Robin and I would love the opportunity to photograph your wedding. We are loving life and enjoy the fact that our photography talents open doors for us to take part in so many of life’s celebrations.
We specialize in wedding and portrait photography throughout Maine and the rest of New England but have also shot weddings in Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Hawaii. We are incredibly blessed to do what we do.
We were married in 1984 and are still best friends. We love to travel together, explore, cycle back roads and learn new things. We are blessed with three grown children and are just now entering the grandparent stage of life.
In 2012 all of what we had was threatened as disease devoured my liver. Thankfully, my oldest son gave me 60% of his liver in a transplant that saved my life. Now, both Robin and I see every day as a bonus day.
My recovery has been remarkable! In fact, in 2015 I completed the 180 mile, 3 day Trek Across Maine bicycle ride across Maine with the American Lung Association to mark my third transplant anniversary. Tears flowed freely for both of us as I crossed the finish.
We share a strong calling to make our world a better place by serving people trapped in poverty. We have been to Romania, Mexico, Guatemala and have served in a variety of locations here in the United States. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, we were fortunate to help families reconstruct and rediscover hope on two separate group trips. In April of 2016 we will be traveling to Guatemala City to help an organization that rescues children from poverty better tell its story through its publications. Traveling with armed guards will be a new experience for us but we are committed to seeing children freed from life in the city dumps.
Closer to home, we do all we can to help with Donate Life events promoting organ donation and volunteer to photograph Muscular Distrophy Association events and community events.
But what about photography?
With the digital revolution, “professional” photographers are now a dime a dozen. With a modest investment, a template website and a free Facebook page, thousands of people now call themselves “professional photographers” and charge for services even though they have had no training whatsoever. Most are uninsured, lack experience and don’t have the backup cameras, lenses and lighting equipment of true pros. It takes much more than a fancy camera to make great photos just like it takes more than a fancy brush to paint beautiful pictures. Wedding photography requires so much more than snapping pictures. True professionals capture excellent images, organize shoots, manage schedules and direct crowds to make sure they meet the goals of their clients.
As members of Professional Photographers of America and the Maine Professional Photographers Association, our style is a combination of my (Scott’s) photojournalism background and art school training. We capture memories in stunning ways. That requires some photo-journalistic shots, some artsy, trendy shots and a careful mix when making photos that will be treasured for decades to come. We are photographers who uses a variety of tools and approaches to best produce the results you’ll treasure for years to come.
Robin, as the second shooter, has developed solid photography skills while apprenticing with me over the years. She started out simply working as my assistant switching out batteries, changing lenses and setting up lighting but as she became more and more familiar with the flow of weddings, I put one of my backup cameras into her hands. She has become quite proficient over the years!
As the lead photographer on our team, my formal training includes a photojournalism concentration as part of my Journalism degree from the University of Maine. After I completed my BA, I went on to study color photography and print making at the University of Southern Maine Art School. Since the tools and methods of photography are continuously evolving, I enroll in continuing education classes each winter studying new lighting techniques, advances in software and the newest trends and techniques in order to stay fresh.
I am proficient with both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, edit with color calibrated high definition monitors and use only the best photo labs for product fulfillment. All images in our catalog are backed up locally and redundantly on two offsite servers to make sure we never lose an image.
We are Nikon shooters and have a Nikon D800, D700 and D300 in our kit with lenses for most every imaginable scenario. We also have all the lighting needed for even the largest wedding receptions in dimly lit spaces. We have radio controlled Pocket Wizards to sync up to 12 flashes with diffusing umbrellas if needed. Chances are that you don’t really understand or care what all of these things are but your photographer should.
Do you want just the files from your wedding photos?
Here’s the thing…
Robin and I refuse to be “shoot, dump and run” photographers even though that is what many brides believe they want today. Yes, numerous photographers will shoot your wedding, burn files onto a disk and head for their next gig. We can’t bring ourselves to do that to our clients.
We’ve met too many brides who regret having made the decision to contract with shoot, dump and run photographers. Today, they have only a disk of photos and maybe a cheaply produced template photobook from a consumer-level company. Groupon special canvasses are already peeling if they ordered them at all.
We value our clients too much and our art too much to play that game. It would mean much less work and greater profit. Who is more the more expensive photographer, the shoot, dump and run photographer who charges you $1200 for 8 hours and burns a CD or the photographer who charges you $2,400 for the same 8 hours and then spends another 40 hours working for you providing editing services, image balancing, custom design and an album and wall art you will treasure for the rest of your life?
Our after-wedding services are just as important to us as the time we spend with you on your wedding day. We can’t imagine missing out on watching you open your albums or see your custom canvasses. We want to make sure you have a custom designed, gorgeous showpiece album that you will treasure for decades in addition to spectacular wall art canvas prints. We spend hours editing, balancing color and light, and looking at each image our brides choose for their albums and wall art. We use only the best quality canvas and the top professional labs to provide our clients with stunning results. It is our attention to detail and our determination to provide awesome results that has earned us recognition as being in the top 5% of professional photographers.
Making your choice:
Read our reviews to see what others have said about us and then make your choice.
We would love the opportunity to work with you and capture your memories but if we’re not the right match for you, please choose a trained, insured, true professional who has the skills, equipment and experience to capture your memories in the best possible manner. Let your uncle, your best friend or your Mom’s friend with the nice camera enjoy your wedding as a guest. Your wedding memories are far too important to entrust to someone who is not equipped to give you the results you deserve.
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