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

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

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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May not be the first, but you are the last!

Kim was getting married and talked to some friends about their experience with a wedding photographer. We know that our couples love working with us so we were not surprised to hear that Kim got our name from someone we recently photographed. We even got to see them at the wedding! A short ceremony at a winery with about 80 guest is no reason to think a photographer is not needed. Sometimes we hear “it’s just a little event” or “family members can take some iphone photos” These words are not music to our ears, we hate to see any event go un-professionally covered. Kim and Dave had the right idea of hiring us, even for just a few hours. We have hourly packages perfect for these types of events. Upon our arrival everyone was also arriving with the decorations, the girls were ready to get dressed and the venue – Wild Sun Winery – was happy to accommodate anything the guests needed. Because we did a first look with all the photos before the ceremony I asked Kim the same thing I ask all the brides. Does she want to tap Dave on the shoulder for him to turn around and see her or does she want him to watch her walk over to him. Kim said that she wanted Dave to pick, he decided he wanted to watch her walk over to him. He knew that he wanted to take a moment to look at her with a giant smile coming toward him. This was not the first wedding for either of these two, but Kim stated in her vows – you may not be the first but you will be my last. These words were so wonderful to hear since this newly formed family of 6 seemed perfect together. Dave’s girls said a few words during the ceremony, it was a surprise to him, and it brought a tear to many eyes. These two look very happy together and I was honored to help celebrate with everyone. The photos are going to be something for them to have forever – but we do hope these are not the last family photos they take. We would enjoy working with them again to do more sometime in the future. Congratulations! 

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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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Let’s have the horses in the photos to get smiles!

Here we are again for another birthday club session with Christian. Outdoor sessions are great for those kids on the move. Mom knows her son very well, of course, as most mothers do. She thought that a session at the park with some horses in the background would give him something to look at. Christian is 100% on the move all the time. He has a mind of his own at two and there’s no fooling him when trying to take photos. We started off by taking a couple photos of the brothers together. Their new baby sister will arrive in just a few short weeks so these would be the last photos of just the brothers. However, every time we told big brother to scoot closer to Christian he would just move over. Christian likes his space and couldn’t be fooled by us trying to get him closer to his brother. We did get some photos of the boys watching the horses, as well as, some cute images of them leaning on the fence. Dad was willing to do whatever needed to get them to smile and it totally worked when we focused on Christian after the brother photos. He thinks dad is hilarious which was perfect for us to get the laughs and smiles. Because it was his birthday club session we did lots of photos of Christian, even though we were chasing him around a little bit with the wind blowing through his hair all of the silly things mom and dad did really got him cracking up. Sometimes when mom and dad see the images that we captured knowing all of the running around and silliness that went on during the session they are just ecstatic. Yet again, we got some wonderful photos during this birthday club session.

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Classic Pink and Blue for the family

It’s been a while since we have seen this birthday club family. Basically the whole world, including our studio,  shut down in 2020 so we skipped the birthday photos last year. And this year we met outdoors so the boys could have a little bit more fun running around the park, instead of photos at home like we have done in the past. They have really grown so much since the last time! When we met them at the park the boys were definitely ready for photos with smiles and talking to us right away. No shy children here, they were very good listeners as well as directors to each other. We got started with some family photos first and then because the boys were old enough to get those great smile looking at the camera photos we threw in some silly photos. We think that you need to let the children have some fun as well as doing some of these post pictures. The boys enjoyed playing in the flowers at the park with a  peekaboo game behind them and then, of course, showing off their best pose at the end of the session. These poses gave us some cute personality photos! The images we captured of the family interacting and the kids with mom show how much these little ones love their parents. It was great to see everyone and I know that we captured some perfect images to hang in the house. As we walked around the park mom said that they were leaving the same day to go on a little trip with the boys but they did not know about it. We really hope that they had a great time because they truly deserve it after all of the great work that they did during your photo shoot

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