Madison and Faro

Madison and Faro visited our office because we photographed Faro’s parents’ wedding. It is crazy to think that we have been around for such a long time that we are now photographing second-generation weddings. It happens from time to time and we couldn’t be happier these families think of us when they start the wedding planning process. We had no idea what to expect for a January wedding. We could have a beautiful day or a snowy disaster. Madison and Faro were so lucky because there was a perfect amount of snow on the ground. Of course, it was cold! What else would you expect in January? A nice dusting of snow didn’t deter anyone from attending and looked amazing in the photos. The day started with everyone at the church. When we arrive it is always so quiet because we are often the first ones there. We know the church will soon fill with friends and family, such a wonderful site. Faro’s parents were so happy we were there and we enjoyed talking with them about their wedding. After some of the guests saw we were there they pointed out that we also did their wedding too. So many familiar faces! We had plenty of time after the ceremony to have fun because we did some of the photos beforehand. We completed the family photos so everyone could get to the reception. While they traveled to the next location Madison and Faro were able to have some moments together. Not only did we use other areas of the church we were able to just walk across the street to capture some perfect snowy photos. We may have only spent about 20 minutes outside but we got many images that they will just love! The reception was a chance for everyone to relax. Madison and Faro wanted photos with the guest so we quickly went around to each table to take a group photo. These memories are cherished forever because having photos of everyone is a perfect keepsake. They enjoyed the night talking with guest, dancing and of course sharing those Italian cookies. It’s not an Italian wedding without the cookies! Thank you for letting us be a part of your day.   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #winterwedding #weddingwinter #stlwedding #stlwinterwedding #weddingphotographer #weddingphotos

New Baby Sister

One of our birthday club members was getting a new baby sister! During her two-year session a couple months ago we talked about baby sister. She was going to be a good big sister. We know this because ever since we have met her she has wanted to share with us. She is always handing us items she finds in the park, or after we let her play with our toys she gives them right back. Some kids take off running with those toys. We knew even though she didn’t quite understand what was happening she would be a great big sister. When mom knew the date she would be coming home from the hospital. She set up an appointment for us to come to the house for the first session in the birthday club package. The newborn session is always fun because even though the entire family is tired and trying to get used to a new normal, they are all overjoyed with happiness as the family grows. This was the first time we had been to the house. Just as we suspected big sister wanted to share everything. We had a bit of a challenge getting her to sit with her new baby sister at first, but after some playtime and “jumping” off the steps she was ready to sit. When we handed her new baby sister to her she just calmly sat and looked at the camera. It was probably some of the best holding we have ever seen from a new big sister! She did such a great job. Then as we worked to get photos of the baby alone, big sister wanted to help. She held up the backgrounds, gave us blankets and bows and watched as we took care of her new baby sister. She wanted to be sure we were doing everything correctly! We are so excited to have another member in our birthday club. These next months will fly by until the 4 month session. The kids grow so fast in a such a short time. We are looking forward to the journey with these girls!   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #newbornphotographer #stlnewborn #newbornphotos #inhomenewbornsession #babysister #newbornbabygirl #girlnewbornphotography #photosofnewborngirl

Photographing newborns

We have been photographing newborns for many years now. In prior years, professional baby photos didn’t start until around 3 months. We love the change to have the first session within the first weeks after baby is born. If you have kids you know how much they change in the first few months. Those newborn photos show truly how small these little bundles of joy really are when they arrive. This session was the second newborn we have done for this family. Big brother has had his photos taken with us a few times since then and we know we will take more in the coming years. Mom decided to focus on baby girl this time. Perhaps some family or sibling photos next time, but this one was her time to shine. Shine she did! She was awake when we started the session so we were able to capture some photos of her bright eyes before she fell asleep. She slept the rest of the session between wraps, outfit changes and even a few visits from the cat! Dad is a golf enthusiast so baby girl received a swaddle with golf images on it, a must for a few photos that dad can put on his desk! Mom mentioned that she didn’t have many bows or girly things for her, since she figured she wouldn’t  be wearing them much anyway. That is no problem because we have plenty of things we can use during the session. She did, however, purchase a lace outfit with a bow on the back. It was absolutely adorable, probably our favorite photo from the whole session. Although, there are so many other good ones as well, we love photographing newborns. We wanted to keep these photos pretty simple, so a clean white background is where we started. However, we had to add the pops of pink and purple for baby girl. She just let us wrap and re-wrap to our hearts content while she slept. Mom has too many photos to pick from now because baby girl did such a great job. Until next time baby girl, we can’t wait to see you at the next session! #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #newbornphotography #babygirl #inhomesession #newbornsessionathome #newbornphotos #photosnewborn #photographynewborn #newbornbabygirlphotos

Family is together

This family has been part of our studio for many years. We have photographed them at school, communion events, graduations, parks, in our studio and everything in between. The kids have grown up and are off to college, so when the family is together mom is sure to get a photo. It has been a few years since the last session because schedules are so crazy. However, mom was not going to let this year slide by without a photo. She set up a session around Thanksgiving many months in advance to ensure everyone planned for it while they were in St. Louis. The weather was a bit of a factor when it was time to confirm the session. However, the outdoor session was preferred over moving everyone to our studio. It is a very different look and when the fall colors are perfectly gorgeous you can’t pass that up. We braved the cold, but with the sun out it made the temperature feel better. It was important to get all the combinations of family members during the session. Ryan is the baby of the family and it was too funny when everyone wanted an individual photo of them with Ryan. He was getting a kick out of it until he realized he had to be in all the photos. Although, he did love spending time with his older siblings that he doesn’t often get to see. We know it is hard to get the older children in the same place at the same time, but we suggest really pushing it when it comes to family photos. When family is together that is the best time to capture the moments that won’t last forever. Our studio is happy to help make sure you have these cherished memories for a lifetime. Although, the kids make give you a hard time now, don’t give up and get them together for these photos. #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #familyphotos #fallphotos #familytogether #outdoorphotos #outdoorfamilyphotography #fallfamilyoutsidephotos #dontmissthephotos

Twice the fun

What is better than twice the fun? We can’t think of anything more exciting than kids with birthdays about a month apart. Of course, this is going to be challenging for mom and dad as they grow but perfect for those birthday club sessions. Baby sister arrived about 6 weeks before Matthew turned 3. When she arrived mom called to set up her first birthday club session in studio. She knew she wanted some family photos but at the same time wanted the first session to be all about her. Matthew sat this one out because mom and dad only brought baby girl into the studio. We started off the session with a few photos of mom and baby, dad and baby and then just a quick photo of the three of them. Knowingly, we don’t want to leave big brother out and were expecting to take photos with him during his birthday club session. Baby girl was a perfect angel the entire session. She slept, smiled and let us change her from wrap to wrap with ease. Mom did have a bit of vitamin D drops on hand to hold her over between feedings. Such a great trick if you want to stay on a feeding schedule. As always mom and dad were surprised by the number of images that we were able to get of baby girl. We were looking forward to seeing her again shortly. Only a few weeks later it was time for Matthew’ 3 year session. Since the family has a bit of a flexible schedule right now they were able to throw everything together on one of these warm December days. When they arrive mom handed us some spot remover because baby girl made a mess on one of our blanket. Oh my, she is too funny and just the sweetest! It was an easy wash but we appreciate the gesture. It was an unusually warm day, so we took full advantage. We walked around the park capturing smile after smile of Matthew. He was having so much fun playing with us. We added in those family photos now that everyone was together, even managed some sibling photos. We love when mom brings in those toys that the kids enjoy because it creates a photo that shows exactly how they were at this age. Matthew loves cars so we made a giant 3 and he had so much fun. Two birthday club members are twice the fun and we are excited to create unique memories for this perfect family. #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #newbornphotos #familyphotos #babygirl #parksession #photographynewborn #photographernewborn #newbaby #growingfamily  #birthdayclub #warmindecember

Welcome Home

Ravetta photography would like to welcome home our newest birthday club member, Lucas. We are not only welcoming him to the studio family but also to the Ravetta family. It might take a bit to figure out his exact relation. But we can make it easy by saying related by marriage, but feels like closer family than that. We grew up with dad going to family parties and being the kids ourselves. Now everyone is married with families of their own. It is rare that we get together anymore but we are looking forward to seeing catching up more now that Lucas is part of the birthday club. The first session can be in your home if that is easier than traveling to us. We are happy to gather up our props and wraps to come to your house. When Lucas arrived mom and dad the family gave mom and dad a birthday club membership. What a great gift! As soon as they knew they were part of the club they called to set up the first appointment. Lucas was only a couple weeks old, which is perfect for newborn photos. They are very cooperative when they are sleeping most of the session. Those are the types of photos mom and dad see online, so an early appointment is always a good idea. When we arrived at the house we were able to find a nice area in the nursery to work. Lucas was ready to go in the outfits mom had picked out. The best part was the giant hat that went along with his Christmas Vacation jammies. He looked great! After a few outfit changes we decided a few simple wraps would round out the session. Lucas of course needed a break to eat, no problem at all. This gave us time to chat with mom and dad about so many things. It is relaxing to be able to talk about family and catch up when you haven’t seen someone in a while. Lucas finished is session strong with tons of photos in the wraps. We are really looking forward to his next session. Welcome home and welcome to the family! #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #newbornphotos #newborninhome #babyboy #sessioninhome #photographynewborn #photographernewborn #newbaby #growingfamily

Baby Betty

Baby Betty arrived and she just took over the family. We suggest doing a newborn session within the first 2 weeks, but Baby Betty was busy visiting family. She has so many family members that just wanted to snuggle with her. We didn’t our chance until she was almost a month old. The first few days after your baby arrives you are in a whirlwind of emotions. You tell yourself that you are going to cherish every moment when you have a baby, but time just flies by. It is almost impossible to remember the detail when looking back, which is why we are here to help you remember. It doesn’t matter if you miss the “normal” newborn stage when people tell you to take photos. Yes, the baby might be more asleep or moldable but either way you shouldn’t miss this tiny stage in life. We will often take a photo with rings or parents hands to show just how small they are at the first photo session. These are memories you will cherish as they grow. When Baby Betty arrives she was dressed in a sweet little fall outfit. She is so tiny and plaid bow was as big as her head. It was just too cute, go big or go home! A perfect outfit for family photos and another way to show just how small she was at this point. Mom had a couple of outfits and bows. Which we are happy to use because then it makes the session more personal. But if you have mom brain and just show up with a baby we have so many things we can use to wrap or pose with during the session. Baby Betty even had a photo with her great grandmas ring, how special. She looked so fancy all wrapped up with her fluffy headpiece and a gold ring with a pink stone. A cherished photo that the family will enjoy forever. We are so happy that we were able to capture these moments and look forward to working with Baby Betty again. We know we will see her for some spring photos for sure!         #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #newbornphotographer #newborngirl #babygirl #studiosession #babyphotography

Fast paced lives, make time for photos

We know sometimes the days seem long but even though we are living fast paced lives, make time for photos. It can be hard to find a time to get everyone together between school and extra activities. As our birthday club members get older the sessions are easier. Putting it together at home with the outfits, timing and maybe a bit of bribing might be the harder part. We were able to squeeze this session in on a perfect fall day. It is always a gamble with the weather and the leaves but they got a perfect weekend. The park was covered with colorful trees and even some leaves on the ground to play in. This family took a moment from their fast paced lives to make time for photos. When we met in the park the kids seems a bit sleepy. I guess we disturbed their normal weekend relaxing. Who are we kidding, these kids are up and going to all sorts of games on the weekends. Perhaps photos are boring to them and put them to sleep. Either way we woke them up with some silly stuff and got going on the session. We had to pack in lots of different things since all three kids are in the birthday club. The plan was to get individual photos, family photos and also the siblings together. We did all those photos with some silly stuff mixed in. Photos with mom and the kids and dad with the kids even made the list since they were doing so well. They had so many photos this time, the sessions are getting easier as the kids get older. They almost pose themselves sometimes, or at least they think they do which makes some great personality photos of the kids. We enjoy working with them each time we meet and look forward to many more birthday club sessions. Of course, we will get them squeezed into the schedule because even though we are fast paces, we need to make time for photos.     #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub #fallphotos #outdoorsession #familyphotos #famiysessionoutside #havingfun #onthemove

Just keeps moving

We are so lucky to have clients like these. Even though they have a 2 year old that just keeps moving they are on top of everything. They live a bit farther from our studio so we planned to meet about half way for this birthday club session. Mom was looking for some fall color and sadly the park she wanted wasn’t allowing photographers the day of the session. However, she found one lone colorful tree at another park. It actually turned out perfectly because there was plenty of room to roam. This little guy is 2 and he just keeps moving! We needed the room to run, entertain and chase him during the session. Mom and dad thought we were not going to get any photos. They were surprised by the number of great images we were able to get during the session. We often have to let people know that it can be frustrating when your 2 year old is not listening, but we want them to have fun. There is a group of people that think indoor photos are better because the kids are contained. However, that means they must stay in the exact area of the studio lighting. Placing a 2  year old back in the same spot over and over can get frustrating for them. When we can go outside for a birthday club session we love it. We can let them roam a bit more and that helps them have more fun with us. We would like for each session with our studio to be fun for the kids. They should enjoy seeing us and want to “play” while we take photos. This way they trust us and truly act themselves, giving us the opportunity to capture the perfect smile. Now this little guy was giving us a few smiles while we played together but the big belly laughs didn’t come until mom got out his favorite video. We think she timed it perfectly, because if you give the video too soon then they don’t want to do anything else. They have so many wonderful fall images that they will cherish forever. We are very excited for the next session!   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub #fallphotos #outdoorsession #familyphotos #thisistwo #havingfun #onthemove

Best friends for life

These sisters are best friends for life and it shows. They love spending time together and laughed the whole session. We met this wonderful trio during a newborn session a couple years ago. Mom found us online and wanted to capture the newest addition along with big sister. These girls are a bit farther apart in age than some sisters, 6 years to be exact. However, that doesn’t matter to them. After that first session we knew these girls were going to be best friends. We have done a few more sessions since that first one but it has been a bit since we saw them. We were shocked to see how much they have grown. Big sister is still just as helpful as she was when she got “her baby” a couple years ago. We knew mom wanted a few photos of the girl together but mainly this was a 2 year session. Luckily mom purchased a digital package because she would never be able to narrow down all the images of her girls. It was just smile after smile from little one! She loved what her big sister did to make her laugh. She even tried to copy a few things, I’m sure she does that often. Big sister is someone to look up to, and she surely does. Despite the 6 year age gap these girls are best friends for life. Sometimes your parents force you to be friends with your siblings. They say you have to be friends because you are family. Well, these girls don’t need to be forced at all, they adore each other. The session couldn’t have been easier, we love working with these girls. Mom and her daughters are just wonderful people inside and out. We hope to continue our relationship with them as they grow.     #ravettaphotography #siblingphotos #stlphotographer #fallphotos #towergrovepark #thegirls #photosinthepark #sisters