Tag: St. Louis Photographer

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

Big Brother, Big Sister

December 20, 2018

We love to watch our families grow. We started working with Jenny and Kevin at their wedding. Then the welcomed twins about 3 years ago and we have been photographing them in studio and on location. Now we got to meet the newest addition to the family, Henry! When we arrived at the house for a newborn session we were happy to see big sister, Maggie, and big brother, Ben who were excited to show us their new brother. It took some convincing for us to get Ben in photos with his siblings but once we got going he did great. They both laid on the ground next to Henry, gave him kisses and even held him while sitting on the couch. They are going to be wonderful big siblings. Henry seemed to be tuckered out after all the photos with Maggie and Ben. He was a perfect angel for his photos alone. We went from one pose to another with minimal fussing from him. Maggie and Ben wanted to watch but it was best for them to have some playtime in order to keep it quiet for Henry. However I’m sure it’s not quiet normally for him so he should probably get use to the noise. Jenny decided it was best to enroll Henry in the birthday club just like the other kids. This way she would get updated photos often, discounts on prints and not have to pay any session fees. Our birthday club really is the greatest deal! We will see everyone again soon for 3 year photos and 4 month photos. We hope things are still going as well as they are going now. I bet Ben and Maggie will be pros at being big siblings by then – they were already off to a good start!

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Running in the park

December 20, 2018

Tracie and Matt have been clients for years. But it seems like the years are going by faster and faster. We did their wedding, got a call to do newborn photos and now it was time to update family pictures. However I couldn’t believe that Taylor was almost 2 years old! How did that happen – time just flies by so fast sometimes that I can’t even believe it. I usually don’t give everyone my cell phone number but I knew that with their session first thing in the morning and rain in the forecast it was best to be able to keep in touch. I am so happy I did because it was raining that morning so I wanted to be sure we were still going to meet at Tower Grove park. By the time we met the rain had stopped, of course the ground was very wet but the fall colors were perfect. Taylor was non-stop talking during the whole session. Sometimes with kids you just have to smile and nod because it’s not very clear what they are saying. Taylor spoke very clearly and was able to tell us exactly what she wanted. At first she wanted to play with the dogs that were passing by. Then she decided the ducks were super interesting. She insisted that mom and dad sit next to her at all times, close but not too close! She love the red trees, the crabapples that we used as balls and the green benches. We needed to take a break for a snack in a place of her choosing as well as hold hands when we walked anywhere. This feisty little girl was so much fun! She was in charge but between all these tasks I was able to get some great smile from her, the action shots were even better. I know Tracie and Matt will have the perfect photo for their wall. I look forward to working them again.

#ravettaphotography #stlouisphotographer #towergrovepark

Fall Session

December 20, 2018

I love to get calls from people that got our donated gift certificate at a local school or auction. This is a great way for us to meet new people and also help a great cause. Jackie wanted to use the certificate that she got for a family session. She was looking for fall leaves but we had to just settle on a date and hope we could find some. I often suggest Lafayette park because that park tends to have some great color. However this year it seems that with the weather going up and down that the colors we are used to having are not as great this year. When we arrived the family had already looked around the park a bit for the trees they liked. Honestly the found the best trees! We also used some great gates in the park, so many options. Originally we talked about the goal of the session and Jackie stated that she wanted a family photo and them some images of Nathan both posed and then showing his personality. Well after 2 minutes of being with Nathan I knew we would have no trouble getting some personality photos. He started posing he own photos and picking spots he thought would be great – some were perfect but others were silly (like under the bridge with a troll face to scare away the people above) However this just kept me laughing the whole session. I have a son the same age so I after meeting Nathan I knew exactly what Jackie meant. My son has a similar personality and the last time we did photos I was sure to give him some say in where were went or the types of poses. This really helped to get the perfect natural smiles, just like I got with Nathan. I hope to have the opportunity to work with this family again, they were so much fun.

#parkphotos #locationphotography #familyphotos #ravettaphotography

Family in St. Louis

November 30, 2018

Rhonda called our office one day in a panic because she had been looking for photographer and was not having any success. Her whole family was going to be gathering in St. Louis so it was very important to get a family photo taken. They live all in different states so for them to be together was great! She knew there was only one day and really only one time that would work for them…guess what we had it available – well at least within 30 minutes of the time she wanted. It was meant to be. She was thinking forest park because it had many options and it was easy for them to locate since they were not from the area. This worked because our other sessions were in forest park so we just stayed there for Rhonda. After we got everything set with the date and time then she decided it was a good time to tell us the family included 9 boys under the age 14. She mentioned it like I might back out of the session, heck no, this is going to be so much fun! When they arrived we started talking about how we usually pose the family using some chairs or stools. Rhonda was so easy going that the thought of a posy posy photo was not her family. She wanted to be more casual so we just grouped together and started off with the silly boy jokes to get everyone to laugh. We even got them all up on a log which of course they were super excited to climb all over. When we were done Rhonda couldn’t leave without giving us a hug because we had made this process so great for her and the family. I remember hearing the frantic voice over the phone which had now changed to the happiest voice ever as she thanked us over and over! It’s moments like this that make the harder days totally worth it – we create memories and we want them all to be great ones.

#familysession #ravettphotography #stlouisphotographer #forestpark

Anthony and Meghan

November 30, 2018

Anthony and Meghan knew they were meant for each other! After they were engaged we got a call from a family member that wanted to gift them engagement photos. What a perfect idea! We were able to get them in on a Saturday which turned out to be a beautiful day. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. We met in forest park because it gave us lots of options for the fall color, bridges, rocks, benches and much more. When they arrived I could see they were super excited to have these photos taken. A bit nervous not knowing what to expect but that quickly went away after only a few photos since we clicked instantly they felt comfortable in front of the camera. I did some posed photos but each time I would have them look at one another it was truly magical. They just did all the right things, laughter, sweet kisses, smiles…the list goes on. We talked about how they met and what brought them both to St. Louis since they are not from the area. They are currently in school here but of course taking time to enjoy all the great St. Louis attractions. Meghan and I talked a bit about how it’s nice to dress up and wear heels for photos but it wasn’t really something she normally did, I totally agreed and gave her some props for even attempting it. It would have been great to work with them all day but I had to get to another session and I think I already took too many anyway! Lots of good options for them to view, include on a wedding website and share with family and friends. I hope to have the opportunity to work with them again in the future. Have fun with all the wedding planning!

#engagementphotos #stlouisphotographer #forestpark #fallsession

Baby Xena

November 30, 2018

Newborn photos are part of our birthday club which is great because this is an important moment to capture.  If this is the first child or another addition to the family, either way it’s great to get photos right away after the new baby arrives.  Ann contacted us before Xena arrived to information on the session options including the birthday club. She had done a newborn session with her first baby, Dexter, however the photographer does not travel to locations close to the family so she was on the lookout for a new photographer. She found us, not only is our studio close to her home but we will also travel to any nearby park or location for the session. Ann decided the best option for the newborn session was in their home. Due to our schedule Xena was 10 days when we did the session, Ann was hoping we would still get a great newborn session. When I arrived mom and dad were finishing up getting ready, of course they are always last now that they have two kids! So Dexter and I got to know each other a bit, it really helped him relax for photos. We started with a few family photos and then of course after all that time getting ready Xena wanted to eat. So Dexter showed me some of his amazing soccer skills while mom fed Xena. Watch out world 2 year old Dexter will take you by storm with his dribbling and shooting when he grows up. When we got back into the photo session Xena was amazing, she slept most of the time, but also gave us open eyes and didn’t mind being switched from one pose to another. I’m not sure how Ann is going to pick photos she was worried she wouldn’t get any and now she has so many options. Looking forward to working with everyone again at the 4 month session since you are now part of the birthday club family.

#bithdayclub #ravettaphotography #newbornphotos

Family before the rain

November 15, 2018

Katie and Matt used our services when they got married. Now it was time for some family portraits so of course they would contact us. We went back and forth on a good time but since the weather was getting cold fast and the light would soon be changing we were limited. However we were able to find a time that worked! We met at Queeny park since it was between both of our locations, this helped with how early they would have to be ready. We are always willing to meet out on location anywhere around the area so that it makes it less stressful for the families who have enough to worry about getting ready for a session. There was some rain moving in but we were going to get everything done before it hit us. Although David informed me that when I had him laying on the ground a rain drop got him in the eye. But he quickly brushed it off and kept smiling…or laughing actually. Katie and Matt told him that to get the best smile pretend that someone is tickling him so he will laugh. I couldn’t stop laughing behind the camera because every time I went to take a photo David would giggle. It was amazing! His little brother Johnny also had a great smile but he was so interested in the stuff around him outside that we had to work a bit harder for his grin. The boys were so great that we were able to get lots of different images, mom with each boy, dad with each boy, the family, the boys alone, the boys together – it is going to very hard for Katie and Matt to pick. The shy David that got out of the car was a very different kid by the time we were done, I think I have a new friend! The last thing we got was a photo of Katie and Matt together and as I went to take the photo I heard some giggling, but this time it wasn’t David, it was Matt. I guess that trick works for him too, I’ll have to have everyone do it from now on. Thanks for the tip.

#ravettaphotography #familyphotos #stlphotographer

Lizzie and Vineet

November 15, 2018

Another fabulous day in St. Louis! Another beautiful wedding awaits.

We met the bride Lizzie at the Seasons Salon and Spa. The place has a beautiful Bridal Suite to get ready in. It has a nice place to hang the dress for photographs, a widespread mirror for the girls to use ad plenty of privacy. Each of the girls had their own stylist to make the process much faster.

Upon leaving, the bride was greeted at the door by Joe Barbaglia and his spectacular Rolls Royce. Joe’s a perfect gentleman and we have worked with him on many weddings including his own!

Next it was on to St. Ambrose Church, “On the Hill” to meet the guys. Vineet was all smiles when we arrived and more than ready for us to capture photos of him and his guys.. His brother was his best man.

The ceremony couldn’t go wrong with Msg. Bommarito officiating and the grandeur of the interior of the church. The music was heavenly with the voice of Heather Wessels. We also photographed Heather’s wedding a few years ago. (I’m feeling special right about now!)

We moved on to Lafayette Park for bridal portraits and fun candid photos. The black iron bridge is a really popular place to be. The wedding party was joy to work with making our job very easy.

We worked out way back out of the park and went on our way to Amsterdam Tavern. There, we took photos of the couple where they first met and where they first kissed. We found out later, when the bride’s sister Abby gave her toast, that Vineet’s first words to Lizzy were “I’ve been watching you.” Abby suggested “He may be a creeper.” Turns out, he was the love she was looking for,

The reception was held at the Mahler Ballroom. The entire place has been updated including the bar area and downstairs lounge area, We are lucky to have these venues with so much architectural history in St. Louis.

The dance between the couple was perfect. We could feel the emotion fill the room. The dancing continued into the evening to end a wonderful day.

Congratulations Lizzy and Vineet and Thank You for choosing Ravetta Photography to be a part of your special day.
#ravettaphotography #weddingphotos #fallwedding