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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
    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.

  • 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

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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 14, 2022

    In photos: Best of November

    As the year neared its end, November brought unusually warm days, but also the first snow – even if most of it was man-made at ski areas. Like every year, there were veterans to honor and winners and losers in high school sports championships. We got to see the United States play, and even score a few, in the World Cup. On Election Day voters went to the polls in a high-stakes race for governor. These events, plus more moments of beauty and intimacy captured by Portland Press Herald photographers, are in this photo gallery.

  • Published
    October 19, 2022

    Photos: Maine shows off in the fall

    Our state, looking glorious in the colors of autumn.

  • Published
    October 5, 2022

    In photos: Best of September

    September is our transition from summer into fall, a time of fairs and apples, classes and school sports. But this September also saw a wave of violent crime in Portland, a public housing high-rise that was without electricity for days after a storm, and the arrival of rescued beagles. Here are some of the best photos of the month from Press Herald photographers.

  • Published
    September 12, 2022

    In photos: A spotlight on problems at Franklin Towers

    A power outage in August that left several floors of Franklin Towers without full power for weeks put a spotlight on the building and the tenants who live there. Staff photos by Brianna Soukup

  • Published
    September 11, 2022

    In photos: A good-humored man continues a summer tradition

    Ryan Lowe might be the last of his kind in Portland: An ice cream truck driver who still makes the rounds in the summer, driving through neighborhoods, bringing icy treats to all comers.