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2012 IMAGE OF THE YEAR CONTEST | NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHER | NEW JERSEY PHOTOGRAPHER

January 3, 2013 /

2012 IMAGE OF THE YEAR CONTEST | NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHER | NEW JERSEY PHOTOGRAPHER

The 2012 Image of the Year Contest has been an enormous success. A special thank you to our client nominees who rallied their own fans to join us in a little year end fun. What a great way to ring in 2013!

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER (100+ LIKES): AVIS WASHINGTON | NEWBORN | Italian designer handcrafted photo album

1ST PLACE: JOIE BENEVENTO | INTIMATE PORTRAIT| 12×18 Heirloom Wall Portrait

2ND PLACE KAREN KENNEDY | NEWBORN | Custom iPhone app with top 30 favorite images

3RD PLACE: EVELYN QUIGLEY | FAMILY | Music Video Slideshow

4TH PLACE: KATHLEEN COTTER | NEWBORN | 12 Month Calendar

5TH PLACE: MEREDITH HUNT | INTIMATE PORTRAITURE | Mini Memory Book with 10 images

6TH PLACE: CHRISTINE & JAMES HANLEY | WEDDING | iPhone Case or Stone Coasters

…In addition to our Top 6 PRIZES, our Top 10 finalists will be receiving a complimentary mini-session plus a free 8×10 image.  We are announcing two dates for our mini-sessions this Winter.

7TH PLACE: JAMIE HART | INTIMATE PORTRAIT

8TH PLACE: KATHLEEN COTTER | NEWBORN

9TH PLACE: The HUSBAND FAMILY | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

10TH PLACE: CARLA MURINO | FAMILY

VOTER PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Three lucky voters have been randomly selected from the voter pool to win a free mini session + 8×10 Image Print:

1. Kimberly Vogt

2. Danielle Mark

3. Janise Haberstroh-Stout

PLUS, AS A SURPRISE THANK YOU TO ALL OUR CLIENT NOMINEES FOR PARTICIPATING:

All nominees will receive one of our NEWLY RELEASED “Facebook Timeline Covers” to adorn their page with some of their favorite images!

Thanks all who joined us in some year-end fun. Stay tuned for our next big contest later in 2013! We’ll be in touch with all winners on how to claim their prizes.

Happy New Year to all!

Much Love,

Natalie & Cate

2012 Image of the Year Contest | New Jersey Family Photos | New York Portrait Photographer

December 29, 2012 /

Our 2012 Image of the Year Contest has gone VIRAL!

After just a few short hours 3 images were neck in neck for first place. Cate and I wanted to add a fabulous grand prize for the first person to reach 100 votes.  Within 24 hours Avis hit 101 votes, with Joie at 96 votes.

There are so many milestones and blessings this year to celebrate. As a way to say thanks to our amazing clients we are offering something more…yes more.

Top “7” prizes for the 2012 Image of the Year Contest

Grand prize: 100 likes PRIZE including a Gorgeous album made in Italy (over $1200 value)  ~~~~ WINNER Avis ~~~~

1st place: 12×8 fine art portrait

2nd place: Custom iphone APP of their top 30 session images

3rd place: Slideshow movie of their session

4th place: 12 month calendar

5th place: Small memory book with 10 images

6th place:  iPhone case or set of 4 stone coasters of favorite image

As you know, the image with the most votes (LIKES), the winning client shall receive a gorgeous heirloom 12×18 matted wall portrait of the image.

As a BONUS to the top 10 highest ranking photos. If your photo is one of our top 10 ranked photos for 2012 you will receive a *complimentary mini session plus one free 8×10.  Click here to enter and cast your vote! CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/Ym85eP (*Kindly note, we are holding mini-sessions on 2 different dates to be fulfilled before Aug 15, 2013.)

Our VOTING DEADLINE is EXTENDED! We’ve extended the voting deadline to New Years Day at Midnight. Winners announced 1.3.13 with the exception of the image who reached 100 likes.

Here are our 2012 Images of the Year.  Which do you like?  To vote click here: http://bit.ly/Ym85eP

Newborn Portraits

Family Portraits

Engagement Portraits

Wedding Portraits

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Intimate Portraits a.k.a. Boudoir Portraits

AS WE BID 2012 A FAREWELL, PLEASE JOIN US IN A LITTLE FUN!

What was OUR favorite client image this year? We can’t say…It’s just too hard to choose!

We’d like to enlist your help. We’ve narrowed down to a small few nominees from our 2012 client image galleries (an impossible task in itself!). Now, we’d like you to vote on YOUR favorite. Ask your family and friends, to vote too! The more, the merrier.

SO… HERE’S YOUR ASSIGNMENT:

From the following gallery of images here: http://bit.ly/Ym85eP find the ONE you love. Which moves you? Makes you laugh? Stirs your soul? Makes you want to be in the portrait with them? Is it you in the image? Your child? Your family? GET FRIENDS AND FAMILY INVOLVED TO HELP YOU WIN! The more, the merrier. Cast your vote with a “LIKE”.

Good luck everyone!

Natalie & Cate

Past 50 years of wedding photography | New York Wedding Photographer | New Jersey Wedding Photographer

December 29, 2012 /

As 2012 draws to an end, I am reposting my most talked about and shared post of the year… with a couple of edits/additions from the great Denis Reggie:

Here’s Denis Reggie’s look at the past 50 years of wedding photography

1962: Newlyweds somehow appear inside a brandy snifter

1969: In simultaneous stroke of magic and questionable taste, father-daughter dance presented with subjects actually superimposed atop the sheet of music from that very tune.

1972: Faces of couple (him with ruffled tuxedo shirt and powder blue tux, her with Texas-sized curly hair) appear in church ceiling gazing downward upon their guests

1977: Entire wedding apparently occurs in front of a painted blue canvas backdrop as seen through a softening filter

1978: Wood replaces leather as wedding album cover of choice just as avocado becomes best selling color for kitchen appliances

1979: Bride stares at bouquet in profile as parents look on from a distance, gently out-of-focus. Groom stares at ring – also in profile – likely wondering “should I or shouldn’t I…?”

1982: Wedding albums begin featuring toddler book-like “popups” of the wedding party standing at full attention whenever album is opened wide

1986: To stay current, longtime photographers begin tilting images by 32 degrees to make it “photojournalistic” and ride the wave

1992: Aussie photographers, refusing to attend the reception, instead head to the streets to stage wedding parties walking in line then jumping simultaneously… some wearing comedic glasses and noses

1996: Grooms inexplicably begin reaching for – and passionately kissing – the hands of their new brides just as they exit their ceremonies

1998: Not wanting all the attention to end quite yet, brides return from honeymoon to take their gown out for one last swim just for the camera

2002: Digital goes full steam ahead and waves of minivan driving female photographers arrive to overtake the industry (with special thanks to Best Buy®). Headless images of bouquets, perfectly positioned rings and close-ups of flower-laden tuxedo lapels all go mainstream. Cute little convertibles or old-time cars, and high heeled shoes (with special bonus for namedropping Jimmy Choo® or MB labels) become the ultimate adorable props. Use of plastic lensed toy cameras, and use of infrared and black-and-white films elevated to chic, hipster art form

2003: Camera manufacturers consider removing all lens aperture openings smaller than f/2.8 as new wave photographers adopt ultra-shallow depth with background details reduced to blurry bliss in most every shot

2003: Need to ever show couple’s faces in wedding photography ends… wholly headless imagery proliferates wedding scene

2004: Photographers begin tossing time-released cameras with fisheye lenses high into the air on crapshoot with hopes of capturing what they are apparently unable to get with their feet on the ground

2004: Under the guise of creating art, countless wedding scenes somehow return mostly to black-and-white… except for that colorful bouquet or maybe the bride’s vivid red lips

2005: Use of phrase and promise of “wedding photojournalism” on photographers’ websites reaches all-time high. Actual practice of true documentary wedding photography of authentic moments reaches all-time low.

2005: Subject posed in field of backlit wheat (or weeds) with shallow depth-of-field rivals the family on a beach (all dressed in white and barefoot) as the most clichéd photography set-up of all time.

2006: Death of “capturing the moment” with birth of the digital illusion. Need to become a real photographer seemingly ends with continued explosion of Photoshop® disguising techniques: merged images/moments, Liquify tool body changes, grass turning electric green, skies profoundly blue… and, of course, with each corner and edge of images growing very, dark. With special thanks to widespread excess use of Photoshop®, wedding photography industry transformed from PHOTOgraphic to photoGRAPHIC art.

2007: Railroad yards and graffiti clad urban environments replace studios as we know them. Sun flare replaces skies in nearly all of outdoor wedding photography.

{Although many trends have come and gone, we strive to photograph our brides and grooms in our own timeless way}

2008: Number of Twitter® followers becomes the currency of popularity and assumed success and excellence in wedding photography. Frequent tweeting of “I am blessed” and other religious code words somehow signal massive flock (the God squad) in search of their shepherd to be elevated to rockstar status.

2008: Grooms throughout the world suddenly compelled to dip their brides nearly to the ground just as the camera captures their moment of “spontaneity” usually at sunset atop some hill in a field near a tree.

{Dipping your bride is not as easy as it looks -trust me or ask Sal and Alissa pictured above}

2009: Guided by popular websites Pinterest and Style Me Pretty and the desire to be pinned and published, photographer mission seemingly reduced to a concentration on details. Take that 5D Mark II out of your Shootsac® and point it at anything printed… from chalkboards to place cards, on buffet tables to those clichéd banners held by the newlyweds… and don’t forget the requisite headless, f/2.8 shots of the bride’s and groom’s flowers… the time honored portraits of the hanging dress… and, of course, those perfectly posed Jimmy Choo® shoes.

{Ow how I adore these gorgeous shoes}

{Our brides are elegant and we strive to capture their day, just as it unfolds…}

2010: Popularity of Instagram® for iPhone® photography leads to pseudo-old time “professional” wedding images with homage to Instamatic® and Polaroid SX-70®… likely to be as timeless as MySpace®.

2011: Photographing newlyweds as they walk down the aisle transformed to paparazzi-style photo-fest as countless wedding guests jockey for their own vantage point among a sea of iPhones held high. Before the happy couple even makes it to the reception, countless photos of the happy couple already adorn Instagram® and Facebook®.

2012: Wall Street analysts blame quiet popularity of Adobe Photoshop® Liquify tool in professional photography community for bankruptcies of both Jenny Craig® and Weight Watchers®.

2012: Wedding photography replaced by fashion photography of the couple in places – and in poses – that have absolutely nothing to do with their real personalities or their wedding.

{Many of you may recognize or know Christine & James pictures above.  Their high fashion sensibility is in fact accurate above.}

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Reviewing the last 50 years of photography it’s important to understand that Denis is widely regarded as the top wedding photographer in the world. Lexar noted that he “single handedly transformed the look of bridal portraits.  His images have been featured on the cover of LIFE magazine, and named in “Photographs of the Year” by People, LIFE, Time, and Newsweek among other publications. He has been interviewed by NBC’s Today show and has appeared as a guest on Oprah! His photograph of Oprah Winfrey with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was highlighted on an episode of Oprah’s Favorite Things. He has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, VH-1, E! Entertainment Television, CNN and Fox in national and international broadcasts.”  To read more about Denis Reggie here: http://dp.lexar.com/phro-photo/denis-reggie or see his work here: http://www.denisreggie.com/.  Some of Denis Reggie’s awe inspiring assignments here: http://www.denisreggie.me/

The photography industry was reshaped and Denis Reggie’s influence is legendary.

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The holidays are  time for love and romance.  If you or a loved one got engaged recently, we will tell your story, find your life’s art in the simplest of moments. Big moments. Small moments. The in-between moments of connection when presumed beauty often reveals itself. Your emotions will be preserved and expressed through art that will sustain throughout your life and beyond.

Your day is a sacred, profound experience. Your wedding day photography by Natalie and Cate will reflect nothing less.

Looking forward to hearing more about your wedding day!  Give us a call anytime at (732) 964-3773 or email me natalie@jerevele.com.

Wishing you many blessings in 2013.

Natalie

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