Tag: Children photography

Cool dude!

September 20, 2019

Let’s be honest…sometimes it is a beautiful day and everyone is excited to get outside for their portrait session. Other days it is raining and it just doesn’t work out. And then there is the heat of the summer, those kids with summer birthdays are excited when it comes to having a pool party but pictures are a different story. We schedule a time in advance and hope for the best or at least pick a location that has some shade. Well Mr. Lucas got very lucky with a shady park as well as a nice breeze on the day of his birthday photos. I will also say that we were also very lucky to photograph Mr. Lucas. He came strutting over to us with his new hair style looking super cool. He said he was ready for photos and started to smile. We really should have stopped taking photos sooner because each one he has a great grin or a silly face that just makes you laugh. His serious pose was just the cutest! Since we had come from a session with littles I had an assistant with me however Lucas didn’t need any help posing, smiling or even carrying on a conversation with me. He told me about starting Pre-K what he does at school, got me caught up on his brother and also what he did over the summer. I could have hung out with this little dude all day! It was a perfect end to a busy day of sessions in the park. I’m sure mom was excited how fast and easy the entire session went. Yet, when she sees the photos she will have a hard time picking since they are all so cute. Thanks for hanging out with us Lucas!

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Summer session

July 26, 2019

Scheduling far in advance could really pay off with a beautiful day or it could rain and then all that planning needs to be moved. This family got very lucky! This summer, well if you can even call it summer, has been one rainy day after another. Finally we had a few days that it didn’t rain from sun up to sun down, maybe a small annoying shower during the day. We heading to a south county park that has a perfect little garden, stone path and benches to use. The large building also offered us some much needed shade since the sun was beating down that morning. Mom and dad are expecting number 2, they really showed how prepared they are at this parenting thing by bringing Clare’s favorite stuffed bunny. We highly suggest to bring something the kids like, it would be great if it was something that looked nice to be in photos. However we know that is not always the case so we will work to use it for laughs in the background. These toys also keep the kids entertained and having fun between photos. Sadly Clare didn’t want to listen to baby for a photo so we just made sure to get some great family photos of them playing in the park. A 2 year old session can be a workout since they never stop moving, we enjoy getting our steps in as we play. Clare loves to climb, lucky for us there were a few things she could climb on, flowers to smell (even monkey liked to smell the flowers) and plenty of space to run off some energy. The photos show what a great time Clare had at the park. She was all smiles and laughter! She is going to be a great big sister and we are excited to meet the new addition later this year. Happy Birthday Clare.

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Jonah is One

July 11, 2019

One year sessions of our birthday club members are the best! After a newborn, 4 month, 8 month session we meet up again with the birthday club members at the one year session. This session always has so much personality! We get to find out if they are walking, what they are babbling, the songs or toys they love and best of all what makes them smile. After a rain reschedule I met up with Jonah at the park. He brought along mom and dad to have in a few photos. It was such a beautiful evening so we were able to get in a bunch of photos. Family photos by the lake started off great because Jonah liked to be held by mom and dad. However, just like with all other 1 year olds when they are put down they want to take matters into their own hands. We got a few photos in with everyone sitting down but since Jonah is such a great walker he wanted to just take off. That’s the great thing about doing this milestone session outside we can just move anywhere in the park. Jonah was able to see ducks in the pond, play with some rock and pull on tree branches for entertainment. All of these things along with dads foot stomping really gave us some great smiles from Jonah. We had to get in some photos with his birthday balloons, he loved them so that made it very easy to keep him in the exact spot we wanted to grab those happy faces. At the end we decided to get a few photos of Jonah walking in the park…just to show off how good he was at it! A great park session with a wonderful family – we look forward to many more.

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James is 1

April 23, 2019

On a rainy Saturday afternoon we headed to see James. He is turning one soon and is a member of our birthday club. This means we get to see him a couple of times a year to capture how big he is getting. The plan was to take some photos outside in the backyard but because of the rain we need to move indoors. No problem we are always ready for anything and their house had plenty of areas to work with for the photos. James was having a morning nap when we arrived so was a bit confused when he woke up to us in his room. But this nap put him in a great mood, ready for photos. He posed with mom and dad, even got his best four legged friend Sophie in the photos. James loves to look at books so we took advantage by doing some photos in his reading chair. It was very cute to watch him doing his favorite thing. It was also a must that he showed us his favorite car that he loves to walk around the house with – he is getting very fast! We thought the rain had slowed down for a bit, or so we hoped! We went outside to do a few photos in the garden and it was alright for a bit but even just a mist of rain seems like lots of rain after about 10 minutes. Oh well, it gave James some new scenery for a bit. Time for cake!!! The best part of a one year session is the smash cake, all kids love the cake part. Where the wild things are was the theme and James had a super cute tail and crown to wear while he dug into his homemade cake. James gave us a few smiles but was all cake in face during these photos! So fun to see him and we are looking forward to his 18 month session when he will have even more little personality…if that is even possible.

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Megan called because she had gotten a gift certificate from a friend. Her friend knew that she wanted family photos and since they had won a gift at a local gala that they were not going to use they gave it to Megan and Kevin. Don’t ever let a gift certificate from Ravetta Photography go to waste. If you win one but don’t see yourself using it then make sure to pass it on to someone that would love to have photos taken! The session date changed a couple times due to sickness and work schedule changes but we are more than happy to find a time that works best for you and your family. When Megan and Kevin arrived they had a few things with them that they wanted to incorporate into the photos. That’s great – we love when people have items that hold a special meaning to them. It gives us new options while making the photos more personal for you. We have hundreds of things around the studio that we can use but something from home is a special way make your session unique. They are big Peanuts fans so they brought a bag full of Snoopy’s, a few Peanuts blankets and also a knit blanket that looked like Charlie Brown’s sweater. It was perfect for the photos of 3 month old Charlie…I wonder why they decided on Charlie for their baby’s name;) We started with a few family photos and then quickly moved to photos of Charlie by himself. It was our hope to get lots of different options of him with all the stuff they had brought with them. Charlie has some great expressions in both the family photos and his solo photos. He did a few poses but then decided he would rather eat and take a nap. This actually worked out perfectly for the photo with the Snoopy dolls, he is just all tucked into them like he is a doll himself. Such a great session for Charlie and his family! We hope to work with everyone again soon.

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Spring Bunny Sessions

March 19, 2019

On February 2nd Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring for 2019. We are pretty sure he got that wrong considering we have been battling snow and ice through all of February. Then the bitter cold temperatures have carried over into March. So Phil…..”can you remind us when this early spring is coming!!” Although, it doesn’t matter at the studio because we are still starting the process for the spring sessions with live animals. Ravetta Photography will welcome BUNNIES on April 7th to do photos on the indoor spring set. Obviously can’t count on Phil to plan our bunny sessions outside this spring! Instead we will enjoy the look of the outdoors on the studio set. We have been doing photos with animals for longer than we can remember. It has been so long that now we are doing photos of the grandkids of parents that brought their children in. We have recreated photos from 20 years ago with siblings while also starting a new tradition with their children. The news of our spring sessions travels because we get calls to set up appointments before we even pick the dates or the set. It doesn’t matter to the customers what type of set we will have they just know they want their kids to have the great experience other parents have told them about each year. For those that don’t know the process the session is 30 minutes followed by viewing your photos. The spring sessions are a bit different than normal since the bunnies are only with us for 2 weeks. The session fee of $59 includes a print of your choice up to 8×10 size, any additional photos or digital images ordered on the same day as your session will get a discount. So get out those spring clothes, call the studio for an appointment and the bunnies will be waiting April 7 – April 20th.

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Spring Photos with Bunnies

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Traditions

March 13, 2019

Year after year my parents would take photos of my sister and I, we were often the test subjects for a new set or prop. I cherish those photos because they all have memories that come flooding back each time I see them. Some photos were taken at our first studio location which then gets me thinking about how we use to play in the backyard while mom and dad worked. We were also given a few odd jobs around the office to “help” Now that I have kids I realize those helping jobs were really not always helpful they were just to keep us out of the way! I remember building the offices in our current building, again helping as much as we could but yet not really knowing what a tradition we were building. Now over 40 years later I am doing those same things with my boys. The kids are often at the office putting things in alphabetical order, moving props, setting lights and sitting as a test subject. Sometimes the tasks went better than others but now as they are getting older they have realized the faster the “help” mom the faster they get to play in the backyard! I recently did a 5 year session for Jackson, it was an unusually warm day in winter so we were able to get some outdoor photos too! It is always a bonus for those winter babies to have a different look than just the in studio portraits. He was happy to be outside but wasn’t a fan of taking as many photos as mom wanted to take so of course we made it fun just I do with every other session. When we were done he said he had a great time and we should go outside more. I agree buddy, but we are still waiting for it to get warmer outside! Once I had the photos ready for him to see he looked over them all and said “mommy these are just so beautiful, I did a great job, and you too because you took them” That was such a great moment and I hope that he keeps these memories we are making together forever. Perhaps in another 25 years he will be taking photos of his family in the Ravetta photography studio!

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Jackson is One

February 28, 2019

Wedding photos to newborn photos to a big one year old it has been a pleasure working with Jennifer and Brian. We have watched this family grow and are honored to be a part of the milestones. I can remember their beautiful wedding day and then how excited I was to hear they were having a baby. They knew they would be hounded by the hospital photographer but wanted to make sure to set up an appointment with us instead to get the personal attention at our studio. Now Jackson is 1 – how did that even happen! He had a baseball themed birthday so it made sense to include some of that in his photo session. He started off by showing us his bat swinging skills, then continued to amaze us by walking around the boxes we set up for him. Jackson is full of personality which kept all of us very entertained. He wanted to sit when we wanted him to stand, he wanted to stand when we wanted him to sit, he smiled for the camera gave us some silly faces but only when we were acting silly. It was almost like he knew how to get us to act for him because as soon as we stopped he lost his smile. Jennifer wanted to include a board that showed all of his current stats – Jackson preferred to eat cheerios than hold a board. Very typical for a one year session! A smash cake is also perfect for the one year photo shoot, Jackson had already done 3 other cakes with his actually birthday and parties with friends and family. He took a crack at this one too but Brian thought that maybe he has had too much cake recently. None of us were really sure what that meant….too much cake. I’m sure we will all laugh about this during the next session when Jackson is asking for cake!

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Growing James

October 4, 2018

Our birthday club is an amazing deal for anyone. We start a relationship with your family from newborn photos and continue until your children are 12…or perhaps even longer. Alexis and Dillon started working with us for their wedding photos. Wait, Alexis came in for our spring sessions with the animals when she was a kid. So really we have known her for what seems like forever. When their son James was born they called right away to get newborn photos and join our birthday club. Now it was time for the next session, the 4 month session. But James was actually 5 months because the poor little guy was sick on his first scheduled appointment so we had to pick a new date. He was definitely not sick this day. He was ready to go, smiling the whole time. Alright we did have to take a break to eat but after that the smiles just kept coming. James was loving our “tickle stick” it’s a rainbow colored feather duster that has been entertaining children for years. Those things are hard to find now so we make sure we keep that in a safe place. James loves tummy time so we made sure to take advantage of that opportunity because most babies are not a fan. He showed off his superman pose along with an amazing smile. As we were switching from one side of the room to the other we accidentally broke one of the backgrounds off the wall. We are too short to put it back up without a ladder but Dillon tried his best. We told him it wasn’t necessary that we could just do it later but that didn’t stop this gentleman from trying and trying. This family is just the sweetest, always thinking of others. We are happy to have them as a part of the Ravetta photography family and look forward to working with them for many years!

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Summer Family Photos

September 25, 2018

We couldn’t have found a more beautiful evening for family photos. When Lynn set up her appointment awhile back we discussed how August could be hot so we wanted a nice location with shade. As the date approached we saw rain the forecast which was troublesome since there was not an opportunity to reschedule. However on the day of the session it was amazing. A nice evening breeze, no hot sun and super happy children all made the session go very smoothly. We had talked back and forth about where to go for photos. We review the places we had already been because with the opportunity of so many wonderful locations in St. Louis why would we repeat places. Since this family has two boys I tend to look for places that are a bit more “boy” like a few flowers but not a garden of blooming beauties. Something to keep them interest but not distracted. Great lighting because with boys we need to work fast since they are ready to play before they even arrive. A nice tucked in area in Forest Park was perfect. It has a rock river, small stream, trees and benches to include and also sits close to the Forest Park lake. The boys loved it! We of course started with some family photos so that mom and dad could then relax the rest of the session. Lucas was excited to tell us these were his 4 year photos because he was a big kid now. He even tried to help by holding his little brother Charlie’s hand in a few photos. Charlie was not interested, however he jumped at the chance to give Lucas a hug when asked. Such great boys! They are both very well behaved and made the session super easy. There are so many photos to choose from that I’m afraid it might be too hard now for Lynn. Oh well, that’s what happens when there is such a perfect family in front of my lens. Not to mention friends I have known since high school! Until next time boys – thanks for the fun evening.

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