David Bates


David Bates

Creating images that will be part of your family legacy is an honor and a privilege; one that requires unwavering passion and dedication.

I have been a Maine wedding, portrait and commercial photographer since 1995 and I absolutely love my job. For me, being able to bring out your best in a fun, relaxed, no-stress photo session is what I enjoy and specialize in. I've been told I eliminate the awkwardness of getting your picture taken. I enjoy conversation and learning new, interesting things about my clients so I can capture the real person inside. Everyone has something beautiful about them if you take the time to notice. After 26 years in the field, my energy, enthusiasm and deep rooted passion to create lasting images that tell the stories of people's lives sustains me more than ever. Whether I'm photographing your wedding, your high school senior portraits, your business head shots or your family portraits, my focus is on creating images that you will be proud to show and hold onto forever.

Travel & Adventure

I enjoy traveling and being outdoors whenever I can. You’ll often find me hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and kayaking. I climbed the 67 recognized peaks in New England that are 4,000 feet or higher and joined the Appalachian Mountain Club’s New England 'Four Thousand Footers Club'. I am currently working on completing the New England 'Hundred Highest List'.

In 2009 I took the trip of a lifetime, summiting Africa’s 19,340 foot Mt. Kilimanjaro, followed by a week long safari in Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Highlands in Tanzania.

I've been to Iceland multiple times and find tremendous inspiration in the spectacular, sweeping landscapes found there.

I'm always looking forward to the next adventure!

“A person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.” 

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It would be my privilege to be your photographer. I truly love doing this everyday and can’t wait for the next opportunity to put all of my energy into making beautiful pictures for you.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!