Tag: St. Louis Photographer

All Smiles

May 28, 2020

A small local company like us really enjoys working with clients we have worked with before. Our relationship could be just one other session or it could go farther back than that. Perhaps we did school photos for you, family photos, weddings, etc. This is how far back we have known Kerri and we are thankful for the repeat clients such as her.
Kerri called and was hoping to get the session done as soon as possible, luckily we were able to get her in within a few days. Since the photos were just of Carolynn a mini session was the perfect option. We selected a spot in Tower Grove park and met there on a beautiful, yet a bit warm, morning. I had forgotten to mention that the park roads were going to be blocked off but luckily Kerri was able to find a place to park. After getting a bit turned around in the park we found each other, she had saved my cell phone number from when we did her wedding. Never know when you might need to call your photographer!!
When we got settled Kerri mentioned that Carolynn might take a moment to warm up to us. She did but really a moment was all it took. Then she was all smiles for both us and mom, it was easy to get some great images. As we walked around the park we chatted about the kids and how Kerri was surprised how “girly” Carolynn seems at such a young age. We tried some photos on the ground near a tree and we knew she was not a huge fan because the smiles stopped a bit, although she never got upset about it. More like “really ladies, this is not my type of photo” So a quick change to a rainbow dress brought those smiles right back out. It was a joy to work with such a sweet baby and we look forward to doing more photos with this family in the future.

#ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #towergrovepark #springsession

Growing Siblings

May 28, 2020

Park sessions in the spring are a breath of fresh air because after being stuck inside all winter it is nice to get out and have fun with clients in the park. Especially right now because we have literally been stuck inside! Working with a family we have known for years makes the session even more fun. Our relationships often start with a wedding or engagement sessions then continue when the family grows. That is how we met this wonderful family. Of course when the kids arrived it was a given they would join our birthday club since it is the best deal for our clients. A onetime session fee and then free sessions with print discounts until your kids are 12! I think we might be crazy for offering such a perfect package but this allows us to get to know you even more, which is our favorite thing to do.
I would like to thank our birthday club members for the continual support to our studio. It’s these clients that truly understand the importance of supporting a small business time and time again. We create a relationship with them that we even know their voice when they call to set up an appointment. All of our sessions are important to us but being a repeat customer is the best way for us to really get to know you.
When we started off this birthday club session it was a bit chilly. The lighting was very nice in the shade but the kids were cold that it was best to move to the sun for a few photos. Working with twins and a toddler can be a challenge however mom wanted to get a bunch of different types of photos so that allowed us to give the kids some breaks. Usually starting off with some family photos so mom and dad can be done works well, we can always come back and do more but this way the kids also feel a bit better about being there since they can stay by mom and dad a bit longer. We will take a few different photos in hopes that we get everyone looking the best in one together – we got some great photos of this family! When we worked with each child individually is when we got to see the personalities of each of them. A sweet yet sassy little girl, a goofy but cooperative boy and then the constant moving toddler that knows exactly what he wants! Luckily we were able to work with that and get some nice smiles. We look forward to seeing them again later this year to catch up and have fun together again.

#ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub #parksession #springphotos

Here at Ravetta Photography we work to make your entire experience with us as fun and easygoing as possible! It is important to us to build an ongoing relationship with all of our clients. 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.

Senior year is an exciting time and we can’t wait to work with you and create unique senior portraits that reflect who you are! When you first contact us, we will ask questions to learn more about your senior, the look you’re going for, and anything else you have in mind. 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! Note: Choosing a full session gives you the option of splitting up your studio and location sittings.

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 for you there! 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!

Our studio is located just off of Hampton (3131 Hampton Ave), not far from Arsenal. There is street parking available along Hartford Street. Give us a call if you need help getting here!

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 packages for you to place an order. As a senior, you have the option of placing a deposit enabling you to take your proofs home on a USB. This allows you more time to make your decision and consult with other family members who may also want to place an order.

In order to get back any of the deposit; you must place an order by your specific deadline. Other than that, your deposit will be applied to your order total. Anytime within that time frame, give us a call to set up an appointment to place your order. After you order, we will contact you within a couple weeks, to let you know your order is ready to be picked up!

As you can see, the entire process is pretty straightforward and there is plenty of time to get to know you and your senior!

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. 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

The History of Us

April 24, 2020

Since we have a bit of time on our hands we thought it would be a great idea to tell you how we got started. Ravetta Photography has been in business over 45 years! The photography industry was very different back then but we have changed and adapted to the way we run our business over the years.
Lou has always had an interest in photography, even as a young child, so when his grandmother passed away and left him $200 he wanted to buy a camera. He thought it would be a wonderful way to remember her as well as further his photo interest. Lou started by taking photos of his girlfriend, Karen. They went all over St. Louis taking different style images and having fun. Then a relative of Lou wanted him to photograph a small wedding, he said no because he wasn’t sure he could handle a wedding. He just liked taking photos and didn’t want the pressure of a wedding. After some convincing from the family member, Lou actually changed his mind and agreed to photograph the wedding. It turned out that he did such a wonderful job his family started telling other people about him. So Lou ended up doing other weddings and portraits, then those people told other people how much they liked the photos. The ball was rolling…45 years later here we are! Those referrals at the beginning of our business lead to more referrals which is what keeps us going. We wouldn’t be successful without our clients telling others about us.
Remember that girlfriend, Karen, well Lou married her and they have been running Ravetta Photography together since the very beginning. At first they met with people at their home, until they had a daughter…spoiler… that daughter was Rachel! Apparently even as a baby Rachel had a photography interest because she wouldn’t let mom and dad work without being involved. This distraction caused the company to move to its own location. At first it was just an office area to meet with people because all the sessions were on location. The success of the business allowed Lou and Karen to invest in a better camera, attend seminars to learn from the pros, move to a location that had space for a studio and add studio lighting to what they offered.
Years and years later that is exactly what we are doing each day. We have updated our equipment to the best digital cameras, we are constantly learning – however we are the pros now so we often help others too. Social media wasn’t even a thought back when the business opened but if we didn’t use it now then clients wouldn’t be able to find us. Our ability to adapt to the changing photography industry only enhances the fact that we are able to make each client experience with us special to them.
Please keep sharing our name so in 45 years from now Ravetta Photography can still be going strong taking images of the next generations. Think about it for a minute, wouldn’t it be so great to help a business be around for almost 100 years! Each person we photograph that mentions our name becomes a part of our history.

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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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Evolution of photography

March 19, 2020

A well thought out article by a fellow photographer to help inform the current generation of the importance of printed photographs.
People are taking more pictures than ever before. It’s been estimated in the past 5 years, more photos have been taken than all the prior years combined. Unfortunately few of these photographs will survive beyond a year. The current generations feel in the moment and not the future. Digital images are no longer important enough to keep them in printed form! Shockingly 1 out of 100,000 photographs taken today actually end up being printed. Digital images means you can instantly look on a computer screen however without one, you have nothing. The technology has changed so fast in recent years. Most likely in 5 years or less, your DVD or USB is going to be obsolete. And the technology of tomorrow may not support your “older” files. Even online storage or uploading to social media is not a permanent solution to viewing photos. Which means all of your memories you captured today, aren’t going to be around tomorrow.
When having a professional photograph taken consider this – It may be a “digital world” but I doubt you have your DVD’s on your wall! When you are asked by family to show a photo you may answer, It’s on a disc…someplace, where did we put that disc again? Anyone can see a printed image, there is no wondering if the current technology will support what you have. Invest in a display print for your home, a one of a kind work of art that will be passed from generation to generation.
In 2025, when you find a disc in that drawer and your 3 inch watch computer no longer has a DVD drive since in 2020 they were totally phased out. What will you tell your 3rd grandchild asking to see pictures of their Mom? A piece of round plastic that is pretty much worthless just won’t be the same as a photo. Since all social media is now charging a fee you gave up on that years ago and uploaded images are lost. The most photographed generation will be without a photo from the past 10 years. Children of 2025 may wonder if it wasn’t important to have photos. Lost memories are expensive!

#professionalphotographer #printthoseimages #wallportraits #ravettaphotography

Lauren and Michael

March 18, 2020

Sometimes when I meet a couple I just know we will be a good fit as their wedding photographer. Lauren and Michael came into the studio to review our package options. We discussed the package that would work best for them and went over a bit of a timeline for the wedding day. This helped them to get an idea of how everything would work during their February wedding. Lauren and Michael decided that they should go home and discuss these options then call back if they wanted to use our photography services. They left the office….30 seconds later they were back! They said there was no reason to talk anymore about it, they wanted us at the wedding. I’m glad they felt the same way I did from our meeting.
We again had wonderful February weather, yes of course it was cold but the sun was out and it could have been much worse. The day started off at the church with the wedding party getting ready, doing a few photos outside and then relaxing before the ceremony. Lauren and Michael wanted to be sure to have a special moment to exchange letters however they didn’t want to see each other so holding hands around a door create the perfect photo moment!
The church offered a great way to take a photo from the balcony of all the guests that attended the wedding. Lauren and Michael are going to enjoy looking at this photo to see the amazing love and support they have from family and friends. We had plenty of time to take photos around the church before we headed to the park. Yes, we went to the park in February. The wedding party was great about getting into the photos quickly so we could get back in the cars to warm up. The area we went had some evergreen trees and a pond so despite the dead trees all around Lauren and Michael’s photos actually look more like spring photos! Since it was chilly they decided to let the wedding party head to the reception while we went to one more location with just the two of them. A downtown street with a great brick wall and alleyway was a unique spot to do a few photos. The funny part was that as soon as we started taking photos a local restaurant turned on the outdoor speakers with some music for us to listen to. We decided that music was meant for them so they did some dancing! It was just a great moment to watch between the newlywed couple.
They continued that dancing well into the evening at the reception. I don’t think either Lauren or Michael stopped smiling the entire day. Such a wonderful couple to work with, thanks for coming back in the door that evening.

#ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #weddingphotography #edwardsvilleIL #winterwedding

Jessica and Bill

March 10, 2020

I would say if it was going to rain on anyone’s wedding day Jessica and Bill were really relaxed about it. Honestly what can anyone do about it, nothing, so why not just make the best of the situation and not let it ruin your wedding day.
We met with Jessica at the hotel as she finished up the getting ready process. Everyone seemed very calm, at least until she got her dress on. Then she mentioned that she was really starting to get nervous now that it was all put together. That is pretty typical at weddings because it is rare that a bride will get a total look at everything before the event day. Hair trial, make up trial, dress fittings, etc. they never end up on the same day. And even if they do it seems like brides always forget to try the shoes too! Luckily Jessica had some time when she got to the church to just relax for a bit while the guests arrived.
Bill and his family were ready for photos as soon as we got there. It was great to have a groom with some ideas about what he wanted and who he wanted to have in his photos. Since we were able to get a bunch of photos done before the wedding this gave us the opportunity to use our time afterward getting many combinations of family photos. We even had plenty of time to really enjoy the fact that they were traveling to the park in a Rolls Royce.
Despite the annoying misty rain the couple, along with the maid of honor and best man, were willing to take some photos outside. We quickly found some tree cover that helped keep those rain drops away. But we were able to get some wonderful photos with the umbrellas. Since the reception was at the Cheshire we were even able to get some photos there. Jessica and Bill were excited to enjoy the laid back reception they had planned. The guest mingled while enjoying the music of 20’s and 30’s from a wonderful band. We hope they got lots of messages from the guests in their notebook and we look forward to going through the photos with them soon.

#ravettaphotography #weddingphotography #stlphotographer #winterwedding #thecheshireinn

When in town

February 12, 2020

When a studio has been around as long as us we often realize that people enjoy seeing a gift certificate from Ravetta’s whenever they are at an event. Of course only the highest bidder will get the opportunity to work with us! Maggie actually received her gift certificate from her mom who attended an event and thought a family photo from Ravetta’s would be perfect for her daughter. We have done photos for Maggie before so this was a perfect gift! She moved to Texas years ago and comes back to St. Louis to visit family from time to time. It worked out perfectly that they were in over the holidays so she scheduled a family photo with us. After recently getting married in Texas her family has grown since the last time she was here. We photographed her two daughters during our spring session, then again at the park. This time she is now part of a family of 7, much more going on than last time. However I will say that even though we had over double the amount of kids everyone was just wonderful. They were all ready for photos, smiled the whole time and did exactly what we told them to do. With all the good behavior we had to reward them with some funny photos at the end! They kids love the opportunity to show off their silly faces. During the session we were actually able to get many different photos and combinations of photos. This was amazing considering we had two 5 year olds, two 6 year olds and a 3 month baby. I really hope they visit with us the next time they are in St. Louis. It’s great to catch up while also getting to know the kids better each time we photograph them. Thanks mom for giving Maggie the wonderful gift of family photos.

#ravettaphotography #familyphotos #forestparkjewelbox #stlphotographer #photosinstlouis

Allyson and Alex

January 4, 2020

Couples planning a wedding have many tasks to complete and decisions to make. This can often become overwhelming, however we meet with some couples that walk in the door with no doubt they will use our services for the wedding photos. Knowing one decision is easily done can help the couple focus on other tasks. Allyson and Alex knew they wanted us to capture the wedding day…perhaps even before they were engaged! We have done multiple weddings for Allyson’s family so they are aware of the quality service and product we provide to our couples. Not only were they excited to have us at the wedding, we were excited to be there. The engagement session was extremely fun because Allyson and Alex interact so well together! After the wonderful photos we got of them we couldn’t wait to be there on the wedding day!
Planning a December wedding you really are rolling the dice with the weather. This couple rolled a seven because despite a few chilly winds here and there the day was wonderful. The sun was out, the threat of rain was nowhere in sight and no snow to keep the guest away (although Allyson said she would have loved some snow). The day started early with an 11am ceremony since the daylight is gone quickly they wanted to be sure we had plenty of time for photos in the park afterward. Not only did we have time, we were able to go to two locations with time to spare getting some wonderful photos with the lights outside the reception hall. Allyson and Alex were all smiles from the moment we got there, except for the moment Alex saw her walk down the isle – some tears were shed here. Oh and when they exchanged gifts, and during the toast….alright perhaps not smiles all day, but the tears were all the best kind! A wonderful day for a wonderful couple! Thanks for thinking of us first and letting us share in this day.

#ravettaphotography #weddingphotos #stlwedding #stlouisphotographer #winterwedding