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.

sunburst yoga

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.

sending love

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.

jumping for joy

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!

peace

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.

 

xoxoxoxoxo

xoxoxoxoxo

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


maine artist lifestyle photographer, south portland

Maggie Bokor Jewelry — feel more you

Maggie Bokor is a real gem.  She’s one of those lovely people who speaks from her heart, who is in touch with her soul and is in tune with all that surrounds her.  She is talented beyond belief as an artist, jewelry designer and creator, writer, marketer, Nia dance instructor, Reiki practitioner, musician, singer, songwriter … oh, the list, I’m sure, could go on and on.  I’ve known her for years — we’ve collaborated on projects several times, and she’s my good friend.

Inspired by nature, Maggie’s jewelry is organic, timeless and elegant.  She pours her heart and soul into each piece she creates, and it shows in the beautiful sterling silver earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings she produces.   I love that she ties each of her lines to a natural element, and that each line is meant to awaken a feeling of self empowerment, strength, and serenity.  One of my favorites, her Echo collection, arouse feelings of connection.  But instead of me telling you all about this and her other lovely collections, visit her website and see for yourself.  (Maggie and I have had a few model sessions and you’ll see much of my work on her website.  More on that in another blog post.)

Maggie’s beautiful work is available across the country in many exclusive galleries and shops, including Abacus here in Portland and Archipelago in Rockland.  She makes it easy, too, by offering on-line shopping.

My own line … whaaaaat??????  Get this ….   Maggie is in the process of designing a line of jewelry specifically for me to offer my brides.  Imagine that!  I’m so darn excited!

So a couple of weeks back I spent a few hours with Maggie at SoPo Art Studios in South Portland where she works her magic.   It was a joy to capture her as she worked the details — sketching a design, crafting the clay, smoothing the rough edges, adding gemstones, soldering, polishing and packaging.

Be sure to visit her website and reach out.  Like I said, Maggie is a real gem and her jewelry is special and unique. As is she.

 

SoPo Art Studio

SoPo Art Studio

sketching and designing

sketching and designing

at work

at work

maggie

maggie

a few tools of the trade

a few tools of the trade

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making space for the jewels

making space for the jewels

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each piece id'd as a maggie bokor original

each piece id’d as a maggie bokor original

inspired by nature

inspired by nature

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mb

travelling trunk

travelling trunk

maggie lifestyle stomped_0032

trying on the final product

trying on the final product

ready to fill a lucky someone's order

ready to fill a lucky someone’s order

the final product

the final product

maggie

maggie

 

“Curiosity about life in all its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” — Leo Burnett

#truelifeisbeautiful

xoxoxoxoxo

xoxoxoxoxo

* Lifestyle sessions are designed to capture the seemingly ordinary moments of your everyday life in an extraordinary way.  
* Artist lifestyle sessions are available by contacting Jane Berger through her website here.    
* Jane is a small wedding, intimate celebrations and lifestyle photographer located in the Portland, Maine area.