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My kids are up and coming artists

August 24, 2011 /

As a mom, you realize you can’t control everything.  On occasion, I just observe my kids doing harmless things to the interior of my home. I definitely encourage my children to be creative and with that comes some clean up.

Andréa is a curious little kitten.  She’s 19 months old now and started walking a little late in life. I think she enjoyed seeing eye to eye with Rocky our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.   That’s her absolute favorite friend on all fours next to Woodstock our kitty.  Below, Andréa is trying to find the perfect canvas to express herself.  Of course, I don’t stop her, as I find myself curious.  I guess it’s true what they say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

I know you’re wondering what Andrea is holding in her hand. It’s a crayon.  In fact she has one in each hand.

Look at my little artist.  Not quite a Picasso, but this could be a nice texture on my next fine art photo.

Do you have any funny memories of your children expressing themselves?  What was the funniest age?  I have a 19 month old and 3 year old.  I feel like the best is yet to come.   I’m sure we all have many funny stories.  I’d love to hear! Comment below if ya do… Here’s a quick little dance clip of Andréa before I sign off.

Untitled from Natalie Licini on Vimeo.

Thanks for reading & watching everyone!


Fine Art Photography in New York City

May 24, 2011 /

Fine Art Photography in New York City an Heirloom and an Investment

Fine Art Photography is well appreciated in the New York City area.  Many of my clients and friends are amassing collections of art.  Photographs in particular make for beautiful décor for our homes.   Very often, a room is designed around a large fine art portrait since photography can be very personal and reflective of our unique style.  “I’ve decorated rooms based on a client’s artwork and other times I design a  room then accessorize with photography artwork.  I will incorporate artwork to add a splash of color to a room or design a monochromatic room and add lots of punch color with artwork.”  says Rose Abby of Rose Abby Design who is an extraordinary interior designer in New Jersey.

There are masses of clients who believe and value top rate photographic work, which is relatively attainable compared to paintings and sculptures.  In 2006, Sotheby’s achieved the highest photographic sale price in history, selling Edward Steichen’s “The Pond-Moonlight” for $2,928,000. There were two additional portraits sold of Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz cracked the million-dollar mark: “Hands,” at $1,472,000, and “Nude,” at $1,360,000. “You can buy one of the icons of art history in the photography genre for the same price as a third-rate Renoir sketch.” says Joshua Holdeman, international director of photographs at auction house Christie’s.

Will you be collecting fine art photography as an investment or an heirloom?  Consider photographing your family and appreciate the investment that will be passed down for many generations and remembered as a legacy.

Cutting the wedding cake early or late?

March 14, 2011 /

Cutting your wedding cake is one of the many highlights of your wedding. Since each wedding is unique, each couple is unique, we recommend cutting the cake at the best time for you.  In the event that you have older guests attending, cutting the cake right after first dances allows them to take part in this important tradition prior to leaving.  It’s the perfect opportunity just after cake cutting for the band to play lively music while all your guests are already standing cheering for the new couple.  The celebration will START!

Cutting the cake LATE versus at EIGHT

Cutting the cake LATE:

  • Cake cutting often signals the end of the wedding.  It is a natural segue after which people who want to leave may do so.
  • You pay for 200 servings, but often only 75-100 servings are enjoyed.
  • Cutting a slice of cake for 200 guests does take time.
  • If you cut the cake late, older people or guests who have small children, may miss the entire cake cutting if they need to head home to put children to bed.

Cutting the cake at 8pm:

  • The cake cutting ceremony is traditionally the first “meal” shared by man and wife, it is logical that they share this special bite of wedding cake early in the evening.
  • Cutting the cake after first dances or at 8pm allows guests who are older or who have children to enjoy the cake cutting tradition.
  • Your makeup is fresh and your hair is perfect.  It’s less likely you’ll smash the cake at 8pm, which could put a damper on the rest of the evening.
  • Cutting a slice of cake for 200 guests takes so much time and it allows the staff to begin plating and serving the cake to your guests once the dinner dishes are cleared.
  • You pay for 200 servings, and almost every guest enjoys your cake if served early.  The older guests don’t stay out late. Serving just after dinner allows more people to enjoy your wedding cake.
  • Cake cutting often signals the end of the wedding.  There will be no signal if you cut the cake early.  Guests may stay all night and late into the morning!

Many couples today save the top layer of their wedding cake and freeze the cake with the intention of sharing it on their first wedding anniversary.  Most venues will save the top tier, wrap it with wax paper, bubble wrap, and an airtight plastic bag.  Keeping it airtight is ideal.  Don’t forget to freeze it right away. My mom forgot to freeze our cake so we opted to buy a first year anniversary cake from the same fantastic baker who made our wedding cake.

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Smithsonian Photo Contest: Peggy Abrams

March 3, 2011 /

I have so many talented friends in the photography community.  Peggy Abrams is one of the best people I’ve met in 2010.  She’s a retired doctor and a powerhouse photographer, taking over Philadelphia.  As a mother of 3 beautiful girls and one of my good friends, I was extremely proud to hear she was a finalist in the 8th annual contest at the Smithsonian.  When I saw her portrait of Muslim women entering a museum in Egypt I was speechless.  You have to click on this link and vote, because you’ll be speechless and likely vote every day just as I am.

To vote go to:

When you click vote, scroll down to #31 and click the radio button to finalize your vote.

NOTE: you don’t have to sign up or anything to vote, and can do it once every 24 hours. Thanks for your support 🙂
Peggy you’re absolutely amazing! What a beautiful portrait!
Your local Staten Island Wedding Photographers love to show support for friends!

Bambi Cantrell workshop review at WPPI

February 27, 2011 /

Heading to WPPI for the first time, I had such high exceptions for Bambi Cantrell’s workshop in Las Vegas.  We spent two action packed days looking for beautiful light, applying techniques with short lighting and highlights to emphasize (or de-emphasize) the shape of your subjects. Bambi covered so many essential topics including marketing and consultations. Upon returning home from her workshop, I looked at light differently and directed my subjects with easy and confidence.  You don’t realize how much you can benefit from learning from the BEST in our industry until you get home and start shooting. It’s truly life changing.  Such a wealth of information in two short days.  I speak for our entire class when I say that she exceeded our expectations!

Here are a few of my favorite photos taken at her fabulous two day workshop.  A sincere thanks to Bambi for sharing so much with everyone. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to immerse myself in two days with Bambi one of the TOP wedding photographers of all time…. along with meeting so many fantastic people! You guys rock!

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