I have a long history as a photographer, starting in my twenties with large format view cameras, publishing a book of black and white portraits of Newfoundlanders, studying under Ansel Adams at his Yosemite workshops, and with Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design. Now, my cameras and equipment are all the latest digital models, but I still rely on my experience and a well trained eye for capturing the optimal moment. Weddings are high key - they have a way of passing quickly - almost in a blur of emotion, ceremony, and celebration. I love to photograph weddings, to stop time, to capture with my camera the discrete moments which make up the whole and which might otherwise be lost over time.
We are a family oriented team of midcoast Maine wedding photographers; I work with my daughter and her husband on weddings large and small. In my free time, I enjoy flower gardening, hiking with my wife and our dog on island trails, and sailing the Maine coast with friends and family. I have also volunteered as an EMT at our local Fire and Rescue.
Rebecca is a documentary film producer/researcher with over a decade of experience contributing to national PBS broadcasts and independent films. She enjoys the parallels between film production and seamless, joyful event photography. Both require an eye for detail and a real interest in people’s stories. She and Gabe live a few miles from Steve in the town of South Thomaston, Maine.
Gabe is an architect, designing sustainable and energy efficient buildings for residential and commercial clients. He has been photographing since he was a child, when he would help his father as they developed and printed images in their basement darkroom. He loves the energy and happiness of weddings, and helping the BrightWorks team capture the day smoothly.
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"Amazing Photography Team"
"We recently had the privilege of working with Brightworks Photography for our wedding and I must say, we couldn't be more thrilled with the results. Steve, Rebecca, and Gabe were a dream team who were professional, friendly, and extremely talented from start to finish. Their personalities melded well with ours and made for an enjoyable day as they masterfully captured all the special moments of our wedding without interrupting our experience."
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"More Than a Photography Team"
"If you're looking for a photography team that's the perfect mix of modern and traditional, adventurous but classic, you might want to meet BrightWorks. Steve and Rebecca were always quick to respond to us as we were planning our elopement with them. They were so patient with us as we were indecisive on our ceremony location, and gave recommendations based on our interests and vision. We immediately felt comfortable upon meeting in person, and you can tell by the photos."
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"Outstanding Quality, Preparation, And Professionalism!"
"We loved working with Brightworks. Steve and Rebecca made us feel comfortable from our first conversation with them over Zoom. Steve and Rebecca were super flexible when bad weather struck, helping us get beautiful outdoor photos even on a rainy day. They were fun to be around! Because they are a family team, they made us and our families feel comfortable posing and kept a lighthearted tone."
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"We are so thrilled we chose to work with you and absolutely love the story the photos share. Many of our conversations leading up to the big day helped us to lay out how it would all go. Your insight and organization helped us approach the day with ease. We were instantly attracted to your calm energy. It was important to us to work with a photographer that put us at ease because neither of us was excited to have a camera follow us around all day. Steve and Rebecca were the perfect fit."
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"Steve and Rebecca made our Acadia NP elopement something very special! While working with them, my husband and I had nothing but the utmost confidence in them. They are thorough, professional, friendly, personable, and creative. They captured every aspect of our elopement, every smile, every laugh, every emotion throughout the day. When looking back at our photos, it's like we are able to step right back into the moment and relive it!"
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"Stephen of BrightWorks Photography is a complete gem. He not only spent untold time getting to know the couple and the venue, he consulted on location and orientation of the wedding arch in order to take maximum advantage of the beautiful afternoon light. He was also a very calming presence on a hectic day. The entire family would have loved him without ever seeing a single photograph of the wedding, but when we did see them, we were blown away!"
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"When we received the photos, we really felt they captured the entire day and night with such elegance. The photos were stunning! Steve worked with us to further edit the photos we chose to keep for our album, tweaking little things, a stray hair from the wind. We highly recommend BrightWorks Photography if you are looking for someone who is very experienced, extremely professional and a joy to work with."
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"Warm, Friendly, Sharp-Eyed Photographers"
"We are absolutely thrilled with the pictures we got from BrightWorks. There's some of my notoriously photo-shy family members that I'll cherish nearly as much as the photos of my wife and I together. I can't recommend highly enough the photographers of BrightWorks. You'll get a wonderful catalog of your event from amiable, talented and kind photographers."
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