The Maine Tinker

Posted: April 13, 2012
Portland-based Siobhan Bogle is The Maine Tinker. Her photography style is vintage-inspired and romantic. Learn more about the lady behind the lens...

How did you get started in photography?
I clearly remember the day my father came home from his college photography class asking me (a freckled Irish girl) to pose for him. I was around 8 years old. I remember thinking "wow this is fun." A week passed and he came home with this huge image of me. I was AMAZED and captured by the image, I could finally count all of my freckles on a page, not in the mirror. I guess you can say from there on out I was hooked by the simple idea of capturing a moment in time on to a piece of paper. I was always given my dad input on what he needed to do, and setting up "stages" for him to take photos of me.

Fast forward 8 years, I started with film photography in high school, in a small wonderful town in New Hampshire. I loved being involved with the process of learning my camera settings, clicking the shutter button, and heading to the photo room to process my negatives. There was such satisfaction coming home with a work of art.

I then went to college, graduating with a minor in art. I dabbled in every art form possible; mixed media, paint, and, of course, photography. My family and friends would be the first to tell you I dip my toes in everything until I’m ready to dive in. So I decided to take a plunge into photography and feel in love with the conveniences and possibilities with digital photography!  I started shooting weddings, families, children, and portrait photos roughly three years ago and have become addicted to images, composition, depth and of course sharing wonderful moments with others.

What do you love about wedding photography?
It is amazing honor to be sharing people's most intimate moments in life. There is so much joy, emotion, and beauty surrounding them! It is a photographers dream shooting these moments.

What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
Holding back tears during sentimental speeches and ceremonies. Also making camera shy people feel comfortable. I do feel I have a great knack for it though! My other passion and profession is my jobs as a special education teacher. Working with students has broadened my creativity, adaptability, compassion, and capability for embracing everyone. I'd like to think it sort of comes naturally to me to make people feel comfortable.

What should clients know about your style of photography?
My style of photography is vintage inspired but also romantic and soft. I focus on the event as a whole while keeping the bride and grooms vision of their day close to heart. I'm flexible, fun, and creative. I have also shot weddings where the bride and groom wanted a more modern image approach, which was equally as rewarding and fun.

When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
Educate, make jewelry, hang with loved ones, and travel as much as possible. All of these experiences help me with my creative vision and intellectually stimulate me, which can be seen in my work.

How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
When I meet with a couple before the engagement shoot I always ask them, "Who is a good go-to person in your family or bridal party?" This has helped me when I'm trying to get someone in a family photo or helps make people come out of their shell. Also, provide a list of must HAVE photos and a list of DON'T WANT photos.

How has your photography style changed over the years?
Change happens every day—it is inevitable. I feel that with every shoot or editing session I learn a new trick, pose, and of course get better. Doesn't wine get better as it ages? I think I do, too! I feel no matter what, photography does evolve, but I do hold my vision and creativity close to my heart with pride.

What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
From textures and colors of fabrics to a wrinkle on a face, to an expression a mother gives when she sees her son or daughter walking down the aisle. I'll never forget that moment with my mother, and love capturing it for others. I value simplicity, nature, and all of the hard work brides and grooms put into their wedding. I was married in August 2011 and I clearly remember all of the hard work and time put into wedding preparation. Every wedding is so different, beautiful, and reflects the couple. It makes me smile and happy to go to work on a weekend!

Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
I see a nice steady increase in business in the next 5 years. Growing clientele and of course keeping old clients taking photos of them and their possibly growing and aging families.

I would love to one day have a downtown studio where I can shoot photos with multiple props and equipment, but that also acts as a gallery for aspiring artists. I think it would be amazing to have a spot for First Friday artists so we can all collaborate and network.

And lastly, I’d like to hold a summer photo camp for individuals diagnosed with disabilities. The camp would offer them lessons and an opportunity to explore creativity and education with a camera. The last day of class would end with an auction and art show of their work. Proceeds would go to funding for amazing out reach programs such as STRIVE, Project for Supported Living, Pine Tree Society etc. to help keep these amazing programs going that I have had the pleasure working with. I'm in the works with this project now.