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Inspired by a dynamic mother of five

September 14, 2012 /

I had most amazing experience yesterday. I got to meet an extraordinary mother of five with children age 5-12. After our double session we sat and had a late lunch together talking about how precious life is.

Without giving too much detail … it was one of those days where I drove home deep in thought really inspired by this dynamic women who thinks only about her childrens health and happiness. She talked about her home life and routine, cooking and keeping the kids happy with activities. She secretly dreams of owning a 1960s muscle car someday and yesterdays session was a treat for her.

Sharing her story… our afternoon together getting to know eachother with Iifes ups and downs with family and children was amazing. I really admire this gorgeous mom…. who’s beautiful on the inside and outside.

When i embarked on this journey as a photographer i quickly realized my love of meeting people. To say it was an honor to meet her, would be the understatement of the year.

Back to School

September 12, 2012 /

BACK TO SCHOOL.. AND WHAT THAT MEANS FOR MOM

It’s that marvelous time of year that we say goodbye to summer and welcome the fall season. As Moms, we breathe a sigh of relief as we send those lively little tikes back to school after a long, active summer.

Yes…school’s back in session. Which means something else needs to come back….
And I’m talking about time for Mom.

When we photographed Mrs. M., this gorgeous Mom of four (yes, four!) we realized how rewarding “Time for Mom” beauty sessions can be – for photographer and client alike! In a single morning, she dressed, fed and made lunches for four kids, did the carpool, read to a 2nd grade class, dropped off a missing lunch, then headed over to meet us for an 11AM intimate portrait session. Within minutes of her session’s start, the realities of a busy life seemed to melt away as she discovered how liberating her beauty was.

Mrs. M’s session images are among some of our most requested and inspirational images clients ask us to try and replicate for them. She’s not a model, she’s not a celebrity, but she’s always a favorite. Why? Because she is real, liberated and exudes the confidence of reclaimed beauty in every image.

How many hours a week do you get to focus on YOU? To feel pampered? To feel glamorous? To feel beautiful inside? To feel like you are getting away?

For back to school season, we’re not asking you to bring the kids in for a school-style portrait. NO, NO, NO!  We’re asking YOU to use back to school season as a chance to sneak away and reclaim YOUR sense of Self.

Here at our enchanted castle studio, we’ll indulge you in our luxe beauty bar, serve you fine chocolates, biscotti and cappuccino while we remind you of the 365 reasons you are so magnificent. And all of this will happen before the kids get out of school!

For the month of September and October, we’ll be reserving select weekday LATE MORNING APPOINTMENTS between 10AM-1PM in a private sale offer to you, MAMA.

In this fabulous 2 hour experience, you’ll get one hour of pampering and another hour of a beautifully choreographed photo session that will make you feel like the goddess you know you are.

Then at the end of it all, you can come back for more cappuccino (we’ll make you a Panini too) and see all these fabulous images of yourself in a private screening.  The kids will never miss a beat. But we can promise we’ll get your heart beating!

Come join us, Mom because we ALL know you deserve it.

We’re waiting here for you…

To inquire, please call us at the studio 732.964.3773 or email us at info@jerevele.com

Cate & Natalie

Fashion Week at the Je Revele Castle

September 8, 2012 /

It’s Fashion Week at the Castle! With YOU on OUR Runway!

Every year, fashion’s elite and the glitterati set descend upon New York for the much coveted inside track at Fashion Week.  This 9-day event turns New York on its side hoping to get a glimpse of the latest and greatest designer confections.

YOUR VERY OWN FASHION WEEK AT THE CASTLE OF JE REVELE…

But you don’t have to be inside the tent this year…We’re creating your very own private Fashion Week, here at the Castle of Je Revele.

On the grounds of our gorgeous historic estate and haute studio setting, we’ll be offering a few limited edition sessions next week to celebrate Fashion Week.  It’s your chance to be a supermodel in our private Je Revele couture collection, on loan from the world’s leading designers!

Imagine yourself being photographed in a body-skimming Helmut Lang, a dramatically decadent Dolce & Gabbana, a frothy Vera Wang, or even a classic Calvin Klein gown.

In this LIMITED EDITION series of sessions, we’ll offer you:

-Runway-ready hair and makeup by Michelle Ernest, stylist to Fashion Week and Je Revele too!
– A hand selected, personally styled wardrobe from our couture designer loan collection

-Champagne and chocolates galore

– 1 hour photo session
– A chance to be included on the pages of our Je Revele 2012 Fashion Week Book, being published this winter and online.

-Opportunity to pre-purchase our “Little Black Box” – a limited edition Image Box with 20 of your favorite session images…At a private sale price and not available any other time of year.
-And, when you do pre-purchase the “Little Black Box”, you’ll be invited again next year during Fashion Week with our compliments… NO SESSION Fee for Fashion Week 2013!

Let us capture your epic beauty in an extraordinary designer gown.
To book your Fashion Week appointment, please call the studio at 732.964.3773 or email us at info@jerevele.com .

80’s inspired boudoir photography

September 5, 2012 /

A gift for him and her.

Last month our gorgeous client called us to plan a surprise for her hubby. She told us that she wanted to plan a Kelly LeBrock 80’s inspired boudoir photo shoot and I was thrilled much to her surprise.  I’m a child of the 70’s myself, so the 1980’s are filled with fond memories including the Breakfast Club, the Goonies, St. Elmo’s Fire, Stand by Me and Weird Science!  Lady “M” thought I wouldn’t be excited about the shoot, but she was way off.

We love planning era inspired photo shoots for our clients and this was exciting.  We researched big hair, rocker makeup and possible outfits.  In the end, this classic beauty rocked out with elegance.  Her husband is going to fall over when he’s sees his hot wife making Kelly LeBrock proud.

There’s something very luring about this photo.

These intimates sessions are often a gift one gives themselves or a loved one. Since Lady “M” was more of a 90’s, 2000 gal herself, the first half of our session was ALL ABOUT HER.

Such a natural beauty!

I can’t wait to hear what her husband thinks of this gift!  It’s one of those moments I wish I could be a fly on the wall =)

Natalie

Choosing An Intimate Portraiture Style You Can Display in the Home

June 26, 2012 /

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK

Choosing An Intimate Portraiture Style You Can Display in the Home

By Cate Scaglione

When I was in college, I studied black and white photography, shooting everything from my boyfriend to bicycles to campus life to fine art nudes on film.  I spent hours in the darkroom, alone or with a classmate or two, developing the images and discussing them. I would matte and frame my best images to hang on my wall or I’d sometimes give as gifts to the special people in my life. I was happy and so proud to display them. Then came the self-portrait…

At the time, I had been shooting a series of fine art nudes and wanted to experiment with a concept I had. Unfortunately, few of my friends were willing to pose. There was no danger of on-/off-campus social media to worry about those days… but all those I asked did worry about who might see the print.

So, I did a fine art nude self-portrait for my portfolio, thinking the concept would serve me well at some point. My face was concealed, but my body was exposed. I was partially covered; it was elegant; it was emotive; it was simplistic yet provocative…all at the same time. I made a vow to never tell anyone it was me (except for my dear friend D. who helped me shoot it) and I’d keep them all guessing.  I don’t think I told anyone until right now, almost 2 decades later.

The image was beautiful and interesting enough to make my classmates take notice. The back in the darkroom badgered me for what seemed like most of my senior year, because they were so intrigued by the photo. “Who Is She?”  “Does she live on campus?” “Is she in our class?” “Is this your roommate?” “Can you introduce me?” “Is she single?”  I just always shook my head “No”…and plead the fifth.

I’ll admit it, part of me that loved the reaction the image received. The intrigue and about the story behind the woman in the photo flattered me. I loved to see how people responded to it and the questions they asked. They were not just asking about a naked girl, they were asking about the story, the beauty, the vulnerability, the precociousness of this young woman. Me.

At that point, I had discovered what it felt like to BE fine art. It was amazing. I matted it and hung it on the wall.

Earlier this year, I photographed an incredibly beautiful thirty-something woman from Manhattan, in one of our Intimate Portrait sessions. When we reviewed her images, she said to me: “I love this image, but would I be a total idiot to hang a picture on the wall of myself? Yeah, I think I’ll just get myself an album I can tuck away on the shelf.” She got me thinking about my own experience.

Albums are absolutely fabulous, yes. I adore every one we make. But beauty is not something just to be tucked away. It’s something to be shared, celebrated, discussed and admired. I wish I could have made her understand that in that moment. Sure, you don’t want your Mom and Dad coming over for Thanksgiving dinner and seeing you …um, En Boudoir.  But then, you don’t have to do an all-boudoir session.

Je Revele is about revealing one’s beauty. Not her undergarments, per se!
I don’t know when the trend of being a women’s photographer meant a woman had to be in her underwear, looking in-camera with her finger in her mouth, or hanging from the chandeliers! Yes, we may shoot those images sometimes too for our clients requests, but it is only one expression of a woman’s multi-faceted beauty.

Being a woman’s photographer means you know how to capture all her dimensions – smart, timeless, accomplished, sexy, dramatic, vulnerable, empowered. It’s this notion that we feel has differentiated our business and our role within the genre of women’s photography. It’s our version of Intimate Portraiture.

Natalie and I absolutely love history, and we try to draw inspiration from it. One of our most popular sessions in our studio is the era-inspired high fashion session. We have photographed 1920s and 1930s high-glam vintage, 1960s rock and roll, and even Victorian-inspired sessions. We first discuss with clients in a planning consultation, then do research to create a 50-60 image gallery within an inspiration board that reflect ideas for wardrobe, posing, color palettes, styling and scenes. When we do so, we ensure to shoot that epic portrait that we know is bound to magnificently grace a wall and hang for all to (appropriately!) enjoy for generations.

I would truly love everyone to experience a fraction of the amazing feeling I had years ago. When people pondered and discussed my fine art nude image, I felt like a mysterious, classic muse in fine art. It was amazing. I’d like to challenge every woman to experience the liberating magic a photo session like this brings. Then, HANG IT ON THE WALL to enjoy the everlasting effects.

When choosing your Intimate Portrait for Display, here are some tips to consider…

·      Is there an era or style that truly inspires you? Is there a time that reflects the elements of your personality, your home décor, and your sense of style?  Perhaps weave that into your shoot through wardrobe and styling choices.

·      What do you love about yourself, or your body? Choose something that gives you confidence and reminds you about your magnificent qualities every day you pass it on the wall.

·      In your gallery, choose an anonymous pose, one that conveys your beauty and reflects YOU but perhaps that others won’t necessarily know is you. It’s quite fun to see what comments get generated on anonymity.

·      Think about the Fine Art Execution. Our fine art images are distinctly hand-painted images, printed and mounted as museum-quality portraits. You might have no problem hanging a famous nude painting by Picasso or Degas in your home…no one needs to know this famous nude muse… is you!

·      How comfortable are you with your posing, exposure, etc. in the image? If you’re a free spirit, you may not mind people seeing (your) nude portraits hanging in the bathroom. But for many, it comes down to what Mom or Dad would be comfortable seeing on a wall if they came over for Sunday dinner.

Think about what makes you incredible. Then, let your walls talk and hear what they have to say.

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