The owner and chief photographer of Black Tie St. Louis, Harry Bean IV, 53, died of a heart attack on Wednesday morning while exercising.
In 2003, Bean founded Black Tie St. Louis, a nonprofit charity organization that photographs charitable events, according to the company’s Web site. Prior to that he was involved in publishing with the Ladue News, Affairs Magazine, St. Louis Connoisseur and SO! Magazine.
Bean was a fixture at St. Louis-area events for nonprofit organizations and well known to many in the legal community. He photographed attendees at events such as the Justice For All Ball, Legal Advocates for Abused Women’s Trivia Night and many others.
Bean is survived by his wife, Lisa; his mother, Joan Bean; stepdaughter Chelsea R. Clark; a brother, Jim Bean; a sister, Elise Carver; an uncle; niece; and a pair of nephews.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Lupton Chapel, 7233 Delmar Blvd. in University City. A memorial service will be celebrated Monday at Annunziata Catholic Church in Ladue.
In lieu of flowers, Bean’s family has asked for donations of contributions to any nonprofit organization of their choice.