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Natalie Licini published in Professional Photography Magazine

August 17, 2012 /

When our friends at Black River Imaging approached us and asked to feature our studio in their 2012 Advertising campaign, we were more than thrilled.   Our relationship with Black River started in 2008 when Natalie first launched her business choosing BRI as her exclusive lab. More than just a vendor, Black River Imaging creates quality products and provides extraordinary customer service in their 33,000 sq ft lab. Continual innovation in production and software, passionate leadership and reliability have made BRI our long term partner.

Last month, Natalie and Gene Ho hosted a two day Summer Sizzler workshop in Missouri where the entire group was given a private tour of Black River Imagings lab.  It was like being in Willa Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.  For those of you who know Natalie, it was hard for her not to press every button!  What an experience seeing how their gorgeous albums and press printed products were made.  More than just a production facility, BRIs products are in the trusted hands of their employees who take great care and pride in delivering the very best to us every day.  Watching the staff made a gallery wrap with such care and precision in one area and seeing another staff member make a gorgeous mosaic album was truly extraordinary. Talk about Christmas coming early!!!

We are honored to appear this month in Professional Photographer Magazine and Rangefinder throughout the latter part of 2012.

For all our friends, family and fellow colleagues, Professional Photography Magazine is a top publication in our industry available for available for $27/year (for U.S. addresses).   You can sign up here: http://www.ppmag.com/subscribe.php

For more than 100 years, Professional Photographer, the official magazine of Professional Photographers of America, has helped readers advance careers in the photographic industry. Each issue contains practical yet cutting-edge lessons in the artistic, business, and technological aspects of professional photography. No other magazine offers a more influential presentation of the people, trends, products, and photographs changing and defining the portrait, wedding and commercial photography landscape.

An Intimate Portrait Session Can Change Your Life

June 11, 2012 /

HOW CAN A JE REVELE INTIMATE PORTRAIT SESSION CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

Have you ever stepped inside a painting? Or, been the beautiful muse of an old classic novel? These are images that run free within our dreams.

But they are also the images that are created in a Je Revele Intimate Portrait Session.

We have just begun photographing Intimate Portrait sessions in our new castle studio and they have been absolutely magnificent. The light that drenches us there is of some regal, endless dream. Its combination of old-world romance, authentic European backdrops, and lush grounds has made the castle studio all we hoped it would be – and more. With the warm weather here, now is the perfect time to book your Intimate Portrait. Now is the time to create many dreams in your mind –indoors and outdoors.

What is the Intimate Portrait?

It is being photographed in a way that makes a woman feel beautiful.

Beauty is your own interpretation. Whether High Fashion Couture, Classic Beauty, Boudoir, or even as a Fine Art Nude session, the experience of feeling beautiful is yours to create with us.

When we launched this part of our business in January 2012, we set out with the vision to not only make stunning images that reveal your exquisite femininity, but also as an experience that can change your life. To do so, we knew these needed to be more than photo sessions. They needed to be soul sessions.

The question was not “what kind of pictures will we take?” but instead, “How could a portrait change a woman’s life?” We asked the extraordinary women all around us this very same question. Here are some of the wonderful revelations:

“…When the beautiful person I know I am inside meets up with the woman on the outside, I feel complete.”

“…When, in my most unexpected moments, someone finds me beautiful.”

“…If I could take a break from my everyday life to enjoy and celebrate myself as a woman that would be life altering.”

“…When I can set myself free in someone else’s hands to make me look and feel beautiful, completely escaping my own critical eye.”

“…To push myself to do something I’d never do before and experience life through art.”

These insights were magnificent to us. But we took it a step further.

We also created a signature “reveal” process (hence our French name which means ‘I Reveal’). In this pre-session consultation, we get to know our client’s most intimate feelings about herself and her love. We use these insights to photograph her through the eyes of her lover — or even her own enlightened eyes. Sometimes these sessions are as life changing and cathartic as the photo sessions themselves.

Indulgence is a rare gift a woman gives herself, and we make sure it happens.

Using the same stylists, makeup artists, and wardrobe as the high fashion models, we ensure that every shoot feels like a magazine-quality production.

But indulgence also comes in many other forms, like Champagne-soaked mimosas, fresh croissants, hand-dipped chocolate strawberries, and imported truffles just to name a few of the extras.

So the question we ask you is, what makes you feel beautiful?
…And how long will you wait to make that happen?

Now is the time to experience your beauty.

Now is the time to book an Intimate Portrait session with Je Revele.

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As a Welcome to our studio, we are offering Preferred Pricing to the next ten sessions booked now through August 1st.

Please give us a call; we’d love to design your day with you.  732-964-3773

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Recipe Exchange: Chicken Pot Pie

September 9, 2011 /

Those of you who know me a long time, know that I LOVE to cook.  In fact, I’m a pretty good cook. I also love to bake and have amazing recipes from rainbow cookies to cheese cake which have become quiet famous in my house and in my friend Anthony’s too.  My passion for cooking started in my early 20s.  That was 2 years ago.  Alright… alright… that was actually over a decade ago.  I was working at Merrill Lynch at the time and remember talking to some of my coworkers about recipes.  They loved websites like www.epicurious.com and www.allrecipes.com.  I got bit by the cooking bug!  One of my very first killer recipes was my cheesecake recipe.  People are often scared to ask me for it as if it was passed down in my family for generations. But those who grew up with me know my mom didn’t cook.  This recipe was something I found on the internet and happily share with those who are interested.  I’ll be sure to share this too in the coming weeks.

Many of my clients are brides and grooms as well as growing families.  One common theme that I noticed is we all need to eat.  And we like to eat well.  Children are picky eaters and some of my grooms are too.  I thought it would be fun to share recipes here.  I’m going to share a few and if anyone would like to share a recipe to be featured on my blog, please email me at natalie@natalielicini.com.  If you have any pictures to include send those as well.

When I first started my photography business, I didn’t cook as much because I spent evenings editing, but now that I have a wonderful editor working with me, I’ve started cooking again. Last weekend, I made this incredible pot pie recipe, which I’d love to share with all of you. This recipe was posted on www.allrecipes.com.  I can guarantee you will love it. When I look for a new fabulous recipe, I first look for 4.5 or 5 star recipes with the most ratings and comments.  Once I see a mass seal of approval on a recipe I open it and copy it into a word document. I then look at the comments posted sorted by “most helpful”. This is important because I review the most helpful comments and incorporate the recipe changes recommend by these cooks.  I’ve found “this” method to nearly guarantee the recipe rocks.  Of course, I add in a few tweaks myself! I then re-write the recipe and make it as I see fit.  It’s always a hit.

Here’s a download to the recipe and a photo taken with my iphone.

Chicken Pot Pie IX

Chicken Pot Pie IX (modified by Natalie)

Submitted By: Robbie Rice

Photo By: tahoegirl

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 50 Minutes

Ready In: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

1 pound rotisserie chicken

1 cup sliced carrots

1 cup frozen green peas

1/2 cup sliced celery

1 Potato

1/3 cup butter

3/4 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon celery seed

1 3/4 cups chicken broth

2/3 cup milk

2 (9 inch) unbaked deep disk pie crusts

2 Butter Flaky Pie Crust Pillsbury ready made pie crusts (for top)

EXTRA TIP: Cooking both saucepans at the same time requires some quick thinking.  Don’t fret, or pour a glass of wine.

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (220 degrees C.)
2. In a saucepan, combine rotisserie chicken, carrots, peas, cubed potato and celery. Add water & bouillon cube, garlic pepper, garlic powder, poultry seasoning to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside. Keep liquid broth.
3. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
4.

Beat an egg white and brush it on bottom of crust before putting in filing. Bake bottom pie shell for 7 minutes.  This is important to ensure the pot pie isn’t liquidy  (I know this isn’t a real word).
5 Mix chicken mixture and hot mixture plus ¼ cup of broth. THEN pour in bottom pie crust. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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If you enjoyed reading and want to share a recipe of your own email it to me: natalie@natalielicini.com.  I’d love to see photos of your pot pie too! Send those in as well!

Natalie

Teenagers: I don’t have any yet – do you?

August 27, 2011 /

As a mother of two girls, I hear that 18 months and 3 years old is easy compared to having teenagers.  I came across this funny definition of teenagers. Of course every child is different, but I got a laugh reading this definition which I found on the web at: http://www.ahajokes.com/par024.html.

DEFINING TEENAGERS

A Teenager is…

A person who can’t remember to walk the dog but never forgets a phone number.

A weight watcher who goes on a diet by giving up candy bars before breakfast.

A youngster who receives his/her allowance on Monday, spends it on Tuesday, and borrows from his/her best friend on Wednesday.

Someone who can hear a song by Madonna played three blocks away but not his mother calling from the next room.

A whiz who can operate the latest computer without a lesson but can’t make a bed.

A student who will spend 12 minutes studying for her history exam and 12 hours for her driver’s license.

A youngster who is well informed about anything he doesn’t have to study.

An enthusiast who has the energy to ride a bike for miles, but is usually too tired to dry the dishes.

A connoisseur of two kinds of fine music: Loud and Very Loud.

A young woman who loves the cat and tolerates her brother.

A person who is always late for dinner but always on time for a rock concert.

A romantic who never falls in love more than once a week.

A budding beauty who never smiles until her braces come off.

A boy who can sleep until noon on any Saturday when he suspects the lawn needs mowing.

An original thinker who is positive that her mother was never a teenager.

ENJOY!

Natalie

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