About The Picture Framers
Dan Smith, Owner
Hi, I am Dan. Welcome to our web site. I currently live in Freeport, and have lived there for close to 8 years now. It’s a great town with wonderful people and excellent parks and trails where one can get out and enjoy the outdoors year round, which I do as much as possible. I previously lived in Topsham for 17 years, where my three boys attended and graduated from local schools. I have lived around New England for most of my life, in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We moved back to Maine in 1994 to raise our kids and I am very happy to be here.
I have an Engineering degree from University of Maine – Orono and an MBA from Clark University. I have worked as a quality engineer and Quality Manager for several manufacturing companies in New England since graduating from college. My education has helped me to understand technical aspects of the business, as well as the “business” end of the business. My work experience has helped me to learn the importance of really listening to the customer, understanding and meeting expectations and requirements, several definitions of “quality”, and the importance of clear communication, consistency and timely delivery.
For fun, I enjoy many outdoor activities from hiking to running to kayaking and landscape photography. We also have a place in North Conway, New Hampshire where I love to get away from it all (or most of it anyway) as often as possible.
Three things you many not know about me:
- I am a member of the AMC 4000-footer club. I have climbed every mountain in New Hampshire that is over 4000 feet. All 48 of them!
- I used to be an avid soccer player for 45 years. After tearing my 2nd ACL, I finally decided to hang up my cleats at 57 years of age.
- I have travelled this great country of ours fairly extensively, but have yet to explore the desert southwest (never been to Utah or New Mexico) and the great northwest (never been to Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington or Oregon). Travel plans are being made…
I love what we do here at The Picture Framer of Topsham, and I firmly believe that you will too. I’m looking forward to meeting you in our shop sometime soon.
Doug van Kampen
Hi! How’s it going!? My name is Doug – I don’t know who I was named after, but it’s nice to know a few people in my life named after me. I spent my early years living in Southern California, working for the family dairy, surfing, studying, learning photography, and meeting the love of my life (and accomplished athlete and speech therapist) Corrie, my wife of 27 years. We share three beautiful, well-accomplished and independent children together. Ask me about the four of them and I won’t stop talking – I’m a very proud father and husband.
At the very heart of my many hobbies and muses is photography. My experience ranges from studio portraiture to capturing the arduous conditions at sea, aboard ship, while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard for the last 25 years. Though an accomplished landscape photographer, my work gains much of its strenth in the area of documentary photography/portraiture and fine art black and white photography. Bringing out the best in my subjects is what I believe to be the soul of my work, while making time to get to know people and my subjects. It has always been my belief that my knowledge, photographic and otherwise, should be shared with others, contributing to the greater good of all.
Since my retirement from the military in June 2020, I’ve embraced the fact that I’m a lifetime learner. Having this extra time at home has been a blessing. In my life, I’ve learned to do many things with a reasonable amount of skill, ranging from hopping on one foot while humming a tune, to creating beautifully crafted leather wallets. I am incredibly grateful for all of my teachers and even those that didn’t believe in me. That was fuel!!!
Three things you might have never guessed about me:
- I married my high school sweetheart only after copying her notes in Mr. Gilchrest’s Biology class during 4th period.
- I’ve been to both the North Pole and the South Pole (Geographic) within the same year.
- I’ve always wanted to learn to fly an airplane and because of all my free time now, I have been.
I’ve loved this profession since I started doing it, not just because of the craft of framing (another great skill to learn and pass on), but also because of the people I continue to meet and nurture great relationships with, and the fact that I can use much of my creativity each day. I’m looking forward to meeting you!
Hello. I am the most recent addition to the team here at The Picture Framer. I moved to Maine from central Connecticut in 2013 to attend Maine College of Art where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Photography. I started learning the framing trade while attending school as a way to further my work toward becoming an artist. Diving headlong into every aspect of photography, I passionately uphold the history of image making, choosing to use film and utilize historical photographic techniques in my artistic practice. I am also an aspiring filmmaker with a passion for classic cinema, which has had a significant influence on my most recent work.
Before I became a member of the team, I worked as a baker in several well-established bakeries and coffee shops in Portland and surrounding area. Food is something that I have always had a passion for, even before I could reach the counter, I was always in the kitchen helping my mother cook. Whether or not she saw it that way is a different story entirely.
When I am in the shop making frames or the kitchen whipping up some tasty vegan treats, I am most likely out on some crazy two-wheeled adventure. I am an avid cyclist who enjoys all aspects of the sport from extreme mountain biking to multi-day bikepacking trips and everything in between. You can even find me out riding a unicycle on occasion.
I look forward to meeting you all and having the opportunity to create a truly unique framed piece for you to enjoy!
I’ve been part of The Picture Framer team since 2013, shortly after my retirement from the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. and 22 years of military service. I’m originally from San Diego and have lived in eleven other states before Maine. I love that Maine has no billboards. My duty stations included Sasebo, Japan, BIW DDG new construction, and numerous deployments to the Persian Gulf and a training assignment in Afghanistan.
I have a Communication degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis with photography as my main focus. I have extensive portrait studio experience, with my black and white portraits on permanent display in all six Maine Veterans Homes and were displayed in the Maine Statehouse Hall of Flags honoring World War II and Korean War veterans. My landscape and fine art photography are in many private collections around Maine and the world.
I volunteer extensively with the Maine People’s Alliance’ lobby team in Augusta and in D.C. working towards a progressive future in Maine and the country. I enjoy daily reading and meditation, and love hanging out down by the river with my wife, Jemma. We have four adult children and two grandsons.
Three things you don’t know about me:
- I attended sixteen different schools in three states.
- I was underway in the Indian Ocean during the Banda Aceh tsunami in 2004 and stationed in Japan during the Fukushima tsunami in 2011.
- I’ve visited six continents, excluding Antarctica.
I’m proud to be a part of a team that wants to display your artwork in the perfect frame.