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Brianna was born and raised in Nebraska and became interested in photography in elementary school when her art teacher gave her a camera to document their fifth grade class. After college she interned at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Florida and the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, VA. She was hired by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram in 2016 and moved to Maine where she quickly fell in love with photographing the people and places in our beautiful state. She’s been awarded by the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, Society of Professional Journalists and in 2020 received the MacGregor Fiske Award for early-career journalists in New England.

  • Published
    August 6, 2023

    In photos: A gloomy start, then glory in our photo gallery of summer 2023

    June was gloomy and gray, with almost daily rain. July was warmer, with wet weekends and high humidity – not the perfect New England weather we dream about all year. But the sun showed its lovely face as August arrived, and the glorious days of summer began again.

  • Published
    June 7, 2023

    In photos: See the action from Wednesday’s high school state championship and playoff games

    Check out some of our favorite images from high school tennis state championship and lacrosse playoff games.

  • Published
    May 27, 2023

    In photos: View some of the best images from ‘Long Way Home’

    In ‘Long Way Home,’ Press Herald reporters and photographers told the story of the large influx of asylum seekers arriving in Maine in recent years, fleeing their homelands and embarking on dangerous journeys to make a new life in Maine.

  • Published
    May 15, 2023

    In photos: Seeing blue

    Blue skies were smiling and bluebirds were singing for Irving Berlin, but blue is actually nature’s rarest color. Blue flowers are less than 10% of the world’s 300,000 flowering plant species. Even some of the few animals and plants that look blue don’t actually contain the color. Blue jays and Morpho butterflies, for example, have developed unique features that distort the reflection of light to appear blue.
    Humanity has been obsessed with blue for thousands of years, from ancient Egypt when blue, the color of the heavens, was used in temples, ceramics and statues and to decorate the tombs of the pharaohs. In Medieval Europe, ultramarine blue was highly sought after among artists but was as precious as gold. Johanns Vermeer, who painted ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring,’ loved the color so much that he pushed his family into debt to purchase the paint color. Art historians believe Michelangelo left his painting ‘The Entombment’ unfinished because he couldn’t afford to buy more ultramarine blue.
    In 2009, Mas Subramanian and his then-graduate student Andrew Smith discovered a new blue pigment, YlnMn Blue, by accident, the first blue pigment discovered in more than 200 years. He had published hundreds of scientific articles and applied for dozens of patents, but it was his accidental discovery of a new vivid blue that excited the popular imagination and resulted in everything from a new Crayola crayon to a music festival in Atlanta.

  • Published
    April 21, 2023

    In photos: Muslims gather to celebrate the end of Ramadan

    Story and photos by Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer

  • Published
    March 19, 2023

    One of Us: Cooking friends Ethiopian food helps her feel closer to home

    Roma Lama, who moved to Maine in 1999, says sharing food with others is a big part of her culture.

  • Published
    January 29, 2023

    In photos: After some dustings, snow finally makes clean sweep over Maine

    Winter made itself known slowly this year, with only a few light snows by the time the season officially began. By then, some of us were already muttering that Maine winters as we once knew them were over.
    That all changed in recent days, with storm after storm blanketing everything in white, and Press Herald photographers were there to chronicle the season’s first big performance.

  • Published
    January 1, 2023

    New Year’s Lobster Dip draws hundreds, costume-clad and courageous, into frigid ocean

    This year’s event, the 35th anniversary, was the largest ever with 445 participants, and by the noon dip, $150,000 had been raised to benefit Special Olympics Maine.

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    December 28, 2022

    2022 Photos Of The Year: Seeking new lives in Maine

    Hundreds of asylum seekers continued to arrive in Maine in 2022, overwhelming cities and towns’ ability to house them and provide basic needs. While asylum seekers fleeing violence in their own countries are allowed to remain in the U.S. while making their case to immigration courts, federal law requires a months-long wait for work permits. Throughout the year, Press Herald photographers documented their new lives in Maine.

  • Published
    December 28, 2022

    2022 Photos Of The Year: Life without a home

    Jeanie Cannell, her husband and his daughter lived in a van at the Kennebunk travel plaza on the Maine Turnpike for three months, unable to find affordable housing even though two of them work full time. They have gotten help from strangers – money, meals, even months in an RV at a campground, since Jeanie told their story in July. But a long-term home remains elusive, for the Cannells and thousands of other Mainers. Photos by staff photographer Brianna Soukup