jen dean photography

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

8.20.11 rangely maine, heidi & louie

heidi and louie were married in rangely maine on maine street. it was a perfect maine location for the meeting of french and american family and friends. the day was sunny and clear. there were lawn games during the cocktail hour, families, children, baby ducks, and lots of french and english mingled with laughter.

i love getting to know my couples and these two were no exception. i had met heidi and her mom before the big day and loved them. but i didn't get to meet louie until the wedding day. he was so charming and funny that i can see why all day he was always surrounded by people. i didn't see him alone for a moment. (:

i look forward to seeing them on the trips to visit the states since they are now back home in canada. may you have many years of happiness and laughter together heidi and louie! cheers.


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the blue elephant catering & events

when you are planning your wedding it is a challenge to find vendors one at a time. of course, you want to make sure you have the best of everything. you want to know that you are getting a quality product or service. you also want to know that you are going to get the best people who are reliable and honest.

to this end there were a few vendors who got together and formed a vendor group. it is a group of vendors that was formed by invitation only by people that had worked with each other and knew each other well. that way when we recommend someone to a bride and groom we know that it is not just a "referral", but an actual "recommendation" of a personal friend, of someone we know and trust.

this group can be researched further on the maine wedding buzz blog page. you can see all the current members and get their contact information there.

but one at a time i am going to be highlighting the vendors here. this was you can meet them through me.

i love the folks at blue elephant catering. they are thoughtful and thorough and fausto has an unabashed obsession for some tv soap (i have never seen) that he is always bringing up and that cracks me up. i love that they are always laughing at something and ready to have fun, but are completely professional at an event, and make great, beautiful food. i think that was a really long badly written sentence. my poor (writer) husband would be pained i am sure. (:

so here is a video introducing who they are, done by soft shell productions, nora mccormack. she will be highlighted soon.

Blue Elephant Catering & Events from Softshell Productions on Vimeo.

6.25.11 inn at mill falls wedding

ali and nate are one of those couples that are not only sweet and kind themselves, but surrounded by happiness and love from family and friends. i felt honored to be a part of that.

this was also one of those weddings that flowed smoothly and was simply wonderful because of the people involved. you can see the joy on everyone's face. and considering a recent loss in the family it is all the more poignant.

life is short. may we all be reminded of what life is about and enjoy every moment.

beautiful location: the inn at mill falls, church landing

fabulous band: grippo funk band

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Vitoria Mansion Allagash Ale Premiere Fundraiser

on june 24th at the victoria mansion on danforth st. in downtown portland, maine there was an event to release the allgash brewing company 'victoria ale'. one dollar from every bottle will be donated to the victoria mansion preservation and education programs. the mansion was contructed in 1858 and has been open to the public as a non-profit museum since 1940.

the event was catered by the blue elephant catering. and if you haven't had their cuban sandwich, well, you really need to. they have a cafe' in saco so get yourself there!

the music was by the fab pete kilpatrick band!

i had a great time and loved what this was all about...drinking beer while supporting a good cause, not much better than that!


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hanging out with the beautiful girl

i am making an effort to finally get back to blogging after many many months of sickness and now playing catch up with all the work i came back to. i love blogging and have truly missed it. i have learned a lot over the last 6 months. not that these weren't things i didn't know. but sometimes we need a reminder.

take nothing for granted. especially your health.
enjoy every minute cause you never know...
and relax. or you may be forced to.
here are some photos of the most important thing in the world.

charlie.

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autumn apple

apple picking has quickly become a fall tradition for me after i went for the first time a few years ago with my husbands family. but i have to admit it became really great after we had our daughter. i just love how this year was a totally different experience then last year in what she discovered and what we talked about. here is just one sweet shot from the day that sums up what i felt it was all about.

thank you randall orchard. they don't have a website, but here is there contact information in case you want to go.
Randall Orchards
Box 145-1 Randall Rd
Standish, ME 04084
Cumberland County
Phone: (207) 642-3500

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bridgette & dan, sept 4th, 2010, inn by the sea

bridgette and dan's day was much anticipated as was the hurricane, earl, that was to show up on the same day. the ceremony was to be on cresent beach in cape elizabeth so, of course, we were just wondering if we would even set foot on the sand.

not only did they get married on the beach, but it was a glorious day! bright sun and bright blue skies to match with perfect puffy clouds. the two of them were so in love they had big tears during the ceremony. so sweet they were. i do love love!

there was a beautiful tented reception and dinner after which we went back out to the ocean and sunset view for a few more shots.

location & dinner: inn by the sea

flowers: fluer de lis (fabulous as usual!!)

congratulations on your new life together bridgette and dan!!

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family portraits at pine point beach...again

there is nothing better then this job except when you get to add personal friends. i was so excited when this family i know signed up for our 'day at the beach shoot' (see earlier posts about this fundraiser i did with nadra from nadra photography). they are such a sweet and happy family. we always love meeting them at the playground and hanging out. here are some of my favorites from the day together...

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kristi & matt

july 17th, 2010
these two picked a perfect day and beautiful locations. downtown outside the eastland park hotel proved to be a lot of fun for taking photos of the guys. i love the cathedral where they were married. it is an amazing portland landmark. after the ceremony we went to spring point light in south portland to do some shots and it was gorgeous blue skies for us!

matt's work has to do with trains and he was really interested in doing some photos with trains in some way. so i went before the wedding and scouted out a spot where we could sneak into a train yard discreetly. it turned out to be a lot of fun and i am so glad they were up for something really different.

back at the eastland ballroom was dinner and dancing. the room was beautiful and they did a great job with everything, but especially the flambe' dessert which is a great 'show'.

thank you to kristi and matt for making the day so great. you were both so sweet, laid back, up for whatever i asked you to do, and a lot of fun to be around!

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family portraits at pine point beach

i photographed bethany's wedding and her daughters first birthday party. i just love being a continued part of my bride and grooms lives. i love meeting their children and getting to know them and just catching up. so i was excited to see bethany again and do some more photos of her, fiona, and then baby on the way in september. life is grand!
and i can't get over the photos of fiona and her doll. i think they are some of my favorite photos in a long time...

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Old Port Love

amy & jarrod were married right downtown in the 'old port' of portland. the ceremony was in the moon garden of the ferry terminal. a beautiful spot no matter the weather, though we had hoped for a sunny day i love the umbrellas and what they add to the mood of any photo. then they were off to ri-ra, one of our local irish pubs that amy & jarrod have long loved, for a real party! they danced the night away and were a lot of fun to be with and photograph.

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i don't usually include these kinds of shots, but just love the enthusiasm and the cake pieces falling.
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smith family photos

nadra photography hosted a fundraiser she calls 'day at the beach' every year at least once and sometimes twice. this year the funds went to the maine cancer foundation. most all of us know someone who has personally experienced the effects of cancer so this money will go to further cancer research right here in maine.

the smith family wanted to do some traditional family shots and then some fun stuff as well. i did photos of everyone in groups for a little more formal photos (not stuffy though) and then playing together. we decided to change it up and not do it on the beach. here are a couple of my favorites.

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with the grandparents...who don't look like grandparents!
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