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

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

A little snow never stops us!

Have you searched the internet recently? Of course, who hasn’t! Have you scrolled for what seems like forever and then finally click something that is exactly what you were looking to find. Alexis and Jack were doing just that when they came across our wedding photography information. Not to mention we are located very close to them making it very easy to come visit us. They are getting married in October – we are so happy to be documenting their journey to the altar. Alexis called after the big snow storm wanting to know if we would be willing to take photos in the snow. Heck yeah!!! It is always so much fun to do those unique sessions that not every client is willing to do. We decided to meet at Castlewood park since it would have the potential of paths that were not plowed and still snow covered. The scenery was beautiful, of course it was a bit slippery walking on the melting snow but totally worth it for the photos we created together. A great time of day, easily to pose couple, beautiful scenery and a heart made out of snow were all perfect additions to the photos! Alexis and Jack wanted to include their dogs in the session, these dogs just loved the snow so having them around gave the session even more unique qualities. First. the photos we took were very personal. Second, there was lots of laughter behind the scenes as their friend tried to hold both dogs who desperately wanted to be next to mom and dad. Lastly, after capturing some wonderful photos on top of the bluff Alexis and Jack basically skied back down the hill with the help of their dog team. Yes, we laughed but also had to make sure nobody fell as we descended. It was such an unusually warm day which gave us the opportunity to take our time getting the perfect images. So happy we were able to create the first memories of your journey and looking forward to next chapter – the wedding day.


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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

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

New mom and dad are in love

We often do photographs for multiple family members and this past December we were at the home of one of our clients doing some Christmas photos of the family. We noticed an announcement for a baby on the refrigerator. We have also done this family members wedding! We were very excited to hear that they were expecting. We knew that when the baby arrived we would hear from them to set up a newborn session. The moment they got home from the hospital they did just that – they called the office and decided to have us come out the following week to take the newborn photos at their home. It’s always a personal touch to do the sessions in the nursery because we are then able to incorporate some of the blankets and decorations that are present in the home. We often come with multiple items posing pillows, blankets, wraps, baskets, and all sorts of things that we can use for the photos but we do like using personal items to make the photos unique. These items also make baby feel comfortable. When I arrived I had all of my usual items and settled in the nursery. Baby Jacob was wide awake which gave us some great family photos with mom and dad. We typically start with mom and dad photos so that they can then relax while we finish up with the individual photos a baby. Jacob got in his mind that he was not going to go to sleep for his photo shoot. He stayed awake most of the time and when we tried images of him unwrapped mom mentioned that he really doesn’t like to be naked and he told us that right away! We were able to get many photos of him dozing in and out of sleep as well as wide awake, as long as, he was wrapped or had clothes on. We did joke a little bit that as much as those naked photos are cute it might be a good thing that he wants to keep his clothes on. During the session we chatted about how well Jacob is doing with his sleep and feeding he is such a great little baby. Mom and dad are very lucky to have such an easy-going little guy. This being the first baby for mom and dad they were overjoyed by all of the wonderful images that I captured. We look forward to capturing more memories of baby Jacob in the future and at some point maybe even a photo of all the cousins together #ravettaphotography #newbornsession #stlphotographer #nurseryphotos #babyboy

Family Photos before the rain

Finally! It happened we were able to take a family photo. Sadly we had to reschedule due to rain more than once. It seems that it is always raining on the weekends recently so we set up an evening appointment. It actually turned out to be a wonderful night, clouds in the sky and a nice breeze. When this family found me in the park they said they were up for anything or any area in the park. Kristy said she liked the look of barns so we chose Faust Park giving us plenty to work with. To get started I had dad sit down and then said “now pose, this is it. Didn’t you know this was a photo shoot of just you?” The whole family played along laughing at dad’s reaction. This joke put everyone at ease knowing that we were just going to have some fun during the session. With three older children we were able to get in lots of combinations of photos. The whole family of course, just the girls and then the boys, even individual photos. I wanted a photo of mom and sister giving one of the boys a kiss on the cheek. We got the shot but not before I got lots of photos of them laughing since she probably hasn’t given him a kiss on the cheek ever. We did photos of them walking, jumping and showing off some sassy faces. They were really up for anything so did just that. Working with such a relaxed family all the expressions came through in all the photos. Great smiles, interaction and fun! They said they are hoping to do photos more often and will definitely call for something in the fall leaves. I can just imagine them tossing leaves at each other. I’m so excited!

Mom and dad very soon

We were contacted by Rob many months ago because we previously did a session for him and his wife. A few years back they were celebrating 10 years of marriage! They enjoyed the session with us so much that they knew they wanted to work with us again. This time they needed a maternity session since Laura is expecting. The baby is due in May so an April session with the beautiful spring blooms was going to be perfect. They selected the botanical gardens for this session, which was an excellent choice to get all the different types of spring colors in the flowers. Laura had a few things in mind when it came to the locations of the photos, it worked out perfectly because all of the areas she like had wonderful colors matching what they had chosen to wear. As we walked around the garden we talked about how excited they were to welcome their first child. They have nieces and nephews that are looking forward to another addition to the family. They done with the nursery – after a few snags with the furniture. Who knew that getting dresser right now could possibly take 6 months! Laura had to change the original idea on the wood color but actually loves how everything has come together. They have chosen a few names for their little one and have decided to wait until they see that sweet face to officially decide which name to use. How exciting! I will be wonderful for the family to finally hear who has joined them. We are looking forward to the opportunity to work with Rob and Laura again when we do a newborn session. We are hoping to have a new birthday club member soon! These photos are amazing and any others we take with this new family will be wall worthy for sure. Let us know when little one arrives.

Family photos in the park

 We have said it multiple times and I will continue to appreciate the referrals that we get from our clients. There was a family photo that we did back in the fall and because they enjoyed their experience so much they referred other family members to also have a session with us. The fall session that we did ended up being photographed in a bit of a rain drizzle because that was the best day that worked. We got some great images that the family now hangs on their wall. Oddly enough when we scheduled a time for the sisters family we did not realize it was also going to be a gloomy and a bit rainy day. However, because yet again it was the best day for the family we opted to have the studio as a backup location if the rain was too much. Luckily we were able to meet outdoors we just had to avoid some muddy spots in the park to capture the best images. This family consisted of a couple teenage girls who clearly have had their photo taken before because they posed perfectly and enjoyed the entire session. We also added in some full family photos because everyone was able to get together at the park including grandparents siblings and nieces and nephews. Don’t ever miss the opportunity to take as many family poses possible when you are able to get everyone together. With the chilly weather and all of the different options that the family wanted photographed we worked quickly and were able to get everything in, as well as, even some candid images of grandma underneath a blanket keeping warm with the kids and the little ones playing with aunts and uncles. It was a pleasure to work with this family again and we hope to have the opportunity to continue our relationship with them into the future.

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Happy Half Year sweet girl

Oriana is such a sweet little girl with a big smile. She really does make us work for it during her sessions. She isn’t showing off that smile without seeing us doing some tricks. Good thing we have lots of tricks up our sleeves. When the family arrived we talked about the plan for her half birthday session. We wanted to make sure to save time for pictures of Oriana along in her cute little outfit. Mom also brought a cupcake for her to eat. However first, some mom and me photos in simple black outfits. Oriana loves looking at mom so when we were working to get the smiles for us she wasn’t too excited. We did more candid photos of mom interacting with her so that we could capture that toothless grin. Another idea mom had was to take some intimate breastfeeding photos. These were just glamorous as well as special to the two girls. Capturing these moments between mom and baby are priceless. After a quick snack Oriana was more willing to give us those grins! While she got changed into her half birthday outfit we set up the scene with some a pink background, a banner and her cupcake. We were excited to see what she would do when she saw it. Mom said she didn’t really eat the practice one at home, but still just having the whole thing set up is very cute. Oriana is learning to sit up so we made sure dad stayed close by during her single photos. Mom then realized that she cracks a smile for her favorite song and dance that mom does for her. Yes! That gave us the biggest smiles in the whole session, way to go mom for dancing up a storm for your little girl. It was time to get some cupcake photos. Just as expected Oriana didn’t really eat any of the cupcake but did an amazing job of sitting up on her own next to it. We got so many images this session that we expect mom will have a hard time picking her favorites. See you next time Oriana. Here is some information about our birthday club. #ravettaphotography #birthdayclub #stlphotographer #stlouis #studiosession