The Renaissance: Blog en-us (C) The Renaissance (The Renaissance) Sat, 11 Sep 2021 11:13:00 GMT Sat, 11 Sep 2021 11:13:00 GMT The Renaissance: Blog 120 59 Dance Through Her Senior Year! For more images click here!


Just a few images of a young lady in perpetual motion!


(The Renaissance) Fri, 16 Aug 2019 20:30:38 GMT
A Visit from St. Nick!


Thank you for stopping by the studio! Santa looks forward to seeing and visiting with all of you every year!


(The Renaissance) Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:27:14 GMT
The One and Only...SCARE THE SQUARE!  


Scare the Square 2017

Thank you for stopping by on such a cold and windy evening!

And, for making memories for years to come.

Happy Halloween!



Find your little goblin here!

(The Renaissance) aurora children's photography halloween in-studio renaissance Fri, 27 Oct 2017 21:20:55 GMT
Indie Autumn is here and Indie arrived.





(The Renaissance) aurora renaissance studio Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:43:26 GMT
Now Booking the Class of 2018 Seniors!

Aurora High School Seniors 2018, I am booking now and will be specifically working on annual and banner images to meet the upcoming deadline criteria.  Let me get your annual and banner session scheduled so that we can get those deadlines taken care of and you can continue to enjoy your summer and your Senior year.

Your Senior year shouldn't be a "rushed get it done quick mess" but rather a relaxed and enjoyable collection of cherished moments. I shoot for unique, I shoot for quality. I do the work so you don't have to worry.

(The Renaissance) Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:50:31 GMT
Of a Feather - On to Skyscape

I have been busy in the studio! On to Skyscape with this new oil painting.

"Of a Feather" Oil on Canvas.

(The Renaissance) Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:58:40 GMT
Candy Cane Christmas!  

Merry Christmas from the Renaissance!


Mr. and Mrs. Claus listen carefully to the description of just the exact toy.


Lists are important to bring along just in case you may forget something!

A few "First Timers" today!


And sometimes just laying in Santa's arms is just so relaxing!


Enjoy the portraits!

(The Renaissance) 2016 Christmas Renaissance children's photography in-studio renaissance Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:39:42 GMT
Merry Christmas 2016  


It's a Candy Cane Christmas!

This Saturday December 3rd, 2016

Santa will be in Aurora all day!

Stop by the studio for your portrait

with Santa between 10:00am and 11:00am

Here is the schedule for this Saturday!










(The Renaissance) In Studio Jana Van Housen Renaissance children's photography in-studio renaissance Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:39:58 GMT
All Hallows Eve

Happy Halloween 2016

Somewhere back in my memory of Halloween I remember being dressed as a ghost and running in snow with a overstuffed Safeway sack filled with candy.

We kids knew we needed to ditch the big bags of candy and go to the doorstep of the next house with nothing but pitiful looks and empty bags in order to get even more treats.

Flash forward a few years and I am walking through my parents door with my family of 4 - we were all dressed up and we were all a sight. Our intention was to pay visit to my aging parents and brighten their otherwise slow Halloween. And it worked very well, another cherished memory in the books.

More recently having landed in Aurora I now have the yearly phenomenon of "Scare the Square" which as a photographer has provided great memories of all sorts of little beings.  I am always happy to oblige when the opportunity to preserve the Halloween memory comes along, no candy however, but if you stand in front of me for 250th of a second I may get to hand you a photo of you when you were frighteningly cute!

When you light your candles this evening I hope you have fond memories of those who are no longer with us but whose spirits surround us in love this Halloween night! Happy Halloween Everyone!






(The Renaissance) Halloween Jana Van Housen Renaissance Scare the Square 2016 children's photography in-studio Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:44:40 GMT
An Invitation to Fun!  

Scare the Square 2016

Scare the Square

Aurora's Much Loved Halloween Tradition

Will be Celebrated this year on

Thursday, October 27th

from 5:00pm until 7:00pm

Stop by the Studio for some Halloween fun!






(The Renaissance) In Studio Renaissance Scare the Square Trick or Treat children's photography Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:57:24 GMT
IMPACT I am more than excited to become a member of Impact -Nebraska Artists

This brings together my work in painting and photography and adds yet another dimension

of touring and meeting new people along the way. From time to time I will post the new paintings and 

show schedules in hopes that you may want to see the work first hand at a venue near you.

"Elemental" will be showing at the Stuhr Museum, Grand Island Nebraska, from September 16th until November 11th, 2016.

My painting entitled "Sheridan County Gem" will be on display as well as many other fine works by Nebraska

artists from all across our great state.


"Sheridan County Gem"

The oil painting on panel was inspired by the many small ponds that dot the Sand Hills of Nebraska along the Highway 2 Scenic byway.





(The Renaissance) Jana Van Housen Nebraska Artist Nebraska Photographer Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:26:46 GMT
Miss Leta

These are a few of my favorites from both in studio and out.

(The Renaissance) Senior 2017 In Studio Summer Sessions Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:12:45 GMT
M from O


Just my top 35 favorites with more to come! Enjoy!


(The Renaissance) Aurora" Renaissance Senior 2017 Urban Photography Thu, 07 Jul 2016 22:28:18 GMT
Fine Art Prints - Bring It Home From time to time there are new fine art prints available. Stop by to see the latest available.


Aficionado's ParadiseAficionado's Paradise


Lights ILights I


Lights IILights II

(The Renaissance) Aurora, Nebraska Lights The Square Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:27:18 GMT
The Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Traveling Exhibit In 1965 a group of like minded artists across the state of Nebraska formed and incorporated the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs.  The only one of its type in the nation. They then established their mission statement: 

Our aim shall be to broaden and deepen the creative art experience of the people of Nebraska.

And so, the Association known by its acronym, ANAC, has been moving from community to community in Nebraska for 51 years, bringing with it the artists, and clubs, workshops, and internationally known instructors, to teach and share with fellow Nebraskans, the love of art and the creative process.
Each year at the annual conference the top award winning art pieces are chose to represent ANAC and are sent on the road for a year as an exhibit of work to venues across Nebraska.  The ANAC Travel Show will open this Wednesday afternoon April 27th.

The Travel Show will reside at the Renaissance at 1210 L St. in Aurora, and will be open to the public until Friday, May 13th.  A reception for the public is planned for the afternoon and evening of Thursday May 5th.  The Renaissance is open daily from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm and by appointment, after-hours and on the weekends. Please stop by and see this wonderful body of artwork from Nebraska artists from all across our state.


(The Renaissance) Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:20:42 GMT
10 Years In The Making Oh, how the time has flown by.

I hope to see you here!


(The Renaissance) Renaissance children's photography family in-studio personal portrait senior Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:10:26 GMT
"The Stars Come Out 2015" The Edgerton Fundraiser













(The Renaissance) Edgerton Renaissance Science Strobe Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:28:26 GMT
Forever Searching For New Inspiration

After being in the art world for over 35 years, and the photography world for 25, I will admit that there are times when inspiration is a much needed ingredient to the daily task of creation.The simple pursuit of a new aesthetic find to dwell on and deconstruct, only to reconstruct and make my own. For some time I have wanted to try to repaint a chair beginning with the gesso process, and then designing a new colorful skin, so to speak.

While attending a recent sale, that particular chair caught my eye and I brought it home for the sole purpose of trying the painting process.  This is the before image of the chair. I loved the shape, the color and fabric not so much.

We have a great hardware store in our town, and after a visit to Schneider's Hardware I was set with some great paint and some very fun pattern stencils for my new creation. After an hour the chair began taking shape, and this is the beautiful pearl that emerged. Stay with me here, this is how and where the magic starts happening. 

Said chair after the dazzle.

So after all of the excess energy of the day was cleaned up and put away, I began imagining exactly who, what, and how my new chair could play a part in helping me to achieve that higher ground of creative nirvana. Here is the result of the process, I like the results. These are three images, shot outdoors, in my yard, using the new/old chair.

Sometimes inspiration can come from the most unexpected places.  And now I ask myself, exactly why did I need that chair?
If you are interested in booking your child's portrait while the summer months are still lush and green, give me a call or send me an email. Together, we can set up a time to create a once in a lifetime portrait for your wall. Happy Mid Summer to all.  Jana













(The Renaissance) children's photography in-studio renaissance Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:11:14 GMT
St. Patrick's Day- The Transformation- The Way I was invited to speak this past St. Patrick's Day at the Aurora Christian Women's Club about my photography business.  I had spoken before about the artistic part of my life and chose this time to take my photography equipment and set up to demonstrate and take some personal portraiture of the ladies in attendance. The York Chapter came to share the event with Aurora and they brought a wonderful vocalist whose first song was "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and everyone joined in to sing along. Then she went on to sing "Daddy Hands" and then spoke of losing her father at the age of three, which of course made me think of my own dad who I miss on a daily basis and were it not for him I wouldn't know the power of improvising and making do with what you have.  At this point I was tuning in further to this program and its message.  The vocalist's last choice for a song was "Via Dolorosa" and she sang it beautifully.

Down the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem that day
The soldiers tried to clear the narrow street
But the crowd pressed in to see
A Man condemned to die on Calvary

He was bleeding
from a beating, there were stripes upon His back
And He wore a crown of thorns upon His head
And He bore with every step
The scorn of those who cried out for His death

Down the Via Dolorosa called the way of suffering
Like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King,
But He chose to walk that road out of His love
For you and me.
Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.

Por la Via Dolorosa, triste dia en Jerusalem
Los saldados le abrian paso a Jesus
Mas la gente se acercaba
Para ver al que llevaba aquella cruz

Por la Via Dolorosa, que es la via Del dolor
Como oveja vino Cristo, Rey, SeƱor
Y fue El quien quiso ir por su amor
Por ti y Por mi
Por la Via Dolorosa al Calvario y a morir

The blood that would cleanse the souls of all men
Made its way to the heart of Jerusalem.

Down the Via Dolorosa called the way of suffering
Like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King
But He chose to walk that road out of His love
For you and me
Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.

The main speaker for the evening was Debbie Anstein, former Mrs. Nebraska 1998.  Debbie gave us all an inside view of the pageant world and the demands that come with appearances and titles.  She also spoke in tandem about her life and the "being too busy setting" that we all create for our selves. She spoke about adopting the saying "will it matter in 10 years" to daily priorities. Pointing out as an example her choice to make an appearance for Mrs. Nebraska or attend her sons basketball game. She chose the basketball game. She too spoke of loss in her life and her path of finding her way. And, along with finding her way helping others to find theirs. Proverbs 27:17 -As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. She recommended two books, neither had I heard of, and both I want to read now: The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey and Strengths Finder by Gallup  She encouraged us to close the gap in our journey in life and walk with purpose. It was a very eloquent and powerful message.

The evening was made more perfect by the fact that some of the ladies in attendance allowed me to photograph them, I talked to them about their families and grandchildren and that is why they have smiles on their faces and a twinkle in their eyes.  The ladies in the following gallery are the backbone of our communities and families, and are the very fabric of our nation. I know you will recognize some of them.


(The Renaissance) Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:44:01 GMT
The Promise of Spring Have you found your silence this Winter?  Had your moment to turn

inward and reflect on how quickly all of this passes by?

Find your moment, enjoy your silence. Spring is on the way.

(The Renaissance) children's photography in-studio renaissance spring Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:01:29 GMT
Holidays, Decorating and Memories....The Well Appointed Home Here goes my soapbox speech....

Nothing is more beautiful that a home decorated with personal portraits and meaningful art. I'm told that my view is different because of my creative genes and that not everyone see it that way, but can you not deny the fact that when you walk in to a home with personal portraits and original art, it feels more personal, more authentic, and more rich.

It is the autumn season of decorating and so many great ideas are in the works. I'm seeing baskets, leaves, sconces, candles, figurines, and glassware, but what about the centerpiece for all of this to exist around. What is that centerpiece in your home? Does it smile back at you with familiar and loving eyes or does it simply cover the wall.  Surround yourself with the things you love it's simple and so rewarding.  As for me I've added a few favorites to my decorating collection this year! P.S. Now to get the house done! : )



Yob in concertYob in concert

(The Renaissance) Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:21:16 GMT
The Studio Upstairs After 2 years of work in every other part of this project, I made it upstairs today to start putting everything in its place.  More to come......

(The Renaissance) Painting Renaissance Studio Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:02:46 GMT
More Babies.....and a beautiful holiday card!

These are a few of my favorite images from a recent session featuring the newly arrived Miss Gracie Mae.

These happened to be from an evening session which was a great time for this particular family.

First sessions are perfect for capturing beautiful images for the babies birth announcement.








Just arriving today!! A sample of the Christmas Greeting Card- Luxe Pop!  Custom designed card/ornament -  featuring two styles and two sides!

Stop by and see the possible design choices of this beautiful card and book your Holiday Session! It's easy and affordable.

(The Renaissance) Luxe-Pop Newborn Baby Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:46:25 GMT
Photographing the 2 Year Old 2 years is such a great age but "photographing the 2 year old" is tricky,

ask any photographer.  2 year olds make us sweat. Period.  They are their own entity.

It may take a few appointments to even get them into the studio. Why?

Because sometimes for a 2 year old the last minute before the walk out the door could be

the moment of the big forehead goose egg, or the tiny finger in the big door or even the

revenge of the applesauce, banana diaper.  Somehow though, they get here and it is always

fun!  And really, the hardest part of all is getting parents settled down and out of the

"corral that baby" mode into the more relaxed "whatever happens, we're going to love it" mode.

So a little advice for parents on picture day would be:

1.Learn deep breathing exercises, (much like you learned when they were being born)

 and use them on picture day.

2. Dress them in something simple and plain, simple is good, patterns only detract from their beautiful

little faces.

3. No candy, no bribery of any sort, no deals, not when they're two, believe me you'll wish someday that

you had never began this cycle.

4. Bring something they love, be it their favorite toy or their blanket, let them suck their thumb! It's O.K.

5. Remember that they are still babies and that they just want to play.

And that is what we will do,  we will play and I will take their portrait while they are having fun.

And in between the shots I'll be sweating!

(The Renaissance) photographing the 2 year old Mon, 16 Sep 2013 23:52:24 GMT