Tag: St. Louis Photographer

Jessica and Shawn

October 17, 2019

I met Jessica because she worked at a chiropractor office for many years. She was the happy receptionist that greeted you when you walked in! We chatted about many different things each time we saw each other, sometimes about the appointment and other times about what was going on in our lives. She mentioned a guy named Shawn one time and I didn’t think much of it until she was wearing an engagement ring one day. It was very exciting to hear about the proposal and how their kids get along so well. Between the two of them they have 5 children – that’s keeping them busy I’m sure. We briefly talked about wedding packages as I hoped she would select me to be the photographer. After some research she realized that we really do have a wonderful package price so was happy to inform me that she wanted me to be at the wedding. When she stepped out of the car she was stunning! I am so use to her being in something simple at work and here she was all dressed up with perfect makeup ready to see Shawn at the park location we selected. The first look went perfectly even though it was much warmer on the September day than anyone would have thought it would be. So we worked quickly at the park making sure to get some fun photos with the kids as well as the wedding party. The ceremony and reception were at Old Stone in St. Charles. It was nice for us to get there a bit early so they had time to relax prior to the ceremony. Shawn and Jessica wrote their own vows bringing a tear to my eye which of course I had to quickly wipe away so I could capture the first kiss as husband and wife. Straight to the party, exactly what the couple wanted. They enjoyed every moment of the reception until the very end with a sparkler exit. I’m so happy that I met Jessica, learned the story about her and Shawn and then captured this wonderful wedding. I look forward to working with them again in the future.

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Haley and David

October 17, 2019

Haley has had pictures taken with our studio before when she was younger. Her family brought her in and we got to know them very well. So when her and David started planning a wedding they knew exactly where to go…Ravetta’s! We are always happy to know families remember our name for years and years. They come to us for all their photographic needs. We met and discussed the plan for a September wedding at the Zoo. We have done many weddings at the zoo and it is so much fun getting to be behind the scenes creating great photos for the couple. Prior to the ceremony we met Haley at the hotel to relax with some boxed water while the girls got ready. Everyone was very calm and having a great time, it was wonderful to photograph with such a great group of girls. We went to the park to get photos of the girls together but first we had to stop by the house to get a photo with the dog! David totally understood why we had to back up his photo time a bit, four legged family members are very important. The guys were ready and happy to do anything we asked so photos were a breeze with them too. Off to the zoo we went and Haley rode to the ceremony site in style…train style that is! David was all smiles when he saw Haley for the first time. They even got a fly over by some geese right as they were talking about nature being all around the new couple, it was perfect timing. The happy couple greeted a Llama before entering the reception, those were some great photos! This couple was just the sweetest and that really came through during the toast – only wonderful things were said about them. Sometimes the boys get into crazy college stories but not at this wedding, just great positive aspects of both David and Haley. We hope they come back to St. Louis from time to time to visit – we would love to work with them again.

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Session at home

September 26, 2019

We are a family owned studio that takes pride in the client relationships we create over the years. Each year we do weddings on the weekends providing wonderful memories as two people start their lives together. As a thank you for having us there to capture the wedding photos we provide a gift certificate for their first born. We would like to continue the relationship for years to come. This gift does not have an expiration date because we know each couple has different thoughts on when they want to start a family. Amanda and Frank have been married a few years so when he called us to let us know Stella was turning 1 we were very excited for them. At Ravetta photography we are thankful our wedding clients think of us when it is time to capture those special milestones in their families. Amanda and Frank wanted to make sure that we were there to create some memories of this great occasion. To make the session a little more personal they opted to have us come out to their house, which by the way was just wonderful. They had so many beautiful areas outside to do photos, Stella’s room decorations photographed perfectly and some family photos all cozy on the bed turned out wonderfully. The first few photos Stella was not so sure what was happening but when she warmed up to the idea of taking photos we couldn’t get her to stop smiling. It was really great to work in her environment because she felt comfortable. We even got a very cute photo of Stella “talking” to her elephant, what a great moment. We were so happy to have the pleasure of working with this family and hoping to see them again soon.

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After the rain

September 20, 2019

When we have a day filled with park sessions and we wake up to rain it’s not a great feeling. We never know how the client will feel about heading out in wet grass or even if the rain will stop. However we got very lucky that all the rain moved out of the area before we started our day. After a quick check in to make sure we were still good to go we met these three lovely ladies at the park – they also brought along mom and dad. Three girls always keeps us guessing when we arrive to the session. I’m sure they keep mom and dad guessing daily! We just don’t know if they will be shy, excited for photos or in a silly mood. Guess what – we got all three. And it changed during the session too. Megan was ready for photos and then got super silly so of course we captured all of that greatness. Elizabeth wasn’t so sure but after a few hair fluffs and twirls she was ready to show us the smiles. Sarah took much longer to warm up to the idea, however she sat perfectly in every photo. Didn’t give up the smiles until about half way through but when she did it was wonderful. With so much going on during this session we got the perfect mix of posed photos and candid shots of the family together. I am so glad we didn’t reschedule because the lighting was perfect, everyone was in a great mood and it wasn’t very hot outside. I am very grateful for friends like this that give me the opportunity to capture these special moments. I look forward to working with them again in the future and I know I’ll see these wonderful girls soon.

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Cool dude!

September 20, 2019

Let’s be honest…sometimes it is a beautiful day and everyone is excited to get outside for their portrait session. Other days it is raining and it just doesn’t work out. And then there is the heat of the summer, those kids with summer birthdays are excited when it comes to having a pool party but pictures are a different story. We schedule a time in advance and hope for the best or at least pick a location that has some shade. Well Mr. Lucas got very lucky with a shady park as well as a nice breeze on the day of his birthday photos. I will also say that we were also very lucky to photograph Mr. Lucas. He came strutting over to us with his new hair style looking super cool. He said he was ready for photos and started to smile. We really should have stopped taking photos sooner because each one he has a great grin or a silly face that just makes you laugh. His serious pose was just the cutest! Since we had come from a session with littles I had an assistant with me however Lucas didn’t need any help posing, smiling or even carrying on a conversation with me. He told me about starting Pre-K what he does at school, got me caught up on his brother and also what he did over the summer. I could have hung out with this little dude all day! It was a perfect end to a busy day of sessions in the park. I’m sure mom was excited how fast and easy the entire session went. Yet, when she sees the photos she will have a hard time picking since they are all so cute. Thanks for hanging out with us Lucas!

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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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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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