University of Maine | MBS Connects Article

I am very honored to announce that Dana Bement Portraits was featured in my alma mater's magazine! MBS Connects is a quarterly newsletter and magazine published by University of Maine's Business School and although I have appeared in it a few times before, this time we were dedicated a full two-page spread! The lovely photography (videography, really, but we got some great screen grabs from it) was courtesy of my dear friend Cassandra, of Cassandra Henri Photography. You may recognize these stills from this video of Kristen. 

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The Maine Business School has been such an amazing place of learning and growing for me. Most of my closest friends and mentors came from the Maine Business School - many have affected my life so much that I know my trajectory would have been very different had I not met them. In fact - I met my husband while we were both undergraduates at MBS! Some of my favorite times and most influential moments happened under the roof of D.P. Corbett (or "DPC", as it is better known) and I know I would not be the person I am today had I not attended this school (twice). 

The article about my business even mentions my awesome photography mentor, Sue Bryce. Apart from the Business School, she has been one of the most influential voices in my professional life. I knew I wanted to connect with women and make them feel beautiful after watching her transformational photography workshops on Creative Live. She has been an incredible source of inspiration - both in photography, as well as in business. Sue's business strategy and philosophy have so much practical application and influence so many people every day that I feel like it's only appropriate that she is mentioned in the newsletter of a business school. 

You can read the article, as well as the rest of the rest of MBS Connects here

Bangor, Maine | Magazine-Style Portrait Session: Casey

The goal of getting your portrait taken is to virtually freeze a moment in time. As poetic as that sounds, many times photographs do not just freeze the moment, they also preserve the era in which it happened for eternity. Your Grandmother's 1940's portrait has a certain style - as does your high school yearbook photo (mine features two braids, awful bangs, and a plastic choker necklace; can you picture it?) 

The idea behind the type of portraiture I create is to stick to the timeless basics: beautiful hair and makeup, simple outfits, clean editing style. I want your light to shine through, unobstructed. I want your kids and grandkids to have a beautiful portrait of you that shows your beauty and your personality without showing the signs of the time period in which it was. We keep it simple. We keep it stunning. We keep it truly timeless. 

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Blast from the Past: Kara

Photographing Kara was a huge step for me. I had just started dabbling in family and child photography earlier in 2012, yet I knew my ultimate goal was magazine-style portraiture. However, I was shy and I had no idea how to direct clients. At all. My process was basic: I picked the place and helped choose an outfit, but when it came to actually photographing someone, I could not direct beyond some basic suggestions ("stand over here and look this way").

Kara is obviously beautiful and actually has great natural movement, which was the only reason I could get some nice shots of her back then. She was such a good sport, too! We drove to a battlefield near Fredericksburg, VA and parked near a field. In retrospect, I did a terrible job using all the great colors and spaces that were available nearby - but, again, live and learn. What I did learn that day was that trying new things is important in life and that fear is a terrible reason not to follow your dreams. Since then, I have photographed many women and my ability to direct them has gotten much better but had I not taken the first step that day, I would probably still be just as non-assertive as I was back then.