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Member Spotlight on Brittany Bugaj

July 22, 2015 1:03 PM | Crystal Reynolds

Welcome to our new blog feature! Our Member Spotlight!!! Stay tuned to get to know our amazing MPPA members over the course of the next several months!

Our first Member Spotlight is Brittany Rae Photography, located in Old Orchard Beach!

Brittany is a wedding and portrait photographer in Southern Maine. She’s incredibly talented and has just opened a natural light studio in her home to provide glamour and boudoir photos for her clients, although her primary focus is on her wedding photography . Check out her work at on her website and take a peek at a few of her outstanding images below.

Brittany joined the MPPA in the Spring of 2009 at the recommendation of MPPA’s past President, Russell Caron.  She has been a professional photographer since the fall of 2008, inspired by her father who was a hobbyist.  There were always cameras in her home, and Brittany still has buckets of prints and negatives from when she was a child!  Currently, she finds herself inspired by the work of Sue Bryce.

“I’ve had a camera as long as I can remember”

When asked what part of her job she loves most, Brittany turned immediately to her wedding clients as the answer.  “I love every part of weddings,” she says.  The 30 minutes (if she’s lucky) that she gets alone with her clients on a wedding day to create the amazing images that they will want to hang in their home is what drives her on a wedding day.  As Brittany puts it, using her notorious sense of humor, “I’m pretty sure I sound like a cross between R2D2 and a monkey when I get them in that perfect light and scene!”

Answering the question “What is on your inspiration wall right now?” she notes what I think we all feel during our busy time of year: “No idea — it’s under a huge pile.”  Then she added “Cleaning my house is my inspiration right now.  I do some fantasy work with my kids; pictures of them with unicorns, digital fairy wings, etc.  I’d love to play a bit more with that”.

Below are more answers to the questions we ask our Spotlight Members!

Q: What has been your favorite moment as a photographer?

A: Hands down it was a wedding a few years ago where the bride’s dad was diagnosed with a terminal disease.  His goal was to walk her down the aisle — That’s not my favorite part!  The best part was him getting to realize his dream.  He walked her down the aisle!  There wasn’t a dry eye there.  I was all teary, too.  I’m pretty sure the hubs was as well. 

Q: What photographer would you most like to have lunch with and pick their brain?

A: Is it sad to say I don’t have one!  I love meeting and chatting with as many other photographers as possible.

Q: What has been your greatest learning experience?

A: My first wedding!  Back in 2003, the day after Christmas, at night, in a dark church.  Armed with only my Nikon film camera and a 5 megapixel Nikon Coolpix.  I shot that at the request of a friend of the bride… for $50. 

Q: How are you different from other photographers?

A: I’m a little nutty.  I think my personality sets me apart.  I’m not afraid to get dirty, lay on the ground or do anything crazy!  I love my adventure sports, so I’m literally up for anything.

 Q: What is one thing most people would be surprised to know about you?

A: I’m shy and quiet.  At least with people I don’t know.

 Q: What was your best vacation ever?

A: I have two.  The first would be a trip to Germany I took with my husband back when we first met.  I bought the tickets for us after we had only been dating for a few months.  We went all over the country without any formal plans, which also involved running to catch trains because we translated information wrong.  The second was our honeymoon in Costa Rica.  We loved it so much we are working on expanding our wedding coverage there and moving there for part of the year. 

Q: What is your favorite TV show?

A: I only have Netflix, so….. Dr. Who.

Q: Do you have a favorite lens or piece of equipment?

A: I love my 70-200

Q: Are you a doer or a procrastinator?

A: Both!  I procrastinate for a long time and then I can sit and get a ton of work done at once.  The motivation has to hit me.

Brittany is an amazing person with a great business sense, and an even greater sense of humor.  Next time you see her at our monthly meetings and classes, or even out and about in Old Orchard Beach, stop and say hello!

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