Maine Award Winning Wedding Photojournalist

The results are in, and I’m pleased and humbled to share that I finished 6th in the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA)’s 2018 contest! The WPJA hosts multiple contests a year, which are judged by working photojournalists, and the wedding photographer with the highest point total at the end of the year is named the WPJA Photographer of the Year. The competition was very fierce, and I’m honored to be included on this top 100 list with so many talented photographers around the world- in fact, I’m super proud to be the 2nd place photographer in North America, and 1st place photographer in Maine.!

WPJA is a favorite organization of mine, as it promotes and values documentary wedding photography. All submitted contest photos must showcase real, undirected moments at weddings. My winning photos below (save for the final two, which were awarded in a separate artistic guild portrait contest) are just that- authentic, unstaged slices of real Maine weddings that I am so happy I was invited to document.

Below are my photos that placed in the 2018 contests.  Photos marked with a gold medallion were selected by all four judges, blue medallions indicate that three out of the four judges selected the photo, and purple medallion photos were selected by 2 judges.

Thank you so much to the judges for putting in their time and talent, and thank you to WPJA for highlighting really awesome wedding photojournalism! I’m so happy to be a part of this organization. AND, of course, thank you to my couples for inviting me to capture their wedding days and providing me with so many quirky, funny, loving, and emotional moments to capture. You’re the best!

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Best Maine Wedding Photos of 2018

2018 was such an adventure. From sailing during a Camden Maine elopement, hiking a mountain during an Acadia elopement, and watching fireworks over a perfectly placid lake at the end of a lakeside Maine elopement, it’s been a year full of surprises, excellent moments, and beautiful, beautiful landscapes. There were the predicted tears, and laughter, and warm, strong hugs, but my favorite moments from weddings were often the least expected. Kelly and Erik canoeing into their own spotlight at sunset was pretty spectacular, as was when a cloud/fog tendril snaked down to Kate and Brandon as we took portraits on top of a mountain in Acadia- it was as if nature wanted to say, “dear couples- let me celebrate you right at this very moment.” I’ll never forget when Wes fell after hours of epic dancing (which made for a photo that just feels so much like the Wes I got to know), or when Silvana’s pup watched her prepare for her wedding day during her Bar Harbor elopement, or, perhaps one of the coolest of all, when Annie spontaneously threw her bouquet to a group of very excited young girls at her Bristol Maine elopement. Oh, and I’ll never forget when I photographed a West Quoddy Head Lighthouse elopement at sunrise, complete with sea fog and temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit- it was frigid, but oh, it was gorgeous! There are so many I’m not sharing here- you’ll see many of them pictured below. Nevertheless, I was so inspired all season, and I felt so lucky to get to know my couples, their friends, and their families, without whom this blog post would be empty.

Wedding photography is one of the most difficult industries I’ve ever been a part of. While sometimes people assume it’s relatively easy, it’s such a (delightful) challenge to produce consistently excellent photos and capture moments while also attempting to creating a great composition. But it’s the challenge that keeps me head over heels in love with capturing weddings. I’m a natural perfectionist, which means I’m constantly seeking out education, attending workshops, and working hard to make photos that communicate who my couples are and how they love. Because, ultimately, that’s what matters- you deserve to have photos that really help you remember who you are as a person and as a couple, and how you felt on your wedding day.

Here are a few of my favorite Maine wedding and elopement photos from 2018. I was inspired by all of the different locations and venues I visited- French’s Point, Newagen Seaside Inn, Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Bradley Inn, The Contented Sole, Bar Harbor Club, Inn at Sunrise Point, and private residence weddings and elopements in Blue Hill, Acadia, and coastal Maine, along with those mentioned above. I traveled the state, saw a variety of beautiful backdrops, and reminded myself of how breathtaking Maine is.

And, special thanks are in order to Ashley, my second photographer, who helped make many of these photos happen and created many awesome wedding photos herself this season. (All of the photos below are mine, however.) Thanks Ashley for your awesomeness and willingness to help me make magic happen.

Enjoy :)

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Sarah and Tom’s Blue Hill, Maine wedding

Sarah and Tom’s private residence Blue Hill wedding was my final wedding of the year, and it certainly felt the cherry on top of a fantastic, unforgettable year of weddings. I photographed both their rehearsal and wedding day, and when I spotted a glimpse of their rehearsal setup when I arrived to their property- a long table on a dock, laden with sunflowers, lanterns, and everything needed for a lobster bake- I knew I was in for a fantastic weekend. As friends and family feasted and shared what they loved about Sarah and Tom we were all treated to a sunset that slowly transitioned to twilight. It was, in short, magical.

While Tom started his wedding day off with a round of golf, Sarah began to get ready at the house, surrounded by friends, family, and a lot of kids which kept things interesting (I love when kids are at weddings- you never know what they’ll do!). The ceremony took place on the same dock where the rehearsal had occurred, and the beautiful view of their nuptials was unparalleled. Perhaps my very favorite part of the day was the reception, in which Sarah and Tom’s family and friends showed me what a good dance floor looks like as they danced for hours to The Allnighters.

Rachel of R.L. Sisson Events is a favorite planner of mine, and Sarah and Tom’s wedding wouldn’t have been what it was without her magic and her ability to handle anything that was thrown upon her plate. Working any wedding with her means that it’s bound to be fantastic.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Sarah and Tom’s rehearsal and wedding. Enjoy!A Blue Hill Maine wedding rehearsal by RL Sisson EventsBlue Hill Maine wedding rehearsalA wedding rehearsal at a private residence in Blue Hill, MaineBlue Hill Maine wedding rehearsalBlue Hill Maine wedding rehearsalA Blue Hill Maine wedding rehearsal by RL Sisson EventsKids get ready at a Blue Hill Maine weddingKids at a private residence wedding in MaineKids get ready at a Blue Hill Maine weddingA bride gets ready amongst kids at her Blue Hill Maine weddingA bride gets ready at her private residence wedding in Blue Hill MaineA bride gets ready at her private residence wedding in Blue Hill MaineA bride gets ready amongst kids at her Blue Hill Maine weddingA sweet note found at a Blue Hill Maine weddingKids get ready at a Blue Hill Maine weddingA bride getting ready for her wedding in Blue Hill MaineA groom gets ready for his private residence wedding in MaineA groom gets ready for his private residence wedding in MaineA bride getting ready for her wedding in Blue Hill MaineThe bride prepares to walk down the aisle of her wedding ceremony in Blue Hill MaineA stunning wedding ceremony on a dock in Blue Hill MaineA stunning wedding ceremony on a dock in Blue Hill MaineTears during a wedding ceremony in Blue Hill MaineA stunning wedding ceremony on a dock in Blue Hill MaineA bride hugs her son at her Blue Hill Maine weddingEmotional photos at a private residence Maine weddingEmotional photos at a private residence Maine weddingBlue Hill Maine wedding portraitsCandid photos of a wedding reception at a private residence in Blue Hill, MaineCandid photos of a wedding reception at a private residence in Blue Hill, MaineCandid photos of a wedding reception at a private residence in Blue Hill, MaineDancing Photos at a Blue Hill weddingDancing Photos at a Blue Hill weddingDocumentary wedding photos from a Blue Hill Maine weddingDocumentary wedding photos from a Blue Hill Maine weddingDocumentary wedding photos from a Blue Hill Maine weddingCandid photos of a wedding reception at a private residence in Blue Hill, MaineDocumentary wedding photos from a Blue Hill Maine weddingCandid photos of a Blue Hill Maine wedding receptionDocumentary wedding photos from a Blue Hill Maine wedding

Vendors:

Venue: Private Residence
Coordinator: Rachel, RL Sisson Events
Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Second Photographer: Ashley L. Conti
Music: The Allnighters
Caterer: Fête – Chef La Mason
Rentals: Wallace Events
Florals: Floret
Transportation: At Your Service Taxi

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