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About

Rafael Macias

Owner/Photographer

Rafael Macias

I am a portrait and fine art photographer located at Fort Andross in beautiful Brunswick, Maine.

I started my photographic journey in 1996. I had just been honorably discharged from the Navy and I desired to be a photographer. I attended college and took my first course. After that, I found jobs processing film, as an occasional stringer for a weekly St. Louis paper, and then shooting family portraits. I continued to learn more and eventually managed a national portrait studio for a short time. It was also during this time, I worked for a boudoir photography company where I met my beautiful wife, Jemma. I thwarted her plans to return home to Australia after her year-long stint as our make-up artist trainer. We married three months after meeting and will be married twenty years in June. or May. One of those months is her birthday and the other is our anniversary. I'll have to check with Jemma.

After college, I went to Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in the Supply Corps. I continued to photograph on a more personal level. I discovered what I truly wanted to photograph. After my retirement from the Navy, I came back to Maine to our home in Topsham to make my way as a photographer. My intent was to photograph the people and places of Maine. I started off with the well-known places such as lighthouses and tourist spots. I started to realize that those places are attractive but the areas I was drawn to were the ones the tourists don't see, and at times they aren't even awake.

 

The Veterans Portrait Project is an ongoing project and is currently on display in several of Maine Veterans' Homes. This project honors veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. It started out as a portrait project but has morphed into a mentorship project. As a result of this project, Maine Veterans' Homes collaborated with me to create the MVH 2016 Calendar. The 2016 Maine Veterans' Home Calendar is due for release in December. Visit one of the Maine Veterans' Homes in Augusta, Bangor, Caribou, Machias, Scarborough, and S. Paris to pick up your copy. For more information on The Veterans Portrait Project, click here.

I have three daughters, Christy, Jessica and Nikki, and one son Edward. With just one of them left in the house, Jemma and I are excited about our upcoming journey traveling around the world.

If you call my studio and I don't answer, it's because I'm out shooting the beauty that is Maine. You can call back or find me just off of Main St.

In the News

In November of 2015 the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services announced their Maine Veterans' Legacy Project, of which I was honored to be a part of. During the ceremony my portraits from the Maine Veterans' Project were proudly displayed in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House. I continue to collaborate with the Maine Veterans' Services in collecting first-account interviews from veterans serving in WWII and Korea.

In the future look for my work in the Maine State Library, the Library of Congress, the 2017 Maine Veterans' Home Calendar and in the Halls of the VA, Togus.

You can view WABI's coverage of the event HERE

My Veterans Portraits on display at the State House.

Governor Paul LePage preparing for the Veterans Legacy Project press conference.

In August, 2015 I was proud to host my "Colors of Maine" silent auction. 100% of the benefits went to the Highlands Residents Assistance Fund and the Alzheimer's Association.