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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!!

 

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

 

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

maine maternity and family photography

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

family session kettle cove maine

maine maternity photography at Kettle Cove

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.

 

 

 

 

 


Friday Favorites | cape elizabeth, maine engagement photographer

Their favorites.

Nick and Heidi are transplants to the Portland area.  She’s from Minnesota …. he’s from New York.  So when they got engaged, they wanted to do their engagement session here and show their families back home their lovely adopted town.   Heidi was happy to revisit the images from her fall session and as she told me, had a hard time choosing just three, which, of course, is music to my ears!  In her words, “I starred my favorites … (in order if I realllllly have to, 5 seemed way easier to pick than 3!! 😉 ) And, since it was nearly impossible to just pick 3, I went with the strategy of picking 3 favorites based on 3 different aspects I liked about all our pictures. It was fun to have a reason to pour through all of them again!”

 

No. 1

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heidi’s favorite pick

I love the lighting and colors in this picture, and that I can see our sincere smiles having so much fun that day exploring and taking pictures. Walking along the wooden pathway was so fun to just appreciate the fall colors along the coast, and the beautiful evening. It’s my favorite portrait-type picture of us.

 

No. 2

love in the old port

love in the old port

This one I love because it shows the town we now call home. Since we are both transplants to Portland, ME it was fun to take pictures in the old port to capture the personality of the cobblestone streets and brick buildings of this fun-loving ocean side town! I love how it has us centered in this beautiful street capturing some of Portland’s energy in the photograph. This was my favorite picture that captured a more scenic view.

 

No. 3

puppy love

puppy love

Now, this picture may not have a whole lot of us in it, but, our dog Dobby is pretty much our favorite of all time & it was so fun to have him be a part of our engagement session-so I had to include it! He may have been over excited to be exploring new areas 95% of the session, but it was so fitting for us to have him along-plus look at that face. How could you not love it?!

 

My turn

Overall, I loved this session.  We really split this session into three to get the full Maine experience.  First, we found a location with beautiful foliage.  Next, we went down the road a piece (that’s Mainespeak!) to Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, and then a few days later we met in the Old Port.  So much fun spending time with this couple!

Unlike Heidi, I don’t have a favorite.  I have several.  Her first selection is also one of my favorites, so I’m happy to have the chance to pick a few more!  Here are mine in no particular order….

 

warming up

warming up

I love the warm feeling I get from this image.  The setting sun gives it a beautiful golden glow, the blanket tells me they’re going to get cozy, and his arm on her back tells me he loves her.  🙂

 

the look of love

the look of love

The happiness in this image takes my breath away.  It’s a moment in time, captured.  While it may not be the “save the date” choice — the happiness, the connection, the love — is clear.

 

save the date

save the date

I, too, am a sucker for four-legged furballs and chose this image for that reason.  Dobby is clearly a huge part of their lives, so I especially like this one-big-happy-family portrait!

 

One more for the road ….

silhouette

silhouette

Whenever the opportunity presents itself, I like to end a session with a silhouette.  This evening didn’t disappoint.

 

xoxoxoxoxo

xoxoxoxoxo

 

Jane loves engagement sessions!  Capturing love and laughter is her specialty.  Contact Jane at 207.730.1894 for information on a session for you!

 

 

 

 


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
xoxoxoxoxo

xoxoxoxoxo

 

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

xoxoxoxoxo

xoxoxoxoxo

 

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