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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 28, 2022

    In photos: Sweet spring sugaring, a celebration of Maine Maple Weekend

    Maine Maple Sunday is always the fourth Sunday of March, and this is the 39th year of the annual event, which features open sugarhouses throughout the state, farm tours, pancake breakfasts and sales of all kinds of maple products. This year was fully open, after a canceled year in 2020 because of the pandemic, and a modified event in 2021. Maine Maple Sunday is more than just a sales event, though. It’s a harbinger of sweet, sweet spring, after a long, cold winter.

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    March 17, 2022

    St. Patrick’s Day in photos: With pandemic restrictions lifted, Mainers say ‘sláinte!’

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    March 7, 2022

    In photos: A memorable February

    It snowed, and thawed, and sleeted and thawed, and snowed some more. On the 23rd, we claimed spring for a day, breaking records when the temperature soared to the mid-60s. It was a month of bad ice, high energy costs, good skiing and great high school sports. Here are some of the best photos from the month by Press Herald photographers.

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    March 5, 2022

    In photos: See the action from Saturday’s high school basketball championships

    The Skowhegan High girls went undefeated, the Nokomis boys and 6-foot-7 freshman Cooper Flagg showed us why they’ve been the top story in Maine sports all season, and the South Portland boys team won its first state title in 30 years. Here are some of our favorite photos from the final day of Maine’s high school basketball tournament.

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    February 26, 2022

    In photos: Saturday’s Maine high school basketball tournament games

    High school basketball players made the shots and our photographers caught the action. Here are some of our favorite photos from Maine’s high school basketball tournament, February 26, 2022.

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    February 24, 2022

    Photos: Thursday’s Maine high school basketball tournament games

    High school basketball players made the shots and our photographers caught the action. Here are some of our favorite photos from Maine’s high school basketball tournament, February 24, 2022.

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    February 7, 2022

    In photos: Scenes of a frozen Maine

    Portraits of winter in Maine by the Press Herald’s photographers

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    February 4, 2022

    The best Press Herald photography in January 2022

    January is the time we settle into the start of real winter with its bone-chilling cold, its scant hours of daylight, its snow and ice. Take a look at some of our best photography from the month as entertainment during a time of isolation.

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    December 25, 2021

    2021 Photos Of the Year: The Lobster Trap

    Lobster is king on Vinalhaven, Maine’s second-richest port, but with the inhospitable effects of climate change and costly demands to protect right whales, those who make their living on the water wonder how long that can remain true. Their way of life is on the line. Photographer Brianna Soukup spent much of the summer on the island, photographing island life and lobstermen Frank Thompson, 65, and 15-year-old Tanner Lazaro.

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    December 25, 2021

    2021 Photos of the Year: Photographers’ Choice

    2021 was a roller coaster ride. It started with mobs attacking the Capitol to try to overturn the presidential election and is ending with a new surge of the coronavirus. There was enough bad news – fires, floods, disasters of every natural and manmade kind – to make you want to bury your head under the covers and stay there. But there was also the miracle of vaccines – by the end of June, hardly any vaccinated people were dying of COVID-19. We gained a new appreciation of the simple but deep pleasures of meeting with family and friends, going to a country fair or a high school baseball game, looking for beauty in the flight of an owl or a solar eclipse at dawn. For our 2021 Photos of the Year collection, Portland Press Herald photographers voted on one another’s photos, then selected their own favorites from the top vote-getters. We hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we enjoyed taking them.