Hank’s summer session in the park

Another birthday club session at Ravetta Photography! We love meeting new families and photographing just about anything, but our birthday club sessions are so much fun. We get to see families at least once a year. During the first year we see our members 4 times. Each time we are amazed to see how big the children are getting. With so many sessions in the first year, we are able to utilize different locations during each session. Those winter birthday babies can have an outdoor session during one of the other times they visit. Hank arrived and he looks like a little boy. Of course, he is a little boy but this was his 8-month session. We could swear he looks and acts at least 1 year old. Hank is normally a little flirt, we remember from his 4-month session. But today he was a bit stuck on mom and dad holding him. Good thing we had planned to do family photos because we did those first. Hank warmed up to the idea of letting go to take his own photos. He did give us a few smiles but we had to bring out some of his favorite songs in order to make him laugh. However, the photos of him getting kisses from mom and giving dad a big hug are just precious. They really show off how he is acting at this age and stage as he grows. These are photos that will be cherished forever. It won’t be long before he is moving too fast to stop and give hugs. His one-year session is going to be so much fun since he will be walking, perhaps even be talking a bit more too. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon Hank!   #birthdayclub #stlphotographer #parkphotos #locationsession

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

Starting a family, with a baby girl

What would you think is the best way to celebrate your one year anniversary? Some couple celebrate by taking a vacation, others have a nice dinner out together, while a select group of people do something really special. Kim and Grant were in the select group of people that did something really special…they had a baby! They celebrated their first anniversary in the hospital with their little baby girl. Not many couples can say that. Kim reached out a few months before she was due to discuss the options for newborn photos. We went over what was included in the gift certificate they received from us, since we did their wedding photos. Then we also talked about the options of them coming to the studio or us traveling to their home. We are happy to do whatever it easiest and most comfortable for mom. Kim was happy to come to our studio and arrived ready to take some family photos. She even brought a few outfits for her daughter to wear. A mom that is really on top of everything! We started off with family photos so we could get an idea of how baby girl liked to be held, swaddled, etc. She was not excited for her photo debut. Kim realized that is was getting close to the time she usually eats so it was best to let her have something to eat. She was well aware that mom did not give her all the food she normally gets. She settled for a moment but then decided that she needed to eat the rest of it. No problem, best to have a full belly when posing for photos. That worked perfectly because the rest of the session she just let us pose her and get some wonderful images. Kim and Grant even said “yep, that’s the one that would look great hanging on the wall in her room.” They hadn’t even seen the photos, but knew they were going to love them. We look forward to working with them again as baby girl grows, hopefully they become members of our birthday club. Great job and good luck selecting your favorite photos!   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #newbornsession #studiosession #newborngirl #babygirl

Newborn baby girl is here and everyone is excited.

We receive referrals from past clients all the time. This one was a bit surprising because it came from a wedding client we worked with many years ago. She is now a photographer herself but mainly does weddings. When her good friend needed a newborn session she immediately mentioned us. Wow, even another photographer would refer us to friends. Sarah wanted to get on our schedule as soon as possible to get those snuggle newborn baby photos. Also, Sarah wanted to get some photos with the grandma’s while they were in town. We don’t often have a generational photo during a newborn session. It was very nice to see the family gathering in our office for Sophia’s newborn session. She is one very loved little girl. We wanted the family to relax while they were with us so we started off with all the photos that included adults. Sarah had a list of combinations, which was helpful so we didn’t forget anything that was important to her. Sophia slept the entire time we passed her from arms to arms during those photos. It was then time for her solo photos, she slept during those as well. She was just an angel the entire session. We were able to incorporate the bows mom brought with her. It’s great when parents come with stuff from home. Of course, we have lots I our studio to use but personal items give the photos a more unique look. Mom knows she would have a hard time selecting images so she picked our digital package right from the start. That includes all the images we take during a session. That was a great decision since it would be difficult to narrow them down. The best part of the session was when grandma came in the room and told Sophia she was going to be a star since she was doing everything perfectly. You’re a star for sure Sophia – the star of your family!   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #newbornsession #studiosession #babygirl

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

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

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

Surprise mom with a family photo

I have known Heather since high school and along with many other people as we have gotten married and had children our lives have become very busy and it seems like Facebook is the only way that we are able to keep in touch. Heather had put online that she wanted to do a family session as a gift to her mom for her 70th birthday. Of course, I responded right away and to say let me know what you have in mind so we can make it happen. She had decided an outdoor session was a great option and really could not have gotten any luckier with the weather on the day that she selected. The plan was to move the photos inside if the weather was not cooperating but outside worked perfectly.  We met at Tower Grove Park to take photos of her husband children and parents all together to celebrate the birthday. Her oldest daughter had a headache when she arrived but really powered through it for grandma and mom. Making these photos special! We were able to get all types of photos for them to cherish forever. The generations of the girls, everyone together, the grandkids, and even mom and dad alone. I was honored that I got to capture these memories for them and it gave us a little bit of time to do some catching up on what has been going on recently. Sadly with busy schedules and everyone going some many different directions, we will probably turn into some Facebook updates for a while. But hopefully the next time they need a family photo we can get together and catch up again! #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #familyphotos #parksession

Pick a theme and stick to it

We have been working with this family since the children were very, very, young. They do annual photos typically some sort of theme. One we remember from years ago was the Wizard of Oz. We did the photos in the park and it was so much fun with each family member dressed up as a character. All of the children have gotten older some are out of school while others are still in college, but this annual tradition is really wonderful. They continue getting together to make these photos happen is just very special. Sometimes it is a simple type of a theme, like a sports jersey or it can get a little more elaborate like steampunk or this year the day of the dead theme. The family started the process of getting ready about 8:45 in the morning doing hair and getting the Day of the dead makeup painted on their face. That is commitment!  Everyone always arrives to the studio prepared with costumes props and even make sure to include something for their dog to wear that is in line with the theme. These photos have  decorated their Christmas card each year and I will bet when people open them they are excited to see what theme was chosen this year. We sometimes try to get the photos taken outside but since the best time of year tends to be around Thanksgiving, when all the kids are in town from school, it is chilly outside so we work with the background options we have in our studio. We know that the costumes and props will really bring any background choice to life. We thank them for continually contacting us each year so that we can create these memories for their family. We will see you next year and we can’t wait to hear what the theme is.

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