My name is Christiane, nicknamed Jana, and although I was born in Frankfurt, Germany (too) many years ago, I currently split my time between Long Island, NY and Portland, ME along with my husband Steven, cats Spooky and Momo, and rescue dog Kodak, who made his way first to Maine, then to NY, all the way from Eastern Mississippi.

I myself arrived in New York City on a crazy whim in the early 1990s, and through a lot of luck and with the help of great friends was able to become a legal US resident so I could continue to experience and photograph life in NYC and beyond. Saltydog Photography is dedicated to my beloved Black Labrador Retriever Boris, who was a frequent companion on my photographic excursions. Sadly, Boris left us after ten very special years on October 12, 2010. He will be forever missed but his spirit as well as our adventures shall continue to live on throughout these pages.

In the fall of 2004, I finally left NYC behind and I found myself smack-dab in the middle of suburbia, where at first I felt very much like the proverbial fish out of water. Luckily water wasn't too far every which way I turned and I began my transformation from gritty NYC street photographer to learning all I could about landscape photography and the intricate qualities of natural light. And while it took some time to adjust to life outside the city, I quickly lost my heart to the rough yet tender beauty of the coastal environment, dedicating my artistic journey to capturing the gorgeous island light and sights to be found along Long Island's many ocean and bay beaches, the Long Island Sound, and the vast expanses of coastal wetlands.

In 2020 I fell hard with heart and soul for yet another coastal region, hard enough to pull up roots once more and to relocate part time to the city of Portland, ME. Here I continue my explorations of light and landscape photography along the breathtaking shoreline of Southern and Midcoast Maine, while pursuing other commercial avenues as well.

Over the years, I have branched out into many different areas and aside from fine art photography, I am currently focusing on food photography (product/pack shots, editorial style, and restaurant/menu shoots), along with end-of-life pet photography, which I provide free of charge in the NYC and Portland, ME metro areas. I am also still offering family portrait & lifestyle sessions, along with sports as well as event photography such as Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s, family reunions, bachelorette parties and the likes. Please refer to my pricing page for more information and don't hesitate to reach out at christiane.jancke@gmail.com with any questions you might have.

Thanks for being here, I hope you are enjoying your visit.

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