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Channing Johnson Photography

Melrose , MA
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Melrose, MA 02176 US (map)

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617-640-6091

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Channing Johnson is the owner of a boutique photography business that puts as much emphasis on customer service as it does on capturing real moments with a unique, sensitive approach.... Read more
Channing Johnson is the owner of a boutique photography business that puts as much emphasis on customer service as it does on capturing real moments with a unique, sensitive approach. Much of Channing's professional photography career has been as a newspaper staff photographer. He has a degree in photojournalism from the prestigious Journalism School at the University of Missouri. In 2007, Channing left the newspaper business with his skill and love for capturing real moments and started photographing weddings full-time. He lives in Boston with his beautiful wife Brooke. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Channing Johnson was absolutely phenomenal. He has such amazing talent and is so wonderful and accommodating to work with. His photos are stunning, and my family and I have spent hours laughing, crying, and poring over the six hundred photos he sent to us (less than three weeks after the wedding, no less!). What a wonderful man and an amazing talent.
Channing Johnson was absolutely phenomenal. He has such amazing talent and is so wonderful and accommodating to work with. Read more...
Channing Johnson was absolutely phenomenal. He has such amazing talent and is so wonderful and accommodating to work with. His photos are stunning, and my family and I have spent hours laughing, crying, and poring over the six hundred photos he sent to us (less than three weeks after the wedding, no less!). What a wonderful man and an amazing talent. Read less
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Kar
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
If I could give Channing 10 stars on a 5 star scale, I would. He was phenomenal! To begin with, he is super professional and organized. He was always very prompt in getting back to us, and maintains a very clear website for reviewing your contract/payments, as well as (now) for looking at and ordering photos (as part of the package, you are given cds with all of your high resolution prints so you can print them yourself, but he can print them for you for a fee). He is also very personable, so though I'm not much for being in front of a camera, I felt very at ease with him (it was a bonus that he didn't have us doing all of the typical forced, cheesy poses that many wedding photographers employ).
Aside from being wonderful to work with, as a photographer, he really is just beyond compare. He is trained as a photojournalist, so he's always looking for the moments of action and/or emotion during the wedding, not just taking snapshots of the predictable "dress on the hanger", or the contrived "bridal party jumping in the air at the same time". What we ended up with were a collection of all kinds of funny/touching/sweet - and real - moments captured on film.
He was very unobtrusive during the wedding as well. I don't remember seeing him very much, but somehow he was *always* there to catch the shot. Several of our guests were impressed just watching him in action and referred to him as the "stealth photographer". But if they were impressed watching him work, they were even more impressed with the outcome. He is simply a brilliant photographer, and definitely one of the best decisions we made for our wedding.
If I could give Channing 10 stars on a 5 star scale, I would. He was phenomenal! To begin with, he is super professional Read more...
If I could give Channing 10 stars on a 5 star scale, I would. He was phenomenal! To begin with, he is super professional and organized. He was always very prompt in getting back to us, and maintains a very clear website for reviewing your contract/payments, as well as (now) for looking at and ordering photos (as part of the package, you are given cds with all of your high resolution prints so you can print them yourself, but he can print them for you for a fee). He is also very personable, so though I'm not much for being in front of a camera, I felt very at ease with him (it was a bonus that he didn't have us doing all of the typical forced, cheesy poses that many wedding photographers employ).
Aside from being wonderful to work with, as a photographer, he really is just beyond compare. He is trained as a photojournalist, so he's always looking for the moments of action and/or emotion during the wedding, not just taking snapshots of the predictable "dress on the hanger", or the contrived "bridal party jumping in the air at the same time". What we ended up with were a collection of all kinds of funny/touching/sweet - and real - moments captured on film.
He was very unobtrusive during the wedding as well. I don't remember seeing him very much, but somehow he was *always* there to catch the shot. Several of our guests were impressed just watching him in action and referred to him as the "stealth photographer". But if they were impressed watching him work, they were even more impressed with the outcome. He is simply a brilliant photographer, and definitely one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
4/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Channing is brilliant photographer. He has a photojournalism background and knows how to capture the essence of the event. Every shot came out beautifully. My wedding photos look like they belong in a magazine spread. Everything looks amazing.

Channing has a wonderful personality. He made me feel at ease with everything leading up to and the day of the wedding. I highly recommend him.
Channing is brilliant photographer. He has a photojournalism background and knows how to capture the essence of the event. Read more...
Channing is brilliant photographer. He has a photojournalism background and knows how to capture the essence of the event. Every shot came out beautifully. My wedding photos look like they belong in a magazine spread. Everything looks amazing.

Channing has a wonderful personality. He made me feel at ease with everything leading up to and the day of the wedding. I highly recommend him. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Channing was remarkable. Such a nice guy. He was so easy to work with. Pictures are what you have to remember your wedding when you are 80 years old and looking back on the past. I loved every picture he took. He is brilliant. He captures everything you want and more. My wedding day went so fast and it was so nice to look st my pictures and remember the moments and the ones that I didn't remember haha. Thank you so much for helping make my day perfect.
Channing was remarkable. Such a nice guy. He was so easy to work with. Pictures are what you have to remember your wedding Read more...
Channing was remarkable. Such a nice guy. He was so easy to work with. Pictures are what you have to remember your wedding when you are 80 years old and looking back on the past. I loved every picture he took. He is brilliant. He captures everything you want and more. My wedding day went so fast and it was so nice to look st my pictures and remember the moments and the ones that I didn't remember haha. Thank you so much for helping make my day perfect. Read less
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Anthony
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
The photographer is probably one of the most important vendor choices for a wedding and one of the more expensive. At any rate, Channing is a steal. He is a truly gifted artist and is humble to boot!

His photographs from our wedding are displayed on our church's website, our transportation company's website, one of our credit cards, and on the walls of our home as well as our the homes of our family and friends. He took a tremendous amount of photos, was able to really self-edit the collection to capture our essence and our narrative, and we still ended up with SO MANY amazing photographs!

We are constantly looking back and wondering who these beautiful people are! It's amazing to relive the moments... the cranky family member who Channing caught letting loose on the dance floor, the friend of the family that made a funny face after having one too many flutes of champagne, the Boston skyline out the window at sunset, the tears on parents' faces, the reflections in windows as we waited for our limousines, and our shadows on the wall as we took photos on a balcony off of our reception ballroom. Just beautiful.

You will not find a better photographer for the price. You will probably not find a better photographer period. And moreover, you won't find a more devoted artist and a better guy than Channing.
The photographer is probably one of the most important vendor choices for a wedding and one of the more expensive. At any Read more...
The photographer is probably one of the most important vendor choices for a wedding and one of the more expensive. At any rate, Channing is a steal. He is a truly gifted artist and is humble to boot!

His photographs from our wedding are displayed on our church's website, our transportation company's website, one of our credit cards, and on the walls of our home as well as our the homes of our family and friends. He took a tremendous amount of photos, was able to really self-edit the collection to capture our essence and our narrative, and we still ended up with SO MANY amazing photographs!

We are constantly looking back and wondering who these beautiful people are! It's amazing to relive the moments... the cranky family member who Channing caught letting loose on the dance floor, the friend of the family that made a funny face after having one too many flutes of champagne, the Boston skyline out the window at sunset, the tears on parents' faces, the reflections in windows as we waited for our limousines, and our shadows on the wall as we took photos on a balcony off of our reception ballroom. Just beautiful.

You will not find a better photographer for the price. You will probably not find a better photographer period. And moreover, you won't find a more devoted artist and a better guy than Channing. Read less
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stacey
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Channing is the best!

When we were planning our wedding we decided that the one area we were willing to break out budget for was the photographer, since we knew those pictures would last a lifetime. Well, Channing was worth every penny and more! There are three things that set Channing above the rest: his professionalism, his demeanor, and his photography.

Professionalism: We had to plan much of our Boston wedding from Los Angeles, and so it was a bit of a logistical nightmare. However, Channing was friendly and accommodating from the start. He responded to all our emails promptly and professionally, set up times for a telephone interview, and had us over to his house while we were in town for Christmas. When we were concerned that his photojournalist background might prevent him from taking the best portraits, he recommended another photographer in case we wanted to go with someone with a stronger portrait background. Then, when we chose to go with Channing, he promised to work with us to take the best portraits possible, and they came out simply stunning. We never take good pictures, but Channing got us to relax and captured the "real us". He was exceedingly prompt on the wedding day, worked tirelessly throughout the day, and got our pictures back to quickly and faster than expected!

Demeanor: Channing has a rare ability to coordinate a large group of rowdy wedding guests into a perfect portrait simply by being a nice guy. We have been at too many weddings where the photographer is rude to the guests, or pushes people aside in order to get the shot, and it leaves everyone with a bad taste in their mouth. Channing uses those photojournalist skills to get the shot without getting in the way of the story. He was friendly and joked with the guys to keep them loose when they were getting ready, and was quiet, unobtrusive and respectful during the ceremony, getting great pictures the entire time! He managed to get amazing photos on the dance floor without ever elbowing a guest, or getting in the way. Yet he was seemingly everywhere. Every time we thought, "Boy, I hope Channing is capturing this" we'd turn around and there he was. He never distracted from the magic of the evening, but managed to create a beautiful record of everything. After meeting him for the first time we both wanted to be friends with him, since he's such a nice, interesting and thoughtful guy.

Photography: Well, his pictures speak from themselves. He is a real artist, and our guests were simply blown away by many of the photos he took. We had a very fun and youthful wedding, over 80% of the guests were 24-34, and so everyone was on the dance floor all night. This is where Channing's photojournalism background really paid off. He got just amazing "action" shots, and candid photos, of ourselves and our friends being their crazy and fun-loving selves. When you scroll through his photos you can really relive all the excitement and joy of that night, it just comes alive for you. His photos are simply alive, and are so vibrant and colorful, he managed to make everything look as fun and beautiful as it was in real life, sometimes even better! Furthermore, his portraits were beautiful, and while we usually take bad photos, he kept us at ease and really captured us together. We never realized we could look so good!

Summary: Channing is a wonderful guy, who manages to take absolutely amazing photos without getting in the way of all the fun. We simply could not recommend him more highly. Oh, and he even sent us chocolates for Christmas!
Channing is the best!

When we were planning our wedding we decided that the one area we were willing to break out Read more...
Channing is the best!

When we were planning our wedding we decided that the one area we were willing to break out budget for was the photographer, since we knew those pictures would last a lifetime. Well, Channing was worth every penny and more! There are three things that set Channing above the rest: his professionalism, his demeanor, and his photography.

Professionalism: We had to plan much of our Boston wedding from Los Angeles, and so it was a bit of a logistical nightmare. However, Channing was friendly and accommodating from the start. He responded to all our emails promptly and professionally, set up times for a telephone interview, and had us over to his house while we were in town for Christmas. When we were concerned that his photojournalist background might prevent him from taking the best portraits, he recommended another photographer in case we wanted to go with someone with a stronger portrait background. Then, when we chose to go with Channing, he promised to work with us to take the best portraits possible, and they came out simply stunning. We never take good pictures, but Channing got us to relax and captured the "real us". He was exceedingly prompt on the wedding day, worked tirelessly throughout the day, and got our pictures back to quickly and faster than expected!

Demeanor: Channing has a rare ability to coordinate a large group of rowdy wedding guests into a perfect portrait simply by being a nice guy. We have been at too many weddings where the photographer is rude to the guests, or pushes people aside in order to get the shot, and it leaves everyone with a bad taste in their mouth. Channing uses those photojournalist skills to get the shot without getting in the way of the story. He was friendly and joked with the guys to keep them loose when they were getting ready, and was quiet, unobtrusive and respectful during the ceremony, getting great pictures the entire time! He managed to get amazing photos on the dance floor without ever elbowing a guest, or getting in the way. Yet he was seemingly everywhere. Every time we thought, "Boy, I hope Channing is capturing this" we'd turn around and there he was. He never distracted from the magic of the evening, but managed to create a beautiful record of everything. After meeting him for the first time we both wanted to be friends with him, since he's such a nice, interesting and thoughtful guy.

Photography: Well, his pictures speak from themselves. He is a real artist, and our guests were simply blown away by many of the photos he took. We had a very fun and youthful wedding, over 80% of the guests were 24-34, and so everyone was on the dance floor all night. This is where Channing's photojournalism background really paid off. He got just amazing "action" shots, and candid photos, of ourselves and our friends being their crazy and fun-loving selves. When you scroll through his photos you can really relive all the excitement and joy of that night, it just comes alive for you. His photos are simply alive, and are so vibrant and colorful, he managed to make everything look as fun and beautiful as it was in real life, sometimes even better! Furthermore, his portraits were beautiful, and while we usually take bad photos, he kept us at ease and really captured us together. We never realized we could look so good!

Summary: Channing is a wonderful guy, who manages to take absolutely amazing photos without getting in the way of all the fun. We simply could not recommend him more highly. Oh, and he even sent us chocolates for Christmas! Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Channing is the absolute best. He does a wonderful job of capturing moments as they happen, and manages to make them look even better in pictures! Everybody has remarked that the pictures are gorgeous, and that they swear they never even saw him there. I was looking for a photographer that wouldn't try to force us into cheesy poses, and that is definitely what I found. I seriously can't recommend him enough, I would hire him again in an instant.
Channing is the absolute best. He does a wonderful job of capturing moments as they happen, and manages to make them look Read more...
Channing is the absolute best. He does a wonderful job of capturing moments as they happen, and manages to make them look even better in pictures! Everybody has remarked that the pictures are gorgeous, and that they swear they never even saw him there. I was looking for a photographer that wouldn't try to force us into cheesy poses, and that is definitely what I found. I seriously can't recommend him enough, I would hire him again in an instant. Read less
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BostonGirl82
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Channing was the vendor I was most looking forward to working with. He was the first of 8 photographers we met with, and we kept comparing everyone's work to his- so we knew we had to book him as our wedding photographer. Months leading up to our wedding I was stalking his blog and blown away every time I saw his blog entries.

Our wedding day was one of the happiest days of our lives and Channing captured all the emotion of the day in the photos he took. We love the way our wedding photos came out- all 1000+ of them. It amazes us how talented, professional, and kind Channing is. I would say Channing exceeded my expectations, but I knew from the get-go that he would be phenomenal- and he did not disappoint. He is definitely one of our favorite wedding vendors and highly recommend him.
Channing was the vendor I was most looking forward to working with. He was the first of 8 photographers we met with, and Read more...
Channing was the vendor I was most looking forward to working with. He was the first of 8 photographers we met with, and we kept comparing everyone's work to his- so we knew we had to book him as our wedding photographer. Months leading up to our wedding I was stalking his blog and blown away every time I saw his blog entries.

Our wedding day was one of the happiest days of our lives and Channing captured all the emotion of the day in the photos he took. We love the way our wedding photos came out- all 1000+ of them. It amazes us how talented, professional, and kind Channing is. I would say Channing exceeded my expectations, but I knew from the get-go that he would be phenomenal- and he did not disappoint. He is definitely one of our favorite wedding vendors and highly recommend him. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
9/27/2008
5.0/5.0
Channing was fantastic every step of the way. From taking us out for drinks at a cozy tavern to look at his portfolio and talk about our wedding vision, to disappearing in the crowd on the big day, leaving us to later wonder, "How did he get that shot?!" We hardly even noticed he was there. He was unobtrusive and laid back, but still on-the-ball, capturing every important moment when we needed him. We are both newspaper reporters, and we knew we wanted to someone who would approach our wedding with a photojournalist's eye. Channing came highly recommended from another award-winning photographer with whom I worked, and he did not disappoint. If you want a hundred artsy shots of the two of you gazing into each other's eyes (or peeking out from behind a tree, as one vendor seriously suggested) this is not your guy. If you want your photos to tell the story of your wedding day, from start to finish, Channing will provide you with hundreds of photos that accurately capture the mood and the moments and the people that made your day special. Although Channing's 8-hour photo package doesn't include prints or an album (those cost extra) he turns over every single one of his digital pictures on an external hard drive, so they're yours forever.
Channing was fantastic every step of the way. From taking us out for drinks at a cozy tavern to look at his portfolio and Read more...
Channing was fantastic every step of the way. From taking us out for drinks at a cozy tavern to look at his portfolio and talk about our wedding vision, to disappearing in the crowd on the big day, leaving us to later wonder, "How did he get that shot?!" We hardly even noticed he was there. He was unobtrusive and laid back, but still on-the-ball, capturing every important moment when we needed him. We are both newspaper reporters, and we knew we wanted to someone who would approach our wedding with a photojournalist's eye. Channing came highly recommended from another award-winning photographer with whom I worked, and he did not disappoint. If you want a hundred artsy shots of the two of you gazing into each other's eyes (or peeking out from behind a tree, as one vendor seriously suggested) this is not your guy. If you want your photos to tell the story of your wedding day, from start to finish, Channing will provide you with hundreds of photos that accurately capture the mood and the moments and the people that made your day special. Although Channing's 8-hour photo package doesn't include prints or an album (those cost extra) he turns over every single one of his digital pictures on an external hard drive, so they're yours forever. Read less
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Meagan
Wedding:
9/20/2008
5.0/5.0
Channing was one of our favorite vendors to work with. We had been double-booked by a previous photographer, so we were double, triple-checking his availability...I'm sure to the point of aggrivation! Photography was so important to us...Channing is our age (late 20's) and is a photojournalist...he loves capturing candid moments, which we loved. In fact, we had very few posed pictures...and the photographs are stunning. I get so many compliments, and it was such a positive experience working with him!
Channing was one of our favorite vendors to work with. We had been double-booked by a previous photographer, so we were Read more...
Channing was one of our favorite vendors to work with. We had been double-booked by a previous photographer, so we were double, triple-checking his availability...I'm sure to the point of aggrivation! Photography was so important to us...Channing is our age (late 20's) and is a photojournalist...he loves capturing candid moments, which we loved. In fact, we had very few posed pictures...and the photographs are stunning. I get so many compliments, and it was such a positive experience working with him! Read less
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