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]]> (Maine Photography Studio) Award Brenda Giasson CPP Exam Lewiston Photographer MPPA Maine Maine Newborn Photographer Maine Photography Studio NEIPP PPANE Photographer" Winning Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:01:00 GMT
Former Playboy Photographer teaches class in Maine Earlier this month I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in a workshop on posing and lighting with the legendary  Lou Freeman.

Lou's story is one that you can't help being inspired. The second female photographer hired by playboy, she created beautiful images for their clients for 12 years. She's worked with models, top names,  stars and magazines all over the world.  With a celebrity client list that includes the names of Jamie Fox, Niki Taylor, Jack Nicholas, Tiger Woods,  Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, just to name a few. Images featured in 100's of magazines with the likes of Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Elle, people, Modern Bride and corporate clients like, Saks, Macy's, Ralph Lauren, Target... The list goes on and on.

A lot of photographers with these credentials would have spent the entire day telling us how wonderful they were, Lou very humbled and down to earth spoke from the heart sharing her passion for creating images with impact.   What I learned during this workshop is that Lou may be beautiful inside and out but what she is a able to create far out weights any client list or job. She has an eye for painting with light to create a mood or emotion that doesn't just lay on the page it jumps off and into your heart.

First let me clarify a little when I say painting with light. I do not mean the type of photography that you hear about where someone goes out at night with a flashlight, leaves their shutter open and lights up areas in a scene. What I mean is that she selectively uses photography lights (scrims, snoots, umbrellas, gels, beauty dish, barn doors...) to highlight areas in an image that she wants to draw attention to, a background, facial features, legs, props creating mood, drama, emotion.

If you guessed I loved the class you would be right on target. I would recommend that anyone who has an opportunity to work or learn from Lou grab that chance. Here are a few of the images I took during her class.  Models: Siobhan Murtiff, Shauna Rae Riordan and Arianna Cian-Prichard. Hair: Alisha Salisbury Makeup: Rosangela McCann. Stylist, set director, and amazing teacher- Lou Freeman.   



]]> (Maine Photography Studio) Brenda Giasson Lewiston photographer MPPA Maine Photography Studio Newborn Photographer Portrait Photographer Sevastra Photography Mon, 11 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT
High School Seniors Summer Models Wanted It's your senior year, summers here what better time to get your senior photo than is the fun of summer! Vintage cars, trucks, muddin, horseback riding, the beach, sports or even the arts if your a music fan! You may even want to Rock that Promo Dress!

We are putting a shout out for our Summer Senior Program. If you are interested in obtaining a free senior photo session and electronic image of your choice to use for your senior yearbook you should register.

The Maine Photography Studio is located at 145 Lisbon Street, Suite 604 in Lewiston. We are getting our promotions ready for senior's and have some new ideas and venues we want to promote. That's where you come in.

If you love adventure, fun and spontaneity contact me HERE in the message be sure to get me know your interested in the Senior Summer Session, (I dare you to say that 5 times fast) your age and what town you live in.

Taking your senior photo should be fun and what better way than as a Senior Summer Model for the Maine Photography Studio!

Senior PortraitsSenior PortraitsHigh School & College Senior Portraits.



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Maternity and Newborn Studio Models Needed - Maine Photography Studio This is such a fun time of year for me. This is when I do my call out for projects and promotions. I already have some planned mini sessions all that's missing is my models for the promo images!

I also use models from time to time when we receive new studio props or lighting. We are always looking for studio models to help promote new creative ideas and props. If you have an infant or toddler (any age)  and would like to sign up to be considered for such a project I would love to hear from you. In exchange for services we provide electronic images for use on FaceBook.

Please visit my contact site and complete the informational form. Be sure to list the names and ages of your little ones. Click here to enter your information  HERE  We look forward to hearing from you. If you are selected I will contact you a few weeks in advance before the session to ensure you are available.   If your pregnant and would like to be considered for a Bellies and Babies promotion please complete the form HERE  and send me a note through my web contact me form letting me know your due date and any other information you would like to share.

Photos are taken in my studio at 145 Lisbon Street, Suite 604 in Lewiston, Maine and on locations all over the State of Maine especially while the weather is nice. Don't wait to sign up only a limited few will be selected for this years campaigns. Talk to you soon!

Infants & Toddler Professional Photo GalleryInfants & Toddler Professional Photo GalleryBeautiful newborns and toddlers portraits created by the Maine Photography Studio in her Lewiston, Maine. Professional photography at affordable prices. Creative services available. Infants & Toddler Professional Photo GalleryInfants & Toddler Professional Photo GalleryBeautiful newborns and toddlers portraits created by the Maine Photography Studio in her Lewiston, Maine. Professional photography at affordable prices. Creative services available.


]]> (Maine Photography Studio) Affordable Photography Brenda Giasson Lewiston MPPA PPA PPANE childrens portraits corporate photography family Portraits maine maine photography studio maternity models newborn senior pictures Wed, 08 Jul 2015 22:30:00 GMT
Are you a photographer?

We all get so hung up on our camera's don't we?

As technological advances take place camera phones improve, everyone has some sort of camera and is a fine art photographer. I will forever remember a conversation that I had with a friend of mine Ed Bicknell. We were having a discussion about the art of photography marketing. I was explaining that every corner I turn around there is a new budding photographer flooding the market with me too images, creating market value confusion.  I will never forget what he said next...

Not everyone who owns a camera is a photographer. Stop and think about it. Because someone owns a typewriter are they a writer? Own a tool box, a qualified finished carpenter? Have a set of paint brushes in the house? You must be the next Leonardo da Vinci.  Lingerie from Victoria Secret, a supermodel? Do they often think they are...yes. Are they? No. They cannot sustain in this market. Yes their friends and family will ooh and ahhh at their images. But will true collectors support their art?  All of these take passion, talent, gut instinct, not just book smart, but street smart and experience.

Ed Bicknell is an accomplished writer, inspirational public speaker and exquisite film photographer. His family owned Bicknell Photo Service In Portland, Maine. It is considered and remembered to this day as a leader in photography services. I guess what I'm saying is that he is more than qualified to make these statements.

Just something to think about the next time you take a look at the artist market around you and how you fit into it.

In the meantime I will leave you with a funny short video


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Tote Bags, Pillows and Duvet Covers...oh my!

That's right the Maine Photography Studio in conjunction with Sevastra Photography now offers your images or mine on tote bags, pillows as large as 26x26 and even duvet covers for your bedroom.

Tote Bags- Sizes available: 13x13, 15x15 and 18x18

Prices range between $23.00 to 26.00! made from soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric and include a 1" black strap for easy carrying on your shoulder.   All seams are double-stitched for added durability.   Each tote bag is machine-washable in cold water and is printed on both sides using the same image. Here are a few samples.

Love to cuddle up with a pillow while reading or watching TV? We now have those as well! Can you tell I'm excited? These throw pillows are available in 14x14, 16x16, 18x18, 20x20, 26x26 and 26x14. These make a great gift for new grandparents, Mom, Dad, graduations, even your bestest friend. The prices range from a limited time promotional price of $32.00 to $36.00. Here are a few pillow samples.

Made from 100% cotton fabric and add a stylish statement to any room.  Each pillow is printed on both sides (same image) and includes a concealed zipper and removable insert (if selected) for easy cleaning.


BUY them, LOVE them, THROW them!

As I promised... Duvet Covers. Available in twin, full, queen and king size. Soft microfiber duvet covers are hand sewn and include a hidden zipper for easy washing and assembly.   Your selected image is printed on the top surface with a soft white surface underneath.   All duvet covers are machine washable with cold water and a mild detergent. Prices range from $112. to 135.00. I can even make a collage of your images for you! Samples of how this might look on your bed.

So if you are interested in seeing what your photo would look like please contact me at either or 207-576-8557 for a sample preview.


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Art2013 Opens May 10, 2013 Art2013 on May 10th 2013.

The opening of Art2013 starts at 5:00pm, with an awards ceremony starting at 6pm. Cash prizes sponsored by Art Collector Maine, The Bank of Maine, Aucocisco Gallery and Maine Film Center.   The opening is free and open to the public.

The 18th annual juried show was judged by Bob Keyes (Arts Reporter at Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram) and Dan Kany (Art Review at Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram)  60 works of art by 48 artists were juried into the exhibition, out of a total of 334  works submitted by 123 artists. The show will be on display until June 1, 2013

I am very pleased to be included in the 48 artists who are in the show this year.

The Harlow Art Gallery is located 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell.  
Wed & Sat noon-6 pm, Thu & Fri noon - 8pm
(Except when we are between shows.)
Also open by chance or by appointment.

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Maine Photography Show 2013

I always love it when my photo is included near the front door but reality is not everyone's can be and anyhow I was really pleased to see that it was placed right next to the Black and White First Place Winner- The Final Good-Bye - by Charles Laurier Dufour. I truly admire his work.
Below is my image that was selected to be in the show.

Want to see more of Maine? Visit my website. Click on the image below. ]]> (Maine Photography Studio) Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:49:00 GMT
50th Anniversary of the Windjammer Festival June 24-27th, 2012
Boothbay Harbor, Maine will celebrate 50 years of Windjammer Days June 24th-June27th, 2012.

The festivities will include Pancake Breakfast's, Antique Boat Parade, Waterfront Pirate's attack the harbor, be sure to watch your manners or you may even be asked to walk the plank!

On Wednesday the Windjammer Fleet will be arriving in full sail in the harbor. If you are feeling adventurous sign up for a harbor tour. Cap'n Fishs Cruises will be meeting the windjammers further out into the ocean and following them into port. It's a wonderful opportunity for photographers to take pictures of the windjammers out in the open ocean under full sail.

To finish the event off be sure to stay in town for the street parade and fireworks! Click here for a complete listing of events.

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Windjammer Festival the Boothbay Harbor Arts Foundation Gallery will have a special exhibit focusing on windjammers. Be sure to check it out while in town. The gallery is located at one Townsend Avenue right in the heart of Boothbay Harbor.

My contribution to the festival will be on display(pictured above) and available for purchase at the gallery along with 8 other unframed works for customers who prefer to purchase unframed artwork for traveling ease. Be sure to visit the photography room on the second floor.

Can't make it to the festival? Want to enjoy the harbor? On Friday evening July 6th from 5-7pm the gallery will be hosting it's opening reception. The reception is open to the public. It's a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, including myself. After the opening McSeagull's is the place to visit for some wonderful food and entertainment.

I hope to see you there!

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Hot Summer Nights
On May 25th The Boothbay Harbor Regional Art Foundation will kickoff summer with a special Grand Opening Reception from 5-7pm. Enjoy the cool breezes of summer along with some of Maine's finest art. Area artists are expected to be on hand at this fun festive event. It's sure to have something for everyone. Pleased note this is an indoor event at 1 Townsend Avenue in the heart of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

If you an art collector, what a great time to meet the fine artists who love Maine and spend their time capturing it's beauty for all to enjoy. The gallery has photography and paintings hanging for you to view, admire and take home with you, as well as special pricing and great values in the bin art area. Bin art is an opportunity for collectors to purchase a quality print, already dry mounted and matted ready for framing.

Sevastra Photography will have images framed and available in the bin art area.
After the event be sure to stop by one of Boothbay Harbor's wonderful restaurants. I know I'll be enjoying my time at McSeagull's one of Boothbay's finest. My favorite? Everything!

Hope to see you at the gallery grand opening. The Boothbay Harbor Art Gallery is located at 1 Townsend Avenue on the corner. Be sure to look for the blue awning. The fun starts at 5pm!

Be sure to visit me on Facebook  or follow me on Twitter

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Summer in Maine
Wow that sounds really nice doesn't it?
Summer in Maine conjures up visions of spending the day in Coo's Canyon collecting pollywog's, looking for unique river rocks to make a cool sculpture, panning for gold in the Swift River, Flyfishing in the Kennebec and lounging in the canyons for a relaxing rushing river water massage. That's just a speck of what type of healthy fun Maine has to offer it's residents and summer visitors.

Once someone visits Maine they will never be the same again. Quaint fishing village's, antique stores, art galleries,lighthouses and scenic harbor vista's dot Route 1. Just when you think it couldn't get any better... You turn a corner and you can see the mountains and walk along waterfalls on the Appalachian trail.

As a scenic photographer I could not ask to live any closer to some of the best scenery in the nation. If you are interested in having a little bit of Maine all to yourself at home please take a moment and visit my website or .

If your lucky enough to visit Maine please be sure to stop picturesque Boothbay Harbor and visit the Boothbay Harbor Regional Art Foundation Gallery, located in the heart of Boothbay Harbor at 1 Townsend Avenue. They offer the very best artwork created by Maine's resident painters and photographers.

For those of you that are already fortunate enough to be in Maine please be sure to stop by the Maine Photography Show. The show opens to the public on Saturday, April 14, and continues to Saturday, May 5. The exhibition takes place at the gallery of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation,at One Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor and is considered to be the premiere photography show of the year. Upcoming events in Maine: Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Festival 6/24-6/27/2012 Rockland Lobster Festival 8/1-8/5/2012 Maine Open Lighthouse Day 9/15/2012]]> (Maine Photography Studio) Sun, 22 Apr 2012 14:32:00 GMT
Color Your World~For Free

Just a quick snippet...did you know that this Saturday, March 17, 2012 your local Ace Hardware store will help you find your Soul Paint, your perfect match... For FREE!!

That's right! Be sure to visit their website by clicking here , print out the coupon to qualify for a free quart of your Soul Paint.

I know what I'm doing this Saturday. Do you ??]]> (Maine Photography Studio) ace hardare autumn colors brenda giasson free march 17 paint sevastra Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:47:00 GMT
Date Night
Did you know that the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine is open Free on Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m? What's even better is that the Museum's current exhibits are truly exciting!
Making Faces: Photographic Portraits of Actors and Artists
Available January 14, 2012 - April 8, 2012

Tanja Alexia Hollander: Are You Really My Friend?
Available February 4, 2012 - June 17, 2012

You may have heard of the exhibit "Are You Really My Friend? on the news recently. It was a brainchild of a Westbrook Women. Asking the question we all ask...Is that person on my Facebook Page really my friend? Artist Tanja Alexia Hollander travels visiting and photographing her Facebook Friends. For anyone who has asked that same question about their Facebook Page ~This is an exhibit that would be a crime to miss! It's also a great opportunity to get dressed up and get out of the house!

PS: If your not my friend on Facebook I would love it if you would check me out and consider being my friend. Visit my FB page Who know maybe we'll run into one another at the exhibit.

Starting on March 2, 2012 the First Friday Art Walk begins in Portland, Maine. The Art Walk is a self guided tour of museums, galleries and various art venues throughout Portland. It's a great opportunity to get outside or inside/out as the case may be and enjoy some art, mingle with friends and make some new friends. Over 50+ galleries and art venues will be participating. Click here to visit the website to download the printable pocket map and listing.]]> (Maine Photography Studio) budget date night facebook fineartamerica mainephotos sevastra sevastra photography twitter Thu, 01 Mar 2012 10:30:00 GMT
Got It!
Last month I blogged about a local photographer, Roger Duncan who was teaching a course on Portrait Photography. Needless to say the class sold out and started last week. !st weeks homework...take lots of portraits before the next class and I have....nada,ziltch,zippo and 3 days left! Lot's of ideas about fashion photography but what I was hoping to come away with is a better understanding on posing people.

If you are interested in having your portrait taken for the class or have any thoughts on the art of portraiture I would love for you to comment to this blog or email me at

In the meantime I will leave you with a funny short video PS: DID YOU GET IT?]]> (Maine Photography Studio) Sat, 11 Feb 2012 04:11:00 GMT
Picture Perfect
Want to get more out of that new camera you received for Christmas? You could read the book, wing it or take a class... As for me I'm taking a class and I didn't even get a new camera!

Roger S. Duncan, a photographer from Bath, Maine will be holding classes in both Bath and Lewiston. He has led Adult Education classes since 2006 in our area.His teaching methods are very down to earth. He makes it easy and fun to learn.

Many times even the most seasoned photographer may like to take a local class but does not because, lets face it, this is a competitive industry. Roger makes everyone feel comfortable learning from each other. My personal experience is that he has a natural knack at bringing the group together, building team spirit and camaraderie.

His programs cover topics including basic, fine art, photojournalism, sports, and portraiture. He has a basic class starting late January and a portrait class in February.

If it sounds like something you would be interested in click on the following link for more information. TAKE BETTER PICTURES

Maybe I will even see you in his portraiture class! PS:They are soo affordable too!

Let me leave you with a small tid-bit a friend of mine who is very well known for his experience in the photography industry told me one day when I said...
..."What can a photographer do to make money in this industry when everyone has a camera, is taking and selling pictures?" As serious as could be, he replied... Always remember not everyone who has a typewriter can write a novel. Just because they have a camera doesn't make them a photographer. It makes them just someone who owns a camera.

Opening your mind and exposing yourself to new ideas, concepts and training can make you a better photographer.

Where can you find out more about me? Try some of these links.
My Website
Another one of my sites
See me on Red Bubble for iphone cases
Sevastra on Posterous
Check me out on Twitter
I would love it if you LIKE me on Facebook!! ]]> (Maine Photography Studio) Mon, 09 Jan 2012 09:39:00 GMT
Portland, Me Art Walk -Fri. January 6, 2012
Welcome to 2012!
To start the year off right Portland, Maine is having their first Friday Art Walk of the year on Friday, January 6, 2012 from 5-8pm

We will be featuring our artwork at ART HOUSE PICTURE FRAMES
61 Pleasant Street, Bakery Studio Building #110
drawn and quartered: hidden treasures of the studio
art house picture frames collaborates with drawing room artists ransack studios to bring you small affordable works exhibit curated by alex rheault and abbeth russell
207 272 4800
Venue Description: Picture framing and gallery space.
Regular Business Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 6:00.
Directions: Located at 61 Pleasant Street right next to Artemisia Cafe, in the Bakery Studios Building.

I hope you have an opportunity to stop by during the opening Art Walk. If not, our artwork at ART HOUSE PICTURE FRAMES until January 31,2012.

See you soon!
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Merry Christmas! Sevastra Photography
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12 Days of Christmas Photo Style

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me
twelve photo tips
eleven hours of photoshop lessons,
ten... iphoto aaaaapps
nine free textures
eight lens cleaning cloths
seven magazine subscriptions,
six... online web ordersss...
five boxes of print paper…
four Photoshop World tickets
three Kelby online books,
two Canon lens…
and a assistant to edit my images!!]]> (Maine Photography Studio) Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:51:00 GMT
Like a Leaf in the Wind
Whats your specialty? Your area of interest? Your Style? Is it landscape, candid, aerial, cars, sunsets, sunrises, long exposures, sports, HDR, action shots, abstract or a million other styles?

For me, I find that to be a very difficult question to answer. I love all of the above. It really depends on the mood I'm in that particular day. Some say it's important to stay with a single style. You should strive to make your name synonymous with your style. When an individual sees your images they can easily see that it's one of yours. You must admit there is no mistaking a Monet or an Ansel Adams.

So what do you think?

Do you stick to a particular style? Is it because you feel like you have to or is it because you want to?]]> (Maine Photography Studio) byron maine hdr photography pictures style travel Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:50:00 GMT
Scenic Maine Lighthouse Calendar SevastrA : Beautiful Images of New England
Scenic Maine Lighthouse Calendar SevastrA : Beautiful Images of New England

New Calendar available to order for 2012!!!]]> (Maine Photography Studio) brenda giasson byron maine lighthouse images lighthouses new england ocean sevastra Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:53:00 GMT