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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 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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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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The love in our family grows strong and deep ~

leaving us memories to treasure and keep.

 

jane berger photography

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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.

 

 

 

 

 


salon lifestyle photography — Slidell, Louisiana

I can photograph people doing their thing all. day. long.  Let me be a fly on the wall, scurry around and capture people doing what they do — working, playing, creating, or whatever that wonderful thing might be.  I recently spent some time with Brittany and Rachel, owners of Serendipity Salon in Slidell, Louisiana, who wanted professional images to use for their social media.  I was happy to oblige.

Here’s what I love about their salon …. the ladies are lovely!, it’s visually pleasing, they provide hand massages while getting your hair washed, or a head and shoulder massage during the consultation, they use UNITE … love those products!, Plus, they practice that sweet southern charm by offering their guests champagne, coffee, coke or water … a full service provider of pampering!  See these gorgeous ladies in action ….

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Thanks for sharing your time with me!

 

jane berger photography

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Jane is a lifestyle photographer capturing love and laughter in Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond.  If you’d like a lifestyle session for your business, contact Jane at jane@janeberger.com.

 


Friday Favorites | Maine Lifestyle Photographer | Higgins Beach

Beach Yoga Lifestyle Session

If you know this lovely woman, then I’m sure your world is just a little bit brighter than it might be otherwise.  Lianna is a gem!  She’s caring and generous, focused and ambitious, and a whole lotta fun!  I met her when doing some volunteer photography for the Center for Grieving Children in Portland — a terrific organization.  When she started doing yoga, I wanted to photograph her doing what she had grown to love — at sunrise.

Here are Lianna’s favorite images from this beach lifestyle session, and her own words.

Jane captured so much in this photo and may not even have realized it! Wheel pose is so uplifting, not only does it open your heart, but it helps to create a sense of emotional stability. The sun rising at just the right moment foreshadows the burst of energy that you feel throughout your body when you reach the peak of the posture.

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Higgins Beach is such a special place to me. Filled with childhood memories and fun times with family during the summers. It especially reminds me of my late grandfather, who loved this beach more than anyone. During this photo, I remember looking up and thinking of Thomas Donahue with a smile. Such a special moment for me, and Jane captured that.

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This sums up how I feel about my husband in a nutshell. I could scream it from the mountain tops everyday—but icing on the cake was a quick vertical jump that Jane caught brilliantly, while being surrounded by the sand, sun and ocean.

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My turn

Ha!  Two of Lianna’s favorites are two of my favorites!  Here are my choices, less the ones she already chose….

 

This moment of content sums up this early sunrise yoga session so nicely in one image.  Solitude — we were alone on the beach.  Beginnings — the sun was just coming up.  Calmness — this quiet second of contemplation.  And for me, the capture — camera at the ready;  time stopped.

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I really like this image!  I like the strength represented in her shoulders, and her hand leading to the enormous ocean and world — full of possibilities and there for the taking.

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I am in awe of what this image represents.  First, the promise of a new day is pretty fantastic, is it not?  And I don’t take nearly enough time to reflect, to ponder, to just be.  This is a reminder to do just that.  And when you practice this self caring on a beach?  That’s pretty darn cool!

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Lifestyle sessions can take many forms, and this is just one.  It’s those seemingly ordinary moments that make up this thing we call life.  They aren’t so ordinary after all.

 

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As a Maine lifestyle photographer, I find such joy in making your ordinary extraordinary.  Let’s talk!  207.730.1894.

 

 

 

 

 

 


portland, maine family lifestyle photographer | ferry to peaks island on a summer afternoon

The leaves are falling from the trees and there’s a chill is in the air.  That makes this a perfect time to take a walk down memory lane, to a time when the air was warmer and the closet was full of open-toed sandals.  *sigh*

But first, I first met these folks several years ago when I was photographing their home to sell.  They were warm and engaging, and I knew almost immediately that I’d love to hang out with them, get to know them a little better, and photograph this beautiful family.

So we planned a short trip, stayed local, and had great fun while I was able to capture this sweet family’s love, laughter, and spirited personalities!

The afternoon was warm and cheery — perfect for a ferry ride out to Peaks Island.  We boarded the ferry (Casco Bay Ferry Lines) and began our mini adventure!

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It really was such a pretty day for a ferry ride on Casco Bay!

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Our first stop was the ice cream shop on the corner and we were in a hurry because, really, who doesn’t LOVE ice cream??

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We grabbed a handful of bubble gum for later use and took a stroll down the street of this quaint, beautiful Maine island.

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And for the rest of the time, we just played, explored, and had fun!  Are these kids gorgeous or what?

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This was such a fun few hours.  I especially love the candids that captures their closeness, joy and love!

Family is not an important thing … it’s everything.

–michael j. fox

 

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jane is a lifestyle photographer who delights in capturing the connections between people who love.  Contact jane at 207-730-1894 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 


cape elizabeth lifestyle photographer | the happiest witch of the east

Part II of this two part series 🙂 has no flying monkeys, no falling houses, no threats against little dogs and no hourglasses counting the minutes to doom.   And much to my chagrin, no ruby slippers either.

However, in honor of Halloween — the spookiest and chilling holiday — we have the happiest witch of the east, and her name is Kristi!  (If you missed part I, click here for a brief lesson in Wicca — the practice my friend loves and lives.)

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I’ve been wanting to do this session with her for quite some time and when the moon and the stars finally aligned (well, actually, when our mutual schedules offered some free time….), we decided that we couldn’t wait any longer!  A little background here …. a few weeks before, while covering the Laudholm Craft Fair for Maine Magazine, I came across the nicest ladies who were hand crafting — wait for it —- BROOMS!!!!  Sweet, beautiful, hand crafted brooms, made by Haydenville Broomworks,  and there was one that was just perfect for our witchy session!!!!  (Housework?  Don’t be silly…..)

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Fast forward to early October, and we are at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth.  Having just finished observing and photographing Kristi’s Wicca practices, it was time to have a little fun!  The sun was setting and the full moon was a-rising!  Magic?  Perhaps.  I say bring it!

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We should educate people that “Witch” is not evil but ancient and positive.  The first time I called myself a “Witch” was the most magical moment of my life.

–Margot Addler, Wiccan Priestess
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Have a spooktacular Halloween! And as Kristi often says … Blessed Be!

Jane is a lifestyle photographer, making the most of the seemingly mundane moments.  Contact Jane at jane@janeberger.com for more information.

 

 

 


kettle cove, maine lifestyle photographer | part I — a brief lesson in Wicca

This fabulously gorgeous woman has been one of my closest friends for what has been almost forever!  For more than thirty years, she’s been a pal, a compadre, a confidante, a co-worker, a co-conspirator, a buddy, an ally, an inspiration, a source of fun and laughter, and a shoulder on which to cry.  We’ve hit the town together in Portland, Boston, Nantucket, New Orleans, Quebec, and lots of places in between.  We’ve shared heartbreaks and heartaches, dreams and aspirations, roll-on-the-floor laughter and, like all great friendships, a few things that will never be shared beyond the two of us!   Oh, the stories we could tell ….  😉

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But something I didn’t know anything about in Kristi’s world was her practice of Wicca, and here’s what I’ve learned.  Around the age of 30 and searching for something more, Kristi read a book called The Mists of Avalon (by Marion Zimmer Bradley) which led her to explore and embrace the world of Wicca — the old world of an ancient belief system and the pagan ways.  The practice holds firm that the divine is present in nature and honors the environment — from animals and plants to trees and rocks — and should all be revered as elements of the sacred.

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Oh, and wine.  Yes, definitely wine.   A few weeks ago, we decided to do a lifestyle session that shows her practices and her beliefs, and how she honors that of which she has come to honor, love and live.  We found our perfect spot at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth on a beautiful fall evening, and she set out to place her bounty of goodies and goodness — all in a strategic and meaningful way.

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What I mostly learned is that this practice that is Kristi’s world is very spiritual, inclusive, honest and accepting.  It honors all beings, promotes karma, accepts consequences, and encourages a responsible life.  In essence, harm no one and no thing, and you will be rewarded with a full, happy life and afterlife.

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I’m honored that Kristi invited me into this part of her world, of which I know very little, to share with my readers.  She’s the real deal, she’s beautiful inside and out, and she has found something that not many people understand, but that feeds her soul and works for her — and that’s really all that matters!

Tomorrow:  Part II of this blog depicts Kristi celebrating her pagan beliefs in a whole different — and fun– way.  Preview below …. you won’t want to miss it!

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Call upon the Goddess and God to protect you and teach you the secrets of magic.  Ask stones and plants to reveal their powers …. and listen.

–Scott Cunningham

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Jane specializes in capturing the real life moments in a real beautiful way.  Contact jane at jane@janeberger.com  for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 


new hampshire family session | fun in the woods

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I had the pleasure of meeting these folks last month and photographing their sweet little family.  We made this session a lifestyle session to capture them doing what they do as a family … read, play, laugh, hug and love.  Max is 6 months old and a real cutie pie.  His personality matched his bright yellow shoes perfectly — all happiness and sunshine — and they both look great in pictures!  Clearly this is a family who love, who enjoy each other and like to make each other happy.  I love that kind of a family!

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What a nice time at Mines Falls in Nashua, NH, we had!  It was hot, but the shade of the woods kept us comfy and cool.   It was a pleasure to spend time with this family!

 

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.    –Albert Einstein

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jane is a family portrait and lifestyle photographer who specializes in capturing the connections between people who love.

To schedule your own family session, call jane at 207-730-1894.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Nashua, NH Family Photographer, a walk in the park

walking, reading, running and loving

Last month I made the trip to Mines Falls in Nashua, New Hampshire, to photograph two families.  This first family I just adore.  I’ve known the Daddy for a very long time, and I’ve been photographing his family since he had his first child, almost 5 years ago.  It’s been so wonderful to watch them grow as a family, now with two children (a girl and a boy, in that order!).  This is our first time venturing into the woods for a semi-lifestyle session with lots of candids and a few posed portraits too.

Stella (don’t you just love her name?) is a real girly girl.  She’s all sugar and spice and is a true delight!  And Sam is a great little guy who loves running  and playing, and although he may sometimes be reluctant to show it, loves his big sister too!

 

 

 

 

 

What a fun time we had!  I love knowing that I’ll be seeing them again and have the chance to watch them grow!

Our path may change as life goes along, but our bond will remain forever strong. 
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Jane is a family and lifestyle photographer covering Southern Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

 

 


Maine wedding & lifestyle photographer

Starting over again … or, if you build it, they will come.

I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching over the past several months in both my personal daily living and my professional photography business.  I’ll save my personal tidbits for another time.  Right now, I’m thrilled to share with you where I’m taking my photography business and why.

First, let me tell you that I love … I mean really LOVE … going through life with a camera in my hand.  It allows me to step back and truly watch what goes on around me.  People, animals, events, nature — I find them all fascinating, and I’m thankful that I have a way of capturing the moments as they unfold in a way that tells the underlying story. This thrills me!

So while my business has always been a business that I love, I’ve decided to hone in on what speaks to me and focus on what truly feeds my soul, and know that this will make my business a very happy business for me and make for very happy client experiences for you.

I know this is cliche.  I know it but I just can’t help it … I love love.  There — I said it.  And happiness.  And fun.  And emotions.  And affection.  (And hugs … oh, I love hugs!)  And then I go back to love.  So I will be focusing on all that and especially the connections between people — including couples, siblings, friends, family, parent/child — you know … people who share, people who connect and people who love.  Melts my heart…..

Weddings

For me, this means small intimate gatherings that can include elopements, vow renewals, engagement sessions, proposals, small weddings, fun little gatherings and intimate celebrations.  My perfect couple wants to share their experience with those who are closest to them, and they adore the relationships with the people they love the most.  Click here to see more about my wedding packages.

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a glance and a smile

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Lifestyle Stories

Portrait-wise, you’ll hear me talk about lifestyle stories.  These sessions are designed to capture the seemingly ordinary moments in your everyday life in a very extraordinary way.  I love these sessions — they are so real, so true and so fun!   Learn more about these here.

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“Follow what you love and it will take you where you want to go.”

 -Natalie Goldberg

That’s exactly what I intend to do.  I invite you to come along for the ride!

#truelifeisbeautiful