Trish and Dan Wedding

Trish and Dan Wedding

July 3, 2020

Weddings this spring and summer are looking a bit different than normal in some ways. However they are still a wonderful celebration of marriage between two people surrounded by loved ones…or at least as many loved ones that are able to attend.
During the engagement session Trish and Dan said the wedding was happening in June no matter what. If they had to cut the list to 10 people then they would, but fortunately they didn’t have to go that far down. They were allowed to have around 125 guests! When we arrived at the church we of course took some detail shots of the flowers, programs, masks and hand sanitizer. Yep that’s right we are documenting this event as it is so those unique 2020 details should definitely be in there.
Just like every wedding we attend the pre-wedding photos seem like they fly by because everyone is arriving at different times as well as trying to do the finishing touches on getting ready. Trish and Dan were ready to get things going so we got everything done we needed prior to the ceremony. This worked out perfectly since afterward we had many family photos to do while also wanting to get to the park for photos. Throughout the whole day Trish and Dan didn’t stop smiling, I remember this from the engagement session. They just look at each other and start glowing! At some weddings nerves get the best of the couple while they are on the altar and they forget to smile, but these two were the exact opposite. We know that all couples are happy but to see that joy from the moment we got there until the moment we left is just amazing.
Although it may have been a bit warm, it was June after all, the wedding party had a fun time with photos at the park. We captured some great laughs and interactions between everyone, this is going to make photo selection difficult for Trish and Dan. Thanks for a wonderful day and we look forward to working on your wedding album design soon.

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Flower Girl

July 3, 2020

Kids grow and change so quickly, perhaps the fact that we have recently been ordered to slow our lives down gave some families a moment to realize how fast time passes. Caroline has had a few sessions with us now, thanks mom and dad for the continual support. When we first met Caroline she wasn’t walking – starting to a bit but needed help. Now at her 18 month session she is pretty much running! She has always had some wonderful personality showing through each time we met. But this time Caroline is exploding with personality that kept us laughing the whole session. She only took about 5 minutes after getting out of the car to turn on those smiles. Sometime when parents say “show us your teeth” we are greeted with a super big mouth wide open and eyes closed face. However Caroline had this look down pat, she just grinned at us and light up because she was so happy to show us her teeth. She also had no trouble showing off her knowledge of animal sounds, personally horse was my favorite! When we set up the appointment it was decided that a mini session would be just enough to capture this moment. It worked out perfectly because after about 20 minutes Caroline was not interested in staying still anymore. Although she did decide that she liked the chair we brought when just moments before she didn’t want to sit at all. When she had her fancy bracelet on she just wanted to take it off, but then when it was off she wanted it back on. This age group always keeps us on our toes, we are happy to dance around with you Caroline. I suspect during your next session we will be talking about those animals instead of just making the sounds. Thank you for getting us out of the office and allowing us the opportunity to spend time with your family. It’s always a pleasure!

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Courtney and Jonathan

June 21, 2020

Weddings schedule so far in advance that there is no way of knowing what type of weather the day will bring, but most couples just have plans for all cases and enjoy the day no matter what. This spring our couples were surprised with another factor to consider as the wedding day approached…the stay at home order and the maximum of 10 people in a gathering. The current situation is not something any of us would have thought to make a backup plan. Each couple has made a unique decision for their event, some have postponed a few months others a whole year. Courtney and Jon decided that they wanted to move forward as planned. Yes less people would be there, the venue was not available and their photos now included everyone wearing masks. However they still got married while surrounded by loved ones.
When I spoke with Courtney we made adjustments to the timeline of the day and talked about the people that would be in attendance. Getting ready at their home was much quieter than normal since it was only a few people but really other than that it wasn’t any different than all the other weddings. The flowers arrived, the dress hung in the bedroom, the jewelry was set out and everyone there was ready to get the day started.
Courtney and Jon decided to do a first look at SLU with the clock tower in the background. The weather was beautiful and the campus didn’t have too many people walking around, this created the perfect backdrop for Jon to see Courtney for the first time. It was a great moment and even though we were pretty far away at this point we could see the happiness on their faces. We walked around the campus getting some picturesque images for them. The families met us at the next location so we could get all of those images done prior to the wedding as well. Since we were outside it was easier for everyone to keep socially distant from each other. We had to take a few photos with masks because this is such a unique situation right now that those images will be a part of history.
The wedding ceremony was still held the church as planned but the pews were empty. However having a photographer and videographer present Courtney and Jon will be able to share this moment with everyone soon. As they exited the church they were surprised by some family members spread out in front of the church with signs and balloons. A wonderful moment showing that no matter the distance they will always have family supporting them.
The reception moved to the groom’s family home. It was great that they were able to have a space to celebrate Courtney and Jon. Another surprise when they arrived was a new way to do a receiving line, guests lined up in their cars and drove by waving and wishing the couple a happy marriage. The reception continued with all the normal wedding events – cake, toast, dinner, dancing. Of course to keep with the theme of supportive family members the evening also included a zoom call with some out of town people. Honest Courtney and Jon never imagined their wedding would look like this but considering everything going on in the world it was a perfect event. I’m glad we were able to be a part of it.

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Missy and Tony

June 21, 2020

Missy contacted us by email during the stay at home order. She was looking for a photographer that would fit for a wedding in November. Her email read “Your photos online are beautiful, are you available on our wedding date”. A statement like this makes us happy because to be honest at least 80% of choosing a photographer is their personality. Since we had been unable to meet with couples we had no way to show them how wonderfully we would fit as the photographer for their wedding. We are reliant on the photographs we show on our website and socials. In this case Missy found exactly what she was looking for and decided to contact us about package options.
I really like to get a bit of information about the couple when they visit the office but in this case I asked some questions by email and then Missy and I had a great chat over the phone. She and Tony have been together about a year and a half, enjoy being outside and have a dog. They selected Old Stone Chapel in St. Charles for the ceremony and reception. We have been there many times which gave Missy some comfort when selecting us as the photographer. She mentioned she has never planned or had a wedding before so she wanted someone that knew what they were doing. That’s us!!
We decided to quickly get an engagement session scheduled. Since they met in Forest Park and then went to the Zoo it was fun for us to get photos with a few of those elements. I notice with all couples when we start the session they are not exactly sure what to do, but as we move from pose to pose and location to location they start to relax and really show their true personalities. The morning was wonderful allowing us to get many different images that they will enjoy forever. Of course we session was enhanced by some great conversation about jobs, dogs, staying home alone as a child, the current state of grocery shopping and even a quiz on Ninja Turtles! We had such a great time that I’m really excited to see what type of conversations come up at the wedding. Congratulations to Missy and Tony for finding the perfect match for you and we will see you in a few months.

#ravettaphotography #engagementsession #forestparkforever #springsession #inlove

All Smiles

May 28, 2020

A small local company like us really enjoys working with clients we have worked with before. Our relationship could be just one other session or it could go farther back than that. Perhaps we did school photos for you, family photos, weddings, etc. This is how far back we have known Kerri and we are thankful for the repeat clients such as her.
Kerri called and was hoping to get the session done as soon as possible, luckily we were able to get her in within a few days. Since the photos were just of Carolynn a mini session was the perfect option. We selected a spot in Tower Grove park and met there on a beautiful, yet a bit warm, morning. I had forgotten to mention that the park roads were going to be blocked off but luckily Kerri was able to find a place to park. After getting a bit turned around in the park we found each other, she had saved my cell phone number from when we did her wedding. Never know when you might need to call your photographer!!
When we got settled Kerri mentioned that Carolynn might take a moment to warm up to us. She did but really a moment was all it took. Then she was all smiles for both us and mom, it was easy to get some great images. As we walked around the park we chatted about the kids and how Kerri was surprised how “girly” Carolynn seems at such a young age. We tried some photos on the ground near a tree and we knew she was not a huge fan because the smiles stopped a bit, although she never got upset about it. More like “really ladies, this is not my type of photo” So a quick change to a rainbow dress brought those smiles right back out. It was a joy to work with such a sweet baby and we look forward to doing more photos with this family in the future.

#ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #towergrovepark #springsession

Growing Siblings

May 28, 2020

Park sessions in the spring are a breath of fresh air because after being stuck inside all winter it is nice to get out and have fun with clients in the park. Especially right now because we have literally been stuck inside! Working with a family we have known for years makes the session even more fun. Our relationships often start with a wedding or engagement sessions then continue when the family grows. That is how we met this wonderful family. Of course when the kids arrived it was a given they would join our birthday club since it is the best deal for our clients. A onetime session fee and then free sessions with print discounts until your kids are 12! I think we might be crazy for offering such a perfect package but this allows us to get to know you even more, which is our favorite thing to do.
I would like to thank our birthday club members for the continual support to our studio. It’s these clients that truly understand the importance of supporting a small business time and time again. We create a relationship with them that we even know their voice when they call to set up an appointment. All of our sessions are important to us but being a repeat customer is the best way for us to really get to know you.
When we started off this birthday club session it was a bit chilly. The lighting was very nice in the shade but the kids were cold that it was best to move to the sun for a few photos. Working with twins and a toddler can be a challenge however mom wanted to get a bunch of different types of photos so that allowed us to give the kids some breaks. Usually starting off with some family photos so mom and dad can be done works well, we can always come back and do more but this way the kids also feel a bit better about being there since they can stay by mom and dad a bit longer. We will take a few different photos in hopes that we get everyone looking the best in one together – we got some great photos of this family! When we worked with each child individually is when we got to see the personalities of each of them. A sweet yet sassy little girl, a goofy but cooperative boy and then the constant moving toddler that knows exactly what he wants! Luckily we were able to work with that and get some nice smiles. We look forward to seeing them again later this year to catch up and have fun together again.

#ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub #parksession #springphotos

Jenna and Joe

May 22, 2020

Jenna and I started an email thread about setting up an engagement session and little did we know how many times we would be emailing back and forth. We traded dates a couple times, then had to move because we were not able to operate and Jenna couldn’t find anyone to do her hair and makeup. Then we were on the fence depending on if Joe could get a haircut. Finally we were able to meet and get the session done! I’m glad everything worked out in the end because they really got a wonderful evening to do the photos. We met at the park and I could tell Jenna was excited to get the photos done. I went over some thoughts on where we would be doing photos, types of photos and asked if they had any questions. The only thing they mentioned is they just wanted some nice photos of the two of them together, no need to get crazy with jumping around or silly stuff. That sounded good to me, really Jenna and Joe made the session super easy because they interacted well with each other. Of course all couples need a bit of direction on how to stand or pose but once it was set they handled the rest. They were so happy with the results, but really that was all them making my job easy! A relaxed couple that enjoys spending time together helps make the photos perfect, it captures all the emotions. I knew I had to get the photos ready quickly so they could select images for the save the date cards. I’m sure everyone that gets a card will love the results too since these two are just a great pair. I look forward to photographing the wedding later this year.

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Trish and Dan

May 22, 2020

Trish and Dan visited the office looking for a wedding photographer. We had a great conversation during the consult meeting. They were moving along with wedding plans but still had some things to get done before the June wedding. Trish seemed excited but overwhelmed by the whole planning process. She would not be alone in those feelings, most brides feel that way. Dan said he was doing alright with the planning stage of things but knows on the wedding day it will pass very quickly. He even said that he expects to only get 13 bites of food during dinner. Let’s hope that is not true! They mentioned that they were just beginning the photographer part in planning and hoped to visit a few other photographers. Of course couples want to compare the styles, pricing and personality of a couple options. I let them know I was always available for questions as they reached a decision. My excitement grew when I realized they wanted to work with me for the wedding! I knew it was a good match, now we needed to get the engagement photos scheduled. We had no idea the city would shut down prior to their session nor did we know when it would open back up. However we were able to find a day to work together outside, a beautiful day for us to keep our social distance from one another. We had a great time talking about what they have been up to recently, wedding details and the plan if those details needed to change. I was so happy to see that Trish and Dan had a plan but were not stressing out about if it needed to be put into place. “We are getting married, that is the important part.” Of course they want all the guest to be there but either way they will be getting married. The afternoon was filled with so many great moments of them laughing and interacting with each other. This gets me very excited for the wedding day because those emotions will only get better when they are surrounded by loved ones. Only a month to go!

#ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #engagementphotos #weddingphotography #towergrovepark

Session Step by Step

May 12, 2020

Here at Ravetta Photography we try to make everything as easygoing as possible. That doesn’t go to say we can’t still have fun during each of our sessions!

It is important to us to build an ongoing relationship with all of our clients. We try to gradually get to know you a little more each time we interact. From the first initial point of contact, whether it is via email or phone call, to your last appointment to pick up your order, we want you to feel both welcomed and valued each time you talk with us.

The ultimate goal is that you continue to choose our studio to help you capture the important milestones in your life! That’s exactly what we’re here for – you.

When you first contact us, we will ask questions to learn more about you, what you’re looking for, and who all you want to be photographed during your session. This is usually when we can determine what type of session and/or package will fit your needs. At this point, we will check our calendar to schedule a date and time that is perfect for both of us! Nothing is due until your time of session – unless you want to purchase a gift certificate for someone.

On the day of your session arrive just a few minutes beforehand, like you would for any other appointment. If we agreed to meet on location, you will find us waiting there for you! After we introduce ourselves and catch up a bit, we will take payment, have you sign your contract, and move along with your session! Every second counts. We want to capture as many memories as possible during our time with you – don’t forget to have some fun!

If you choose to have a studio session, we are located off of Hampton, not far from Arsenal (3131 Hampton Ave). There is street parking available along Hartford Street.

Once you walk in, you’ll find our waiting room. Go ahead and make yourself comfortable, but keep in mind we do have a small dressing room within the actual studio for you to keep important belongings, and whatever props and/or change of clothes you may have brought with you. Don’t worry, it won’t be but seconds before one of our photographers greet you!

Next we will prepare the studio with any necessary changes based on outfit choices or what we decide to start with. In the meantime we will take you into the office to verify and update any contact information, take payment, and sign your contract.

After your session, it usually takes about 2 weeks for us to get your proofs ready for you to see. Once that process is completed, we will contact you to set up a viewing appointment at the studio. At this appointment, we will go over print sizes, prices, and options for you to place an order.

In another couple weeks, we will contact you again to let you know your order is ready to be picked up! We encourage you to place an order at your initial viewing appointment, with an added bonus of 30% off your print order. If you choose to wait to make a decision, your order must be placed within two weeks (with no discount).

As you can see, the entire process is pretty straightforward and there is plenty of time to get to know you and your family!

We understand everyone has a lot of other responsibilities in life and we are flexible when scheduling each appointment. Our office/studio is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and most Saturdays we may be out photographing weddings or other events. Be sure to schedule in advance to find the best availability for you. Tuesdays and Thursday are popular days due to our evening business hours where we are open until 7PM. Be sure to check out the rest of our website for more information about our services and studio.

We look forward to hearing from you soon! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.

The Ravetta Family

Here at Ravetta Photography we work to make your entire experience with us as fun and easygoing as possible! It is important to us to build an ongoing relationship with all of our clients. From the first initial point of contact, whether it is via email or phone call, to your last appointment to pick up your order, we want you to feel both welcomed and valued each time you talk with us.

The ultimate goal is that you continue to choose our studio to help you capture the important milestones in your life! That’s exactly what we’re here for – you.

Senior year is an exciting time and we can’t wait to work with you and create unique senior portraits that reflect who you are! When you first contact us, we will ask questions to learn more about your senior, the look you’re going for, and anything else you have in mind. This is usually when we can determine what type of session and/or package will fit your needs. At this point, we will check our calendar to schedule a date and time that is perfect for both of us! Note: Choosing a full session gives you the option of splitting up your studio and location sittings.

On the day of your session arrive just a few minutes beforehand, like you would for any other appointment. If we agreed to meet on location, you will find us waiting for you there! After we introduce ourselves and catch up a bit, we will take payment, have you sign your contract, and move along with your session! Every second counts. We want to capture as many memories as possible during our time with you – don’t forget to have some fun!

Our studio is located just off of Hampton (3131 Hampton Ave), not far from Arsenal. There is street parking available along Hartford Street. Give us a call if you need help getting here!

Once you walk in, you’ll find our waiting room. Go ahead and make yourself comfortable, but keep in mind we do have a small dressing room within the actual studio for you to keep important belongings, and whatever props and/or change of clothes you may have brought with you. Don’t worry, it won’t be but seconds before one of our photographers greet you!

Next we will prepare the studio with any necessary changes based on outfit choices or what we decide to start with. In the meantime we will take you into the office to verify and update any contact information, take payment, and sign your contract.

After your session, it usually takes about 2 weeks for us to get your proofs ready for you to see. Once that process is completed, we will contact you to set up a viewing appointment at the studio. At this appointment, we will go over print sizes, prices, and packages for you to place an order. As a senior, you have the option of placing a deposit enabling you to take your proofs home on a USB. This allows you more time to make your decision and consult with other family members who may also want to place an order.

In order to get back any of the deposit; you must place an order by your specific deadline. Other than that, your deposit will be applied to your order total. Anytime within that time frame, give us a call to set up an appointment to place your order. After you order, we will contact you within a couple weeks, to let you know your order is ready to be picked up!

As you can see, the entire process is pretty straightforward and there is plenty of time to get to know you and your senior!

We understand everyone has a lot of other responsibilities in life and we are flexible when scheduling each appointment. Our office/studio is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and most Saturdays we may be out photographing weddings or other events. Be sure to schedule in advance to find the best availability for you. Tuesdays and Thursday are popular days due to our evening business hours where we are open until 7PM. Check out the rest of our website for more information about our services and studio.

We look forward to hearing from you soon! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.

The Ravetta Family