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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

Transformational Photography

The Before & After shots are a big part of what I do. They encapsulate perfectly what I strive for - they show not only that every woman is beautiful, but that her confidence and inner light are what draws us in.

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Women who step into my studio are nervous. They are unsure of what they will look like, they don't know how to pose, most live with the belief that they are not photogenic. (I'll let you in on a little secret: with the small exception of women who get paid to look good on camera (aka models), being photogenic is not something you are born with. It is not your job to look good in your photos - it is *my* job to tell you exactly what to do and show you how to pose in order to make you look amazing.)

Our "after" photos are a combination of great hair and makeup styling (which you will not have to worry about as they come with your shoot!), posing (which I will coach you through - I will be with you every step of the way, making sure that you are comfortable and look your best) - and confidence. 

I call what I do "transformational photography". Even though the physical transformation is the easier one to explain, it is really a woman's confidence and her inner light which is now allowed to shine that make the process magical. When I look into my clients' eyes in their photos, I see LIGHT, LOVE, BEAUTY. It is why I love what I do.