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  • Kate Crabtree is an award winning Maine wedding photographer who creates evocative and timeless wedding photography for couples who would like their love story to be told authentically. Although she is located in Bangor, Maine (central Maine), she happily travels to coastal and southern Maine, and throughout New England to capture unique wedding photos and engagement portraits. She has been featured on Style Me Pretty, recently named as one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the United States by Weddzilla, and published in Maine Magazine, Seacoast Weddings, and Real Maine Weddings.

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(One of the few photos I have of Josh working- he’s so stealthy that I had to dig to find one! :)  Here he is doing some video work during portraits )

There’s nothing like working with a wedding vendor who you trust.  Working with a solid team of wedding professionals, no matter their role on the big day, makes a wedding day not only easier, but more fun.  Josh Swan, a videographer and the owner of Media Northeast, is one of my favorite people to have as a teammate on a wedding day.  Not only is he friendly, professional, and courteous, but he looks out for me, and I him!  On wedding days videographers and photographers need to work closely together to ensure that we both have the time and space to get the coverage we need while staying out of each others frames/shots, and Josh collaborates with the photographers he works with in order to make this happen.

And.. his work is gorgeous! Just look at this wedding video he created last year at Annie and Kenny’s southern Maine wedding.

Annie & Kenny Highlight Film from Josh Swan on Vimeo.

In short, I adore working with Josh, and I’m pretty certain you’d like having him be a part of your wedding too!

I asked if he would mind answering a few questions about wedding videography, and he willingly took the time to respond in detail.  Thanks, Josh!

Why should we hire a videographer?

Wedding videography isn’t the same as it used to be a few generations ago, with overly done slow motion paired with black and white images. Now wedding films are creative with a strong focus on storytelling and creative cinematography. For many of our couples having a wedding video isn’t even on the radar but then if they happen to come across a creative wedding film online, they think “I need to have this!!” Then it often becomes one of their top priorities to get.  A wedding day will go by in a blink of an eye and with so many details and things going on throughout the day, a creative film is a perfect way to look back on everything!

How would you describe your style?

Our style is in the cinematic/creative approach, to produce a film that is artistic and cinematic by using a storytelling approach. This means we use cinema cameras and other various tools to help us achieve the look in our films. We could geek out about every tool we use, but we love telling a story visually, whether this includes perfect audio or motion in the shot, we have tools to help us achieve anything we can dream up visually. We love cinematography, so an eye for strong composition and lighting will make sure the quality stays consistent throughout the entire day of filming.

How do you work with wedding photographers to make sure you both get adequate coverage without getting in each other’s way?

We believe that if we work closely with the photographers, not only does it make our work better as videographers and photographer since we’re not competing for shots, we can actually help each other out with ideas. Coordinating before every big event such as the ceremony, toast, etc about camera placement for each of member of our team will help eliminate capturing a photographer or videographer in the frame. If we all work as a team, both sides can provide a great finished product for the couple!

What sets you apart from other Maine wedding videographers?

I think what sets us apart is our experience as cinematographers. We don’t just do this on the weekends, we live, eat and breathe filmmaking. We’re not people that decided they wanted to work for themselves so they thought to start with weddings, we film commercial work, corporate events and trainings, along with other creative promotional projects. We are constantly pushing ourselves and learning about new techniques to make us better at what we do. Years of filming and editing day in and day out, allows us to really fine tune our style. We have learned so much in the past years and we still continue to grow to this day. We’ll never stop improving our style and craft!

What are you waiting for?  Stop by his website and view more of his wedding videography work here.  Enjoy!  And, to end, I dug through Annie and Kenny’s photos to find a photo of Josh in his element.  It was hard to find an image because

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It appears to friends and family that Alexandra and Federico spent a week in Maine merely to vacation, but the two of them had other plans- to renew their vows.  On a gorgeous overcast morning (that turned into bright sun as afternoon approached), we traveled around Acadia National Park prior to their vow renewal, taking portraits in a variety of locations including Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs and Jordan Pond.  We eventually met with the pastor in the Sand Beach parking lot, drove to a rocky cliff we had found while we were doing their vow renewal portraits, and we enjoyed the warmth and blue skies that the sun brought as it blessed their recommitment to each other.

Alexandra met Federico at a time in her life when she decided that she would like to travel and live somewhere else for awhile.  She closed her eyes, pointed to a map, and her finger fell upon Argentina.  That trip brought her to Federico, who has been in her life ever since.  What a love story for the ages!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from our time on Mount Desert Island.  I hope you come back to Maine soon, Alexandra and Federico!  Maybe next time you’ll have a moose sighting!

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  • Meg Simone - I love this :) Everyone should do vow renewals, especially in such a stunning location. These are amazing Kate!ReplyCancel

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