Tag: Children photography

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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Getting so big

August 8, 2018

Parents see their kids each day and I know they from time to time notice how much they have grown. But it is much more obvious from our perspective because we often don’t see them for 6 months to a year. We haven’t seen Sarah since her newborn photos last year. She has gotten very big and also quite tan since the last time we saw her! She hasn’t started walking yet, I don’t blame her, with two older sisters why walk when they can do everything for her. We wanted to try and get everything possible done during this session – family, girls together, girls alone, Sarah one year photos, mom and dad together. Sometimes it’s hard to do this much but then at the same time it gives the opportunity to be more flexible if one child doesn’t want photos we work with the others. We don’t have to push it since there are other photos we want to take anyway. I am just amazed at how each girl has such a different personality. Of course it is hard to see exactly what Sarah will be like but currently she is pretty easy going until her sisters hold her hands Megan, as the oldest, had to show off her strong willed personality but eventually we got some great smiles. Then there is Elizabeth the sweet little ray of sunshine in the middle. She would not only follow the directions given to her she was following everyone else’s too. I’m sure life is a joy and a challenge with these three girls but seeing them together having fun is very special. Not only was it a great session with lots of photos, but for a July day with temps in the 100s all week this particular morning it was 70’s and breezy. Excited to watch these girls grow up, but not too fast!

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Clare 1 Year

June 27, 2018

When you are born in the summer there is a good chance your birthday session will be hot! Clare was no exception with the heat during her one year birthday club session. We met at the park and searched for the best shade spots. It actually wasn’t too bad with a slight breeze in the shade. The best part about it was that Clare was all smiles. She did not care about the weather she just knew she was happy to be one and was having fun outside. We were able to get family photos and two outfits done, such a treat to work with great people when the weather isn’t quite the best. A one year session is quite the milestone for our birthday club members. When we first meet them it’s during the newborn session. Such sweet sleepy little babies that let us mold them into the perfect poses. We watch them grow and change over the year, seeing them at the 4 month and 8 month marks. They become a bit more mobile, start “talking” to us and we learn what can make them smile. However the one year session is just amazing because it shows the personality they have developed. When Clare got out of the car she started waving at us and anyone that walked by in the park. Even though she had just gotten up from a car nap she was ready to wave and smile. She loves when we sing songs to her, since she is working on the walking we had to watch were we put her otherwise she would just walk away. As we took photos we could see mom and dad watching their “baby” seeing how big she has gotten. We are happy that over the past year we were able to capture some special moments that the family will cherish forever. See you in a few months for the 18 month session!

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Cool Dude!

May 9, 2018

We never turn down an opportunity to donate a gift certificate to a local event. We have donated to trivia nights, auctions and even gift baskets at small fundraisers. We are happy to help raise money for those that support us around the area. We are a small business and word of mouth is a great way to get our name out to those around us. Andrea contacted us to set up a 7 month session because she had received a gift certificate from a local trivia night. We were happy to meet her and Robbie when she arrived. Robbie wasn’t ready to give us any smiles when he first met us, but Andrea said give him about 10 minutes to warm up to us and he will be all smiles. She was right, by the time we got them checked in and moved to the dressing room to discuss outfit ideas Robbie was showing off those new teeth! He has been working on sitting up so we wanted to be sure mom sat close when we had him up in a chair. However he did a great job proving that he is getting big very fast! We started off with a very cute outfit that included a tie and sunglasses – what a heartbreaker. When we did some photos on the floor he kept rolling to his side an posing for us. It was just the cutest, like he knew what was going on and wanted to get in the best position to see his amazing smile. Some sports photos with a plush football and baseball ended the session on a great note because Robbie was still smiling at us. We always push those smiles to the very end making sure we got exactly what mom wants – a wall worthy photo of her little man!

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