Maine

My Mother's Day Thank You...and a Request

My Mother's Day Thank You...and a Request:

This is the time of year that we ponder our mothers and what they mean to us. For me Mother's Day is about my godmother Catherine and how she has helped shape who I am. For the last almost 20 years she has been my biggest fan and has never wavered in her belief that I can do anything. Catherine is also truly one of the kindest wisest women I have ever known.  Everyone should be so lucky to have a women like her in their life to give them an example to follow.

So this is my thank you to her. I would love to hear your thank you to your mother/mother figure for my blog post on mothers day. Please send me an email with your story and I will share it with the world on the blog very soon.

 jen@jendeanphoto.com

This past weekend I had a great time photographing a beautiful mother and daughter. I loved watching their interactions together, and am excited to share more photos from their session soon. Keep an eye out here on my blog. (Both Jamie and I think they look SO Hollywood in this shot!) :)

What better gift to give your mother than a wonderful experience, and beautiful heirloom portraits that will forever change the way she sees herself? Call today as sessions fill quickly.  207.318.0467

Custom Photography: The Investment

Custom photography is a unique and highly personalized experience with an amazing outcome- artwork you can cherish for many years to come. Here's why it's worth the investment.

Chain stores bring in lots of people for a short, cookie cutter experience. You, as the client, tend to have very little say in what happens during your short session, and then they move on to the next client.

When you choose an independent photographer, they will take the time to get to know you personally and build the session based on your preferences.

 Doing this requires a lot of time and effort. Your actual photo session may only take an hour or two, but your photographer has probably invested 10-15 hours in you. 

Custom photographers want to focus on quality and not quantity. And they also offer many different custom-designed products. 

You may have been drawn to an independent photographer because of their distinct style and portfolio. These things grow with experience, for example, I have 14 years of experience and education. That is part of your investment when you hire me. 

Lastly, most custom photographers have invested many thousands of dollars in equipment along with being completely insured and yearly continuing education. If you would like to invest in a true custom photographer (or have any questions at all!) feel free to give me a call! 

207-318-0467

black point inn romance

so while this may take a bit of text i really need to share the story about how this bride and groom met...dominic was on the way to europe with his family when he was 15 yrs old. while sitting in the airport waiting for a delayed flight he spotted a really pretty girl. so with his new camera he snuck a photo of her and then asked his mom if he should go talk to her. well, long story short they talked for a long time and exchanged contact information.

after many long phone calls and years of writing and planning they both lived up to all their promises by getting into the same college and starting a life together. there were many toasts from friends and family at the wedding talking about how they never believed that at 15 either of them could have been right about meeting the 'one', but here they are 9 years later. you just never know about life. i am so lucky to be a wedding photographer and get to see these snippets of life and love. thank you dom and julie for letting me share your love.

i need say no more i believe the photos show the rest of the story about how in love they are....

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they saw each other for the first time before the ceremony at this spot on the ocean
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of course they have the photo that was taken when she was 15...
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amy & jarod

here are the latest engagement photos from good ol' downtown portland. that's one thing i love about this city...it may be small, but it is so visually interesting. i always find great backdrops. and as i always say "it never hurts to have beautiful people to photograph"! amy & jarod are just toooo cute. sorry guys. you are. can't wait till the wedding! they have the best spot on the water...right in the middle of downtown and the reception will be at rira the irish pub. such a great idea. and a thank you to vignola (amy says they have the best pizza in town) for letting us use your window seats for some photos!

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the life is good signs were there idea. nice job!
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hate to admit it, but this was amy's idea too. i LOVE reflection shots, but hadn't thought of this. i think it looks really lovely.
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jeff & margot, rainy-day-cape-sprague-love!

jeff and margot have to be two of the most loved and in love people i have ever met. the wedding was to take place outside at sprague farm, in cape elizabeth, maine. however that day it poured rain. it didn't matter. the love from the two of them and all their friends was simply amazing. it made the world feel like such a wonderful place to live in. dramatic yes, but so very true. i think you can see it in the photos...just look at them looking at each other. i love LOVE.

the tent was magical. the arrangements were overflowing with color and vibrance. they were done by little river flower farm. the food was as elegant as the atmosphere provided by the kitchen chicks . the party got started with the toughcats and they were so much fun! then the pace was kept up by the chicken slacks-strange name-great band, great fun!

thank you margot and jeff for giving me the honor to capture your day....



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lucas is two!

here are some shots from the latest photo shoot at ft. williams with one of my favorite families! emily and shawn were a bride and groom from one of my weddings a few years ago and they have become close friends. just how i like it! they live about a ten minute walk from my house. in fact this morning we went to feed the ducks together....but, i digress. emily is pregnant with a little girl! yah!! and lucas just turned two a few months ago. so here are some of my favs (though it was hard to choose). they are just all so cute! look how beautiful miss pregnant em is!

i love that i caught lucas walking by and looking lovingly at mama...

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something about this moment i am just in love with....
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he's just got a great smile.
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stunning as always!

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there is nothing better then the feeling captured here. it makes me smile every time i look at it.
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kim & garrett, engagement shots

kim & garrett are getting married next may. the wedding will be in auburn, maine with the reception being outside at his parents home. i love weddings at the family home. it just makes the day that much more special...to be surrounded by all that is personal and close to the family is comforting. i am hoping their 3 dogs will be there as well. the told me they started with a little one, added a spaniel, and then adopted a dobermen. small, medium, and large! i can't wait for the wedding. until then....


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kim's bridal-trash the dress day

i wanted to go out and play with my camera and sunlight and flash. try some new things and relearn some old tricks. just shoot. essential work to any photographer. my dear friend kim agreed to get all fancy for me. i did her hair and make-up myself (not too shabby huh?) and we headed out on a sunny afternoon. not though without first stopping at subway since we were starving, but needed to be quick. i know, it's all there was nearby though! that stop has been quite funny to us since the shoot..."beautiful bride stops at subway for pre-wedding sandwich"...."jared has taught her to watch her figure"...ok enough.

we went to the new train station in portland, maine and then drove behind it to a bunch of buildings and the bay. there was all kinds of business' back there from a taxi cab company to the building we used as our backdrop which was 'barnstormers', where they make flooring from re-sawn vintage lumber. very cool! john, the owner, came out and chatted with us. he wondered if we were a couple of students from the maine college of art. nope just a crazy wedding photographer looking for a cool spot and some nice light. we found both.

well thanks for your patience and the laughs kim. you were great just like i knew you would be!

ps i am so excited to have figured out the way to get large photos on my blog...it only took me half a day! sigh. oh well. they look much more they way i want them to! yah for photos!




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then downtown near the porthole restaurant, and the comedy connection, for the great shock of color that is on the walls outside. it's one of my favorite spots to add some color and have some fun!

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this is SO kim...
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took awhile to get her to laugh out loud. she was so nervous. not that i blame her, i don't like my photo taken either!

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jim & connie's ocean side wedding, boothbay harbor, maine

jim & connie had an amazingly beautiful day to renew their love and vows. the sun was big on the ocean that day and big in their hearts. they were a perfectly sweet and kind couple that i loved spending the day with. we spent time at his parents home in boothbay harbor getting ready and then everyone returned after the ceremony for a break before dinner so that we could get those great beach shots! yah for the rocky maine coast! the ceremony was at 'our lady queen of peace' right downtown. so perfectly picturesque. and her father was able to be the officiant for the ceremony. such a wonderfully family oriented day. the couple decided they wanted to arrive at 'the chowder house' in style so we went by boat...of course! i loved that they just sat back and enjoyed the ride, talking to each other and waving to other folks out on the water. they were so relaxed. they had a good old fashioned maine lobster bake to finish off the night and blueberry pies to complete the experience. a wonderful maine themed day. cheers to many years of happiness! -jen















kim & jeremy's diamond cove wedding

kim & jeremy were married on great diamond island in diamond cove on a beautiful day. it rained for about 10 minutes then there was nothing but blue skies and a lot of fog! it made for a mystical and lovely occasion. everyone enjoyed from the wee ones to the old including 'jeter' their black lab. (it was a tough blow to all the sox fans there.) kim planned every detail meticulously and it showed. thank you for having me capture your wonderful day! (to open any photo larger simply click on it-be sure to just hit the 'back' button or you will close window)



















Senior Photo Shoot with Justin

Here is a Justin a high school senior that I wandered with in the Old Port of Portland for his senior photo shoot. He is a drama major and lots of fun as you can tell from some of these shots! Hope the play went well Justin!
If you want to check out the whole shoot you can here:
http://jendeanhartman.smugmug.com/gallery/6256895_NBeND#395108532_q9mHq