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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
    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    August 19, 2022

    In photos: The best of July

    Hot and dry, that was July. But we’ll take summer in any weather. Here are some of the best photos from the Press Herald photographers for the month.

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    July 17, 2022

    In photos: In the summertime

    There is no better place to be than right here, in Maine. Press Herald photographers capture the season in all its sun-soaked goodness.

  • Published
    June 6, 2022

    Best of May photo gallery: A month of contrasts

    May is a month of life, when Maine throws off winter’s gray and emerges into a golden, green spring. Yet it always ends with Memorial Day, when we honor those who died fighting for our country. This year, May will be remembered for the murder of 21 people, including 19 children, in Uvalde, Texas, as well as 10 people killed at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Here are some of the Press Herald’s best photos of May, many of them suffused with hope.

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    May 29, 2022

    In photos: Last dance at Dirigo High

    Press Herald photojournalist Brianna Soukup joined prom-goers from Dirigo High School at Black Mountain ski resort in Rumford, the school’s first since the coronavirus upended life in 2020.

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    May 15, 2022

    What abortion rights mean to me

    Six Mainers explain why Roe v. Wade is important to them personally.

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    April 18, 2022

    In photos: Slowly, slowly, signs of spring

    Officially, the first day of spring in 2022 was March 20. In Maine, March and April bring snow, frost, rain, mud and summer-like warmth within the space of a few days. Our signs of spring, like opening day at Red’s Dairy Freeze or the first Sea Dogs game, are celebrated whatever the weather. And nothing is as sweet as hearing the birds sing and seeing the first daffodils bloom halfway through April.

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    April 8, 2022

    In photos: The best of March photography

    March is the month when winter officially ends, spring takes hold, and daylight savings time, well, saves us. This year, it also brought us the start of spring high school sports outdoors, our first ice cream at Red’s Dairy Freeze, and, the heartbreaking news from the war in Ukraine. Here are some of the best photos of the month by Press Herald photographers.