Tag: Engagement Photography

Suzanne and Joe

August 15, 2019

Engagement sessions are great to get to know us, as well as us getting to know you. We can do a location session with multiple clothing changes out at your favorite spot. Or you can keep it easy using our studio location. Especially on hot days when spending a long time outside is not a good option. Our location has a few things like brick wall and a couple trees. This gives you the look of the outdoor photos but yet close enough to step inside to cool off. That’s exactly what Suzanne and Joe thought would work best for their session. Their wedding is quickly approaching in October so we wanted to be sure to get the engagement photos done soon after we met. Suzanne was familiar with our work because we photographed her sister’s wedding. It’s wonderful to see people coming back to the studio from families we have worked with before – it shows that our quality and service is seen by everyone at the wedding not just the bride and groom.
When they arrived we discussed the clothing options they had brought and what would be best as far as studio backgrounds verses outdoor areas. The one thing they knew for sure is that they wanted to include their hiking sticks in the photos when they did the casual clothing. Suzanne and Joe like to hike in the fall months so they chose some jeans and long sleeve shirts to represent this. Well in the 100 degree weather of July we really had to pretend we were enjoying a nice fall hike! They may have been faking the cool but the surely were not faking the smiles and love for each other. I just kept taking so many photos of them laughing, looking at each other and enjoying the time together. It is going to be such a joy to photograph them on the wedding day when they are surrounded by even more love from family. I feel like they are going to love all the photos from the engagement session, you made it so hard to only take a few photos!

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Nijel and Asia

June 20, 2019

Nijel called the studio because he was going to be in St. Louis and wanted to set up an appointment to do a photo session while he proposed to his girlfriend Asia. We were more than happy to help by sending some photos of nice locations in Forest Park, we talked about the best time of the day after he explained his plans about going to the zoo, then we got everything settled so the moment would be perfect. I always have a great time working with the guys to make sure everything works out – this one went very well. They were walking around the Muny area and Asia had no idea what was about to happen. She we even more surprised when after she said yes Nijel told her to look to her right where I was standing with the camera capturing the shocked expression on her face as she realized the whole thing was just captured. We then spent a bit of time walking around taking photos in the area as the realization set in that they were now engaged! Asia mentioned that she was a bit confused why Nijel was so set on going to the Muny area before they headed to the zoo…makes sense now. It’s funny how all the small details come together after she gets that ring. The questions about the size of her hands, planning a day together complete with a nice dinner, insisting on going to a particular spot in the park at a particular time. All these things alone don’t give it away but once you think about them all together it makes sense that something special was about to happen. I was very excited to be a part of this wonderful moment. Since Nijel and Asia are not from St. Louis the wedding won’t be here but I hope to have the opportunity to work with them again in the future. Such a wonderful couple, congratulations.

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Krista and Jeff

June 6, 2019

Krista and Jeff have been planning their wedding for a bit and everything seemed to be going smoothly. They had a date, venue and most important they chose Ravetta Photography to capture the day! We set up a time to do engagement photos, of course it rained the whole day so we had to reschedule. Luckily the day we moved to was beautiful , it was so nice to be outside on a sunny day instead of all the rain we had been getting. As we wondered downtown in City Garden, Krista told me about the craziness of what happened to their wedding venue. She was causally talking about the place they picked with a friend and they mentioned that they had heard online it was closing. Krista thought surely she would have gotten notification if that was the case, but she decided to look into it. Indeed they were closing and the couple was left without a wedding venue. This is not the stress that they need to be dealing with while planning a happy event. They were quickly able to secure a new location which put everyone at ease. I’m glad it was all sorted out so they could relax and enjoy time together during the engagement session. We had to make sure to get some photos with the arch while we were downtown, they turned out perfect and I know they will love them. Whenever we start an engagement session it’s always a bit out of the normal for the couple so it takes some time to get used to the directions and having so many photos taken. It’s good practice for the wedding day! Krista and Jeff easily posed together give us many cute expressions. My favorite was when we did a dipping photo and Krista was not so sure Jeff wouldn’t drop her, the laughing between the two was just so natural. It’s those small moments during a session that really make each one unique. We look forward to working with them again on the wedding day.

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Michelle and Steven

May 21, 2019

Michelle selected a date for an engagement session a while ago. She knew that her and Steven wanted an outdoor session so we picked a date and hoped for nice weather. Well, in the middle of two weeks of rain we had one beautiful day for Michelle and Steven. We touched base a few days before the session to pick a spot for the photos. Michelle wanted to be sure to include a rosary in their photos because that is very important to them. We were hoping for a Marian grotto but after Michelle took a bit of time to drive by a grotto at Our Lady of the Snow she realized that the trees were not in great bloom just yet. They live in St. Charles and use a local park to walk, a park that I have not been to. Yes surprising I know, a park I have not seen yet! I was very excited to meet them at this new location – I love it! A wonderful lake, gazebo, bridge, walking path all enhance the look of these engagement photos. I am very excited Michelle and Steven introduced me to a new location. When I first arrived Michelle quickly realized she forgot her engagement ring. Luckily she lives close so she headed back home to grab it as Steven and I chatted for a bit. We talked about how this exact park was where they had their first date as well as where he proposed to her. A park with great meaning is perfect for a unique engagement session. As we enjoyed the beautiful day I was happy to hear about all the wedding plans. We even discussed their plans for the evening of dinner and a movie. I hope they had a wonderful time together spending time in a special park then heading out to spend more time together. It’s great to hear they are able to relax together during all of this wedding planning.

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Kate and Kevin

May 8, 2019

Kate called us prior to having an official wedding date selected. She knew she had it narrowed down to a few options but wanted to make sure that we were going to be available. We had taken the photos at her sister’s wedding – since everything went so smoothly and the whole family was pleased with all of our services they had no question about where to go for a photographer. Kate came in to talk about the package details for the timeline of the wedding, we are always happy to help our couples decide on the best timing of photos on their wedding day. Our packages include an engagement session because it is nice to get to know how a couple interacts, it also gives them an opportunity to have some great photos taken together. Kate and Kevin met at Bar Louie in the Central West End, they lived there for a bit as well. So this area was perfect for their engagement session. Of course we had to get a photo with the sign from the bar and I wanted to know how they actually met. Turns out they work at the same place and have some mutual friends. When they went to Bar Louie it wasn’t really a set up date, it was more of a “hey you should meet this person that worked on a project with me” Of course the friend that introduced them is super happy about the outcome. We are as well because we get to work with these two great people. We walked around the Central West End taking photos along the way, while we chatted about the wedding plans. The weather was so wonderful that it made it very easy to take our time and enjoy every moment. Kate and Kevin decided that after the session they would stick around and have dinner. I’m sure it was just a great day that they got to spend together not worrying about work or any other responsibilities for a while. I’m sure they will love the photos and we look forward to working with them on their wedding day.

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Shawn and Amanda

May 8, 2019

Shawn heard about our studio from someone at work that had a great experience so he had to give us a call to discuss his photography needs. His girlfriend was visiting her family in St. Louis, she lives in Chicago. Shawn was planning on leaving the morning after her to come down to St. Louis and surprise Amanda. Why…because he was going to propose!!!! He wanted to make sure that the special moment was capture which is why he contacted us. From our very first conversation I helped him think of a great location, some rain back up options, the best place to stand the signals for when she was getting close and everything down to the very last detail of the moment…or so we thought! So Shawn and I got to the garden early to pick the location. There were about three options previously discussed however it had rained the whole day before so we needed to make sure we were using a path. Both Shawn and I liked the look of a few blooming trees so we made sure to get a good angle with those in the background. The moment came and he got a text from a family member that Amanda was entering the garden. She walked around the corner, saw him and I was able to capture her surprised look as she walked over to him. The walked on the path for a second and then as he got into position a tram came by full of people, no big deal – right? Well of course that tram stopped right behind them to let people out…of course it did, the one thing we didn’t think about when planning all the details. Shawn really loved the location that we had selected so he decided to wait it out until the tram moved. Amanda and Shawn loved that they now have this great story about how they got engaged in Botanical Gardens. I was so lucky to meet these two to capture this and I wish them the greatest happiness!

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Katie and Jordan

February 19, 2019

Katie contacted us because she was going to be in St. Louis meeting up with her fiancé, Jordan. They currently live in different states and use St. Louis as a meeting point. They thought it would be a good idea to document their recent engagement with an outdoor photo session at Tower Grove park. Since they were only in town for a few days we were going to do the session no matter what. It ended up being about 30 degrees and a bit windy on the session date, at least it wasn’t negative degrees outside! We worked quickly during the mini session to make sure we got all photos before noses started to turn red. It was great to hear that Katie found us by doing an online search. We came up as one of the first photographers on the list, great reviews and perfect session options. Lots of time is spent trying to keep us to the top of search engines and this shows that our hard work pays off. It was so great meeting Katie and Jordan because they have such a great story about living apart from each other but knowing that they were meant to be. Spending time in St. Louis doing all the fun tourist stuff as they fall more in love each day. The wedding won’t be here but if they have trouble finding a photographer perhaps we can talk about traveling to them. It would be great working with these two again in a bit better temperature conditions. They still have lots of photos to enjoy and put around their houses as they wait until the next time they can get together. We wish them the best and hope we can take some more photos the next time they visit.

#towergrovepark #wintersession #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #engagementphotos

Sarah and Jason

January 24, 2019

Sarah and Jason were a pleasure to meet when we sat down to discuss wedding plans. Sarah has been familiar with our quality work for many years. Starting with senior photos and then her sister’s wedding we feel like we are part of the family. It also seems like we see her parents at numerous weddings we photograph. It’s always great to catch up! This time it was nice to get to know Jason since it’s the first time we have ever met. We talked about the schedule and some photo ideas for the wedding but first to get the engagement session scheduled. We picked a date around Thanksgiving since everyone was available with Botanical Gardens as the location. The day before it rained all day but on the day they were scheduled it was wonderful. The garden gave us lots of options to not have to sit in the wet grass. We all forgot that it would be decorated for Christmas but the farther back in the garden we went it became less crowded with less decorations.  They were happy to take some posing direction but as we got going they fell into the poses very easily. It’s always a bit strange at first with couple because they feel strange with people watching them having photos taken when they are not sure what to do. However as soon as they realize that I’m there to fix the small things making them look their best everyone relaxes. Sarah and Jason were surprised by the people watching them but after a bit they ignored it making the photos more natural as they looked at each other. We are looking forward to working with them again for the wedding. I know they will be relaxed ready for a day of photos!

#engagementphotos #ravettaphotography #botanicalgarden

Allyson and Alex

January 2, 2019

Allyson visited our booth at a bridal show, although she knew she wanted to work with us for the wedding as soon as she started planning. It was great to chat with her since the last time we had seen each other was a few years back at her sister’s wedding. We are very excited to work with the family again. With busy schedules it was a few months before she could get into the office to talk about the package details. It was very nice to meet Alex when they came into the office. He had some great thoughts about the wedding photos and I can see how these two fit together so well. Then after a package was selected and we knew an engagement session would be included we got it scheduled right away. There were a few openings the day after Thanksgiving so we picked some location options hoping for nice weather. Well….we got a gross misty rain! Not fun! I was going to be out of the office all day on other sessions so I emailed Allyson early morning to find out if we were a go no matter what or if she wanted to reschedule. We thought the Jewel box in forest park would be nice so we decided to meet anyway. Turns out they are closed the day after Thanksgiving, heads up for anyone that may want to go there. With the rain we needed other options which brought us to the Muny area and the world’s fair pavilion. Despite being a bit cold the spots were perfect – lighting was great, Allyson and Alex were great, just a fun session all around – even with the rain. The wedding is in December so who knows what type of weather we will get but I know that no matter what these two are going to enjoy the day. I look forward to working with them again.

#engagementphotos #ravettaphotography #forestpark #raindontcare

Katherine and John

January 2, 2019

We got a call from Katherine’s mom because we had done senior photos for her and now she was engaged! It was very exciting so they wanted to do some engagement photos. We selected a date having no idea what the weather would be – we were quickly surprised be winter weather when it had been nice days prior. When I arrived we talked about working quickly because of the cold but at the same time we would have to make sure to get wonderful photos and not look cold. Katherine and John were happy to snuggle up together to stay warm but also giving me those perfect engagement photos. Between shots they put on coats and gloves but of course that didn’t last long because we moved right into the next pose before we all froze. They brought their puppy with them for some photos as well as a friend to do some dog watching when we were not using the puppy in photos. She quickly became the coat holder as well! I was so lucky that Katherine and John posed together perfectly because it would have been much harder and taken longer if they needed a ton of directions in each pose. I did have to mention to John not to hold his hand in a fist like he was cold but that was really about it when it came to correcting the way they posed together. When I originally talked with mom she said that a digital option would be the best so they would have all the photos. I am really happy they decided that because they have too many photos to only pick a few. We talked about the wedding plans which are moving along even though it’s not until spring of 2020. Better to stay on top of all the planning than waiting until the last minute. We hope to have the opportunity to work with them on the wedding day as well! Congratulations.

#engagementphotos #ravettaphotography #stlouisphotographer #forestpark