Family session in the fall

We see this family a couple times of year. The like our mini session option because it is perfect to just get a few updated photos throughout the year. With two girls that just smile the entire session they usually end up with more than a few photos! This session was specifically for Stella’s one year birthday but when they arrived she was asleep so we did a few photos of big sister. Gigi just posed, smiled and gave us cute photos right away. We all know that when a baby gets up from a nap we don’t exactly know what baby we will get. Will we get a well-rested baby with smiles, a straight faced baby since they are now at a park and didn’t fall asleep there, or do we get a crabby baby since the nap was only about 20 minutes. We hit the jackpot!! Stella was smiles, smiles, smiles. Seriously, do these parents even know how special these two little girls are? They smile, they pose, they pretty much do whatever we want and it is amazing! In additional to some photos of big sister, family and the girls together we knew that we wanted to focus on Stella since she was celebrating her 1 year birthday. It is crazy to think that we took newborn photos a year ago, wow that went very fast. Anyway, when Gigi wasn’t in the photos she did a good job of helping her sister look at the camera. She really adores her little sister, we hope that feeling continues as she gets bigger. Perhaps, this family is so great in front of the camera because we have known each other for years, not only from the many sessions but also as friends. When you think about it the more you see your photographer the better and more “real” the kids become during the sessions. So we suggest that everyone joins the birthday club so we can watch your kids grow! #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #oneyear #birthdayclub

Birthday Club member is one!

We set up the appointment months ago since the fall dates and times book up so quickly. Leo, one of our birthday club members, just turned one! This family got super lucky with the weather for their family session. Those little noses don’t last long in the cold weather, but we had tons of sun. And the temperatures were not terribly cold for November. When they arrived Lisa said she never thought she would be one of those people that did matching outfits. But when she decided she wanted plaid it just worked out better for them to all have shirts that matched. It looked great in the photos, and we think either is good for sessions – matching or not. It really doesn’t matter, as long as, the clothing coordinates with each other. The buffalo plaid that she decided was actually great for the location that we picked. They really popped on any green backgrounds we did and then the fall foliage made the family photos look very seasonal. Leo took a minute to warm up to us, however once he got going he just kept smiling. He enjoyed taking photos with mom and dad but also liked to show off his standing and climbing skills. He will be walking very soon. Mom brought a chair for him but he really just wanted to show us that he could walk around it. Then when we tried some photos on a blanket he preferred rolling around. We did get some cute photos of him kneeling and showing off his balancing skills. Throughout all the options Leo was just happy. Then the cupcakes came out! He was not interested in moving around once those cupcakes were in front of him. He just wanted to stay right there and “eat” them. He destroyed all the cupcakes but really didn’t eat much, he would put it up to his mouth and then just play with the other ones. We never know what to expect when we do the cake smash photos. Leo gave us something new – play with but not eat. It was just a great one year session, we are so happy that Leo is part of our birthday club so we can watch him grow. #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #oneyear #birthdayclub

Make me laugh mom – show me your belly

A little wind never hurt anybody right. That’s what we had to deal with during this little girls 18 month birthday club session. When mom and Hannah arrived at the park we decided to play a little peekaboo getting her warmed up to the idea of taking some photos. Hannah is very attached to mom so she was never far while we snapped some images of her laughing and playing. Being a birthday club member and also having an older sister part of the birthday club it is sometimes nice for the little ones to just have a session all by themselves which also makes it a bit easier on mom only having to get one child ready and not multiple children and themselves for a family photo. But don’t forget to put in a couple family photos during those sessions! After a few photos Hannah warmed up to the idea of being at the park and we were able to get many smiles and decided that we could even go ahead and change her outfit to get a new look. With the winds causing her hair to be all over a high ponytail with a big bow on top was a perfect alternative and Hannah looked super sweet, go big or go home when it comes to the bows! Other than the great photos and smiles from sweet little Hannah the best part about the session was the things we had to do in order to make Hannah laugh. Moms will really do anything for those wonderful smiles of the little ones and this mom knew that belly buttons crack up Hannah in the best way possible. It started by lifting up Hannah‘s shirt to show us her belly button. We got a great image of her with a bigger smile at her shirt up pointing at her belly button but of course all of the photos couldn’t be with Hannah’s shirt up. So instead mom did a little peek of her belly button in order for Hannah to crack up laughing. We really appreciate the links but some moms will go because they know what will make their child laugh. Will see you again in a few months Hannah for your two year session we can’t wait to see how much you have grown. #ravettaphotography #birthdayclub #stlphotographer #parkphotos

Baby Brother

About a month ago we got a call from a grandma who wanted to purchase a birthday club membership for her son who was expecting his second child. They are already members of our club with their first who turned 2 this year. So of course signing the new baby up as well was a must. She mentioned that it would be early November for the newborn session so we wrote that down waiting to hear from mom and dad after the baby arrived. Only a few short weeks later we got a call saying Miles was here! Yep he decided he didn’t want to wait till November so came a bit earlier than expected. We were happily able to get in a session as quick as possible in order to capture the small sweetness that all newborns bring to the images. When they arrived we got started with some family photos. Big brother was all smiles, following directions and ready to take photos. It was amazing – giving us some perfect shots of them all together! Of course after that he got a bit restless so getting brother photos took a bit longer. However little did we know the promise of some craisins did the trick. Again, wonderful images of big brother with his arms around his new buddy. Miles quickly fell asleep giving us the opportunity to pose him in multiple ways for his photos alone. When a newborn session goes this well it makes selecting photos a bit harder for mom and dad. Grandma’s too – because of course they are going to want photos! Now that we have this new birthday club member we are excited to watch him grow, show off his personality and get to know us even better. Thanks for the continued loyalty! #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #newborn #birthdayclub

Spa day

Mars called us because she was interested in our birthday club. We went over all of what was included with the sessions – the discounts and what a great deal it was to get signed up right away. She had recently had her first child Oriana and wanted to capture some particular images of her. She felt confident that we would be able to help accomplish these. We set up an appointment and then realized that some of the outfits that mom wanted in the session we’re not going to arrive on time so we had to reschedule. When she arrived on the new date we saw the cute little robe and Starbucks cup that she was waiting for to do these photos. Totally worth the wait! Mom was going for a spa day with her little girl and she got exactly that what she hoped for. As we posed Oriana in some pink rosy fluff looking like she was relaxing and having a great time at her photo shoot. While they were in our office mom signed Oriana up for our birthday club. We were very excited because Oriana did such a great job during the session that we can’t wait to work with her again in a few months. On her belly she’s already lifting her head up very well and pretty stable when she sitting. So the next time she comes in she might be able sit unassisted which will really open up some options with props and unique posing. We know mom is going to love the spa photos along with all the other images we captured during her first session. We look forward to watching Oriana grow over the next sessions as we continue a relationship with this new family. Thanks for choosing Ravetta Photography. #babygirl #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #studiosession #birthdayclub

Family fun

We know that our clients are very busy and often photos tend skip their mind. We don’t hear from them in a while, however we know our clients are loyal to us and will come back when the time is right to do the family photos again. We got a call from this exact client who we haven’t seen in a few years but she knew that it was definitely time to get some updated photos. The original plan was to do something in September however it was actually fairly warm no color in the trees and that’s what they were looking for in a look at the photos. Moving the appointment to October was a good option, it was a beautiful day with lots of colors however we did have to work a lot with the wind. When we arrived it was actually crazy to see how big the boys have gotten since the last time we’ve seen them. In just a few short days mom is going to have a teenager on her hands! Of course when working with two boys, 6 and 12, it is very common that we’re gonna get some of those goofy smiles. However once we got them talking about their favorite things or even just getting them to laugh it was easy to get the more natural relaxed smiles that mom loves. Since the family photos went so smoothly, as well as images of the boys together, mom and dad thought why not snap a photo of the two of them and some head shots that they can use on social profiles for work. It was a great idea to just knock out everything during one session however we hope this doesn’t mean that it’s gonna be awhile before we see them again. Perhaps they can get in a mini session sometime in the spring or even next fall. It was great catching up and we know you will like all of your photos! #ravettaphotography #family #outside #parkimages #stl

Family in Fall

Every day on social media we see people asking for suggestions on a photographer. We often respond to these suggesting our studio in the hopes that of the many suggested photographers we are viewed and selected. One day we threw our name out there for a woman looking to do a family session. She had just had another baby wanted to update photos. She didn’t get a chance to have any pictures with a new baby in the hospital. We talked about the best date and location option, decided to meet at the sculpture park in Sunset Hills. Having multiple children she mentioned that going into a photo session she typically does not have high expectations, never knowing what type of mood the children will be in. She just likes to have updated photos as they grow so it was our mission to hopefully make this the best family session they have had. Giving them too many options on the photos to pick that they just need to get them all. Since this is the first time we had worked with his family when we arrived at the park we did some introductions hoping to get the children a little more comfortable with us. We got started right away and everyone followed directions very well getting into the spots that were requested of them. As soon as we started we could see what mom meant on the cheesy or fake smiles. No problem for us, we just started with our silly tricks and got the children to loosen up a little bit. Mom even mentioned something about one of them slipping and falling one day, of course they didn’t get hurt, but this really had all the kids cracking up with your very best smiles. We did take a few extra moments to get some photos of the baby since up to this point he is the least photographed member of the family, being only five weeks old. The session actually went as smoothly as we could’ve hoped! We would be excited to have the opportunity to work with his family again in the future. Surely they will enjoy all of their wonderful photos that we captured. #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #parkphotos #family #fall  

Family Session Windy Day

Each month at our studio we have a special, whether it be a spring special with animals or a holiday themed set. Possibly even something random that we run throughout the summer! We also sent out a bi-monthly newsletter in order to keep everyone informed of what is going on at our office. We include things such as what we’ve been up to, new products at the studio, or even some upcoming events to watch out for in the future. After sending out our most recent newsletter we got an email from a past client, who we haven’t seen in a few years, looking to take advantage of one of our half-price fall sessions. These are very popular in the to update those photos and grab some pictures with the fall colors in St. Louis. Luckily the day that they had in mind worked out perfectly in our schedule and they fit right between two other previously scheduled sessions. When we originally spoke we were going back-and-forth between doing a mini session or a full session. Utilizing the entire hour was really the best option because they had many ideas in mind that they wanted to take care of at this time. Nobody wants to be rushed or forget a photo they wanted. We often tell our clients the full session will give you more flexibility in posing locations and combinations of your family. We started off doing all sorts of combinations with the older children while the youngest and newest member of the family continued his nap. Of course with everything going on right now there are not very many photos of the baby. Once he woke up we were sure to capture him in many combinations with his siblings, with mom, with dad – all of the moments that were previously missed due to the Covid restrictions. Mom mentioned that these photos are very important to her, of course they’re important to everybody so we made sure to get great images from everything! She’s going to be very excited to see these photos and share them with friends and family. After some serious photos, some playtime photos, even a little song and dance, we had captured pretty much everything that they could have ever wanted! We know that they are going to enjoy these photos surely we’re going to work with them again in the future! #ravettaphotography #family #parkphotos #outside #stlphotographer

Birthday Boy

Loyalty is defined as a strong feeling of support. When we meet a client we hope to gain that feeling of support from them as we photograph the milestones in their lives. We want to show them how loyal we are to our craft of creating amazing images for them to enjoy for a lifetime. This little boy has been a joy to watch grow. As a member of our birthday club we have many more sessions to get to know his personality – which is already shining through in these photos. Mom and dad selected us to be their wedding photographer years ago and knowing the quality images we provide wanted to join our birthday club when they started a family. This is the exact definition of loyalty when it relates to our studio. We start a relationship early and maintain it for many years! This particular family lives a bit farther away from our studio so we decided for this session to meet about half way between us and them. Luckily it was a beautiful day to take photos in the park. We even added a few photos with the grandparents to make this session special. When we started we wanted to be sure to capture those family photos first so we could see how well this little guy was at sitting up. He was doing so well that we jumped right into photos of him by himself. The smiles just poured out so we quickly moved to new locations, different poses and tested those new sitting up skills. With a bright blue shirt that enhanced his stunning eyes mom and dad are going to have a hard time selecting their favorite photos. Not to mention the great family photos we got as well. It’s going to be a joy watching this guy grow up – he might be walking at the next session! #ravettaphotography #parkphotos #stlphotographer #fallsession

Matt is One

Matthew is one and that’s so exciting. It’s not often we get to do a birthday session on a birthday club members actual birthday. When mom contacted us she was hoping we would have his birthday available to do an outdoor session. It worked out perfectly with the weather and time of day. We went early morning and it was wonderful outside. The lighting was amazing with some cloud cover keeping away any heat. Mom brought a few props to use which is a great way to make any session more unique. Matthew was ready to smile for some of mommy’s songs, sounds and smiles. Despite the fact that he is now walking he was willing to stay in the spot we put him. Well at least the first few spots, then he realized it was much more fun to play in the dirt and get away from the camera. A few photos with mom and dad not only kept Matthew still but only enhanced the smiles he was giving. He loved being sandwiched between his two favorite people. We even got a few candid images of him with mom laughing and then walking with dad. These small moments are going to be great memories for him as he gets older. Also a way for mom and dad to look back at how small Matthew is right now as we capture these seconds during his birthday club photo shoot. As we meet a few times during the first year it’s great to watch the personality come out at each of our sessions. This time Matthew laughed at our goofy sounds, and was having fun showing off his walking skills. He has only just started to walk but he will be a master very soon. The next session we will be chasing him around and having fun while we do so! See you in 6 months Matthew. #birthdayclub #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #oneyear #familyoutside