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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

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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!

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camden, maine

 

camden, maine

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penobscot bay

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warren and janie

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morning sunrise

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coastal town

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fall flowers

lobsters

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coastal town

coastal town

coastal town

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

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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.

 

 

 


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

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 | 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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sunburst yoga

 

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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sending love

 

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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jumping for joy

 

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.

sunburst, sunflower

sunburst, sunflower

 

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.

within reach

within reach

 

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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peace

 

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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xoxoxoxoxo

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

heidi's favorite pick

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 engagement photographer | a dog, a sunset and a whole lotta love at kettle cove

I could photograph engagement sessions all day long.  Really I could.  I love working with couples whose love for each other knows no bounds, and whose connection is so very strong with the anticipation of starting their future together.  It’s always fun, it’s always special, and it’s always — always — so meaningful.  It’s an honor to share this special time with these newly engaged couples. That they put their trust in me to document their very own magic is so thrilling to me!  I am always humbled.

This sweet, lovely couple’s session was no different.  The bride-to-be is from the midwest and wanted the session to convey all that Maine has to offer so that the folks back home could get a feel for where she lives now.  We had a hard time deciding where to do the session because there are so many beautiful options!  (Oh, and did I already say how lucky we are who live in Maine for that very reason?)  So this session is actually a three-location session.  Our first stop was behind a lovely little church in Scarborough where we knew there would be some spectacular foliage.

 

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I mean, how handsome is this couple???  Next, we moved on down the road to Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth for another Maine experience.  This beautiful spot has it all — woods, ocean, sand, and a rocky shore ….

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And then when they told me they had a dog?  My little bit of heaven just got a little brighter!  Bring your fur-legged bestie, please!!!!

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At the end of the session, we were in the perfect spot for a killer sunset.  It was a wonderful way to end the evening.

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There’s more to this session so stay tuned for Part II!

“What if I told you I know someone who thinks you’re the center of the universe?”

-Kol Anderson, Once Broken

 

xoxoxoxoxo

xoxoxoxoxo

Jane is an intimate wedding, elopement and engagement photographer who relishes the opportunity to capture love.  Contact jane at jane@janeberger.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


maine landscape photographer | eeking out the last bit of fall at pineland farms

A week ago, after a session with a sweet little 4 month old, I decided to take a drive around and see what was left of the fall foliage.  Much to my delight, there were quite a few leaves left on the trees and still a lot of vibrant color.

You should know that this is what I absolutely LOVE to do!  I am so happy when I drive around with my camera, stop wherever I want, photograph whatever I like, and bask in the glory of mother nature and the beauty we are lucky enough to have bestowed upon us.  This feeds my soul, and I love sharing it with you.

Anyhow, I ended up at Pineland Farms — a beautiful campus of buildings and barns surrounded by a white fence that goes on for years.  It’s gorgeous this time of year!  And what first caught my eye on this vast amount of green land was a big, beautiful horse, running back and forth clearly enjoying the last of the fall weather (at least in my mind, he was!).  It felt so Norman Rockwell, I had to stop.  And when you see the following images, you’ll know why I think he was enjoying the day …. I’m pretty sure he put on a show for me!  horses_0003

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And then he was done and it was time for both of us to  move on.  But I confess, I could have watched him all day!

I ran into a few sheep …

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Stopped at a little park I was passing  ….

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A few sights on a country road …

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And the wheat blowing in the wind was gorgeous!

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So just because, here are a few more foliage images … beautiful, colorful, and so picturesque!

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And there you have it.  Thanks for reading through and sharing this journey with me!

“A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves–strong, powerful, beautiful–and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.”

– Pam Brown

 

xoxoxoxoxo

xoxoxoxoxo

Jane is a photographer specializing in elopement and intimate weddings and lifestyle sessions, who also enjoys wandering with her camera to capture the beauty of our world.  For more information, please contact jane at jane@janeberger.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It’s the most wonderful time of the year

It’s true.

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

xoxoxoxoxo

 

for more information on using Jane’s services, visit her website at www.janeberger.com.

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Saco, Maine | Bayview Beach Family Photo Session

a beachy morning

For those of you who have sessions with me, you know that it is a necessity to work the session around the best light.  That typically means either early morning or early evening into dusk when the sun is at a slant, providing the most glorious and flattering glow.    Most people choose the early evening option … not that I blame them!  But not this family!  And I love it! This is the second time I’ve photographed this family in as many years, and both times were early morning sessions.  This was so great for so many reasons …..  the light, as I mentioned above, is just lovely, and we had the beach virtually to ourselves except for a few other early morning beach lovers.  We had the opportunity to run around, play, have fun, and capture some really great moments.  The boys have grown for sure, but still have the same handsome smiles I remembered.  They were full of energy, a little mischievous, and full of love for each other.  I mean, look at their happy faces!

We were done by 8:00 a.m.  So I snuck back for a few minutes of solitude.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Aaaaahhhhhh.

 

 

a beautiful morning on Bayview

a beautiful morning on Bayview

a family full of love

a family full of love

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special bond

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