Jennifer Smith-Mayo is an award-winning freelance photographer, videographer, multimedia artist, and instructor. She has photographed books, calendars, magazine and newspaper articles, and her work has been selected for a variety of juried exhibitions. Jennifer has also worked as a field producer/videographer on two Telly Award-winning documentaries.

Jennifer collaborated with her husband, writer Matthew P. Mayo, on a series of popular hardcover books (Maine IconsNew Hampshire Icons, and Vermont Icons). She also photographed the cookbook, Maine Home Cooking, written by Sandra Oliver, the Fairy Garden Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh, Treasure Hunter’s Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh, 2015 Fairy Houses Calendar, and the 2014 Fairy Gardens Calendar.

Specializing in photography of rural living, farming, wildlife, and fine dining, Jennifer’s extensive portfolios also include images of the West, agriculture in New England, small town life in Maine, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and many more subjects.

Jennifer is pursuing her Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Studies (EES), with a focus on environmental communication, at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. She is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Maine and has taught digital photography workshops for Senior College at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine. She has served as a speaker, guest lecturer, and faculty member for various university classes, seminars, workshops, and conferences. Jennifer is also a former instructor for the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.

The Mayos, their super scout pup, Tess, and secret-agent Guy, make up Team Gritty and run Gritty Press (GrittyPress.com). In 2013, the Mayos sold their home and most of their belongings, bought an RV, and hit the trail. Although currently headquartered in the deep woods of Maine, Team Gritty continues to rove North America in search of high adventure, hot coffee, and tasty whisky! Follow their latest adventures at their blog, Trail Dust.

The International Environmental Communication Association (IECA)
Maine Mycological Association

B.A. Honors, Communications (Emphasis in Photography), Goucher College, Towson, Maryland
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (Concentration in New Media), University of Maine, Orono, Maine
Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine (Intensive Master’s photography and film courses)
Stanford University, Monterey, California (Stanford Web Publishing Course)
Reporter, CBS-Affiliate WCAX, Channel 3, Burlington, Vermont (Internship)
Senior Year Abroad, Exeter University, Exeter, England

Prizes & Awards:
2019 Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research Award, University of Maine, Orono, Maine
2010 Maine Studies Graduate Award for Research & Creativity, University of Maine, Orono, Maine
Multimedia Presentation 2nd Prize, 2008 University of Maine Graduate Exposition, Alumni House, Orono, Maine
Finalist, Photographer’s Forum Magazine
Photography Award, New England Farmer Magazine (2 consecutive years)

Magazines (Contributor):
GQ South Africa
The New York Times
National Geographic
Wine Spectator
New Zealand Herald
National Catholic Reporter
Mother Earth News
Down East Magazine
Yankee Magazine
Big Sky Journal
Western Art & Architecture
The Dalesman Magazine
Farmworker Justice
Fly Rod & Reel
Shooting Sportsman
Inner Tapestry
New England Farmer

Video/Film Productions/Podcasts/Oral History:
Holy Trinity, mini-documentary series, 2018 (in progress), shot on location in Washington, D.C., Loyola Productions, Inc., [Camera/Media Manager]

Falling in Paris, short film, student production at Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine.  [Camera/Scriptwriter/Audio]

DACA Podcast, Loyola Productions, Inc. [Editor]

Novices, six short films: Jesuit novices enter priesthood, Loyola Productions, Inc. [Editor]

Stranded, book trailer, author Matthew P. Mayo [Producer/Camera/Editor]

Treasurers Online Series, three short educational films created for the international Jesuit Treasurers
and Provincials training course,  Loyola Productions, Inc. [Producer/Camera/Media Manager]

From Caracas to Rome: The Story of Arturo Sosa, Rome, Italy, short documentary video series, GC36/Loyola Productions, Inc. [Editor]

American Provincials video series, GC36, Rome, Italy, GC36/Loyola Productions, Inc. [Editor]

The Jesuit Rec Room: Barry Taylor Full Episode, The IN Network [Editor]

Dear Pope Francis: Children of the World Bring Their Questions to Rome, The IN Network [Field Producer, Editor]

Tomorrowland and Mad Max: Fury Road – The INNdustry with Sister Rose, The IN Network [Editor]

Pre-Prans with Ruthie – White Sangria, The IN Network [Editor]

Pre-Prans with Ruthie – No-Oil Pesto, The IN Network [Editor]

Pre-Prans with Ruthie – Vodka Lime, The IN Network [Editor]

Blood of the Martyrs, documentary film (available through Amazon.com), Loyola Productions, Inc. [2nd Unit Camera]

Rocked, short feature film, 2015, Loyola Productions, Inc. [Stills Photogapher and Media Manager]

Grace, short feature film, 2015, Loyola Productions, Inc. [Stills Photogapher and Media Manager]

Consecrated in Cleveland, Loyola Productions, Inc. [Field Producer]

Opus Prize 2011 – Heal Africa Documentary, Loyola Productions, Inc., Telly Award [Field Producer]

Opus Prize 2011 – Associação dos Pequenos Productores Rurais do Jacaré, Loyola Productions, Inc., October 2011, Telly Award [Field Producer]

A Visit to the Garden Project, short documentary, 2010, Downeast.com [Camera/Editor]

Western Writers of America Oral History Project, collected and transcribed oral histories and photographic portraits of famous Western writers, 2014, Western Writers of America [Project Director/Audio/Transcription/Photographer].

Hidden Treasures of the Jesuits, Loyola Productions, Inc. (Pilot) [Stills Photographer]

The Crow, Miramax [Plaster Crew, Painter Crew]

Where the Rivers Flow North, Caledonia Pictures [Swing Gang]

Books & Calendars (Photographed by Jennifer Smith-Mayo):
Treasure Hunter’s Handbook, Down East Books; August, 2014; 112 pages; Hardcover; 8.1″ x 7.2″; full color images; ISBN: 978-1608932788

Fairy Garden Handbook, Down East Books; May 16, 2013; 96 pages; Hardcover; 8.4″ x 7.2″; full color images; ISBN: 978-1608932146

Maine Home Cooking, Down East Books; September, 2012; Hardcover; 7″ x 9″; 240 pages; 40 color photos; ISBN: 978-1-60893-180-4

Maine Icons: 50 Classic Symbols of the Pine Tree State, Globe Pequot Press; May, 2011; Hardcover w/ dust sleeve; Square format; 112 full-color pages; ISBN: 978-0762759989

New Hampshire Icons: 50 Classic Symbols of the Granite State, Globe Pequot Press, July 3, 2012; Hardcover w/ dust sleeve; Square format, 112 full-color pages; ISBN: 978-0762771448

Vermont Icons: 50 Classic Symbols of the Green Mountain State, July 3, 2012; Hardcover w/ dust sleeve; Square format, 112 full-color pages; ISBN: 978-0762771455

2015 Fairy Houses Wall Calendar, Down East Books; August 7, 2014; 28 pages; 12″ x 12″; ISBN: 978-1608933457

2014 Fairy Gardens Wall Calendar, Down East Books; July 16, 2013; 28 pages; 12″ x 12″; ISBN: 978-1608932368

Books (Contributor):
The Western Writers of America Cookbook: Favorite Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Writing Wisdom, Two Dot, June 2017, ISBN: 978-1493024940 [Recipes, written in collaboration with Matthew P. Mayo]

Hornswogglers, Four-Flushers, and Snake-Oil Salesmen: True Tales of the Old West’s Sleaziest Swindlers, Two Dot, August 2015, ISBN: 978-0762789658 [Interiors]

Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in New England History, Globe Pequot Press, November 2013, ISBN: 978-0762778621 [Interiors]

Myths and Mysteries of New Hampshire: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained, Globe Pequot Press, May 2014, ISBN: 978-0762772278 [Cover shot; interiors]

Bootleggers, Lobstermen, and Lumberjacks: 50 of the Grittiest Moments in the History of Hardscrabble New England, Globe Pequot Press, October 2010, ISBN: 978-0-7627-5968-2 [Interiors]

DK Books’ Eyewitness Travel Guide Dublin, Dorling Kindersley, January, 2008, ISBN: 978-1405327442 [Interiors]

Maine 24/7, Dorling Kindersley, September 27, 2004, ISBN: 978-0756600594 [Interiors]

The Wild Blueberry Book, Down East Books, July 2011, ISBN: 978-0892729395 [Interiors]

Insiders’ Guide to the Maine Coast, 2nd Edition, Insiders’ Guide, June 2007, ISBN: 978-0762744060 [Interiors]

Express Westerns’ Where Legends Ride, Express Westerns, November 13, 2007, ISBN: 978-0615175812 [Interiors]