Starting a family

Starting a family

March 20, 2020

We got the call…a baby was born! I may not remember what I ate for lunch but I totally remember my wedding couples. When they call to say they have started a family it makes me so happy. First of all, that is a very special moment for them. Secondly, I’m excited that they thought of us to capture the special moments of this new family. Ethan was born late last year so with the holidays and cold weather mom and dad decided to wait a bit before calling for a studio session. We were able to get them in quickly which was good because pretty soon Ethan will not fit in any of our baskets. He is such a long little dude. We started the session with a few family photos because they mentioned the hospital photos were not the best. We understand that all new parents are asked if they want photos while they are in the hospital. Of course this is up to you if you want photos there, however another option would be to call us when you are settled at home. We can come out to your house or you are welcome to come to our studio. You will feel more prepared, fresh and ready to do newborn photos a couple days later.
Parents should always be prepared with outfit choices but remember to keep it simple because it’s not all about the clothing. A wonderful onesie with his name on it was perfect for this session. We tried to start off with a basket but at first he was not too sure about the idea, however once mom and dad got him smiling with those silly noises Ethan did a great job. After a few smiles in various posed we needed to get some photos in the Christening gown. This gown was passed down in the family so it was important to get these photos. Well this gown was super slippery so Ethan was a trouper having us mess with him over and over because he kept sliding around. Despite all the moving we got some great photos we are sure grandma will love.
We are looking forward to working with Ethan again.

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Evolution of photography

March 19, 2020

A well thought out article by a fellow photographer to help inform the current generation of the importance of printed photographs.
People are taking more pictures than ever before. It’s been estimated in the past 5 years, more photos have been taken than all the prior years combined. Unfortunately few of these photographs will survive beyond a year. The current generations feel in the moment and not the future. Digital images are no longer important enough to keep them in printed form! Shockingly 1 out of 100,000 photographs taken today actually end up being printed. Digital images means you can instantly look on a computer screen however without one, you have nothing. The technology has changed so fast in recent years. Most likely in 5 years or less, your DVD or USB is going to be obsolete. And the technology of tomorrow may not support your “older” files. Even online storage or uploading to social media is not a permanent solution to viewing photos. Which means all of your memories you captured today, aren’t going to be around tomorrow.
When having a professional photograph taken consider this – It may be a “digital world” but I doubt you have your DVD’s on your wall! When you are asked by family to show a photo you may answer, It’s on a disc…someplace, where did we put that disc again? Anyone can see a printed image, there is no wondering if the current technology will support what you have. Invest in a display print for your home, a one of a kind work of art that will be passed from generation to generation.
In 2025, when you find a disc in that drawer and your 3 inch watch computer no longer has a DVD drive since in 2020 they were totally phased out. What will you tell your 3rd grandchild asking to see pictures of their Mom? A piece of round plastic that is pretty much worthless just won’t be the same as a photo. Since all social media is now charging a fee you gave up on that years ago and uploaded images are lost. The most photographed generation will be without a photo from the past 10 years. Children of 2025 may wonder if it wasn’t important to have photos. Lost memories are expensive!

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Lauren and Michael

March 18, 2020

Sometimes when I meet a couple I just know we will be a good fit as their wedding photographer. Lauren and Michael came into the studio to review our package options. We discussed the package that would work best for them and went over a bit of a timeline for the wedding day. This helped them to get an idea of how everything would work during their February wedding. Lauren and Michael decided that they should go home and discuss these options then call back if they wanted to use our photography services. They left the office….30 seconds later they were back! They said there was no reason to talk anymore about it, they wanted us at the wedding. I’m glad they felt the same way I did from our meeting.
We again had wonderful February weather, yes of course it was cold but the sun was out and it could have been much worse. The day started off at the church with the wedding party getting ready, doing a few photos outside and then relaxing before the ceremony. Lauren and Michael wanted to be sure to have a special moment to exchange letters however they didn’t want to see each other so holding hands around a door create the perfect photo moment!
The church offered a great way to take a photo from the balcony of all the guests that attended the wedding. Lauren and Michael are going to enjoy looking at this photo to see the amazing love and support they have from family and friends. We had plenty of time to take photos around the church before we headed to the park. Yes, we went to the park in February. The wedding party was great about getting into the photos quickly so we could get back in the cars to warm up. The area we went had some evergreen trees and a pond so despite the dead trees all around Lauren and Michael’s photos actually look more like spring photos! Since it was chilly they decided to let the wedding party head to the reception while we went to one more location with just the two of them. A downtown street with a great brick wall and alleyway was a unique spot to do a few photos. The funny part was that as soon as we started taking photos a local restaurant turned on the outdoor speakers with some music for us to listen to. We decided that music was meant for them so they did some dancing! It was just a great moment to watch between the newlywed couple.
They continued that dancing well into the evening at the reception. I don’t think either Lauren or Michael stopped smiling the entire day. Such a wonderful couple to work with, thanks for coming back in the door that evening.

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Darci and Ian

March 10, 2020

Darci and Ian planned a February wedding with no idea what the weather would have in store. We discussed options for photo locations. Luckily they planned to get ready at a nearby hotel, this always gives a few options to do photos if we are unable to go outside. The wedding was at Sunset Hills Banquet center, with the golf course being right outside the door we had more options to do photos outside. We could walk out do a few photos and then go back inside to get warm. We had multiple options in place with the couple. The great part was we had a wonderful day so we through all those back up plans out the window!
We arrived at the hotel to capture the wedding party getting ready. The girls were moving along and staying on time – not always a common thing when we show up wedding morning. The boys were also prepared for some photos in the hotel room…perhaps too prepared! They were ready to have fun from the moment we walked in the door and this continued the entire day. Their energy really helped everyone forget it was a bit chilly outside. However when you think about the weather we could have had, we would say it was a beautiful day.
The first look happened in the hotel so Darci and Ian could spend a few moments together before we headed to the ceremony location. With ample photo spots right outside we did all the photos before the ceremony. The sweet and candid moments were plentiful with this couple. We captured many photos of them interacting with each other. And it was such a wide range of photos too, from kisses on the cheek to Ian picking Darci up and carrying her across the field. It will be very hard for them to narrow down the favorite photos. It didn’t help that the wedding party was having such a great time too.
The family even arrived early for photos. This gave Darci and Ian time to really enjoy time with them instead of being rushed from one location to the next. A short ceremony lead right into the reception, exactly what they had planned – get to the party quickly. But not before we took a moment for some sunset photos.
The day just went so smoothly from start to finish! We were happy that we captured all the moments of the day. Thanks for letting us be a part of your memories.

#winterwedding #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #weddingphotographerstlouis

Michelle and Steven

March 10, 2020

Michelle and Steven met us at a bridal show. They were searching for vendors to help out with their day. After a brief meeting during the show they decided it was best to come into the office to talk in more detail. When they arrived they had all their parents with them. I knew this was going to be so much fun because of how close the families were. I found out that Steven’s mom is actually Michelle’s god mother. The moms have been friends for years!
Prior to the wedding day if the couple has any special request photos I ask that they give them to me so that I can review everything. Michelle had a few things in mind that we were able to capture throughout the day. The most important thing she had in mind was photos in the snow! A January wedding can go many different directions – no snow, too much snow, or just the perfect amount of snow. The day started off very cold with a chance for sleet all day. Not exactly the best option but Michelle was still in great spirits as she got ready for the day. Steven even greeted us with a thumbs up as he waited for his turn to take some photos. The ceremony was beautiful but the most beautiful moment was when we were all packing up to leave and we looked out the window….GIANT SNOWFLAKES! Michelle literally jumped for joy.
This wonderful snow had us heading to the park because our original plan was inside due to sleet. Snow is much better for outdoor photos. Everyone may have been a bit cold but we worked as quick as possible getting some amazing photos in the falling snow. So many photographers have to add a filter to photos to make it look like the photos we were getting in real life. It was such a magical moment for the couple as they kissed under a clear umbrella surrounded by snow. We are honored we captured these memories for you, congratulations!

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Jessica and Bill

March 10, 2020

I would say if it was going to rain on anyone’s wedding day Jessica and Bill were really relaxed about it. Honestly what can anyone do about it, nothing, so why not just make the best of the situation and not let it ruin your wedding day.
We met with Jessica at the hotel as she finished up the getting ready process. Everyone seemed very calm, at least until she got her dress on. Then she mentioned that she was really starting to get nervous now that it was all put together. That is pretty typical at weddings because it is rare that a bride will get a total look at everything before the event day. Hair trial, make up trial, dress fittings, etc. they never end up on the same day. And even if they do it seems like brides always forget to try the shoes too! Luckily Jessica had some time when she got to the church to just relax for a bit while the guests arrived.
Bill and his family were ready for photos as soon as we got there. It was great to have a groom with some ideas about what he wanted and who he wanted to have in his photos. Since we were able to get a bunch of photos done before the wedding this gave us the opportunity to use our time afterward getting many combinations of family photos. We even had plenty of time to really enjoy the fact that they were traveling to the park in a Rolls Royce.
Despite the annoying misty rain the couple, along with the maid of honor and best man, were willing to take some photos outside. We quickly found some tree cover that helped keep those rain drops away. But we were able to get some wonderful photos with the umbrellas. Since the reception was at the Cheshire we were even able to get some photos there. Jessica and Bill were excited to enjoy the laid back reception they had planned. The guest mingled while enjoying the music of 20’s and 30’s from a wonderful band. We hope they got lots of messages from the guests in their notebook and we look forward to going through the photos with them soon.

#ravettaphotography #weddingphotography #stlphotographer #winterwedding #thecheshireinn

When in town

February 12, 2020

When a studio has been around as long as us we often realize that people enjoy seeing a gift certificate from Ravetta’s whenever they are at an event. Of course only the highest bidder will get the opportunity to work with us! Maggie actually received her gift certificate from her mom who attended an event and thought a family photo from Ravetta’s would be perfect for her daughter. We have done photos for Maggie before so this was a perfect gift! She moved to Texas years ago and comes back to St. Louis to visit family from time to time. It worked out perfectly that they were in over the holidays so she scheduled a family photo with us. After recently getting married in Texas her family has grown since the last time she was here. We photographed her two daughters during our spring session, then again at the park. This time she is now part of a family of 7, much more going on than last time. However I will say that even though we had over double the amount of kids everyone was just wonderful. They were all ready for photos, smiled the whole time and did exactly what we told them to do. With all the good behavior we had to reward them with some funny photos at the end! They kids love the opportunity to show off their silly faces. During the session we were actually able to get many different photos and combinations of photos. This was amazing considering we had two 5 year olds, two 6 year olds and a 3 month baby. I really hope they visit with us the next time they are in St. Louis. It’s great to catch up while also getting to know the kids better each time we photograph them. Thanks mom for giving Maggie the wonderful gift of family photos.

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Allyson and Alex

January 4, 2020

Couples planning a wedding have many tasks to complete and decisions to make. This can often become overwhelming, however we meet with some couples that walk in the door with no doubt they will use our services for the wedding photos. Knowing one decision is easily done can help the couple focus on other tasks. Allyson and Alex knew they wanted us to capture the wedding day…perhaps even before they were engaged! We have done multiple weddings for Allyson’s family so they are aware of the quality service and product we provide to our couples. Not only were they excited to have us at the wedding, we were excited to be there. The engagement session was extremely fun because Allyson and Alex interact so well together! After the wonderful photos we got of them we couldn’t wait to be there on the wedding day!
Planning a December wedding you really are rolling the dice with the weather. This couple rolled a seven because despite a few chilly winds here and there the day was wonderful. The sun was out, the threat of rain was nowhere in sight and no snow to keep the guest away (although Allyson said she would have loved some snow). The day started early with an 11am ceremony since the daylight is gone quickly they wanted to be sure we had plenty of time for photos in the park afterward. Not only did we have time, we were able to go to two locations with time to spare getting some wonderful photos with the lights outside the reception hall. Allyson and Alex were all smiles from the moment we got there, except for the moment Alex saw her walk down the isle – some tears were shed here. Oh and when they exchanged gifts, and during the toast….alright perhaps not smiles all day, but the tears were all the best kind! A wonderful day for a wonderful couple! Thanks for thinking of us first and letting us share in this day.

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Taylor and Josh

January 4, 2020

When I hear about people I know getting engaged I am always hopeful they will call the office to talk about wedding photography. Most people do because they know the quality and service we are able to offer. Besides having someone you know behind the camera always helps people relax. I met Taylor and Josh through my husband’s job. We’ve known Taylor for many years, quickly realizing that when she was young she came into the studio with her siblings for photos with the live animals at Easter time. We have often joked we will need to recreate that photo now that they are all adults! When Taylor and Josh met it was clear to those around them that they were a good match. While at my house one day she mentioned a winter wedding in the snow. Well when she and Josh finally settled on a date it was October, the most popular month of the year for weddings. I told her to get working on plans fast because those go fast. She came into the studio to talk about packages, we were hoping Josh could come to but he got stuck at jury duty. No matter we set up a time to do engagement photos before it got too cold outside. We actually got lucky with an overcast day, slight wind but warm enough to get some beautiful images. When they arrived they were a bit nervous about photos, they wanted to make sure they looked their best. It was very easy to accomplish this because after a few quick photos they were warmed up. They quickly learned what to do as I tried to get out the words to pose them – left hand, right hand, turn this way….it doesn’t always come out of my mouth the way I want it. However Taylor and Josh just laughed with me and did exactly what I wanted or sometimes something even better. They enjoyed the proofs I presented to them so I hope this get them excited about wedding day photos. A pleasure working with you my friends.

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Newborn Dakota

January 4, 2020

Danielle has been a client of the studio for many years. We enjoyed photographing her oldest daughter when she was born, we did some park photo and she even came in for our spring sessions with animals. Danielle knew that when her second child was born she was going to call us right away. I got her call as soon as she got home from the hospital and then we set up a newborn session a few days later. Being a new mom gets everyone a bit out of sorts, it doesn’t matter if it is the first or tenth time. There is always a period of adjustment when you bring the new baby home. Danielle and her daughter Dallas seem to be adjusting very well. Dallas loves to be a big sister and often helps get things done for mom. During the session Dallas was very good at listening to directions while taking photos with her sister. But of course as with all two year olds they can only listen for so long which is why we try to start with family photos first. This way the siblings can just play and relax during the rest of the session. While Dallas played with grandma in the lobby we were able to get some wonderful photos of Dakota. When Danielle set up the appointment she said that Dakota is usually very sleepy during the day, of course that keeps her up a bunch at night. However Dakota wanted to take in every part of this wonderful photo shoot. She stayed awake for most of the session but then after a few poses gave up and just went to sleep. That gives mom the best of both types of newborn photos. It was a pleasure working with this family again and I’m sure we will see everyone soon.

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