St. Louis Documentary Photographer | Debut of a New 'Do

April 26, 2018  •  4 Comments

As a St. Louis Documentary Photographer, I'm often photographing other people who are usually my clients.  I'm not usually in front of the camera or the subject of my sessions, but this time I was.  When you have something that feels monumental in life, it calls for documentation of it.

Katie Gaeta Photography St. Louis, MO DocumentaryTwo women taking mirror selfie at hair salon before haircuts

Katie Gaeta Photography St. Louis, MO DocumentaryTwo photo collage of woman with long hair down back before haircut Katie Gaeta Photography St. Louis, MO DocumentaryTwo photo collage of Metro the Spa front door and lobby

My sister, Jill, and I had been talking about haircuts for a while.  I had been contemplating this haircut that I had saved on Pinterest for over a year.  It was a HUGE change and I wanted to be 110% sure I could do it.  With strong encouragement from my husband as well as my friends, I decided it was time.  I have had long hair for about 5 years now.  It was literally down to my waist band of my jeans at the longest point.  My close friends who knew me in high school were saying it was like my "high school hair" because it was long like this when I first started high school.  While this isn't the first time I've made a drastic change in my hair, it IS the first time I've gone this short...  

Katie Gaeta Photography Documentary Metro The Spa St. CharlesPhoto of woman at hair salon taking selfie in mirror before hair cut

We made our appointment with my hairstylist, Sammy Tackaberry, whom I've trusted with my hair for over 10 years now.  Jill was up first and she was going for a long layered look with a bit of a balayage and highlight treatment.  She has only once previously had highlights in her hair with a different stylist at a different place, but they didn't turn out how she wanted that time.  Sammy made sure Jill was going to love it and would actually be able to see the difference in color this time.

Katie Gaeta Photography St. Charles Main Street, MO DocumentaryTwo photo collage of woman in chair before haircut at salon

After her color treatment was applied, she got to sit and wait for me.  I sat in the chair and Sammy got right to work.  I opted to save some hair for donating it to a good cause.  I am considering sending it to Pantene, but haven't made my mind up on which organization I'll donate to.  I'm more than happy to take suggestions on a great organization from you, dear reader!

Katie Gaeta Photography St. Charles, MO Documentary Metro the SpaWoman in salon chair and hairstylist applying highlights at Metro the Spa

Once the donation cut was made (15 inches for donation and a total of about 18 inches cut off altogether for me), it was on to the rest but not before highlights were applied!  Jill was back in the chair to finish out her cut and hers looks FREAKING AMAZING!!  I love the color and the cut and it suits her perfectly!  Check it out!!  Doesn't it POP?!

Katie Gaeta Photography St. Charles, MO DocumentaryTwo photo collage of woman before haircut and after haircut Katie Gaeta Photography St. Louis, MO DocumentaryTwo photo collage of woman after highlights and long layered cut

Check out her before and after!!  Love the dimension it has now!!

Katie Gaeta Photography St. Louis, MO DocumentaryTwo photo collage of woman before hair cut and after highlights and balayage treatment Katie Gaeta Photography St. Louis, MO DocumentaryFour photo collage of woman getting drastic haircut for hair donation

iPhone Photo credit: Jill Armentrout 

Once my color set, mine was washed, then the styling took place.  I had only once previously had clippers taken to my neck when I had a bob haircut 5 years ago.  This time I had clippers with a size 2 attachment taken to the side of my head for a side shave and for an undercut in the back.  It was definitely a weird sensation around my ear!  

Katie Gaeta St. Charles, MO Documentary PhotographyThree photo collage of woman in salon chair getting a side shave with clippers iPhone Photo credit: Jill Armentrout 

Sammy absolutely NAILED the cut!!  She is a Master Mind with haircuts and she did not fail to deliver on this one!  I am so excited to debut my new 'do.  It's fresh, fun, funky, a total change and I am completely digging it!  It feels LIBERATING!!  And, seriously, if you are in St. Louis and need a hair stylist, Sammy is PHENOMENAL!!  I highly recommend her.  She never ceases to amaze me with her hair transformations for her clients.  She is located at Metro The Salon just off St. Charles Main Street!  

Katie Gaeta Photography St. Louis, MO DocumentaryTwo photo collage of young woman with hair to waist and after photo of drastic hair cut

My husband likes to joke that even if people don't like a drastic hair cut change on someone, they will never tell you the truth.  Ha!!  It's definitely a valid point!  Go ahead, tell me your honest reviews on it.  I can take it!  And, really, even if you hate it, no biggie because I LOVE IT!!  There's no stopping me now!

Katie Gaeta Photography St. Louis, MO DocumentaryTwo photo collage of woman with new side shave haircut and highlights


Comments

Kim Gail(non-registered)
You are adorable and would (and did) look great with any "do"

...but you are right THIS is fabulous!! You look sexy, playful, young, VIBRANT,
and ready to take on anything and "own" it. Enjoy!
Cindy bizzle(non-registered)
Love it
Maureen Hrdlicka(non-registered)
Love it!!
Drew (your brother)(non-registered)
All my friends want your number now. Its annoying
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