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

Kaycee and Dan

Kayce met us at a bridal show at the beginning of this year. She walked around looking at various vendors but quickly came back to our booth because she knew she wanted to work with us. Kayce and Dan had a small wedding in 2020 due to so many restrictions being in place on their wedding date. Like so many other couples they wanted to celebrate with as many friends and family as possible so they were planning another event. They wanted to have a renewal ceremony and party a year later, we were excited to be part of the event! We arrived at the hotel and the girls were having such a great morning, since the wedding party was at the first event they mentioned how excited they were to be at wedding part two. It really seemed to make everyone very relaxed the whole day. We met the boys at the reception venue prior to heading to the park to take photos. It was so interesting to see that the photos from the first date have so many fall colors but this year the leaves were late to change so lots of the photos have green trees. Sometimes I wish I knew the exact date the leaves are at peak color!  One of the best parts of the day was that the rain cleared up just in time for us to be outside taking photos. It was wonderful! We got plenty of photos so had time to stop for some Ted Drews, a St. Louis tradition! The ceremony was filled with jokes and what I would call “real vows” after having been married for a year. It was really special for Kayce and Dan to have this ceremony with everyone around them this time. The party started right after the ceremony and this group was ready to party for sure. We are glad that we were able to be a part of wedding part two and wish this couple many more years of happiness. #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #weddingphotos #stlouiswedding

Sarah and Chris

We photographed a family photo for Chris a few years ago and he was happy with the results so when he got engaged he called us to photograph some engagement photos. Sarah also enjoyed working with us and so we received the honor of photographing their wedding. The day began at the hotel with the girls and guys getting ready. Of course, they were in two different rooms so we hopped back and forth until they were ready to meet the families in the lobby. Chris and Sarah wanted to keep with tradition and not see each other before the ceremony so we started with photos of Chris before he headed to the ceremony. Once we finished up with the girls we followed along to the church as well. Chris seemed a bit nervous, yet he was so happy all morning, and having his friends around helped calm him. Sarah was ready to walk down the aisle as soon as she was dressed. She was so elegant with her hair down and a sleek gown, Chris was surely going to grin from ear to ear when he saw her. Yes, he did! The priest at the church mentioned that he was just introduced to the couple shortly before the wedding. He said that they were so welcoming to him and easygoing about him doing the service instead of the original plan. That exactly explains this couple, they are very relaxed and well-balanced. In the fall you really don’t know what type of weather you will get but these two were super lucky. We enjoyed the wonderful day taking photos around Forest Park after the ceremony. Being close to the reception, which was at the zoo, helped us to capture every moment with this couple and wedding party. We headed to the zoo, which was also having the boo at the zoo event, and I think some of the little kids thought they were just dressed up for Halloween. With so many out-of-town wedding guests, it was truly a special event seeing this couple surrounded by so many people. Literally, the DJ had the whole room circle the couple for a song, it was perfect to get some photos of everyone around them. We hope they had a wonderful day and enjoyed the honeymoon!   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #fallwedding #weddingphotos #sayidostlzoo

Becky and Ryan

The wedding of Becky and Ryan started off on a beautiful fall day at a downtown hotel. We arrived to the girls who were getting ready and enjoying time together that morning. The detail shots of the dress looked wonderful with the courthouse in the background. However, the dress was clearly meant to be worn by Becky instead of on a hanger. She looked amazing and we knew that Ryan would have the biggest smile when he saw her come down the isle. But first we got in some photos with the boys at the hotel too. They were joking around from the moment they arrived, fixing Ryan – who clearly didn’t need any adjustments.

A traditional wedding ceremony helped these two start off their marriage. Afterward they did mention the two kisses they snuck before they were actually pronounced husband and wife – yep we have photo proof of it! We were able to take some family photos at the church before heading off with the wedding party. Due to limited time at the church we gathered up some family members later in the evening to do photos too. It’s always a good idea to get photos with those family members that came to celebrate.

The Urban Chestnut is a place that both Becky and Ryan enjoy going so naturally we stopped there to relax with the wedding party. We captured some great candid images of everyone that the couple are going to love. Of course, we had to get some more “posed” photos at the park however this crew was all about the fun. Ryan was picked up by the girls so then the boys felt left out and wanted to pick up Becky, that lead to lots of laughter. The group cheered as they kissed, moved in and out of photos quickly and keep the energy lively the whole time we were at the park. It was a shame we had to leave to get to the reception.

But really the reception was where the party really started. After a few touching and incriminating toast the dance floor was packed the entire night. Great to see so many people celebrating with Becky and Ryan. Thanks for allowing us to capture this moment in your journey together.

 

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Megan and Mason

An amazing summer wedding with wonderful families! This wedding was fun and excited from the first moment we arrived to the moment we left the reception. Starting off at the house with Mason and the groomsmen gave us the opportunity to get some rare photos of the grooms accessories while the men relaxed. Mason was ready to start the day, despite the heat, he was up for posing outside to get the best photos of his childhood home. The girls were also having a wonderful morning getting ready at the hotel. We met up with them to get those final touches of make-up and putting in the veil. Megan seemed very calm as she got watched everyone getting ready to go. She had her mom and sister at the hotel to help her into the dress, put on shoes and jewelry – perfect photos! A first look with the bridesmaids followed by a first look was a great way to start of the wedding day. Dad’s expression when he saw his daughter was just pure joy!

A traditional neighborhood wedding followed by a stop to the neighborhood hot spot really set the mood for the rest of the day. Fun and excitement! This group truly had a great time all day long and we were there to capture it. Megan and Mason said that even though we were dealing with a bit of hot weather that they knew photos were important, they wanted the best photos they could get, so with a few fans in tow we walked to some shady spots in the park to capture their memories. These two really got more than they expected when it came to the photos of their group. Everyone was looking forward to the reception and we expected nothing but a big party. The dance floor was packed all night long, the guest were enjoying the atmosphere and the time the couple spent talking with them. This wedding was a perfect summer wedding for a perfectly matched couple. We wish them the best of everything!

Girls in the park

A perfectly wonderful day at the park with the perfectly wonderful family. There are sessions that may seem challenging to parents trying to get the kids to cooperate, however we only need one split second to get the photo. We couldn’t stop smiling when we reviewed these photos, just so many to choose from in there. We have done many sessions together and when baby sister arrived the sessions changed a bit. Getting two children to stay in one spot adds another element to the fun. Now that the weather was nice we did the session outdoors, this makes everything a bit easier and harder at the same time. The open area gives the kids a chance to run around instead of having to stay in one spot like when they are in the studio. At the same time, running around keeps everyone on their toes the whole time, but makes it much easier for us to work with the kids in finding a location they want to sit.
We started off with some photos of the girls together because we knew that was something we wanted to accomplish for sure…well we got it! Family photos were great too because the smiles just kept coming from everyone. We did have to put in some bubble guppy trivia, but whatever works it fine with us. We wanted to make sure that each girl got a chance to have photos by themselves. Since Clare is old enough to tell us what she likes we took her photos in front of a door. She wanted “to see who was home” Despite the smiles we got I think she was a bit upset nobody answered the door, haha! Hannah didn’t get to pick her spots for photos however she showed us that no matter where we put her she was going to smile about it. I have no idea how mom and dad are going to narrow down from this session. Get them all!!

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A dinosaur specialist joined us for this session.

Why does it seem like our birthday club members are growing up so fast? After the first two years we see them yearly, which seems like a long time, however the time goes by so fast and then here we are again at the park for a birthday session. James was ready for his session when he got to the park with mom and dad. He had just gotten a hair cut and brought his prize from the salon with him. It was a rubber snake – boy did that come in handy. James didn’t have any trouble smiling but he really cracked up with the snake was dancing around, singing a song or tickling mom or dad. James did swing it around between poses and we quickly realized that it had some bounce to it, making it a sort of rubbery weapon when you got to close to him. It was just great to see him give it up when it was time for him to take photos again. Last time we did photos it was all James alone, so this year it was time to get some family photos. We got so many options because James loved smiling with mom and dad, his favorite was probably sitting on dads back for a photo! After some funny faces with dad, kisses for mom and some wonderful photos of James alone we decided to continue the fun. James really loves dinosaurs so we met in Forest park since there are a couple of dinosaur statues there. We knew that he would have fun playing with them, well he couldn’t exactly play with them, but he was able to hide behind them and sit on their feet. Of course, mom thought of everything and brought some dinosaur toys to play with during the photos. James sat down to play with the statues in the background, a perfect photo. He even gave us a lesson on some of his favorite dinosaurs as well as answered all the questions from dad about the types of dinosaurs correctly. Well, I guess he did because we don’t know much about dinosaurs! It was wonderful to catch up after such a crazy year. See you again next year!

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A spring wedding for Kim and Grant

Kim called in early 2020 during the time our studio was closed to talk about wedding packages. Although we were closed to clients coming in the office we were there to answer the phones and make sure everyone could reach us to schedule upcoming events. We knew that we wouldn’t be shut down forever! We had done a wedding for Kim’s sister so she knew that as long as we were available that she would be selecting a wedding package. Who knows what would be happening in May of 2021 but she was hopeful that everything would be back to normal. As the wedding day approached we talked about the possibility of spaces shutting down again or the mask wearing restrictions. Kim and her fiance, Grant, were so excited that instead of closing all the venues and mask wearing was easing a bit. They were looking forward to celebrating in a way as normal as possible after everything this past year. We arrived to greet a house full of girls getting ready, with 8 bridesmaids and 4 flower girls it was a frenzy of girls all over doing hair and make-up. Surprisingly they were running pretty much on time! Kim and Grant decided that they did not want to see each other prior to the ceremony so instead we did all the photos of the groomsmen first followed by all the photos of the bridesmaids. This way we were able to save time after the ceremony and focus on photos of the newly married couple together. The day just went by so fast that it seemed like we were doing photos of them together before we knew it! A very accommodating wedding party listened to the strict instructions of go behind the venue to the lake and don’t stop at the bar or talk to anyone. They all did as they were told so we quickly were able to get those photos done so they could go mingle. Kim and Grant spent a bit more time enjoying each others company as we did photos and the video guys got some wonderful drone footage. I’m sure there was lots of stress going into this event not knowing what they would be allowed to do, however as Grant stated in his speech it was amazing for everyone to come out and freely celebrate with them. They were so grateful to have such a perfect day. We wish them all the best and know we will see them again. 

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A new family has been born

It seems like only a few weeks ago we were working with this couple in the park for their maternity session. Now here we are doing newborn photos. Baby Bobby had decided he was going to come just a little bit earlier than expected. Mom said it almost seems like he was kicking his way out of there because he was ready to greet the world. We didn’t doubt that for one moment because Bobby is surely strong. Throughout the session he was awake and kicking his legs the whole time. We had asked mom if he ever stayed still throughout her pregnancy and the answer was “not very much.” We do say having newborn photos within the first two weeks is the best because after that the babies are more active and alert. Bobby was already both of those at only eight days! Mom and dad said they totally understand the parents that don’t realize how quickly the first weeks go by and trying to get in before the two weeks is a challenge. But they wanted to try to get in as soon as they could so that they could get these precious newborn photos as he is already changing from day one. The images we captured of the family, mom and Bobby, as well as, dad and Bobby are ones that they will cherish forever. Everyone looks so happy! There even a few photos of body giving us a little smile, which will be great to show family and friends. With many out-of-town family the new mom and dad have had a bit of a chance to relax with just the three of them before some people come in town to meet the new addition. At that point we’re sure that they will welcome some additional hands on deck. Babies change and grow so fast, as mom stated during the session, having these newborn photos and various sessions throughout the first year are really great way to capture all of the little faces. We hope to work with Bobby again in the future and perhaps have a new birthday club member

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A generation photo of the girls

 We met these girls at the park for a wonderful generation photo. Grandpa decided that he wanted his daughter, wife and granddaughter to have a photo taken together for Mother’s Day. What a wonderful idea, we think all families should do this. After rescheduling due to rain we were blessed with a nice cool cloudy day, perfect for photos. Savanna, the youngest of the generations, was all smiles the entire session. It was very easy to get many photos! The matching shirts were a wonderful touch to add some personalization to these memorable photos. After photos of all the girls together we also added in some of Savannah and Nonna, as well as, Savannah and mom. We got so many options in such a short mini session time slot! We had originally wanted to do some pictures of Savannah splashing in the water since it was nearing summer and she is learning to sit up. However, the water was looking a little rough so we skipped that and took some photos with the blooming flowers instead. A perfect spot for a little girl in the park. Honestly these girls couldn’t have gotten any better photos –  cooperation, happy baby, beautiful day, everything was in their favor which is why they decided to get all of the digital images instead of having to choose. We recommend these types of generation photos for all families because looking back at these is going to be extra special. Of course there are lots of photos of baby but mom is often not in the photos and surely grandma is not either so having the three of them together in the same photo is truly just priceless. We will work again with this family sometime soon and know that little Savanna will be a happy baby during all of her sessions.

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