fee is $25.00 annually. 


Thank you LPS members for giving me the Photographer of the Year Color Print - Level A, Photographer of the Year Monotone Digital Projection - Level A, and Overall Photographer of the Year - Level A - 2015 awards! 


If you are looking for a good photography club, the Louisiana Photographic Society meets the 3rd Thursdays of each month (except December) at the Main Library on Goodwood Blvd., in the large conference room at 7:00 pm. Look us up online at


Thanks again LPS members,

Cathy Smart



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White Light Nights - Mid City Merchants, Friday November 20th 6:00 - 10:00 PM Friday, November 20, 2016 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm is the Mid City Merchants White Light Nights event. I'm excited to be located at Laurin Maier's State Farm on Jefferson Highway. Be sure to stop by and say hi!



Thank you for your sacrifice.Thank you for your sacrifice.

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War Eagle Supper Club, Auburn, Alabama My niece, Julie, graduated from Auburn University and one place she has fond memories of is the War Eagle Supper Club. She and her friends would take the supper club's bus to and from the "Supper Club" to hear some great bands and music. The War Eagle Supper Club is closing at the end of this year (2015) and she wanted to take a trip to Auburn to visit and take some photos of a place that held so many memories but would no longer be there come January 2016. So off we went one beautiful day in October. These photos are for her. 


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War Eagle Supper Club #31War Eagle Supper Club #31War Eagle Supper Club inside bus


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Louisiana Photographic Society Monthly Meeting I'm honored to be the speaker for the LPS's September 17, 2015 meeting. 


September Topic: Composition


Artistic endeavors have always filled her with joy, but for the past several years photography has consumed her interest and she has poured herself into this craft. She loves capturing moments which stir an emotional response that say, this is ‘beautiful, amazing or soul-stirring’, then saving that moment to reflect on it later and to share it with others. Using a camera and computer editing tools to create photographic art provides her an opportunity to make those moments come alive.


This year her work has been exhibited at the Shaw Center, Brush with Burden (a winning image), Baton Rouge’s Forum 35’s Art Melt, and published in 225 Magazine and in Country Roads Magazine. She is also honored to share the Louisiana Photographic Society’s Photographer of the Year 2014 award.


Currently you can find her work at the Arts Market downtown Baton Rouge the first Saturday’s of the month or online at


-- Cathy Smart Photography 
Composition Workshop



010 Shrimping Tradition w grid lines010 Shrimping Tradition w grid linesImprove your composition by using THE RULE OF THIRDS

Instead of placing your focal point in the center of the frame, more pleasing results can
be achieved by placing your focal point off-center. Getting important visual elements
away from the center sometimes (but not always) makes a composition more dynamic,
which explains why some compositions that adhere to the Rule of Thirds are appealing.


016 California Coastline w grid lines016 California Coastline w grid linesRule of Thirds can aid in organizing or positioning the
elements of a picture to give some kind of visual balance.

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Notecards Now available, Fine Art Notecards. Boxed set of five 5x7 cards, blank inside, with included envelope are selling for $15.00 plus tax.  Contact me for more information or to make a purchase.






Colors of the BayouColors of the Bayou

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Mid City Night's Dream - Baton Rouge's Mid City Merchants Summer Art Event The Mid City Merchants Association will hold its 5th Annual Art and Shopping Event, A Mid City Night's Dream this Thursday, August 20th, 2015 from 5-9 PM. Each business taking part in the event will feature works of a local artist and have refreshments available. The event is free and open to the public. 

Mid City Merchants participating businesses include Atomic Pop Shop, Brew Ha Ha!, Elizabethan Gallery, Modern Meals, Monjunis Italian Café & Grocery, Mosaic Garden, Nature’s Gallery, Painting With A Twist, Radio Bar, Reginelli’s Pizzeria, Rue Cou Cou, Sabai Jewelry Gallery, Sally’s Circa 1857, Shavarsh K Jewelry Design, Theatre Baton Rouge, Time Warp Boutique and Vijay Venkataraman. I will be at Vijay Venkataraman's location, 2019 Government Street, one block down from Circa. 

Hope to see you there. 


A Mid City Night's DreamBaton Rouge Art Event, Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 5-9 PM Be Sure to stop by Vijay Venkataraman's location, 2019 Government Street - one block from Circa.


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Art Melt, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Forum 35's Art Melt is the largest multi-media, juried art exhibit in the state of Louisiana. Now in its 12th year, Art Melt strives to promote professional artists throughout the state of Louisiana while providing an opportunity for the public to experience the best of local fine art, music, and performing arts. This show is open to Louisiana resident artists only.

Art Melt is free and open to the public. Art Melt will open with a ticketed Preview Party on Friday, July 24 followed by a festival celebration of the exhibition on Saturday, July 25th at the Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge from 5-9 p.m, and outdoor festivities including the Arts Marketplace will continue until 10 PM. All artwork accepted to the competition will hang in the museum gallery and remain on display to the public for six weeks following the event.

So happy one of my submissions has been invited to show in this multi-media juried art exhibit. 

A Framed View

A Framed ViewA Framed View was taken from the third floor balcony of the Louisiana Old State Capitol.

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