One year birthday club session in the park

Welcome to the club Matthew, the red head club! Mom and dad were surprised a bit by Matthew’s red hair but there is some in the family so it makes sense. During his last birthday club session he was still pretty bald, but the moment he arrived for his 18 month session we could see the red. Not only had he gotten more hair, Matthew is basically running now, as well as, talking a bit too. He definitely knows all the little boys words, dirt seemed to be his favorite. He was very quick to point out all the sticks and dirt he found in the park. We actually had to take a few photos with sticks in them since that is what he loves right now. During the 18 month session it is really more about letting them show some personality. We played peek a boo, looked for dogs, ran around a bit and even put his feet in the pond. We try to have the children sit for a few photos but really what 18 month old wants to sit down, very few!  He did sit with mom and dad for some amazing family photos. Matthew has a very big smile that sometimes is just wide mouth open when he is super excited. Both mom and dad also have perfect smiles so we see where that comes from. He was really giving all the expressions during his session. Super happy and sweet smiles were shining through most of the time, but we did get a few “looks”. Mostly, that “seriously I just want to go the opposite way of you and the camera look”. We let Matthew show us what was interesting to him in the park. We had plenty of time to capture photos, as well as, take some time to smell the roses – or the big shinny mirrored ball in the park! In just a few short months Matthew will be 2 and we will see him again. He is probably going to be talking so much by then.   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub #parksession #boyphotos

Welcome little man, nice to meet you

It is not uncommon to get a call from a mother that is expecting months before the due date. We talk to them about the options for maternity photos as well as newborn photos after the baby arrives. Janna called wanting to know all the options available to them.  She and Daniel were just a month away from scheduling a newborn session! We photographed their wedding so they received a free newborn session. We were so excited to work with them again! Janna only had a few things in mind for the session. This gave us the opportunity to create some new ideas for her. We have so many options at our studio that can be used during our sessions. Of course, we are able to try and recreate a photo you have seen but we also like to get creative with our props too. We were not sure what we were going to get with Owen because he was not a fan of being swaddled or laying on his belly. But he really did love being held by mom and dad. Janna and Daniel were not sure they wanted to be in photos but we convinced them that even just a few are great to have later. Plus Owen loved being held so these images turned out perfectly. Owen was awake for some of the session giving us the opportunity to get photos with his eyes open. However, those sleepy baby photos are just the best so we tried a few times to get him to sleep, in the meantime, he gave us a huge smile. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. We know that it is a bit of a drive for Janna and Daniel to come to our studio so we enjoyed visiting with them. Perhaps next time we can meet you out your way!   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #newbornsession #studiosession #firstborn

Grow with us by joining the Birthday Club

Please let us know how it’s possible that time has gone by so fast that we are already doing 4-month sessions for some of our newest birthday club members. These babies are just growing so fast! This session is the time they really start showing off some personality. Each session during the birthday club helps us capture the little faces and personality as the children grow. Sometimes it is hard to fit in 4 sessions during babies’ first year, but you won’t regret doing it once they are older. You can always do some family photos too! Little Steel has an amazing smile with a cute dimple and eyes that just light up a room! However, he is not just giving off that smile to anyone that asks. He was a very serious dude during his 4 month session. Yes, we got some smiles but wanted to see what was going on before he warmed our hearts with that grin. While he was taking it all in, watching us “perform” for him, we were able to capture those big round blue eyes and sweet tiny features. We really can’t go wrong just capturing every little face these babies make when we see them for their 4-month session. There are 4-month-old babies that love tummy time, others that can’t stand it. Some are starting to sit up and some need more support. Whatever the case maybe we are ready to capture those sweet little faces for you to remember. Kids change so much during the first 2 years that having a birthday club membership, complete with print discounts, is really the best way to document the quickly passing time. We are looking forward to what personality Steel brings with him during his 8-month session this summer.   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub #studiosession

Get out on the field and have some fun!

To our birthday club members, we know it can get hard to come up with new ideas for your sessions but we are truly up for anything. We love having fun with your children. Don’t you want them to have fun with us? Yes, we have lots of props in our studio and know all the great spots in the typical parks. But why not go somewhere special for your family or your kids. A favorite park with a playground to use as well, or a snow cone stand that you go to every summer. The options are really endless! This happy little 4 year old just loves football so where did we go for his session? The football field, of course! Mom was able to make sure we could access the field on a day the students were not in school. We took some time doing those “regular” 4 year photos of James using the great school landscaping. But really we were just waiting for the field to clear from practices so we could get out there and have some fun. The look on his face was priceless when he realized he was going ON THE FIELD! James was so happy to tell us all about football and his favorite player. We went to the 40 yard line so he could pose by the 4, and that’s exactly what he did for us. He did some hikes, some tackles, some running and even threw the football a few times. James knew he wasn’t on grass but wasn’t so sure why it looked like grass but wasn’t – his first, but probably not last experience with turf. He was telling us all about how you have to throw then tackle to get the ball. All the while showing us how this is done in the games. The whole time we were on the field he played. We were only there to capture the excitement! I bet he will remember this day for a long time. Let’s get out together to some unique locations with your kids.   Don’t forget to have a look at our socials for other great images from this session.   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub #futurepioneer

Boy, oh, Boy!

Boy (no pun intended) were we excited when we found out our recent wedding couple had given birth to not one, but TWO precious little boys! This session was one to remember, and for all the right reasons. Even before hearing their pregnancy story, it was evident that these two preemie babies were troopers! They are so strong already and there is no denying the unbreakable bond they will continue to grow upon. Tiny but mighty from the start! We love seeing past wedding clients return when they decide to start a family! During their wedding day we get to know not only the couple, but their entire family, on such an intimate level as we join in on one of the most important days of their lives. To be able to continue our relationship with them following their wedding, is definitely something we don’t take for granted! Hopefully this is the beginning of many more family sessions and memories to capture. It was so hard to choose our favorite photos to share of the two cutest little boys! They were wonderful babies throughout their entire session – the perfect duo. They took turns keeping eye on what was going on while the other one got some rest… silly boys. We were able to document so many photos in record time! I mean just look at them. Watching Jenna and Joe transition into parenthood demonstrates even more how perfect they are for each other! They are so supportive, goofy, and purely happy together. They make the perfect team and we are so glad we got to help them welcome their twin boys to the world! You would never guess that they are new to this whole parenting thing! You guys are naturals. Jenna and Joe, thank you for letting us meet your sweet lil’ babies! We can’t wait to see you all again!   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #newbornsession #newborntwins #twinboys

Baby Madison is here!

Little Miss Madison, where do we even start? Having photographed both older brothers as newborns and each of their sessions going so differently, we weren’t sure what to expect! Of course every baby is different and unique in their own ways, but she definitely set the bar high. She was completely content and perfect the entire time! Such a sweetheart already. Newborn sessions are beyond special. Even more so when the experience is extended to grandma! Not only does she lend a helping hand, but grandma is ALWAYS prepared with all the things. We love it because it makes each of their sessions unique to them! And no one spoils a child better than grandma, let alone the first born granddaughter. Madison already has a growing collection of bows (on bows on bows). Which for us, is perfect! She had one that matched every outfit – so adorable. Speaking of collections, both big brothers were eager to show us their assortment of toy spiders following the session! Eek! She is lucky to have such silly older brothers! Both the boys are literally always cheesing, it’s no wonder we captured a few smirks from baby girl during her first photoshoot! Middle brother was so helpful and excited to hold lil sister and big brother even came home early from school to join in a couple sibling shots. What a precious moment to capture and always look back on! With Easter right around the corner, how could you not take a baby basket shot with her Easter basket? Props to Grandma again for bringing it along; it was the perfect size for her to fit in! We can’t wait to see this family once again for their Spring Session with the ducks at our studio, just in time before Easter! Welcome to the family baby Madison!   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #newbornsession #inhomephotos #babygirl

Why do kids grow so fast?

Why does time go so quickly when you have kids? I saw Amy while she was at work one day and she mentioned that Nate was already 4 months so she needed to set up his next birthday club session. Seriously, how has it already been 4 months! We were able to quickly find a session time because Steve was going to be leaving town for work and the hope was to do a few family photos, as well as, the 4 month photos of Nate. The second session is always a bit more simple than the newborn session in our birthday club. These sessions between newborn and 1 year are part of the club in order to show how quickly the children change. Family photos were accomplished first and tons of options of Nate as well, hopefully selecting photos isn’t too hard for Amy and Steve. Nate is already lifting his head up and has pretty good balance when propped up, amazing for a little guy that arrived early. He was just too excited to be born to wait for his due date. Of course, each baby prefers sitting in a different position than another. Some love tummy time while others can’t stand it for even a moment. Nate was actually pretty relaxed for all of the posed we did during the session. He only got a bit fussy when he had a wet diaper, but after it was changed he was back to his relaxed mood. He did make us work pretty hard to get a few smiles but even his sweet wide eyed look is just precious. I loved the fox hat and diaper cover that mom brought with her, Nate wasn’t as much of a fan but he looked super cute so that’s all that matters. The next 4 months are going to fly by and if Nate is steady sitting up he will be ready for an outdoor session. So many options for our birthday club members.   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub #studiosession

Birthday Club is perfect for everyone

Did you know if you are in our birthday club and also you refer your friends to our studio who then also join the birthday club you will receive a gift to use at your next session? We truly appreciate our client relationships and know that word of mouth is the best way for our relationships to grow. We post photos from pretty much all our sessions, we have a social media presence, we advertise, we call clients but the only way to experience how we work during your session is by hiring us to take photos. It is understandable to be curious if we are the right fit as your lifetime photographer. Joining the birthday club includes 16 sessions so you want to be sure you are ready to have us become part of your family memories. One way to “experience” our studio is by hearing from your friends and family how much they enjoy their sessions with us. Another way is to have a session with us and when you have the wonderful experience we are known for then you can add on the birthday club membership. Our newest birthday club family decided to go on the recommendation of friends. Despite missing the newborn session the club is still a great deal on sessions and extra perks that are included. The first session went very smoothly in our studio with tons of smiles in perfect photos. Since it was cold outside we did this session indoors but the birthday club offers the flexibility of doing an outdoor session. The options are really endless. We know that the next time we see this little girl she will probably be standing on her own, talking a bit more, and for sure smiling from ear to ear again. See you soon!   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub

Welcome to the birthday club, Charles

Way to go grandma! Charles is now a part of our birthday club because grandma purchased a gift certificate to give to mom and dad. We have done photos for her daughter that lives out of town so the birthday club wasn’t right for them. However, her son lives in St. Louis so she had the idea to give them this gift certificate as a baptism gift. Even though Charles is 6 months the birthday club is still a great deal because it includes 16 free sessions, as well as, discounts on prints and digital files. When mom arrived with Charles he had a smile on his face ready for photos, but we could tell that he was really looking around taking in all the new surroundings. With the snowy weather they had not been out of the house much so mom could see that Charles was so excited to get out and about. He is almost getting to rock star status for sitting up and really impressed us with his skills. But of course, we had some chairs and supports for him to use during the session. He really loved our fuzzy rug and wicker chair – well we assume he did because he kept trying to eat them. It must be those teeth coming in! Grandma was even able to join us for part of the session, which Charles just loved. After capturing some smiles in his first outfit mom changed him and we got started on outfit two. Charles wasn’t really a fan of this one, or maybe he was tired of our tricks. We did however bring out a mirror so he could look at himself instead of us. He loved that! He even gave himself some mirror kisses, it was very cute. We know we got some great smiles during his first session with us. For the next one we talked about an outdoor session this summer. I bet Charles will enjoy the change of scenery and will again be a happy baby.   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub #studiosession

Three boys and all smiles

We started with the wedding to firstborn, to second-born, and now the third baby in the family. We are overjoyed we get to work with this wonderful family over and over. During the last newborn session, mom and dad thought their family was complete, but baby Owen really wanted to be a part of this family. Now with three boys, this mom has her hands full since they are all under the age of three. The grandmas get together and purchase a birthday club membership for each child. Which of course, we think is the absolute best gift that can be given to anybody. The gift of photographs! We were recently at their home doing one-year photos and discussed how soon the new baby would be arriving. So when they came into the office it had felt like we just saw them a few weeks ago because we did!

Oldest brother Jonah did a really great job of listening and following directions. This gave us the opportunity to get some great photos of the whole family together. Then some of the brothers together, of course, one-year-old Miles was just on the go the whole time. We think that mom and dad are going to be very pleased with all of the options that they have from this newborn session. Despite having to continually put Miles back in the photo! Baby Owen was easy to work the whole time. We finished up the session using blankets and props that were meaningful to the family. A hat that has been used on both of the other boys was also incorporated into the photos. Then a few things from his room, which is farm-themed. We know there is a lot going on when you have three children but are also very honored that we will get to watch them all grow since they are part of our birthday club. See you in a few months for the four-month session!

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