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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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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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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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Gwen and Adam

July 3, 2019

Gwen and Adam are just amazing to work with and I had such a great time at the wedding. When they got engaged I knew early on because I’m friends with Gwen’s family. I knew they had just started the planning process but was sure that when it came to photography they would give me a call. Of course they did! We sat down to talk about the plans and realized that some of our packages included more than they wanted…no problem. We custom created a package that worked perfectly for their wedding day. It was my pleasure to make sure they had what they needed but were not spending extra on the items they didn’t want. I am more than happy to do this for anyone that comes into the office, everyone is considered a friend when working with Ravetta Photography.
The wedding day started at the hotel with the girls getting ready. It was so fun to see the family together celebrating this happy occasion since I have seen them at other celebrations, backyard barbeques, winery trips and many other things. However this one was extra special – they would be welcoming Adam into their family. He was really already a part of the family but June 8th made it official. Heading over to the church I met up with Adam who isn’t a big fan of taking photos but was totally relaxed with me there doing them. Besides he would do anything for Gwen and if that means a few hundred photos then so be it!
Gwen arrived and did a first look with dad before they walked down the aisle. Wow the tears were flowing from everyone, even I started to tear up so I had to tell them to start laughing because it was hard to take photos while crying…that got some great smiles from everyone. It was such a great moment and I was so happy that I was there to capture it.
With all the rain in June we were worried we wouldn’t get to the park after the ceremony, however it turned out to be a perfect day. Park photos were a blast because it really just felt like we were just hanging out together, having fun and taking some photos while we were there. This fun just carried over into the reception. It was a wonderful day with Adam and Gwen. I know they will love the photos and I look forward to capturing many more events for them in the future.

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Danielle and Martin

June 20, 2019

Danielle and Martin were so much fun during their engagement session that we knew the wedding would be amazing. Another thing that amazes us is that we are not photographing the weddings of clients that we did their parents wedding. We photographed Danielle’s parents wedding so when they started looking for a photographer they notice we were available and still providing a high quality product to our brides. They looked no further!! It’s crazy to think that we have been taking wedding photos for 40 years and hoping for another 40.
When we arrived at the MAC to get photos of the girls getting ready they were running right on time…that never happens. It seems that something is always running behind at every wedding, however Danielle was on top of everything to make sure the girls were done when they were supposed to be done. After a first look with the bridesmaids we headed over to the Palm House to meet up with the boys. They were ready for photos so we quickly got them done so they could go hide as Danielle arrived to the park.
The Palm House has such beautiful lighting which really set the mood for this summer wedding. Nice sunny skies with a couple surrounded by friends and family. They had some close friends perform the ceremony by saying some nice words about them as well as helping them through the vows. With some laughs, waves to the crowd and all smiles Danielle and Martin were married!
With the amount of rain we were very fortunate to have a bright sunny day. A bit warm but that is much better than rain. We did photos around Tower Grove park in a few locations. The wedding party was having a great time and couldn’t wait to get to the reception. Danielle wanted to be sure that they arrived in time to take some photos at the MAC before the guests arrived. Since they had plenty of time the decided to be at the whole cocktail hour to talk with all the people that came to celebrate with them. It is really great to see a couple that is so concerned with their guests. They spent so much time talking with everyone which really showed how happy they were to have the support around them.
It was wonderful to be a part of this wedding!

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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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Valerie and Corey

June 6, 2019

Meeting Valerie and Corey was such a great experience that we were really hoping we would have the opportunity to photograph their wedding. We met them at a bridal show and then set up a personal consultation in the office. Cindy, Valerie’s mom, came in to the office as well so we could get very specific with the package pricing and timing of the day. It was our pleasure to help them decide what would be the best package option for their Friday wedding. We spoke a few times as the date grew closer to make sure that everything was going to run according to the plan. With a bit of drive time between the house where the girls were getting ready to the church to the reception we wanted to be sure that everyone would be where they needed to be on time. We have done so many weddings that we are able to help you plan each and every detail when it comes down to the photos of the day. The week of the wedding arrived and…..rain….rain…rain! That is about all that was in the forecast for the whole week. It looked like it was going to be a complete rain out so we talked about the best options to do photos if that ended up being the case. We woke up to some drizzle but it totally cleared up before we met Valerie at her house. Despite some wet grass it was an amazing day for them! Everyone seemed calm while getting ready, the girls were on top of everything – nobody was running behind at all! The boys even got in a few games of pool in the church rec room while Corey waited to see Valerie as she walked down the isle, escorted by her nephew. A ceremony followed by a beach ball send off out of the church really kept this day unique to Valerie and Corey. Family photos went smoothly just like the rest of the day so we all headed to the country club to do photos on the course before the reception. We had a great time with the wedding party that continued into the party! Congratulations to Valerie and Corey!

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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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