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VALENTINES DAY GIFT IDEAS | NEW JERSEY BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER

January 26, 2013 /

VALENTINES DAY GIFT IDEAS | NEW JERSEY BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER | NEW YORK BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER

At the time of this blog post, Valentine’s Day is just 19 days away. The countdown is on and the mad rush to find dinner reservations, flowers and chocolate begins.

So, being the creative people we are, who create special experiences at the Catsle each day, we’ve thought up a different kind of countdown…

Je Revele’s Top 10 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas & Experiences.

(As dreamed up by Team Je Revele and our clients!)

10. Our client Carla Says:
A brand new custom-designed bikini by Carla’s Closet and a surprise plane ticket to a tropical paradise to go along with it.  Special offers exclusively for Je Revele clients! Click here to find out more.

9. Our Client Evelyn would say:
Your very own homemade chocolate puzzle heart that, when put together says: “I love you” as shown here. Available at the amazing chocolate boutique, Making Chocolate, Dumont NJ.

8. Our friends at BellaBellaBoutique would say:
A gorgeous retro red-wine negligee with lipstick to match (and wine of course!)

Right now…Je Revele clients receive 15% off any Bella Bella Boutique lingerie purchase. Email us for the coupon code!

7.  Our “Ladies Day Out” clients would say:

Dinner for two, with a menu exclusively prepared by Je Revele’s favorite private chef for the studio, Christopher’s Kitchen

6.  Our Client Single Ladies would say:

Who needs a man? Let’s do Girls Day Out at the Je Revele Castle all day long, in a Beauty Couture Session together.

5. Our friends at the Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island would say:

A Valentine’s escape at the Hilton Garden Inn, spa treatments at the Grotto, dinner at Lorenzos, drinks to follow at the brand new hotspot, Above.

4. Our client Yana would say:
An Italian imported Artist Photo album by Je Revele full of gorgeous images from my boudoir session…just for him! With a sweet little engraved message on the cover.

3. Cate says:
A gift from him to her… A Couture Beauty photo session to show her how special she is. Styled by us, head to toe, she’ll be in a Narcisco Rodriguez, Temperly London or Vera Wang gown on loan, with dinner at the Castle to follow by our favorite private chef Christopher.

2. Natalie says:

A gorgeous and romantic couples’ shoot. He’ll play the guitar and sing a song he wrote for her, while I photograph the expression on her face!

1. Michelle, our hopeless romantic for the week says:

“OK…Read for this? At the studio Castle. She’ll come in for a session, I’ll style her gorgeous from head to toe. She’ll be wearing something amazing,  Cate and Natalie will be photographing her on the spiral staircase. When she comes back up the stairs, he is there on the balcony, on one knee, ready to propose. The chef comes out with wine and a violin player appears from nowhere. And the best part, it’s all captured.”

Yes, we can absolutely make all that happen here at the Castle…

Give us a call 732.964.3773 to plan the ultimate experience of a lifetime.

JE REVELE EXCLUSIVE BRIDAL EVENT: HAIR & MAKEUP SEMINAR FOR THE PICTURE PERFECT BRIDE | NEW JERSEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

January 18, 2013 /

NEW JERSEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | BEST NEW JERSEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS | BRIDAL HAIR AND MAKEUP | JE REVELE EXCLUSIVE BRIDAL EVENT: HAIR & MAKEUP SEMINAR FOR THE PICTURE PERFECT BRIDE

BRIDAL BEAUTY SEMINAR: The Picture Perfect Bride

Your wedding day is the day you’ll look and feel your most beautiful self.

There are many talented bridal hairstylist and New York and New Jersey makeup artists out there, all fully equipped to make you look gorgeous. What few brides know however, is that very few stylists are experienced to create a look that can translate well both on-camera and off-camera.

Your hair and makeup is an important part of the wedding planning process.

After all… it’s the photographs that you will see and enjoy forever, long after the big day.

Je Revele Fine Art Photography is proud to introduce Michelle Ernest, an internationally acclaimed stylist and beauty consultant who is the in-house stylist to Je Revele, a Fashion Week stylist, and an affiliate to major high-end cosmetic companies including MAC Cosmetics.

Michelle’s and her team’s work on models and everyday clients have garnered has supported the many international awards won by our studio throughout the photography world

THE PICTURE-PERFECT BRIDE

Saturday, February 2th

2:00-4:00PM

Je Revele Studio at The Castle

In this exclusive invitation-only event, Michelle and her team will explain:

  • Techniques to look great both in-person and on film/video.
  • Classic color considerations to achieve looks, and talk about the new color/ beauty trend, how they plan with varying skin tones
  • Simple tricks to combat common skin and hair debacles
  • Common mistakes some stylists make and tricks to avoid them
  • How to achieve the right look even if you NEVER wear makeup
  • What every bride should have in her emergency kit
  • A skincare gameplan leading up to the big day
  • Hair and Makeup Choices appropriate to your Veil type
  • How to Maximize Your Hair Stylist or Makeup Artists effectiveness to best meet your needs
  • Styling Choices Appropriate to your wedding venue
  • Real life examples of do-it-yourself hair and makeup, pro hair and makeup and professional photo-ready makeup
  • In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to ask Michelle and team some specific questions and get a mini pre-consultation with Michelle and her team as you consider your wedding day beauty needs
  • Simple tricks from Natalie and Cate of Je Revele …techniques to help minimize or enhance your features in photos

Spaces are limited and RSVP is required. To confirm your RSVP, email us here.

Brides are welcome to bring a guest (maid of honor, sister, friend, Mom, etc. if space permits)

Christine & James | Staten Island Wedding Photographer | The Westmount Country Club

January 7, 2013 /

Christine & James | The Westmount Country Club | Staten Island Wedding Photographer

Christine met James during her freshman year of college at SUNY Albany over ten years ago.  No sooner did they meet that they discovered James went to high school less than one block away from Christine’s childhood home.  But as they say… timing is everything. In college they shared mutual friends, and met at – where else – a bar.  James was very funny – in a very unique way.  They were initially friends, and then their relationship blossomed.

They had their first date during a school break one weekend home in Staten Island.  And the rest is history….

I love to hear about proposals and this one is almost too funny to write.  I’ll share this story from James’ perspective, but may need to omit a few funny one liners.  James proposed on July 3, 2010.

“I retrieved the ring from the jeweler that day, Saturday, July 3, 2010.  My goal was to have it on her finger ASAP because I feared I would lose it and endure a lifetime of ridicule.  The plan was a brunch/picnic in Prospect Park.  A necessary component of the plan was sandwiched between my picking up the ring, and our ultimate destination.  That component being requesting permission from her father.  Immediately after picking up the ring, I went to Christine’s house to pick her up.  I was extremely nervous.  I probably drank too much coffee.  Christine and I got into my car.  However, knowing I still needed to request permission from her father, I awkwardly blurted out that I needed to use the bathroom.  I didn’t need to use the bathroom.  I entered the home.  I saw her father in the kitchen.  I entered the bathroom to gather my thoughts.  I exited the bathroom in a nervous hurry and while her father was enjoying some sort of a breakfast sandwich with her brother (I didn’t realize he was also there); I shouted: “I would like permission to marry your daughter.”  He said yes, gave me a hug and kiss, and I bolted out of the home.  We arrived about 30 minutes later in Prospect Park.  It was extremely hot, and I was sweating – a lot.  We walked to an area I was familiar with overlooking a waterfall.  We sat to prepare for the picnic feast.  While she was about to remove some items, I got on one knee (maybe two), and asked her to marry me.  She looked at me…and looked at me…she eventually agreed.  Immediately after that, two dirty looking 30-year old men jumped out of some bushes, and shouted – “this is really important, have you seen our weed?”  Stupefied, Christine and I searched the ground for the weed – we couldn’t find it.  At that point, we decided it’d be a good idea to head back to civilization and break the good news.

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Engagement Photos in Long Island

We planned their engagement session in Long Island June 2011.  It was a beautiful day.  Here are a few of my favorite fine art portraits.

What a gorgeous couple.  Christine is so beautiful and elegant.  I had such a wonderful day getting to know Christine & James.

Christine & James were married on a warm and beautiful day in New York City.  Christine envisioned a “whimsical, classical” wedding.  In an ode to her family’s roots, they had the ceremony at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.  In celebration of James’ Irish-ancestry, they hired a bagpiper from the NYPD Emerald Society to perform outside the church.  Christine chose elegant and formal dresses for the bridesmaids and James and groomsmen wore classic tuxedos.

The weather was mild – for July.  There wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  The “first look” was magical.  We did it alongside the brickwall that encircles the church.  James was nervous with excitement.  There were throngs of people along the street and James could tell by their reactions that Christine was approaching.  She tapped him on his shoulder and he turned around to see her for the first time.  It couldn’t have been any better.

A first look in New York City

I love having a first look – its such an intimate moment between the bride and groom.  Some of our couples are traditional, but they opt for a very romantic and intimate first look.  Some benefits include enjoying a few intimate moments together, often an hour or two alone.  Your able to take all your bridal portraits earlier in the day and spend more time with family and friends during the reception.  Often our clients enjoy the cocktail hour as well.  A first look can take some of the pressure off the exciting day as well.  I highly recommend it!

The church looked beautiful.  The ceremony was simple.  It was just as we planned.

Christine & James booked their reception at one of the best New Jersey wedding venues.   The Westmount Country Club – and it was absolutely beautiful.  They told me they had a tough time finding the perfect venue, until they walked through the doors at the Westmount… and they just knew.  I was familiar with that feeling having been married in 2006 walking through those very doors at the Westmount and booking on the spot.  Ow how excited I was to return!!!  The reception was amazing.  The room looked perfect.  The music was great.

I love getting to know my couples.  Christine & James find happiness and joy in everything and laugh so easily.  I asked Chrsitine what she loved most about James.  “I love his sense of humor.  He is so funny, and has a knack for cheering me up whenever I get overwhelmed.”  I asked James what he loved most about Christine… “Where do I begin…She’s beautiful, funny, and so smart.  She’s an all-around amazing person, and somebody that I look up to and proud to call my wife.”

Their hope for the future is to be together happy, with a growing family!  Ow how I can’t wait to photograph their beautiful babies someday! yay!  When I saw them last they told me they wished the were getting married again to each other – it was the best day ever!  How I love them!!!

Christine & James Wedding by Joey G Memories

07.22.12 – Christine & James Recap from Joey G's Memories Video & Photo on Vimeo.

It was a magical day and having Catie with me to capture all the memories made everything perfect.

Natalie

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

NEW JERSEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS | ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SHOOT IDEAS | THE “LOVE STORY” OF JENN & DENNIS

December 17, 2012 /

THE “LOVE STORY” OF JENN & DENNIS

There are stories about love, but then there are love stories. We’re talking about the timeless, tear-jerking, and sometimes hilariously funny love stories that movie scripts are made of.  Bogart & Bergman…Harry & Sally…Jenn & Dennis.

When our bride and groom Jenn and Dennis came to the Castle for their engagement photo shoot, we immediately knew this would be one for the ages.  Dressed in a hip vintage style, they played love songs on their instruments and were playfully romantic in the magical, yellow afternoon. Together since college, they were so comfortable in each others arms, spoke to each other without words and were comically romantic… in the most adorable way.

When they returned to the Castle for their viewing session appointment the following week, little did we know that we’d get to see the actual  LOVE STORY. Yes, Dennis proposed to Jenn through a story. A Seussical storybook he created, to be exact.

Sounds cute, right? No. Not cute.

Simply put, it was the EPIC.

Dennis’s homespun book of memories and Seussical-style poetry outlined their love story in rhyme and romance.  By page two, we reached for the tissues and were thankful the pages were laminated to catch some falling tears.

The amount of time, craftsmanship and attention to every detail of their milestones together was what made a love story into an actual story.

As told through pictures, words and souvenirs of their life together, it might just be the greatest love story we had ever seen.  So then… we do what we do and photographed it.

This epic book begins with their childhood and continues into young adulthood.

Their lives documented beautifully page by page, I turned with increasing excitement.

Their love story documented in a Seussical-style poetry outlined so thoughtfully, with each page we became emotional, embarrassed as we held back tears.  This was a proposal like nothing we’ve every known.

Engagement photos to follow.  Stay tuned for much more.  Swoon!

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