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March of Dimes Signature Chefs Event | portland maine family photographer

For the second year in a row, I’ve had the pleasure of participating in some pre-work for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Event, taking place this Thursday (September 28) at DiMillos in this wonderful foodie city of Portland, Maine.

In a nutshell, this is a food station frenzy meets silent auction event!  First, more than a dozen chefs from some of Portland’s best restaurants will offer their own culinary creation — it was so delicious last year, and will be equally as delectable this year!  Who’s participating?  Think Union, Sur Lie, Baharat, Honey Paw, Ice It! Bakery, Mami, Union Kitchen, RiRas and so many more!!  Secondly, there is an online auction (click here to see what’s on the block and to bid NOW!) as well as a silent auction taking place at the event on Thursday night.   Yours truly is donating a family lifestyle session that includes a beautiful album — great for a family night of board games and popcorn, an afternoon of baking and crafts, or your annual tree-cutting outing ending with a delicious cup of hot chocolate!  These sessions are fun for all!

My assignment, and I loved every minute of it, was to make images of the participating chefs, the families, and the children — the sweet little March of Dimes miracles — to help promote the event.  I had a ball!

For more information on this yummy night out, click here.  Buy your ticket.  Support the March of Dimes.  And then eat, eat, and eat some more!  In the meantime, meet some of the talented chefs, the grateful families and the beautiful little children who have directly benefited from the efforts of this organization.

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jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane is a family lifestyle and portrait photographer in Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond.  Contact Jane at jane@janeberger.com to capture the ordinary moments in an extraordinary way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Sailabrate good times! Newport celebration photographer

It was the middle of summer and a beautiful summer day at that.   My honey and I were on our way to Newport, Rhode Island, so that I could photograph the 10th anniversary sailabration of the RE/MAX River’s Edge office.  Our friends, Michelle Cartwright and Todd Mosher, the broker/owners of the office, hosted what was a fantastic event and they (and their staff, no doubt!) left no stone unturned!

It all began seaside and under the sunny sky with cocktails, chilled shrimp and my personal favorite, oysters on the halfshell.  Yum.    Next, the big and beautiful Aurora came sailing up to the dock, inviting all the partyers aboard for a two hour tour of Newport Harbor.  So much fun, so much beauty.

So wait, there’s more…dining under the tent was a treat, with chicken and lobster and steamers, oh my!  We laughed, we danced, we answered trivia and some won prizes.   Everyone left with a pretty little bottle of prosecco dressed in ribbon and banners.  Such a fantastic little detail that captured the true spirit of the celebration.

It was a great event as evidenced by the smiles…..  here is a collection of my favorite images.

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newport harbor sailing and celebration

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newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

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newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

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newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

newport harbor sailing and celebration

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

Jane is an event photographer in Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond.  Contact her at jane@janeberger.com for stellar coverage of your important event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


maine children's photographer

princess warrior | maine children’s photographer

This.  Little.  Girl.

She was born not breathing, and they didn’t know for how long she had been without oxygen.  She was handled with care, this beautiful, strong, fierce little fighter, because she was precious stock and she was needed by so many people.   There were lots of phone calls, texts, tears, prayers, and faith.  They worked, and as it turns out, she is pretty darn perfect.

Meet Joey —  Princess Warrior extraordinaire, and she is a delight!  She is the granddaughter of my dear friend Kristi, and the daughter of my darling friend Lindsay, who I remember as a sweet little baby herself, and have watched grow into a lovely woman and now a mom.  My heart is full that I get to now watch little Joey sprout from an infant into toddlerhood and beyond (no rush…), to document the days ahead and photograph her in all her specialness.

Ten little fingers and ten little toes.  Beautiful blue eyes and a sweet button nose.  I didn’t intend to make that rhyme, but there you go.  She inspires me.  🙂

Enjoy these images of a sweet little one who has turned this world on it’s side — in a good way!

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….and though she be but little, she is fierce.

— w. shakespeare

 

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane is a children’s photographer who also photographs families, foliage and events covering southern maine, new england, new orleans and beyond when the opportunity arises.  To have Jane capture the sweetness of your little one, email her at jane@janeberger.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 


family session kettle cove maine

family expansion | maine family photographer

 

Last week you saw photos of my maternity session with Val.  Well, it was really HER maternity session with me.  Let’s just make that one clear….  🙂  If you missed that  post, then click }here{   It’s really sweet!

Val is the sweet wife of my awesome, handsome, smart, funny, kind and loving nephew Joe.  They were married seven years ago (last week to be exact…) and are now expecting their second child — a girl! — and her name is Riley.  How cute is that?  Riley’s big brother, Cam, was on hand for the maternity session that was also a sweet family session with some heart-stopping father and son moments.  We’re at Kettle Cove, on the beach, with a sunset.  *sigh*

So feast your eyes on this wonderful family who I love with all my heart!  They will soon be four, and we can’t wait!!

 

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family session kettle cove maine

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family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

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The love in our family grows strong and deep ~

leaving us memories to treasure and keep.

 

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane is a family, lifestyle and event photographer covering southern maine, new england, new orleans and beyond when the opportunity arises.  For a session that stops a few moments in time, email jane at jane@janeberger.com.

 

 

 

 

 


a little life expected | maine maternity photographer

I’ll love you always.

Creating life is one of the most beautiful, most incredible, most extraordinary events to grace a person’s being and I sure love photographing it!  My heart jumps at the honor of documenting such a special time in a person’s life, and when it’s Val, it’s pretty awesome!  Val is very busy cooking up her 2nd baby (it’s a girl!) due this summer, and so she and her handsome husband and their happy-as-can-be little boy came up to Maine specifically for a styled maternity session with me.  (Insert my squeal of delight here…)

After much discussion and preparation — the perfect-for-her dress (from Sew Trendy Accessories),  the sweet floral crown (from Harmons), and some yummies with which to celebrate (from Whole Foods), we were ready on this beautiful early summer Saturday afternoon.  We went to Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth … a place that, in my mind, offers everything a photographer could want (woods! beach! rocky coastline! sunset!) … OH!  the beauty of it all!  But nothing tops the beauty of Val … just look!

 

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Right??  This post focuses on Val and her beautiful baby bump.  Another post will be coming soon that shows off the entire family.  In the meantime, enjoy the loveliness that is Val.

 

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maine maternity photography at Kettle Cove

maine maternity photography at Kettle Cove

maine maternity photography at Kettle Cove

maine maternity photography at Kettle Cove

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maine maternity session - kettle cove, cape elizabeth

maine maternity session - kettle cove, cape elizabeth

 

 

How long will I love you?

A second is too short.  A second is no time for a love of this sort.

–Mark Sperring–

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane is a maternity and lifestyle photographer located in Portland, Maine, delighting in capturing love and laughter in Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond whenever the opportunity arises!

If you’re interested in a styled session with Jane, contact her at jane@janeberger.com.

 

 

 

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Aaaaahhhh … that sweet sweet smell of lilacs — maine photographer

Few things evoke such wonderful childhood memories for me like the sight and smell of lilacs.   There were a few large bushes outside our home growing up, and when they bloomed, it signaled that summer (and more importantly, vacation!)  wasn’t far away.   I still feel that same sense of joy as an adult when it’s lilac time but for different reasons.  To me, it’s eye candy but better with a scent so rich and sweet that I can hold a lilac bloom up to my nose, close my eyes, inhale deeply many times over, and be immediately transported back to my childhood.   And then, the gentle reminders of a time gone by come swooping in, like my mom sitting on the front steps enjoying the fresh air, my brothers coming and going to baseball and softball games, a lawn mower buzzing in the distance, and my friends who lived a stone’s throw away and always eager to play outdoor games in the neighborhood until it got dark.  So when the lilacs are in bloom, I bring as many stems into my house as I can.  The aroma thrills me, and don’t even get me started on the heart shaped leaves….. sigh …….

For me, the lilac season is much too short, so photographs are the next best thing.  If you follow me on Facebook, then you know what I say every year ….

If heaven has a scent, it must surely be of lilacs.

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The smell of moist earth and lilacs hung in the air like wisps of the past and hints of the future.   –Margaret Millar

 

 

jane berger photography

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Jane is a photographer capturing love and laughter in Southern Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond.  Contact Jane at jane@janeberger.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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fontainebleu state park — a louisiana sunset

I had a list of places I wanted to visit and photograph when I was spending time in Louisiana earlier this year.   It was a long list.  I didn’t make it to every one, but  I did make it to Fontainebleu State Park in Mandeville much to my delight!  I specifically wanted to visit this state park for the sunset.

I had some time on my hands, the sky was clear and it was a beautiful afternoon.  Perfect!  I grabbed my camera and my husband and set out for this place of which I had seen many pictures, but wanted my own.

As we entered the park, it didn’t take me long to yell “STOP THE CAR!!”    The sun was moving down the sky and was backlighting these big old oak trees laden with spanish moss in a way that took my breath away.  I got to work — which really isn’t work for me at all because it is what feeds my soul, makes me happy, and allows me to share the spin I put on the beauty I witness.

Now you might think that after photographing these gorgeous trees I might be disappointed at what comes next …  au contraire!  The sunset was a lovely show of pinks, yellows and oranges against the blue sky that made way for the stark contrast for some beautiful silhouettes.

Please enjoy viewing the images because I sure enjoyed taking them!

xo

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Softly the evening came with the sunset.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane is a lifestyle and portrait photographer serving southern Maine, New England and New Orleans.  To chat about a session for you, contact Jane at jane@janeberger.com.

 

 

 


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albums from maine event and lifestyle photographer

Digital photography isn’t going anywhere, and if you’re like me, you have a lot (and I do mean a LOT!) of photos stored on your phone, computer, the cloud, or other means of storage.  Prints are great, and I love the gallery I’ve created in my stairway … framed prints of people I love …. that I see every day as I go up and down the stairs.   And how many of you make albums with your images?  Looking at them on a screen may do the trick, but holding an album in your hands, passing it around to your friends and earmarking it for a future generation is so much better!

I recently discovered a new album company — well, new to me — that fits the bill so perfectly that I have to share.   The process with my client was easy.  The colors are lovely and varied.   Ordering was a breeze and they were delivered within a week!  I got one with a leather cover and one with a linen cover.  The leather album has thick pages, the linen album has thin.  Each album comes in a sturdy box for safe keeping in a neutral and very pretty grey (which happens to be perfect for my branding, but more on that another time!).  And for delivery, they get wrapped up in a pretty bow, making this a very special parcel to receive.

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professional album tied up in a pretty bow.

professional album tied up in a pretty bow

professional album tied up in a pretty bow

professional album tied up in a pretty bow

professional album tied up in a pretty bow

 

professional album tied up in a pretty bow

professional album tied up in a pretty bow

 

professional album tied up in a pretty bow

professional album tied up with a pretty bow

professional album tied up in a pretty bow

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

Jane is a lifestyle and portrait photographer capturing love and laughter in Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond.  Many lifestyle sessions include a book.  If you’re interested in a session designed around your lifestyle, contact jane at jane@janeberger.com.

 


chatham bars inn

Taking a little time — Cape Cod Event Photographer

If today were Tuesday, this would be a “turnback” post.  If it were a Thursday, it would be a “throwback” post.  But it’s Wednesday, and so perhaps we will take a little jaunt with Sherman in the wayback machine.   These images are from last fall when I was on Cape Cod at the Chatham Bars Inn photographing an event for RE/MAX Integra of New England.

 

I mean, the Chatham Bars Inn!  Have you been there?  It’s quite lovely with cozy and spacious rooms that overlook the beach — the gorgeous beach that is even gorgeous out of season smack dab in the middle of fall.  So that’s where I headed, with a few friends, very early in the morning, each of us with our camera in hand.

 

Now, when I photograph with other photographers, I want to be sure that I don’t copy them.  However, at first I can’t help but watch what they’re doing (out of the corner or my eye, of course) — Where are they pointing their cameras?  What are they seeing that I’m not seeing?  Should I be photographing that too?????    This particular morning was no different and I don’t mind saying that it took me a few minutes to find my own groove.  It wasn’t until I remembered that when I changed my branding a few years ago, I also wanted to dedicate my camera to shooting what I love.  Shoot what you love, Jane … that was very important to me and something that I had lost sight of for those first few minutes.   I had to reach back and find that desire, and so I did.

 

Here’s what I saw that morning, and here’s what I focused on.  The nice and unexpected surprise?  Seeing the beautiful and colorful flowers on the way back in when it was light that we missed on the way out when it was dark.  For me, that’s pure joy.

 

Enjoy.

 

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Early one morning….

a beautiful morning

scenes at Chatham Bars Inn

beach pathway

pathway to beauty

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dead stuff that’s pretty

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beach grass

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my friend Juan, a very talented photographer

harbor boats

first look at the harbor

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beach grass — pretty no matter the time of year 

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moored boats off cape cod

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early morning beach scene

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peaceful, easy feeling

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beach weeds

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places to go and people top see…

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cloudy skies and beach grass

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bittersweet … both the bush and the fact that fall had arrived and winter was on the way

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reminds me of summer, so delicate

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pink roses so lovely

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the best of fall flowers… hydrangeas

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fall vegetation that I don’t know the names

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the gorgeous blue hydrangea

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silhouette of a tree

 

Happy Wednesday, y’all!  Thanks for taking this little wayback journey with me.

 

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane is a lifestyle, portrait and event photographer who loves her personal shooting sprees.  She focuses on capturing love and laughter in Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond.

For more information, contact Jane at jane@janeberger.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


friday favorites | maine magazine events photographer

You want me to what?

It was the ad caught my eye.    I mean, it was called The Mad Hatter, and it was being held on Kentucky Derby Saturday.  Hmmm …. Kentucky Derby, Mad Hatter and fancy bonnets?  The eye candy dancing in my head was on overload.   So I volunteered to photograph this fundraiser for The Maine Historical Society six years ago, and my photography career took a little bit of an unexpected turn.

a very important date..... may 1, 2010

a very important date…..

It was there that I briefly met Kevin Thomas and Susan Grisanti, publisher and editor-in-chief, respectively, of Maine Magazine and Maine Home + Design, along with the photographer they hired to cover the event for their magazine.

Susan Grisanti, Brendon Bullock, Kevin Thomas

Just a few weeks later, I received a call from the Maine Magazine office asking me if I’d like to photograph events for them.  Um, sure!!  I was caught completely by surprise, and was incredibly flattered.  Since then, I’ve photographed upwards of 100 events for them, traveled from Kennebunkport to Camden/Rockport and lots of places in between.  I’ve covered fundraisers, special dinners, elegant galas, auctions, races, family outings and receptions.  I’ve made some great friends and terrific connections.  And I’ve had a great time doing it!

So this Friday Favorites blog focuses on some of my favorite images from a few events I’ve shot over the years.

jazz at the shipyard

jazz at the shipyard

jazz at the shipyard

jazz at the shipyard

dancing at jazz at the shipyard

dancing at jazz at the shipyard

bike maine lobster ride

bike maine lobster ride

bike maine lobster ride

bike maine lobster ride

relais chateau celebration at Camden Harbor Inn

relais chateau celebration at Camden Harbor Inn

relais chateaux celebration at Natalie's at Camden Harbor Inn

relais chateaux celebration at Natalie’s at Camden Harbor Inn

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cinq a sept

cinq a sept

cinq a sept

cinq a sept

cinq a sept

farnsworth museum gala

farnsworth museum gala

ILAP Cele Soiree

ILAP Cele Soiree

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maine live

maine live

maine live

pig & poet opening

pig & poet opening

pig & poet opening

pig & poet opening

(True life confession …. I kept that very first message on my phone from almost 6 years ago until just a few months back when I had to reset my phone to back to factory default.  Yes, that’s right.)

xoxoxoxoxo

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane photographs events, small weddings, elopements and lifestyle in Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond.  Visit her website for more information.  www.janeberger.com