Capturing Kennebunkport on Film

When four avid photographers (including one professional) checked into our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast this afternoon, they asked me to suggest spots for them to capture iconic photographs of town.  For a split second, I was stumped, but then I realized that some of the very things I enjoy taking pictures of are exactly what they were looking for!  So if you’re looking to channel your inner Ansel Adams or just snap some pics to remember your summer vacation, here are some of my favorite spots:

St. Ann's in Kennebunkport is a favorite of photographers!
St. Ann’s in Kennebunkport is a favorite of photographers!
  • St. Ann’s Episcopal Church is one of the most exquisite structures in Kennebunkport.  Sitting on a parcel of land that juts out into the Atlantic, this weathered stone building is sure to amaze, no matter your religious preference.
  • Parson’s Walk is the stretch of sidewalk from the Bush compound most of the way to town.  Dotted with gorgeous “cottages” on one side and views of the ocean on the other, it’ll provide incredible photographic opportunities no matter the weather.
  • Which brings us, of course to the Bush Compound.  Former President Bush (Sr.) and Barbara are low-key folks, which makes me hesitant to even mention their home, but with a pull-over for cars and a smattering of benches, it’s clear that the Bush compound is visitor friendly (from afar, of course!) and definitely a great photo op!
  • Cape Porpoise is an area of Kennebunkport known for its reputation for being the place to get lobster, but at the end of Pier Road, you’ll find a working fish pier, and then can enjoy lunch or dinner at Pier 77 or the Ramp.
  • Dock Square and the new Lanigan bridge show the historic charm that abounds in Kennebunkport, and with its colorful edifices and water views that balance one another in each frame, it’s a must-see part of town.

Now, there’s no need to even mention the Maine Stay Inn, because its wraparound porch and elegant lines call the name of budding photogs, most snap a few before even reaching the front desk.  But whether you’re snapping a few images that will sit in your memory card for ages or a working your way through Kennebunkport with cases of film in tow, there are tons of spots to capture iconic images of town.

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