Meet our talented artists.
Meet our talented artists.
“To me, a beautiful image is not enough. I’m always looking to share the story of what’s beneath the surface. That’s where I see the real beauty.”
– Natalie Licini
As a young girl, Natalie Licini would gaze upon family photos with a deep sense of wonder and reverie. After losing her father at the age of ten, that fascination grew as she longed for the moments and memories missing from her visual timeline. She became acutely aware of how fleeting and priceless those moments and memories are in life. Through that experience, Natalie developed a love of photographic storytelling that would ultimately change her own story forever.
After graduating with a degree in business from NYU, Natalie began her career on Wall Street. She climbed the corporate ladder earning a reputation for her ambitious drive and determination. Her contributions garnered praise from superiors and peers alike, but what truly set Natalie apart was her ability to connect, engage, and relate. Those qualities would prove to be invaluable assets in what would soon become an entirely new career path.
Despite her success, a different sensibility began to emerge for Natalie. In sharp contrast to the notoriously volatile world of Wall Street, she slowly found serenity and inspiration behind the lens of her camera. The more she picked it up, the more her love for the medium grew. It was the same wonderment and fascination she felt admiring those family photographs as a child.
While traveling through Italy, Natalie captured the leaning Tower of Pisa. It was her first shot of the day, and in that moment, it was also the first step toward her new journey as an artist. It was if she had seen the world for the very first time. That single image went on to win international acclaim, giving Licini the final push to turn her passion into her profession.
She embarked on a global journey, studying with some of the world’s greatest masters of photography. Over the course of nine years, Natalie’s discipline, dedication, and instinctual artistry led to a series of awards and accolades, including PPA’s 2012 Photographer of the Year and 1st place Accolade of Excellence WPPI, 2012. She has also been published in the prestigious Loan Collection Book, The Knot, Rangefinder, and Professional Photographers magazines.
Natalie continues her photographic journey in New York and New Jersey. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. She is also a board member of Just Be Me!, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering youth. Natalie Licini lives in Staten Island, New York with her adorable three children.
March 2015 Award: (8) Accolades of Excellence in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 16×20 Print Competition (3) Accolades of Excellence in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 16×20 Album Competition
March 2014 Award: (2) Accolades of Excellence in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 16×20 Competition
August 2013 Award: (6) Accolades of Excellence in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 1st Half 2013 Competition
February 2013 Award: (4) Accolades of Excellence in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 16×20 Competition
June 2012 Awards: PPA Photographer of the Year 2012.
June 2012 Awards: (3) Portraits awarded and published in the Loan Collection book by Professional Photographers of America 2012 Competition.
June 2012 Award: (1) Award received from the Professional Photographers of America 2012 Competition
June 2012 Award: Joann Regan Business Woman Leadership Award 2012
February 2012 Award: (2) Accolades of Excellence in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 16×20 Competition
October 2011 Award: 3rd place in WPPI/Rangefinder Photo Competition
September 2011 Award: 2nd place in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 1st Half 2011 Competition
September 2011 Award: (2) Accolades of Excellence in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 1st Half 2011 Competition
June 17, 2011 Award: (1) Award received from the Professional Photographers of America 2011 Competition
January 10, 2011 Award: The Knot Best of Weddings Winner for 2011 editors pick
“Every client wants to feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera. It’s my job to create that, not by making them look like someone else, but by enhancing the beauty that’s already there.”
– Jacklynn Allen, stylist extraordinaire
Jacklynn Allen is Je Revele’s in-house stylist and Natalie’s trusted right hand.
She is the owner at Meraki Hair Design & Makeup Artistry. Specializing in on-location services for weddings and occasions.
”My favorite part of being a photographer is that I’m able to capture a moment in someones life that they will have forever.”
– Kristin McCandless
Kristin McCandless has been proudly welcomed to the Je Revele Family. She brings a wealth of experience to the team. Educated at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, Kristin as been actively capturing people, places, moments, animals and experiences on camera for over 8 years.
Her portfolio of works includes genres such as action, lifestyle, nature, family, animal and boudoir. Kristin also has a history in photographing adventure sports. This newlywed met her husband while rock climbing! Inspired by her parents’ and husband’s attitude toward life, Kristin is blessed with motivation to always keep learning. She is pleased to work with Natalie Licini, owner of Je Revele, as she admires Natalie’s drive and determination.
When asked about her two favorite pieces of photographic art, Kristin described an animals series she is currently working on, titled Creeper, and a striking silhouette portrait she had recently taken at the Highland Park studio. When not in the studio, it isn’t unusual to see Kristin using her Canon 7D or Mamiya RZ67 for personal enjoyment. She claims that her creative work is what keeps her inspired.
Kristin is a natural for connecting to those she photographs. Having been a former client at Je Revele, Kristin understands the dynamics of what is entailed with being part of an intimate photo session. She understands the importance of women feeling good about themselves.
Outside of the Studio, Kristin most enjoys the outdoors or just relaxing with her new husband and beloved boxer in their home in Hamilton, NJ.
”A wedding day is like no other. It is a photographer’s great honor to capture the wordless emotions that emerge while preparing for the anticipated nuptials. Every detail of the day-the fabric, the floral arrangements, the gowns, the tuxedos all enhancing the subtle looks between the bridal parties and the prideful glances of the family members.”
– Nik Pekridis
After 25 years of professional experience, Nik has established himself as a visual artist, producing epic portraits for newlyweds around the globe. While each couple eagerly partakes in the moments of their big day, Nik never misses a beat. His creativity and eye for design sets him apart from traditional wedding photographers. His intuition and zest for love guides him to immortalize the moments no couple ever wants to forget. “I just love weddings. I feel all the joy, glamour and happiness of the day,” reflects Nik Pekridis, renowned international wedding photographer.
Native to Greece, Nik is a third-generation wedding photographer. In such a melting pot of culture, beauty, and architecture, Nik grew up immersed in the many ways one can create beauty by enhancing the positives of the subject in his or her surroundings. His style involves combining the elements of environmental portraiture with romantic undertones as well as editorial compositions. Nik passionately believes that a wedding should be a mixture of real moments, storytelling, and stunningly beautiful images.
When asked to describe himself and his style, he replied, “I categorize myself mostly as an editorial and fashion photographer, who likes the romance and feelings of happiness at weddings. I take posed and candid shots, with a ratio of 80-20 in fashion shots.”
Nik’s enthusiasm was further ignited by a 2007 Greek seminar with internationally acclaimed photographer, Yervant. He has since gone on to acquire many accolades and achievements. A member of many organizations and societies all over the world, Nik has has won many gold merits, first and second places, and Accolades of Excellence at SWPP, WPPI, and PWS conventions. In 2008, he was awarded best wedding photographer in Northern Greece. In 2010, www.bestofweddingphotography.com recommended Nik as one of the 200 top wedding photographers in the World.
As a life-long learner, Nik continues to seek out inspiration for his craft. A recent visit to the Je Revele Highland Park studio gave him an opportunity to co-present a workshop with Natalie Licini in the historic castle. Natalie was quite impressed with Nik’s talent, skill, and artistry. With his eye for design, and impeccable work with wedding photography, Nik Pekridis makes a perfect addition to the Je Revele Team.
Nik will be based in our upper west side Manhattan studio. We welcome Nik to the Je Revele family.