Award Winning Maine Documentary Wedding Photographer

When I’m asked to describe my photography style, I tend to use the terms “wedding photojournalist, or creative documentary wedding photographer. In short, I’m interested first and foremost in capturing moments well- whether they be small, like a bride wiping makeup off of her groom’s face, or more epic, like a couple karate chopping their cake (still my beating heart!), I’m doing everything in my power to create rad photos of the photos that make your wedding unique. That’s why I love the Wedding Photojournalist Association, or WPJA, for short- they support wedding photographers around the world with similar goals. Every year they host a friendly competition, judged by renowned photojournalists, and I’m thrilled to share that I placed in the top 50 worldwide for their 2019 competition. What an honor! The depth of the talent in the competition pool is immense, and I’m thrilled to be a part of such a high-quality group of photographers.

Here’s the photos that were awarded this year. Photos with a yellow medallion were selected by four out of four judges, photos with a blue medallion were selected by three out of four judges, purple by two out of four, and green by one. Enjoy!

And, if you want to see more photos from these weddings, come check out the following blog posts!

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Kelsey and Charlie’s Blue Hill Maine Engagement Portraits

I’m incredibly fond of Blue Hill (and am lucky enough to book at least one wedding a year there), and this year I’m ever so lucky to return for Kelsey and Charlie’s wedding. Kelsey has summered in Blue Hill her entire life, and once they became serious she brought Charlie up to Maine so that he could experience her favorite place. It’s impossible not to love Blue Hill- it’s quiet, has such a wonderful, close knit community, and the rocky coastline is quaint and quintessentially Maine. Eventually, Charlie proposed at the Bathing Beach (Kelsey’s favorite spot in Blue Hill) while swimming. At night. Still my heart!  (By the way, does anyone else have R.E.M.’s “Nightswimming” playing in their head?)

We met a few weeks ago (right before COVID-19 became a major concern across the country) in Blue Hill, and explored Kelsey’s mom’s property, the point next door, and the Bathing Beach. We practiced appropriate social distancing (although I wanted to hug them!), discussed our Harry Potter houses, and I marveled at how naturally and easily Kelsey and Charlie fell into each other’s arms, which was, of course, such a joy to photograph.

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from our time together. Enjoy!

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My Favorite 2019 Maine Wedding Photos

What can I say about 2019? It was a year of unpredictable weather (windy one day, scorchingly hot the next, snowy and cold, lots of rain, and there was even a surprise hailstorm for a meterologist groom. The irony!), and beautiful locations, but what ultimately made it fantastic were the people in front of my camera. I was so lucky that my couples, their friends, and their families opened up their lives and hearts to me- by being so vulnerable, they allowed me to capture moments that oozed love and felt like sunshine. Perhaps the cherry on the top was how adventurous my couples were – they kayaked, paddleboarded, waded into the ocean, got splashed while riding a dinghy to a sailboat, climbed rocks and cliffs while wearing dresses and suits, and danced in the rain. It’s true, all of those things happened! I have to say, I’m fond of couples who dare to do something a bit wild on their wedding day- it makes the day all the more satisfying, and I’m always game for my couples’ wildest desires. Just try me!

This is never easy to compile, but here are my favorite photos I made in 2019. It required I make a lot of painful cuts, but nevertheless, here’s a set of 90 some-odd Maine wedding photos that make my heart pitter patter when I look at them. There are hugs, tears, laughter, slightly dangerous dance moves, sunsets, wine spilling on a bridal jumpsuit, kids throwing pizza hats… and more, all taking place in Bar Harbor, Acadia, Camden, Blue Hill, and lots of other small midcoast Maine and western Maine locations. As always, enjoy- I can’t wait to begin creating wedding photos in 2020! There’s more epic weddings to come.. :)

And last, but not least, a special thanks to Ashley, the best second photographer a gal could have. While her photos aren’t featured in this specific post, she helped make many of these happen, so she deserves some love. Thanks for helping make the magic happen!

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