Tag: Newborn Photographer

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

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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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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Newborn Baby

December 27, 2019

We photograph a few schools around the area each year. When we are at the schools we meet many children but don’t often get to meet the parents. We try to get the best expression from each child and hope that the family loves the result. Carol called our office after giving birth to her son because we have taken photos at her daughter’s school. She loved the results so thought we would be the best place to call for a newborn session. This was such a delight to hear because when those school families come into the office we get a chance to meet everyone – that’s just a great experience for us. Just like all newborn sessions with family photos as well as sibling images we have to roll with what we are given. We started off with some family poses and big sister did amazing! She stood, smiled and was ready to pose. However after those first few images she thought she was done so we just rolled with it and worked with Louie a bit. He gave us some really great newborn images, since he was only 9 days old he really let us do anything to get that perfect pose. We tried again to get some photos of Louie with his big sister but she was really just ready to head to school to see her friends. Dad took her to school while mom stayed at the office watching her sweet boy sleep like a perfect angel for the rest of the session. We know it is hard to get those older siblings to work with the demands of a newborn session so it’s great that we got some perfect family photos right at the beginning. Luckily this family went with a digital option for the photos because they are going to have a hard time narrowing down the ones they like since there are so many great ones. I had a blast working with this wonderful family and I’m sure we will see them again.

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New BC member

November 22, 2019

It is super exciting when we have new clients join the birthday club. Especially when they start with the newborn session because then we have the opportunity to watch the children grow up. The birthday club includes 16 sessions so no matter when you want to it’s great to become a member of the club because you will be saving on session fees. Casey contacted us through Facebook to get more information about our sessions and the birthday club. She decided the club was the best deal so quickly made an appointment for a newborn session, Matthew was 5 weeks old already so we were able to get a session time quickly. Often when a newborn is more than a few weeks they are less likely to do those typical newborn poses. Well….Matthew was the exception to this rule, he was just wonderful. We started off with some family poses, getting more than usually because Matthew just slept the whole time. Then we moved on to some photos of him by himself, of course, just like any other baby he wanted to have a break with mommy. However after a small meal, he was ready to go! We were able to get photo after photo in various poses because Matthew settled so quickly into the next setting. Casey, although a new mom, knew so much helpful information about Matthew. He wasn’t a fan of being swaddled, he prefers his belly over his back and he often breathes out of his mouth. This was wonderful because we worked with this by posing him on his belly a few times and capturing some images with his mouth open because that is really how mom and dad see him every day. Moving forward we are so excited to watch Matthew grow, seeing milestones of sitting up, walking and then talking – Welcome to the birthday club!

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Baby Girl

September 20, 2019

Don’t ever miss those precious newborn moments. After you deliver in the hospital they come in to talk to you about newborn photos while you are there. I remember after having children that I was not looking great or feeling up to dealing with those photos. Not to mention they are very generic, nothing special from one session to the next. What Ravetta photography can offer is a customized session at your convenience. We will come to your home if you prefer nursey room photos or we also have a studio well equipped to capture those first special photos. We recommend taking photos within the first two weeks. This gives you some time to get home and settled before you jump into those newborn photos. However try not to wait too much longer than 14 days because after that the baby becomes more away and aware of everything, making it much harder to capture those sleepy baby photos. I met this sweet baby because mom called and wanted to get a session right away. She was already 10 days old so we were able to work her in the same week she called. Sometimes we get a call from mom while she is still at the hospital wanted to set up an appointment however other times it doesn’t go as planned there so they call when they get home. This sweet one was asleep for part of the session and then awake for a bit which gives mom and dad some great options. Also big brother was there to help – he did a wonderful job of posing and waiting for his little sister to get ready. It was a pleasure photographing this family and I hope I have the opportunity to do so again. Thanks for contacting us!

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Baby Gordon

August 15, 2019

Becoming a parent can be a tough task, but once it happens you wouldn’t change it for anything. From day one it’s an amazing adventure! Children don’t come with an instruction manual, but if they did right after the first point of “your best is good enough” it would say make sure to capture each and every precious moment. Even better than that would be to find a photographer you trust to capture these moments for you, we would be honored to be this photographer. Of course you can take photos at home of each new face or milestone they accomplish as they grow, however professional photos are a must. We offer a birthday club package if you are interested in getting multiple sessions as they grow. Otherwise a few sessions here and there are great too.
Gordon is off to a great start with his newborn session. When mom called we were able to get them in right away for a session. He was 12 days old, just as sweet as could be and totally willing to work with us on the poses we wanted to do. Just like all newborns when we move from one pose to another they are not very happy about it but Gordon calmed down quickly to give us some great photos. Mom and dad are adjusting and learning day by day. Not only are they learning they are teaching Gordon to be a Blues fan – we did some photos with his Stanley Cup Champs shirt and hockey puck. Next thing we know he will be out on the ice with dad! We hope to have the opportunity to photograph Gordon many more times, to watch him grow, watch his personality shine and capture all those special moments that mom and dad will cherish forever.

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