ranunculus

my 365 personal project – new england and new orleans photographer

Thursday throwback to April … what a lovely month!  It began with an Easter parade  in New Orleans’ French Quarter, birthday celebrations with my wonderful sister, crawfish, grandgirls, and I discovered my love for ranunculus — these gorgeous blooms that resemble something between a rose and a zinnia, but grow in a wild way similar to tulips after they’ve been in water for several days.  Apparently, I love a beautiful mess.  We ended the month in New England via Birmingham, Savannah  and Hilton Head, where pansies and popcorn awaited us!  Such a fun month … enjoy!

easter sunday

 

iris

sprinkles

climbing roses

crawfish

drug store

beach

young girl

tree

ranunculus

little girl

little girl

sisters

crazy hair

teenager

beachwalk

harry potter

rununculus

middendorfs

sisters

door handles

teenager

savannah

savannah fountain

palm trees

flowering tree

pansies and popcorn

ranunculus

ranunculus

 

grapefruit

 

Thanks for coming along on this journey with me!

 

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.

-Shakespeare

 

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane is a lifestyle and portrait photographer in New England and New Orleans.

Email jane@janeberger.com if you’d like a personalized lifestyle session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


sunrise bridge slidell louisiana

personal project | 365 | maine and new orleans photographer

March.

March Madness.  It comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.  Well, it definitely came in like a lion as I was scheduled for a flight from New Orleans to Portland on March 2, only to have it cancelled because of a Nor’Easter.  L O T S of snow.  So I flew out two days later, was here for two weeks, and guess what … two more Nor’Easters hit.  Yowza!

So here’s my merry month of snow, beach, crawfish, scrabble, knitting, nashville and the Grand Ole Opry, and just basic madness … in pictures.  #playingcatchup

 

ocean springs sunset

 

slidell louisiana landscape photographer

cirque de soleil

airplane ride new orleans to portland maine

vase of flowers portland maine

yarn shop windham maine

boston rainy afternoon

acorn street boston mass

snowy bough portland maine

hockey game portland maine

puppy holliston mass

brunswick maine restaurant

snowy road scarborough maine

scrabble

charlotte airport

little girl new orleans

little girl new orleans

little girls new orleans

train new orleans

tree new orleans

knitting new orleans

antique stereo nashville

bridal luncheon nashville

gun control nashville march

nashville in concert grand ole opry

church new orleans

new orleans balcony

little girl in new orleans

gulfport stormy skies

easter lily

grass and blue sky new orleans

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane is a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in southern maine and sometimes new orleans.  Contact Jane by emailing her at jane@janeberger.com for more information.  And just to say hi!

 

 

 

 


365 | documenting daily life | maine and new orleans photographer

FebPics … what?

Remember when I said that personal work takes a back seat?  You can click here for a refresher.  And now you’re witnessing just how true that statement is.  Today is July 3, and it is hot and muggy.  Seems like a great time to post my February images, don’t you think?  😉

According to all the moments I’ve captured during February, I’m pretty sure I started in Maine and spent the better part of the month in New Orleans.  We enjoyed our sweet little granddaughters, partied Mardi Gras style with family and friends, started a knitting project went to the beach (that was definitely down south!), and even though the weather was on the chilly side in the Crescent City, it was nowhere near the cold New England was experiencing during the winter.

During this hot hot hot … hot …. spell, you may want to find some air conditioning.  Then take a look at the images that follow.  I recommend reviewing them  s l o w l y  so as to breathe in some of that coolness.  Enjoy!  As always, your feedback is welcome!  🙂

 

personal 365 project kitting

winter bough

kitty, fireplace, 365

falmouth maine town landing

 

camera, photographer, canon, 365 personal project

little girl dancing in costume

cook, pot, new orleans photographer

tulips. flowers

365 project verizon store

girls in costume

mardi gras bacchus float new orleans

mardi gras beads new orleans

mardi gras french quarter new orleans

tulip, close up, macro, flower photographer

mardi gras, mask, new orleans

little girl, monkey, new orleans

new orleans family photographer

prints, pictures., new orleans

sunset silhouette new orleans

tree branches new orleans

new orleans algiers levee at sunset

new orleans photographer

morning coffee new orleans

personal project state of maine

new orleans event photographer crawfish

white flowering tree spring

new orleans algiers family photographer

new orleans photographer silhouette

Thanks for being here.  Watch for more catching up on my 365 daily and personal project!

 

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane is a lifestyle, portrait and small wedding and elopement photographer, taking some time this year to work on this personal project — 365 photo a day.  Come on along!

 

If your’e interested in having Jane photograph the special people in your life, email her at jane@janeberger.com.

 


pemaquid lupines maine photographer

cloudy with a chance of purple | maine photographer

Ah, yes.  With the arrival of a crazy June, comes flowers — a very particular flower.  I like to think of this as our gift in the north for enduring a long winter and many times a rainy April.  And really, nothing says spring in Maine like Lupines, amiright?????  Those tall, beautiful, bold spikes we all spy on the highways and in the fields during our road trips.   They’re mostly purple (ahem, my favorite color thankyouverymuch), and sometimes pink and white.  And that gorgeous foliage, deep and bright green, from which they grow?  Oh, lawdy!   Eye candy at its finest.

“Happiness radiates like the fragrance of the flower and draws all good things towards you.”  I’d like to think that I’m creative enough to come up with this sweet prose that pretty much sums up my feelings, but alas, I’ll stick to photographing these beauties and credit this little goodie to Maharashi Mahesh Yogi.

We went north.  My friend Joanne and I went north not because we knew we would find these wild and gorgeous blooms (wink, wink),  but to engage in a shooting spree starring one of Maine’s iconic lighthouses along our beautiful coast — Pemaquid.  (I just had to get yet another reflection of that structure in the puddle of the rocks…. *sigh*)    Our travels also took us to Fort William Henry, site of where one of my dear friends got married several years ago and it is lovely!  In addition to more lupine (or is it lupines????), we stumbled across phlox, iris, pine cones, a cairn, a coke and a few smiles.  Winning!!!

The cloudy sky didn’t dampen our spirits.  Sometimes I prefer the greyness to bright sun.  This was one of those days.

Warning:  This blog post might contain enough purple lupines to last you a few seasons.  Proceed at your own risk.  🙂

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

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pemaquid lupines maine photographer fort henry

pemaquid lupines maine photographer fort henry

pemaquid lupines maine photographer fort henry

pemaquid lupines maine photographer fort henry

pemaquid lupines maine photographer fort henry

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

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pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

pemaquid lupines maine photographer

 

 

You must do something to make the world more beautiful.  Says Miss Rumphius.

— Barbara Cooney

 

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

Jane is a Maine photographer specializing in elopements, children and lifestyle.  Contact her for more information at jane@janeberger.com.

 

Prints are available for purchase.

 

 

 


sisters

documenting daily life | new england and new orleans photographer

It was all so very innocent.  My New Year’s Day Facebook post said something about 365 new days, 365 new opportunities.  I mean, that’s what a new year is all about, right?  I wasn’t meaning anything more, and that’s when it all started ….

Here’s a little background.  My friend (and a fabulous photographer) Kristina did a killer 365 project last year.   If you aren’t familiar with that term, it translates to mean 365 images over the course of the year, taken daily.    It’s a daunting task if you ask me.  Several of my photographer friends were planning on participating and were in the process of creating a special FB page for sharing images, challenges and successes.  Me?  I was on the fence.

As an aside, you may recall that last year I participated in a project 52 … yup … one photo per week.  If you missed it, click here to see my year in pictures, week by week.  I didn’t realize how special this project was until I was already done.  I put all the images together into one file (wish I had thought of that at the beginning of the project!) and was pretty darn thrilled to see the entire year — all 52 images — pulled together and in one place.  I even felt a little proud!

Back to that Facebook post about new days and new opportunities … another photographer friend Judy piped up with one simple question … “Does this mean you’re doing the 365?”  Gulp.  I threw caution to the wind….  I’m in!

To keep me honest, I’ll share my images monthly.  Granted, we’re already well into February, but you know what they say about personal work?  It takes a way-back seat.  Plus, in order for this to work for me, it has to be on my terms without added pressure … a photo a day is pressure enough!  Speaking of that, daylight is winding down, and since I haven’t made my image yet today, I better get going.   🙂

Here is January through my lens.

birmingham sunset

slidell, louisiana arrival

little girls new orleans photographer

new orleans photographer

sunset silhouette in slidell louisiana

climbing stairs

driving to disneyworls

cinderella's castle

lights in the sky

light show

girls walking

viva in car

little girls in the morning

jenga tournament

computer webinar

lilies

lily shadow

stargazer lily

blog post photo

mardi gras parade

little girl twirling

red berry bush

weeds

pedi

200 beach street

cinderella

charlie on slide


sisters on bed

white lily

on the plane

hyacinth in the light

I walk, I look, I see, I stop, I photograph.                

 leon levinstein

 

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane is an elopement, intimate wedding, event and lifestyle photographer covering Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond.  Contact Jane at jane@janeberger.com for information on documenting your special occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


canon-camera-lilies-cards-maine-photographer

Personal Photo Project | maine and new orleans photographer

For those of you who know me, know that when I pick up my camera, I’m a very happy person.  I love my job, which isn’t a job at all because I have tons ‘o fun and meet some truly wonderful people.  I’m grateful for finding photography and for photography to have found me.   I’ve made this a business, and it’s a happy little business indeed!

But when I pick up my camera with no agenda, expectations and demands — when it’s just me, myself and my camera –my heart sings.   Lllllaaaaaaaaaa …. Can you hear it???!!!  THIS!  This is what fills my soul, feeds my creativity, allows me to observe, to look at seemingly meaningless things in a whole different way, and capture those moments — just for me.   It’s crazy good and I love it!

I just don’t do it enough.

2017: Project 52

So last year I participated in a Project 52 … that is, making and posting one personal photo per week …. which got me shooting more than I might have otherwise.  It was overall very fun, challenging,  fulfilling, and oh so pleasing to see the final 52 — my year — in its final form.  It’s worth noting that I do have one exception — week 48.  Well, that week was incredibly sad because we said goodbye to a man I have loved dearly for almost my whole life and my focus was not on making photographs, but rather on making a slideshow of his life to share with family and friends.  However, you will see his handsome and smiling face still added to Week 48 — a photograph I took when he was inducted into the Chevrus Hall of Fame a few years back.  It just feels right.

Before I share with you my Final 52, let me tell you what I’m doing for 2018….. any guesses?  Yup … a 365!!!  Stay tuned as I’ll share some of those throughout the year.

Without further ado …..  My 2017 week by week…

 

cupcakes, celebration, event photographer

2/52 jenga player, event photographer, goth makeup

3/53 Lucygirl, pet photographer

04/52 viva painting, childrens photography, new orleans5/52 mardi gras parade, confetti kids, algiers point, new orleans

6/52, slidell, parade, mardi gras

6a/52, dahlia, flower, black and white

7/52, sunset at fontainebleu state park, louisiana

8/52 parade route, new orleans mardi gras

9/52 girls jumping on bed new orleans photographer

10/52 saxaphone player, mardi gras parade, new orleans photographer

11/52 pink flower, new orleans photographer

12/52 tulip silhouette13/52 child photographer new orleans

14/52 child photographer mardi gras new orleans

15/52 street performer, new orleans

16/52 street performer, new orleans

17/52 street performer new orleans

18/52 girl jumping, new orleans photographer

19/52 tree silhouette, birds, maine photographer

20/52 peony, flower

21/52 memorial, photo, memorial day, flat, boston

22/52 flowering-tree-maine-photography

23/52 dog-nose-maine-photographer

24/52 peony-flower-stamen-maine

25/52 portland-building-maine-ivy

26/52 maine-ocean-scenic-cape-elizabeth

28/52 wheel-antique-car-maine-photographer

29/52 amusement-ride-old-orchard-beach

30/52 carrots-farmers-market-maine-photographer

31/52 city-hall-maine-photography

32/52 lobster-traps-black-white-maine-photography

33/52 child-closeup-maine-march-of-dimes

34/52 child-photographer-airborn-maine

35/52 child-photographer-peek-a-boo

36/52 elder-man-champion-patriots-maine

37/52 morning-sunrise-maine-seacoast

38/52 sunflower-field-balloons-newburyport

39/52 beach-seacoast-maine-sky

40/52 pretty-autumn-flowers-maine

41/52 old-white-door-maine

42/52 sunrise-lincolnville-maine-reeds-silhouette

43/52 tree-silhouette-sunset-east-end-maine

44/52 autumn-trees-foliage-providence-photographer

45/52 child-playing-louisiana-photographer

46/52 marilyn-monroe-kisses-universal-orlando

47/52 olympia-snowe-womens-leadership-institute-photographer

48/52 hall-of-fame-inductee-portland-maine

49/52 farmgirl-flowers-delivery

50/52 fanuiel-hall-boston-christmas

51/52 christmas-tree-farm-snow-maine

52/52 working-docks-maine-coast

 

Enter to win!!!

Did you get all the way through?  Thanks for that!  Tell me your favorite image and why …. and I’ll enter your name in a drawing for a free one-hour session* anywhere between Boston and Portland, or New Orleans.  Use it for headshots, a family portrait, an engagement session, anniversary, a people and pet session,  or just for fun!   Comment on my Facebook page and you will automatically be entered!  Drawing will take place on January 31, 2018.

*Session only is free.  Digital files and prints may be purchased separately.  Non-transferrable.

 

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

Jane Berger is a Maine, New England and New Orleans capturer of memories who loves making images of people connecting with people.  Or pets.  Or nature.  Well, you get the picture.  😉    Contact Jane at jane@janeberger.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 


point lookout sunrise, maine

fall break | maine scenic photographer

Fall is typically my busy time of year.  If I’m not behind my camera, I’m in front of my computer — culling, editing and posting the images previously shot.  This year provided some breathing room and so it was a great time to take a little time off.

Where to go in Maine in the fall?  I would run out of fingers and toes tenfold counting all the beautiful spots in this great state.  So we settled on Point Lookout in Northport — not too far that it would take more than a half day to leisurely make our way there, and not too close so that it felt like we were going away on vacation.  My honey and I, and my sister and her honey bunked in a sweet, rustic log cabin nestled in the woods and warmed by the fire in the cast iron stove.  We took the short trip up Mount Battie that overlooked the lovely little coastal town of Camden, and then went into town for dining and some therapy shopping(!).    Belfast wasn’t too far up the road and it turned out to be a delight, and Lincolnville was well worthwhile for getting up and out before the break of dawn.

We had such a great time that we’re thinking we’ll do it again next year!  I’m happy to share snippets of our mini vacation with you!

cabin in the woods

camden, maine

 

camden, maine

beautiful morning

point lookout sunrise maine

foliage

mums

penobscot bay

pat and mike

warren and janie

sunrisesunrise

morning sunrise

sunrisebeach rocks

rocks at sunrisecairnsunrise lincolnvillesunriseflowers

 

 

coastal town

fall flowers

fall flowers

lobsters

coastal town

coastal town

coastal town

coastal town

I’m so glad to live in a place where there are Octobers.

llmontgomery, anne of green gables

 

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

Jane is a lifestyle, portrait and elopement photographer covering Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond.  Contact Jane at jane@janeberger.com for more information.

 

 


point lookout sunrise, maine

a fall break | maine scenic photographer

Fall is typically my busy time of year.  If I’m not behind my camera, I’m in front of my computer — culling, editing and posting the images previously shot.  This year provided some breathing room and so it was a great time to take a little time off.

Where to go in Maine in the fall?  I would run out of fingers and toes tenfold counting all the beautiful spots in this great state.  So we settled on Point Lookout in Northport — not too far that it would take more than a half day to leisurely make our way there, and not too close so that it felt like we were going away on vacation.  My honey and I, and my sister and her honey bunked in a sweet, rustic log cabin nestled in the woods and warmed by the fire in the cast iron stove.  We took the short trip up Mount Battie that overlooked the lovely little coastal town of Camden, and then went into town for dining and some therapy shopping(!).    Belfast wasn’t too far up the road and it turned out to be a delight, and Lincolnville was well worthwhile for getting up and out before the break of dawn.

We had such a great time that we’re thinking we’ll do it again next year!  I’m happy to share snippets of our mini vacation with you!

cabin in the woods

camden, maine

camden, maine

point lookout, maine

point lookout sunrise, maine

point lookout sunrise maine

mums

foliage

autumn foliage

penobscot bay

pat and mike

warren and janie

fall flowers

fall flowers

beach

sunrise

sunrise

beach rocks

sunrise lincolnville

rocks

flowers

coastal town

coastal town

coastal town

coastal town

coastal town

coastal town

I’m so glad to live in a place where there are Octobers.

— anne of green gables

 

jane berger photography

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane is a lifestyle and portrait photographer covering southern Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond.  Contact Jane at jane@janeberger.com for more information.

 

 

 


lilacs

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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lilacs

lilacs

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lilacs

lilacs

lilacs

lilacs

lilacs

lilacs

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

xoxoxoxoxo

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


sunset at fontainebleu state park

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.