Let me tell you this. My work — my personal work that’s just for me — takes a back seat to almost everything. What a shame, right???! And this year my personal work is greatly comprised of my 365 project … one photo every day. I’m loving the shooting part but boy, it’s the processing after that bogs me down! So here we are in November — one week until Thanksgiving — and I’m posting for … wait for it … May!!
In addition to, or perhaps complementing, my project 365, I incorporated a weekly photo excursion to Maine lighthouses and other iconic settings that I had been wanting to capture. Every summer seems to go by in a minute, so this weekly date (a.k.a. self-inflicted assignment) caused me to be intentional in how I spent at least one day out of my week. My friend Joanne joined me for what turned out to be a whole lot of sunrises with a side of breakfast. You’ll see our first two trips this month …. Bug Light and Spring Point. Both lovely. Couple them with the beautiful early morning light? Pure joy!
So, better late then never, yes? Enjoy, and feel free to share and/or leave me a comment.
“I knew this much: that there is objective time, but also subjective time…. And this personal time, which is the true time, is measured in your relationship to memory.”
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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!
Thanks for coming along on this journey with me!
April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.
Jane is a lifestyle and portrait photographer in New England and New Orleans.
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
Jane is a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in southern maine and sometimes new orleans. Contact Jane by emailing her at email@example.com for more information. And just to say hi!
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.
I walk, I look, I see, I stop, I photograph.
Jane is an elopement, intimate wedding, event and lifestyle photographer covering Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond. Contact Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on documenting your special occasion.
When you spend time in the south and you’re a photographer, you just have to take advantage! There’s so much beauty in the big’ol oak trees drenched with moss, the flowers that bloom year round, and the gorgeous parks that are home to both. Luckily for me, this beautiful mama is expecting this baby — her third — any day now, and so we had the perfect elements for a lovely and memorable maternity session.
Tracy is lovely, don’t you agree? She is every bit as nice, too. We had a great time walking around City Park in New Orleans capturing her at her most beautiful as she anticipates one of the greatest and life changing moments of her life. I tried to convey the goodness, the pureness, the excitement and the joy of this special time under a beautiful canopy that Mother Nature so lovingly provided.
So glad y’all are here to relive this special day with us. Enjoy!
Jane is a portrait and lifestyle photographer capturing love and laughter in Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond. For a dream session with Jane, contact her at email@example.com.
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.
It was there that I briefly met Kevin Thomas and Susan Grisanti, publisher and editor-in-chief, respectively, ofMaine Magazine and Maine Home + Design, along with the photographer they hired to cover the event for their magazine.
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.
(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.)
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
Kathryn and Alex traveled from Mississippi (Ole Miss alums and die hard fans!) to get married in front of the iconic Portland Headlight. As a Maine destination elopement photographer, this was right up my alley and after months of planning, I was delighted to finally meet them and their parents. Kathryn and Alex were beside themselves with happiness and excitement, and their parents could not have been nicer. You know when things just “click”? Well, this was one of those times!
Kathryn chose her favorite three images from her Maine destination elopement. Here they are, in no particular order, and in her own words ….
This picture reminds me of how happy and blissful we were right after the ceremony. It couldn’t have been in a more perfect setting and we were just so happy to be husband and wife.
This picture is one of my all time favorite pics. It shows the beautiful setting as well as my dress, bouquet, and veil. We have it framed in our house. Jane did a beautiful job capturing everything including this moment.
Just looking at the picture reminds me of how fun the day was. My parents rented a limo for us and we all wanted to ride together so I made him wear a blindfold all the way to the ceremony. His reactions to things happening on the ride were hilarious and we still laugh about.
If I had to choose one word to describe this Maine destination elopement, that word would be intimate — which is why I am in love with this particular wedding! However, choosing just one image as my favorite is a difficult task. Here are my top three…
Kathryn was so very happy on this day, and this smile/laugh makes me remember perfectly what this lovely day was all about. Plus, she’s gorgeous, yes? (on the inside as well!)
This was both a fun and sweet moment. The high five with the bouquet screams YES!!! … and then looooook … he’s holding her dress! It just makes my heart go pitter patter!
I love this wedding portrait for many reasons. I see their happiness and excitement for starting their future together. The iconic Portland Headlight is in the background so for a Maine destination elopement, nothing could be more perfect. And the third element that makes me love this photo is the yellowish greenery (is that even possible???!) in front. One of my favorites for sure!
Plus, I was delighted when I was contacted by Maine Weddings and they used one of my images from this elopement on the cover (as well as several on the inside!). I was thrilled!
Jane is a small and intimate wedding and elopement photographer based in Southern Maine. She covers events in New England, New Orleans and beyond, capturing love and laughter. Contact Jane at 207.730.1894.
There was a time when summer was my most favorite time of year. There was also a time when Christmas was tops on my list. And then, when spring arrives, I’m pretty sure that IT’S the most beautiful season of all … so fresh and new! But right now, with the chill in the air and the bright, beautiful and colorful leaves on the trees? Yes, right now … THIS is my favorite time of year!
A few years in a row I’ve headed south to Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge … such a beautiful place with big, gorgeous trees — to get my fill of fall, its colors and my photo fun. This year, I spent some time at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco. This place is not nearly as big, but it is every bit as lovely, peaceful, serene and picturesque.
Call me crazy, but I enjoy checking out the headstones. I figure out his or her age, who the person is buried next to, if they are family members and what their story might have been. Somewhere, there’s a descendent who can’t visit or may not even know that this person existed …. I like to think that I visit in their stead.
And finally, there is a sweet little building with a beautiful window, a turret and ivy growing up its stone walls framing the windows perfectly.
I finally got to get my fall on … and it was well worth the wait!
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree. –emily bronte