“Life reveals her beauty one precious miracle at a time.” ~ Flavia
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FAMILY PORTRAITS | HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH THE LOSS OF A PET | NEW JERSEY PET PHOTOGRAPHER
Parenthood does not come with a user manual. It does, however come with moments of enlightenment that change you forever.
As parents, we do the best we can. I know I do. I don’t always make the right choices, or say the right things, but I learn as I go. Being a photographer teaches me a lot about how to think like a child. I find out what they like, how they experience or relate to their world, what their imagination craves …and then I will know how best to speak to them. This week, being a photographer served me well.
About seven years ago, we adopted a companion dog for my husband’s widowed Mom. Cosmo, a gorgeous tall Weimarana was at least five when we adopted him, or so they told us. It turned out; he was much older than that.
We never expected Cosmo to live long enough to see our young children grow. He became their friend, their protector and a surrogate dog since we could not have one at home. A trip to Nanny’s house was more about “Can I give Cosmo his bone” than the many goodies Nanny spoiled them with.
This past week, after much aging and illness, Cosmo had to be put to rest. I didn’t know what to tell the kids, especially my oldest daughter, age 6. I became the photographer and stepped into her little mind. It was my proudest parenting moment so far. I’d like to share it with you, because I think it was a wonderful way to help my daughter cope with the loss of a pet.
The conversation went like this:
HER: CAN I GO SEE COSMO TOMORROW? I MISS HIM.
ME: Honey, I think we should talk about Cosmo.
HER (Looking concerned): Is he OK?
ME: Well, you know how Cosmo is very old and he had those bumps *(tumors) on him?
HER (Eyes welling up and eyes with sheer panic): Yes!!??…
ME: Well, Cosmo went to sleep and —
HER (Interrupting): Whew! I thought you were going to say he died.
ME: Well, I was not finished honey! He went into a beautiful sleep and had a dream. A dream that he was chasing a ball.
HER: Dogs dream?
ME: Oh yes! It was amazing, and you know what? He chased the ball so far, straight into the gates of heaven.
HER: He ran to heaven? (Smile emerges)
ME: Yes, and when he got there, he saw your Poppa Tony walking five dogs on a leash.
HER: Five dogs!? Why?
ME: He’s a dog walker up there. To all of Daddy’s dogs from when he was a child.
HER: WOW, that’s amazing Mom. But wait – Cosmo hates other dogs.
ME: Oh no! Not in heaven honey! Everyone gets along in heaven. Even dogs. Poppa Tony put him on a golden leash and he joined all the dogs and walked off into heaven.
HER: Wow, that’s so nice Mom. He sounds happy. Can you find me a picture of him so I can remember him forever?
I so wish now that I had a picture of her with Cosmo. I had never taken the time to notice we needed it, until he was gone. Pets are a fleeting but integral part of our children’s lives. If you have a pet, consider a treasured portrait with them. It will help your child heal long after the pet is gone.
My daughter is all about using her imagination in all that she does. Knowing that, my elegant but ridiculous story helped her cope. The imagination is never, ever wrong and it will guide you. Think like a child at least once a day and you might create something beautiful. That’s how art is made.
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COMMUNION PHOTOS | NEW JERSEY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | COMMUNION DRESSES
NOW BOOKING COMMUNION PORTRAIT SESSIONS AT JE REVELE AT THE CASTLE Communion season is here! We are already booking up quickly, so please call the studio as soon as possible to reserve your date. This year, we offer something special for your little prince or princess to help them remember this blessed day: • Pre Shoot Consultation • Your choice at our Castle studio & grounds…or one of our fabulous outdoor locations • Free hair styling for your little girl (or for Mom!) by our talented in-house stylist for all Castle sessions • 1 Hour session • Our classic Je Revele hospitality with sweets and beverages • Indoor and outdoor scenery at our gorgeous historic Castle studio • A special photo keepsake for your child to remember their photo experience with us.
Communions are an important milestone in your child’s life. We make sure your child’s session with us is not just a photo shoot, but a special day they will remember fondly. Our exclusive fine art gallery portraits and Heirloom Image Boxes are a perfect way to commemorate this sacred event.
To inquire about your child’s session, call us at the studio: 732.964.3773. Don’t delay, we have limited remaining sessions!
NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS | THE BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS | NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHERS | NEW JERSEY PHOTOGRAPHER
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
THE BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS…
New Year’s resolutions are a bit cliché, no? We make promises about things we “think” we will make us happier. But sometimes I wonder, is something out there I don’t know about, something beyond my wildest imagination that could make my life exponentially better?
Every day, clients and friends visit us at the studio; We’ve learned some of the most amazing new things that enrich our lives. Ideas on parenting…gift giving…romance…art…love…organization…the list never ends. It got me thinking, what if all this wisdom and inspiration was collected and went viral? WOW. Instantly, our whole world would be better.
Our castle studio is a place of comfort and inspiration; a haven of positive energy, creativity and liberation, not just for Natalie and I but all those who work with us. Not a day goes by where we don’t learn some ingenius new tip, a beautifully touching story, or even a wonderfully insightful comment about their photo session experience. Then it occurred to us, “What if everyone could benefit from all these spectacular ideas as much as we do?”
As we felt 2013 approaching, created a beautiful NEW blank book to document the wonderful stories and ideas of our visitors and guests. Part journal, part visitor log, and all-inspiring, this book is going to document 2013 in words and ideas to pay the vast wisdom forward. Consider it a recipe book for life!
2013 is a book just waiting to be written! This is the time to master the art of perfecting our lives. Not just THINKING about change but finding ways to make it happen. It’s an opportunity to commit to ourselves and to START doing the things that will make us all better, happier individuals. Our book is a way to disseminate the information and enjoyment of the ideas that connect us all.
So now, we’re asking everyone who visits our studio to take a few moments to jot down something helpful. It can be a thought of the day, an idea, some new thing they learned about themselves, a note about their experience, the outcome of their photos, a tip on love, parenting, whatever! Whether it was a photo shoot, a consultation with us, a giddy moment of laughter, helpful tips, or a life lesson to share…we want to know. With each entry, we’ll begin to share one by one the creativity and wisdom of our clients.
By this time next year, we fully expect to have a fabulous treasure trove of imaginative, practical, and glorious insights from those who mean the most to us…. our wonderful clients and friends.
Even if you can’t visit us, we invite you to be with us in spirit! Post your thoughts and ideas here on the blog! We’ll happily add you to the book “virtually!”
NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY | BABY REGISTRY | PHOTOGRAPHY REGISTRY | BABY PLAN | NEW JERSEY NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER | STATEN ISLAND NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER
Je Revele is pleased to announce its newest additions…
The Je Revele Baby Plan, Baby Registry and our In-Home Newborn Studio!
One of the greatest joys of being a full service photography studio is that we’re invited to join in the journey of our clients’ lives. We’re there to capture their most intimate and treasured moments through the ages. From engagement to wedding day, intimate portraits to a maternity shoot…every chance to photograph these moments are both an honor and privilege.
But…we have to admit…
One of the greatest joys of all is the day our client calls us to tell us she is expecting a baby. Our tiniest clients have been entering the world in increasing numbers lately, so we’ve decided now’s the time to do something extraordinary for them!
Je Revele has created some amazing offerings to help you capture these most precious and fleeting moments…
THE JE REVELE BABY PLAN
Now you can join Je Revele Baby, a members-only plan to help you capture all those fast and fleeting moments through fine art photography. Featuring:
- A full year of photography sessions, we’ll capture those special moments from that very first kick in your growing belly, right up until the first birthday.
- Priority scheduling, appointment scheduling
- In-home or In-studio session, your choice
- Exclusive members-only savings, complimentary gift items and Je Revele products.
Here’s a brief overview of your Baby Plan. To download our 2013 Baby Plan brochure click here
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THE JE REVELE BABY REGISTRY
New parents will always get the items they need from their baby registry. But what about the dreamy, luxe gifts they really want? Fine Art Photography is a sentimental lifelong gift. We’re so pleased to announce the Je Revele Baby Registry, an online gift registry-approach to fine art photography:
- Easy to register, fully customized approach to your baby photography
- Simple-to-use online registry that allows gift-givers to buy online!
- Online access to check your registry
- Exclusive savings, products and gifts for Registry and Baby plan participants
- No hassle of duplicate gifts! …Just loving contributions towards your family’s treasured newborn memories
- Each gift-giver who buys from the registry also receives a gift from Je Revele!
THE JE REVELE IN-HOME STUDIO
As Moms ourselves, we know that the earliest days with a newborn can be tough. Sleep deprivation and various post-partum challenges should not deter you from capturing those tiny feet, wrinkled skin, rosebud lips and all the other joys of baby’s first days of life! It’s our mission to make those early days amazing:
- Your choice of an in-home session in the comfort of your own space;
- Or, if you choose, we welcome you to the Castle for your session, as you relax and indulge, we’ll we nurture your little one
- Optional in-house or traveling Je Revele beauty stylist to do your hair and makeup so you can participate and feel gorgeous during your newborn session.
- Our beautiful props, portable setups and tiny custom accessories, which we personally select for each session.
If you’re expecting or know someone who is, we’d love to talk about how we can serve you. Baby photography is a heartfelt passion of Natalie and Cate, and we’d be honored to work with your family. Just give us a call at 732.964.3773; we’d love to speak with you. Or, click here to contact us by email and we can send you further details.