AMBASSADORS

Our Board of Ambassadors is made up of people filled with enthusiasm for what we are accomplishing, and who are well connected and very knowledgeable of our mission, vision and goals. Their primary role is…

My name is Ben Tero and I am a photographer from Portland, Maine. I grew up in Portland and am currently living right in town. I recently finished my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Maine, and am working in a biomedical research lab at Maine Medical Center. My plan is to attend medical school at some point in the future after taking some time off from school to work, travel, and take as many photos as possible. Photography started off as a hobby for me after graduating high school, but from there has grown into something I am very passionate about. I have dabbled in many different types of photography, but am most fascinated with landscapes. You’ll often find me out exploring Acadia National Park, down on the rocks at Portland Head Light, or out at midnight with my lens pointed towards the stars.

A. Garrett Evans lives in South Sutton, NH with his wife and their Jack Russell terrier Ember. He works as a Cad Technician by day and has degrees in Forestry and Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology. He is a volunteer fireman, and volunteers on other town committees. By night, he is an astrophotographer that enjoys landscape and wildlife photography as well.

He has always loved the out of doors and the beauty of nature. He has tinkered with photography his entire life, but the advent of digital photography and the evolution of photo editing software reignited his interest. This interest transformed into a passion to capture the wonders of the night sky, to take photographs that evoke emotion in the eye of the viewer. He is frequently up all hours of the night and spending any free days photographing in New Hampshire and Maine.

Dave Long has been teaching landscape photography for the last ten years. Throughout New England and Northern Florida, where he spends two months a year. He has gained a following through his workshops and tours, eight e-books on Self Guide Photo Tours, frequent appearances on photography podcasts, camera club presentations, blogs and large social media community.      

Dave is a member of the Boston Camera Club. He has won numerous awards including:

  • 2019 New England Camera Club Council Picture of the Year
  • 2019 Ocean State International Exhibition 2 Medal Winning Images
  • 2019 1st Place in the New England Camera Club Council’s Winter Competition
  • 2018 1st Place in the New England Camera Club Council’s Fall Competition
  • 2018 Boston Camera Club Print Image of the Year
  • 2017 1st Place in the New England Camera Club Council’s Fall Competition
  • 2017 Boston Camera Club Projected Image of the Year
  • 2017 St. Augustine Alligator Farm Image of the Year
  • 2016 Appalachian Mountain Club’s Image of the Year 

Images have been featured in:

  • 2019 Boston Globe
  • 2019 St. Augustine Social Magazine
  • 2019 Newport Life Magazine
  • 2018 Boston Voyager
  • 2018 Discoverer e Travel Guide
  • 2018 Guide to Boston – February & April
  • 2018 Visit Central Mass Guide
  • 2018 Cape Cod Magazine 20th Anniversary Edition

Podcast Guest 

  • The Understanding Photography Show – May 5, 2019
  • Master Photography Latitude Podcast – November 5, 2018 & July 21, 2019

Blog Contributor for Datacolor Photography Calibration

  • November 2017 – Shooting Autumn Landscapes 
  • February 2018 – Landscape Photography Location Scouting

Dave lives in Shrewsbury, MA and speaks at camera clubs throughout New England on different subjects in landscape photography and has published eight e-books (available on his website) for self-guided tours of New England and St. Augustine locations. 

See more of his work at www.davelongphoto.com and follow him on www.instagram.com/davidlong3653

Brunswick, Maine photographer Benjamin Williamson isn’t your traditional landscape photographer. Instead of seeking places devoid of human presence, Ben likes to showcase our relationship to the environment through images that include man-made objects. A lifelong love of history and the weather have combined in images that feature classic Maine and New England scenery in beautiful light and unusual conditions. As you can see from his galleries, Ben prefers to do his work when most people stay away, during the off-season of winter along the coast and during inclement weather.

Benjamin Williamson’s images have been featured on a US postage stamp, in galleries, magazines, books, calendars, and more. He primarily works around his home in Brunswick, focusing on the coastal character of neighboring Harpswell and communities and landmarks up and down the coast. Lighthouses hold a special attraction, along with boats, harbors, and historic architecture.

I love the idea of discovering the ‘roots’ of a place. Natural wonders stand beside man-made landmarks to captivate my imagination and inspire me to capture them. Through me you will see a world idealized and distilled into mostly simple scenes. My aim is to inspire hope and wonder, not to bring you down with the shortcomings of our social and political lives. I’ll leave that important role to others. Come with me and see the world how I see it.

Kevin Malloy

Kevin Malloy

I’m a passionate landscape photographer trapped in a salesman’s body. I’m a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association and an ambassador for the Shutterbugs for Charity and have won several local photo contests as well as having multiple winning images in AAA’s annual photo contest. Those images were published in AAA’s magazine “Northern New England Journey”.

I grew up in the Catskill Mountains of New York and formed a strong bond with nature while hiking, biking, and canoeing. I came to New England to go to college at Northeastern University and graduated with a degree in business and getting into industrial sales.

Most of my images are landscape photos highlighting nature many with a water element in them. Most of my images are local to New England but I have some from across this country as well as Italy and Cuba.

I currently live in Westbrook with my wife of 49 years, Peggy. We have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. We spend a lot of time in the car searching for scenic locations, me with my camera and her with a sketchpad preparing for her next water color painting. I became interested in photography with the advent of the digital camera. I’ve
taken a few classes but am mostly self-taught. We spent many years doing art shows in Maine and New Hampshire, but in my retirement I’ve cut way back. This gives me time to share my passion for photography with my 19 year old grandson. I had an image accepted into the Maine Photography Show, and  into the Portland 2020 Exhibition at Cove Street Arts in Portland. I’m looking forward to watching the growth of Shutterbugs4charity.

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Craig Shaknis

Craig Shaknis

I am landscape, nature, and wildlife photographer from Naples, ME. Recently retired from a long career in corporate technology sales, I’m now able to devote my time to traveling throughout our great state to capture its beauty, both coastal and inland. 

My favorite times to shoot are at dawn and dusk as the light can be magical, even if only for a few moments. I also enjoy the peace and tranquility of astro photography, especially in remote areas.

Chris is a country boy at heart, was born and raised in the woods of Maine, has a degree in Photographic Imaging Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Photojournalism from RIT, once worked on the Appalachian Trail and lived in a tent for six months as a backcountry ranger, enjoys cycling and disappears during the month of July for the Tour de France, loves music and thinks he knows how to play the guitar. 

He believes the key to happiness is directly correlated to the number of adventures one has. Chris is a full-time freelance photographer and his work has been seen in or used by Backpacker Magazine, Outside Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Downeast, Maine Magazine, AAA Living, Freeskier Magazine, Delta Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airlines, LL Bean, Harper Publishing and The Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

 

Amy Meader

Amy Meader

When we think of Amy one simple but powerful word surfaces….”Love”.

It is such a big part of her being and what she tries to deliver on. While she will be the first to acknowledge that she like everyone else, has a self-serving side, that life tries to pull us toward it, and it is our responsibility to find the balancing point. To make sure that we keep love as a guiding principle in our choices allowing us to weight the scale in the positive direction. In that, we are certain Amy is winning the battle. 

So when we set out to build a non-profit to find ways to use images of the beauty that surrounds us, to serve some of the needs of many of the beautiful people and impactful causes around us, we knew we had to have Amy on board.  The challenge was that we knew Amy is…well….very busy.  With a family, two locations of her Rivalries restaurant to manage, as well as her own initiatives underway to make a difference in the lives of those in the communities she serves.  We knew it would be a long shot.  However, with no hesitancy she gave an enthusiastic yes to becoming an ambassador. 

As Amy, her husband Lance and their staff at Rivalries in Falmouth and Portland strive to delve deeper into the needs of others, and in service to others, she found the Shutterbugs 4 Charity a wonderful fit.  She and Lance have graciously agreed to have an ongoing wall exhibit of Shutterbugs 4 Charity artwork at her Rivalries Falmouth location with all proceeds going to charity. Just one way that Amy will be able to further fulfill her mission to ripple out hope, positivity, and love to those whose lives she has a chance to impact.  Rivalries is known in the community to be a pillar of good energy and in part it is because Amy and Lance believe that there needs to be a feeling of duality as you serve others. What she refers to is ’empathy’ which makes not only great people, great leaders, but also great companies. It’s the ability to not only feel the good as they experience guests enjoying a fantastic meal, but also to feel the hardships of those around them who may not be able to experience the good times at that moment in time. Amy shares, “Both need to co-exist and we need to honor that by serving in both ways.  That creates positive ripples that can grow and grow.” And as Amy shares, “Love always prevails.”

Lauren Caffe is a current student at Bowdoin College studying Government and Legal Studies and Environmental Studies. Her current research is working on connecting coastal Maine communities to resources for adaptation efforts in the face of climate change. The passion for volunteering started when she was younger and intensified when she volunteered at Camp CaPella, a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities, throughout high school. Photography has always been an interest and a hobby that came from both her grandfather and father always carrying a camera around. She currently lives in Camden at her mom’s B&B and is trying to see all 65 lighthouses in Maine by the end of 2020 with her golden retriever pup, Bodie! 

Find Laura on Instragram @laurslighthouses

Betty Wiley is freelance photographer based on Cape Cod. She conducts photography workshops on Cape Cod and elsewhere in New England and is well known speaker, instructor and workshop leader. She teaches Lightroom and Photoshop and creative processing techniques for the Cape Cod Art Association, Alison Caron Design Studio in Hyannis and for camera clubs and other organizations throughout New England. In addition, she is a frequent contributor to various magazines and publications including Chatham Living Magazine, Cape Cod Guide, Chatham Guidebook and others and many of her images have appeared on the cover of those magazines. She believes that good light and composition are keys to a successful image and she is often out before sunrise and at sunset to capture the beautiful light that Cape Cod is known for. She is the author of a popular ebook entitled Capturing the Light: A Photographer’s Guide to Cape Cod.

Jesse MacDonald

Jesse MacDonald

Born and raised in Southern Maine, I have been surrounded by natural beauty and New England culture since before I could walk. As I grew older and began to travel more, I discovered that visiting all of the beautiful parks and lighthouses that Maine had to offer just wasn’t going to cut it. I needed to immerse myself in the places I was visiting and make the experience more memorable for myself.

I use photography as a way to better connect myself to the world around me.
Seeing the world through my viewfinder has given me a deeper appreciation for the environment, culture, and people around me every day. Carefully exploring and capturing unique moments in time has filled the last decade of my life with joy and excitement. From the quiet backwoods of Maine to bustling city streets and everywhere in between, you can find me with a camera in my hands and a smile on my face!

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