Marie and Tim

It has been such a pleasure working with Tim and Marie the past year. We first met when Tim contacted us to photograph a surprise engagement. They made the decision to also have us as the wedding photographer. Our packages include an engagement session. We did photos in the fall which gave us more opportunity to get to know them. Now wedding day has come and gone, we had such a great time with them again! We also enjoyed meeting their friends and family. The day started at the hotel with the girls. They were on time and about ready to go when we arrived. It was perfect for us to get the final touches of getting ready before heading out to do a first look with dad. We met dad on the rooftop of the hotel to get him settle to see Marie. His reaction was just amazing! He was so happy to see is little girl on her wedding day! Everyone quickly headed off to the church since it was an early 11am ceremony. The grand Cathedral Basilica was the perfect place for this grand couple to get married. They may have not met in the most grand way possible, on bumble. But when they did it was a grand romance leading to this perfect day. The entire week prior to the wedding had temperatures in the upper 90’s and even over 100 a few days. However, it was much nicer on their wedding day. Of course, still a warm June day but they got really lucky with the low humidity and breeze. This made taking photos in the park much nicer. The family and wedding party stopped by the Boathouse for lunch and relaxed a bit before we headed out to do photos. It was nice to see a couple have time to relax with everyone instead of just running from one thing to the next all day long. The photos we captured together are exactly what we expected. We got lots of laughs, smiles, kisses and interacting with friends. They are going to cherish these photos forever! Marie and Tim were able to arrive early to the reception so they had time to greet guest during the cocktail hour. It is always a good idea to plan time to talk with the people that are there to celebrate with you. We are happy that we also had the opportunity to celebrate with this grand couple. Of course, since we have worked with them a few times we are hoping to continue our relationship into the future. Congratulations, Tim and Marie.   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #weddingphotos #summerwedding #forestpark

Abbie and Colin

Abbie and Colin decided that they would pick their photographer as one of the first things when planning their wedding. We had done Abbie’s sister’s wedding so she knew exactly where to go. During our initial meeting, we spoke of the engagement session that we include with our wedding packages. They were both really looking forward to taking the engagement photos and wanted them to be very special. They met in the grove during Grove Fest. So it made total sense that we started our session in the grove. Together we walked the streets using the colorful murals, doorways, steps and all of the areas that are special to them. Abbie and Colin spent so much time together in the Grove which brought up the conversation about how they met. As he pointed out his old apartment building, Colin mentioned that if he did not live in the Grove area he would’ve never met Abbie. One of his neighbors in his apartment building was a friend of hers. They had all gotten together at Grove Fest, that is when they met. Abbie actually admitted that she almost canceled on going to that event but boy I bet she is happy that she didn’t cancel. They had mentioned that they wanted lots of interacting photos not everything looking at the camera, great we love those images too. Wow, they are really great at having so much fun and interacting with each other. The photos really show their personality! Abbie and Colin really have so much together. It was so much exciting to capture the laughs they had the entire session. Sadly, the time went so fast that it was quickly the end of the session. Truly, we could have spent so much more time together. We are really excited to work with them on the wedding day!   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #engagementphotos #parkphotos #thegrove

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

Amy and Andrew get married

Amy has known about our studio since she was in high school. That’s right, she is one of our Notre Dame girls! We are proud that she thought of us when she started her wedding planning. She knew that we would provide exactly what she wanted. Time has gone by so fast that it was crazy to call Amy to go over all the details for the wedding day. She is a very detail and organized person. Amy, admittedly so, has a hard time letting go of the organization. However, we felt like she truly trusted us in everything we did on the wedding day. When she arrived at the church to get ready she was a bit nervous since Andrew and the boys were running behind. That didn’t change much on our end since we were very flexible. We just moved any photos before the ceremony to afterward. It would make everyone anxious to try and push the photos before the ceremony, just take some time to relax. Prior to the wedding day the forecast called for rain, but luckily it all cleared up. It was actually a bit warmer than expected. Amy provided a list of important photos, most of them we always do at weddings, but we are happy to get all the special photos a couple wants during their wedding day. The wedding party was happy to have time on the party bus to enjoy as we headed to Faust Park to take photos. Andrew and Amy were finally able to relax and enjoy the day together. The unexpected heat caused everyone to find patches of shade as we walked to a few different locations. The group of friends gave us many opportunities to take fun photos in addition to the traditional park images. We worked our way to the reception location which also had a few picturesque locations for Amy and Andrew.  We took some time to utilize those, but worked quickly so we could get to the party. The toasts at the reception were centered around how great Amy and Adam two are for each other. Of course, Cudi, their dog was mentioned a few times too! We hope to continue our relationship with Amy and Andrew in the future. Bring Cudi along for the next photo session.   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #weddingphotos #springwedding

The wedding of Samantha and Jordan

Samantha and Jordan had a wonderful, but windy, wedding day in April. When Samantha arrived at the church she immediately said she wasn’t nervous all morning. However,  walking into the decorated church and seeing her dress hanging in the bride’s room gave her an excited but nervous feeling. She had her group of bridesmaids to keep her calm as they all got ready for the day. Jordan arrived with his groomsmen shortly after the girls. From the moment he got out of the party bus to the moment we left that night he was smiling from ear to ear. As we took photos in front of church he was welcoming the guest with a big wave. There are not many brides that love a whole church full of people looking at them as they walk down the isle. Samantha was no exception but having eyes on Jordan with her dad by her side really helped. The ceremony had all the usual moments but also included lots of laughs from the couple as they listened to the priest speak. He knew exactly what to say to ease some of the nerves. The wind really picked up as we headed to the park with the wedding party. Samantha was hoping for an area where we could hide from the wind but that really wasn’t possible. However, it only takes a split second to take a photo despite having to wait for the wind. We were able to capture so many great park photos that the couple will have a hard time narrowing down. The images show the love they have for each other while also depicting all the fun of the day. It was fabulous to get to spend so much time with this great wedding party. The reception started off with a few photos on the patio balcony of the Lemp Grand Hall. Samantha and Jordan were relaxed and ready to party at this point in the day. The energy in the room surrounding this couple was just amazing! We are so glad they had a wonderful day, they deserved it, as well as many more years as husband and wife.       #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #weddingphotography #springwedding #weddingphotos #lempgrandhall

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