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I have been talking about scheduling a family photo with these wonderful people for awhile. We photographed their wedding and have been capturing spring portraits with our live animals and the kids for years. Sadly this past spring we had to cancel our animal sessions, but that gave us the extra push to get this family session scheduled. We are usually capturing images at nearby parks or even a client’s home. However we are more than happy to go a bit farther out if you want a family photo session that truly represents your family. Anything outside of 30 minutes is an additional fee, but when you have been waiting to schedule that perfect photo it is well worth it. You can plan outfits, dates, locations but one thing you can’t plan is the temperature. On this particular day we had a heat advisory! This made it a bit harder to get those big smiles from the kids. We did find a shade spot to sit in to capture images with the 4th child, the dog! Since the location was close to home my thought it would be a good idea to bring the dog back home and get a treat for the kids, after some ice pops they were ready to take some more photos of the family. But while mom was gone the kids really liked the idea of taking photos to surprise mom. Up to that point they were not happy about being outside. The idea of “big smiles and nice photos, but DON’T TELL MOM” really got the kids excited. The family photos turned out perfect both with the dog and without. With the challenge of the heat it was great we had a shade spot to work with for a bit. We had to end the session with a few funny photos. We did funny faces and tickle photos, probably some of my favorite out of all of them. Thanks for getting us out of St. Louis for a bit to capture these wonderful memories for you. #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #wewilltravel #familyphotos #outdoors

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