Bridget’s intention is to craft visual stories that serve as a rousting reminder of our collective instinct to care for the planet that sustains us.
Besaw has a way of combining soft light and evocative storytelling into the kinds of films that cause tears to flow, whether it is watching a family struggle with a farm’s future or a pair of optimistic young farmers dance at their rural wedding.
— Mary Pols
The Source, Portland Press Herald
Bridget is rare photojournalist who has deep understanding of and passion for investigating the relationship between humans and the natural resources on our planet. Her journalistic expertise and methodology gives her the ability to look intimately at natural resource issues to reveal complex and nuanced stories.
— Melissa Ryan
Deputy Director & Senior Editor, Photography & Design, Nature Conservancy Magazine
Bridget Besaw is a talented photojournalist with a sophisticated sense of contemporary conservation needs and principals. Bridget has a remarkable commitment and discipline which she uses to produce strong, targeted photography that tells the conservation story and related human narrative.
— Mark Godfrey
Director of Photography, The Nature Conservancy
Bridget Besaw is one of those enviable women who are blessed with immense talent, a contagious passion, and the entrepreneurial acumen to transform that into a livelihood that sustains her and the planet she cares so deeply for.
— Ellen Barone
The Savvy Traveler
Bridget Besaw uses her extensive photographic wiles for a sacred purpose: She is out to save the world’s wild and fragile places. Besaw shows us that mankind’s footprint does not need to be heavy, and her work inspires stewardship more than these same scenes ever could without their human subjects.
— Bangor Daily News
Executive Producer, Director, & Photographer
Bridget’s projects have documented issues such as development threats to Maine’s wilderness, loss of working farmland in New England, restoration of crucial salmon habitat in the North Pacific, wilderness preservation in South America, and sustainable fisheries initiatives throughout the world.
As the founder of Seedlight Pictures, Bridget produces films about environmental stories.
As a newspaper and magazine photographer she captured stories for Smithsonian, Newsweek, Time, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, Business Week, National Geographic Adventure and Nature Conservancy Magazine among others.
The subjects of her two photo books Wildness Within, Wildness Without and From The Land serve as inspiration for her current film projects about wilderness preservation and food sustainability.
Bridget has shot, directed and produced numerous short films for environmental NGOs on stories of resource depletion and sustainability. Her first independent film project culminated in the short film series Growing Local, and was well received at festivals nationwide. Her film Seeding A Dream, won several audience choice awards and was a finalist for the DCEFF Eric Moe Sustainability Award. Her latest short films include Guided and The Nature Of Maps, both in 2016/17 festivals.
Bridget is proud to be on the board of the conservation organization Maine Woods Forever and to be a communication advisor for the Environmental Visual Communication program at Fleming College in Toronto.