B is for Berkshires News


It has been over a year and a half since the release of B is for Berkshires and I have heard that sales are steady. My publisher said in 2015, they sold over 1,000 books.


From the book launch at  The Parlor Cafe in North Adams on March 28, 2015 with author Joan Duris to various book signing events at locations including Water Street Books, The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Bookstore, The Adams Free Library, and even a Sheep to Shawl event at Sheep Hill where I sat at the Sweet Brook Farm booth where Zabu the llama was greeting visitors. Zabu is L is for Llama.

I have read to children at the Family Resource Center in both North Adams and Williamstown, read to students in Adams and North Adams during Dr. Seuss’s Read Across America Day in March, and even did  a talk at the Clark Art Institute’s Book Fair.


3inArowThe book is widely available at area bookstores including the Mass MoCA Hardware Store, The Berkshire Museum, Water Street Books,  Berkshire Emporium and Antiques, The Clark Art Institute and even Barnes and Noble in Pittsfield as well as some bookstores in South County. However, I am looking to get it distributed more widely and boost sales.

I am available for book readings, signings, and other educational programs in libraries and the schools. My fee for a one hour presentation is $100 plus mileage.

Contact: gillian.l.jones@hotmail.com

B is for Berkshires book with photography by Gillian Jones


I have published my first book. It is a children’s book which features my photos with text by Joan Duris. The publisher is Islandport Press. The book was released on March, 10,  2015.

“Explore the wonders of the Berkshires — from rolling hills to tumbling waterfalls, from concert halls to dairy farms. This alphabet book, written by Joan Duris and photographed by Berkshire Eagle photojournalist Gillian Jones, combines playful short verses with informative text to introduce children to this thriving area midway between Boston and New York City.”

You may see the listing for the book, and order it by clicking on the link below….

Order B is for Berkshires book here directly from the publisher


About the Authors

An explorer at heart, JOANNIE DURIS enjoys discovering new places tucked away in the corners of New England. Her philosophy: go slow, so you don’t miss the good stuff. She studied geology before moving on to a career in nursing. In the winter, she explores the outdoors while helping skiers and snowshoers as a member of the Northfield Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol. She has had stories and articles published in several national children’s magazines, and on BoomWriter, a writing website for kids. She leads a local SCBWI critique group of fellow writers. A New England transplant, Joannie spent much of her childhood in Japan. She lives in central Massachusetts with her husband and three spoiled cats, where she can occasionally be seen chasing black bears away from her birdfeeders.
GILLIAN JONES was the chief photographer of the North Adams Transcript, a daily newspaper, for more than 20 years; she now shoots for the Berkshire Eagle. She also teaches photography courses at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and has exhibited her work at galleries throughout western Massachusetts.

berkshiresinteriorawebThe book not only features photos of area attractions but also some local people including Grace Smith of Williamstown, Brian Boudreau of North Adams, and Rob Leab of Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock.

While the hardcover book is a children’s non-fiction book, it is going to be a must have coffee table book for every Berkshire seasonal and year-round resident.



Photos, postcards and other merchandise for sale at Berkshire Emporium and Antiques

DSC_1339 DSC_1340 DSC_1344 DSC_1346 DSC_1352 DSC_1357 DSC_1359 DSC_1363For the last several years I have been selling merchandise at Berkshire Emporium and Antiques in downtown North Adams at 59 Main Street.

From limited edition calendars, to framed prints, mugs, canvas prints, postcards, and even canvas bags, customers can buy merchandise featuring my photos.

Tourists and even residents can buy items that celebrate the Berkshires and make for gifts for people of all ages.

Images of Mount Greylock , the Berkshire Hills, Jack’s Hot Dogs, Mass MoCA, The Mohawk Theater, autumn foliage, the Hoosac Tunnel, and downtown North Adams are among some of the colorful scenes of this beautiful area called the Northern Berkshires.

Also included are some more creative images featuring local scenes with an artistic flair.

In addition to straight documentary images are also creative images featuring Adobe Photoshop filters and Polaroid Image Manipulations of Berkshire scenes.

While the items at the store are available for immediate sale, images may also be special ordered in different sizes and formats. Given enough lead time, these unique, one of a kind gifts can be made available just in time for holiday giving.

While you are at the local hot spot for visiting and resident shoppers, who are looking for unique one of a kind gifts, be sure to check out all the local and regional crafters, as well as antiques and other treasures that fill the over 10,000 sq. ft. store.





Berkshire Emporium and Antiques in downtown North Adams.

Portrait photography: Senior photos


When it comes to portrait photography most of my clients come to me because they either had it done by another photographer and weren’t happy, or they are just looking for something different and more reasonably priced.


My philosophy is to get out of the studio and do some environmental portraiture. I will come to you whether it is in your home, around your home or at another scenic location.


Customers can choose different outfits and we will take about an hour to do portrait session.

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For $100, I give my customers a disc with all the images and permission to have prints made at the lab of their choice. I do not include prints. If customers wish to have me print the photos through my lab, there is an additional cost.



Wedding Photography Prices, Packages and Philosophy


2016-2017 Professional Wedding Prices

$1400 (Entire event)(Up to 8 hours) 300-500 images, 4×6 color prints, disc and one coffee table book. $1200 (Entire event)(Up to 8 hours) 300-500 images, 4×6 color prints, and disc. $1000 (Entire event)(Up to 8 hours) 300-500 images, disc only. No prints or book included.
$1000.00 (Limited)(2-4 hours)200-300 images, 4×6 color prints, disc, and one coffee table book.Package can include preparations, ceremony, formals and reception if within the four hours. $750.00(Limited)(2-4 hours)200-300 images, 4×6 color prints, and a disc. No book.Package can include preparations, ceremony, formals and reception if within the four hours. $600.00(Limited)(2-4 hours)200-300 images, and a disc. No prints or book.Package can include preparations, ceremony, formals and reception if within the four hours.
$650.00 (limited)(1-2hours)100-200 images, 4×6 prints, disc, and one coffee table book.Package can include any portion of wedding event that are within two hours. $500.00 (limited) (1-2hours)100-200 images, 4×6 prints, and disc. No book.Package can include any portion of wedding event that are within two hours. $350.00 (limited) (1-2hours)100-200 images, disc only. No prints or book.Package can include any portion of wedding event that are within two hours.


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Photography by Gillian Jones

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Gillian Jones has been a professional photographer living in The Berkshires since 1992. She began her career as a photojournalist at the North Adams Transcript. She worked at the Transcript until January of 2014 when the newspaper publication ceased production. She has been a digital visual journalist at The Berkshire Eagle since then.

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She has been an adjunct professor teaching photography at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts since January 2001. Her courses include introduction to photography, advanced photography and photojournalism. She has also been an adviser to The Beacon, the college’s newspaper since September of 2009. She also teaches workshops at IS183 Art School and privately tutors students in photography.


Gillian has also been operating a freelance photography business since 1991. She does commercial photography, environmental portraits, weddings and other event photography.

She has lived in the Berkshires since 1982. She graduated from Mount Greylock Regional High School and earned her bachelor’s from North Adams State College, now the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

She was born in Queens, NY.

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In addition to photography, Gillian sings and plays guitar.  She also likes to bike, hike, and roller blade on the Ashuwillticook Trail.

She lives in North Adams with her dog, Jasmine a Siberian Husky, and three cats.

Contact information: 413-664-6337, gillian.l.jones@hotmail.com or gjones@berkshireeagle.com