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

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

My photos are the most important things we have.

Are you trying to decide if a newborn photo session is right for you? Listen to what one mom has to say about the newborn photos we did for her almost 4 year old. “The newborn photos of James is seriously one of the favorite things I own. Like I would run back into a fire for them!” Now of course we wouldn’t want that since we have them saved here at the office but it perfectly sums up how important the photos are to this family. A baby girl was recently welcomed into the family by big brother James. Getting a newborn appointment was top of the list. What about one of our birthday club packages. James is a part of the birthday club. Would that be the right fit for your family? Here’s what she has to say about that “We are for sure doing the package! It’s one of my favorite things ever!” We got a session set up right away to make sure to get all the snuggly, wrapped baby photos. The birthday club package includes an album with your selection of images from the first 4 sessions. We wouldn’t want to miss out on the sweet newborn baby photos! Mom brought a few things to include in the session that were important, a basket that grandma had as a baby-a floral wrap that she got from mom-the blanket from her nursery and various bows. It really gave us so much to work with during the session. We created similar photos to big brother but yet totally different for baby girl. James was a super big brother because he followed directions perfectly, held his sister and smiled for the camera. We are looking forward to his session coming up next month. Little baby Luella, what a relaxed baby. Mom and dad says she is generally chill but already has a bit of sass and an attitude from time to time. She only showed us the relaxed agreeable baby! We were able to move from set to set with ease. Dad was also helping each time because as he says “I just can’t sit, I like to be helping or doing something” We have known them for years with family photos, wedding photos and we even took photos of Alexa when she was little. It’s like photographing close friends since we easily chat the entire session. We are very excited that Luella is now a part of our birthday club and getting an album too because there are just so many great photos. And we will not hold it against her that she made a mess on our blanket, although dad took a photo so that might come out on her first date, haha!   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub #studiosession

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

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