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"Rogier van Bakel, of Eager Eye Photography, is a top-of-his-craft professional. Best of Maine." —Real Maine Weddings magazine
Rogier van Bakel is the founder of Eager Eye Photography, a full-service photo studio near Bar Harbor, Maine, in the heart of Acadia National Park. A native of the Netherlands, he brings the famous Dutch sense of light, order, and composition to photography.

Rogier photographs a maximum of twenty-two weddings each year, and turns down requests for additional ones in order to keep his wedding work fully focused on serving those twenty-two couples. He also crafts solo and family portraits, documents events for corporations and non-profits alike, and excels in all kinds of creative editorial assignments.

His evocative images have appeared in print and web publications on three continents. In the United States, Rogier's work has been published in Wired, Playboy, Creativity, Road & Track, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times.

Rogier has been a Maine resident since 2005. That year, after a decade in the trenches of the New York City magazine world, he and his wife bought a historic farmhouse on the Atlantic waters of Somes Sound, the fjord that bisects Mount Desert Island.

When Rogier is not working, he plays! You might find him hitting tennis balls with his beautiful Chinese-American daughters (ages 6, 12, and 14), walking his German shepherd, taking a leisurely drive in his signature yellow convertible, or attempting in vain to break the Tiny Wings world record on his iPhone.
Eager Eye Photography specializes in out-of-the-ordinary wedding photography, serving non-traditional, non-stuffy clients in the United States and Europe.

At most weddings, we do about 45-60 minutes of posed (or, as we like to say, coached) photography with the couple and the families. The rest of the time, we work unobtrusively in the background, to capture genuine moments of real joy ... and all the other emotions that characterize the Big Day, from pre-ceremony jitters to party-time exuberance.

Our mission:
• To make clients moist-eyed and weak-kneed when viewing their wedding photos now and fifty years from now;
• To help the much-maligned genre of wedding photography shed its cheesy, uncool image;
• To deliver photojournalistic excellence in storytelling;
• To push the creative envelope;
• ...and to have (and share) a boatload of fun in the process!
I'm neither the cheapest nor the most expensive wedding photographer in Maine. If a low price is a top consideration to you, we won’t be a good match. (Also, I'm a big believer in the old Ben Franklin quip that "the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten").

But...although I can't offer bargain-basement deals, I do offer one of the best values around.

Including the high-resolution digital files, my services start at $3,600 for a full-service wedding in Maine, and at $3,990 if you're getting married in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and beyond. (On my end, each wedding entails roughly a week's worth of work, from first consultation to post-processing to album design and delivery.)

Most of Eager Eye Photography's couples spend in the $3,800–$4,800 range. The exact amount depends on your wedding and your preferences. I’ll gladly tailor-make a package that fits your needs. You can count on receiving the following:

• Attentive, full-service, experienced coverage;
• Two professional photographers (including me) at a full-size wedding;
• 6 to 10 hours of coverage;
• The high-resolution digital files, for you to own, with print rights and social-sharing rights;
• Unlimited number of photos taken;
• A mix of (lots of) photojournalism and (some) formal photography;
• A mix of color and hand-tinted black-and-white images;
• Expert retouching of all delivered photos (I tweak each selected image individually to magazine-quality standards, by hand);
• A beautiful custom web gallery, with no preset expiration date;
• Three hundred dollars' worth of acid-free, archival-quality lab prints (this print credit may also be applied to the purchase of a custom album);
• E-vault backup of all the images for a minimum of ten years, with a free-replacement guarantee;


• Your choice of a variety of gorgeous, handmade-to-last albums, starting at $595.

Will your wedding be short and sweet? My fee for elopements and other small WEEKDAY weddings can be less than $1,200 dollars (two-hour minimum, available only within 90 minutes of Bar Harbor). Please call or text 207.266.7899, or e-mail — I'll gladly to give you a custom quote.
• Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)
• Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
• KelbyOne (formerly the National Association of Photoshop Professionals)
• Nikon Professional Services (NPS)
• Maine Wedding Association
• New England Photo Network

"You really out-performed our very high expectations. The joy and happy screams here continued late into the night last night as we shared the pictures with our family, and then they kept going through them time and again. It made for the happiest evening." —Rob

"Rogier and Jen, you were AMAZING -- proactive and professional, but also incredibly creative and flexible. It was a joy to have you both be part of and document our special day! Your incredible photos made us laugh, cry, and laugh some more." —Patrice

"Rogier delivered above and beyond all expectations. He is professional, fun, enjoyable and all around a nice person." —Christian

"We couldn't have asked for a better wedding photographer. Incredibly professional and friendly. The photographs are gorgeous!" —Jessica

"Rogier and Jennifer were a wonderful part of the festivities -- warm, enthusiastic and VERY professional. I know my daughter is pretty, but, oh, my goodness, what they caught on camera is stunning!!" —Jeri, mother of the bride

"Rogier, I cannot imagine anyone giving more attention and having more fun than you did. You get so excited when you see something special through the camera, and it comes through in the quality of what you deliver. I get chills every time I view our photos." —Hank

"Every time I look at my photos, I feel overcome with joy and excitement, and I cry, and I laugh…and I don’t just mean a little chuckle, I laugh until the tears flow. I cannot wait to have another reason in my life to have professional photos taken, and I will always use Eager Eye Photography." — Ashley

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To receive a free phone consultation and a custom quote, call 877.EAGER.EYE (toll-free) or 207.266.7899. If you'd prefer to send a text or e-mail, don't forget to include your wedding date as well as the location. My e-mail address is

I've worked hard on my craft, and proudly claim credit for my images. Every photo on this site is the intellectual property of Rogier van Bakel / Eager Eye Photography, and all my images have been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. We pursue image thieves through legal action — and that most definitely includes other photographers who pass off our work as their own. No photo on this site may be copied by any means or reused in any medium for any purpose without Eager Eye Photography's prior written consent. Permission will require a licensing fee. Please send copyright and licensing inquiries to Thank you!
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