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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 photography services do you offer?
High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Prints

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We fell in love with Channing's photos after looking at his portfolio and we immediately knew that he was the one for us. He was able to capture so many emotions and special moments on the day of our wedding and the night before. He photographed our large, colorful and rowdy Indian wedding like a pro. We're so grateful for the photos and lifetime of memories he captured - they still take our breath away a year later. His style is very low-key -- he instantly made us feel comfortable with him and he blended into the background. We have no idea how he was able to get some of the shots that he did. He's a very special and talented photographer - we wholeheartedly recommend him.
We fell in love with Channing's photos after looking at his portfolio and we immediately knew that he was the one for us. Read more...
We fell in love with Channing's photos after looking at his portfolio and we immediately knew that he was the one for us. He was able to capture so many emotions and special moments on the day of our wedding and the night before. He photographed our large, colorful and rowdy Indian wedding like a pro. We're so grateful for the photos and lifetime of memories he captured - they still take our breath away a year later. His style is very low-key -- he instantly made us feel comfortable with him and he blended into the background. We have no idea how he was able to get some of the shots that he did. He's a very special and talented photographer - we wholeheartedly recommend him. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
After I saw a friend’s wedding photographs, I was certain I wanted Channing to photograph our wedding. From the moment we first spoke with Channing over the phone, it was clear that he was going to be a professional, organized, and calm presence throughout the planning process and on the day of our wedding. Throughout our wedding day, Channing felt like a friend we’d invited to the wedding - he was able to connect with our families instantly and make everyone feel comfortable, which made for genuine moments he was then able to expertly capture. We received our photos VERY shortly after our wedding and have been in complete awe ever since - he captured so many beautiful, short-lived moments that we can now hold onto forever.
After I saw a friend’s wedding photographs, I was certain I wanted Channing to photograph our wedding. From the moment we Read more...
After I saw a friend’s wedding photographs, I was certain I wanted Channing to photograph our wedding. From the moment we first spoke with Channing over the phone, it was clear that he was going to be a professional, organized, and calm presence throughout the planning process and on the day of our wedding. Throughout our wedding day, Channing felt like a friend we’d invited to the wedding - he was able to connect with our families instantly and make everyone feel comfortable, which made for genuine moments he was then able to expertly capture. We received our photos VERY shortly after our wedding and have been in complete awe ever since - he captured so many beautiful, short-lived moments that we can now hold onto forever. Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
After looking at many hobby photographers turned wedding photographers (which isn’t a bad thing at all), Channing’s level of photography is evident. While looking at his photos via his blog, we knew we wanted him to photograph our wedding. He has experience in taking photos for newspapers and magazines. He has the ability to take creative photos that show emotion. Not so much posing, but many candid photos shot in interesting ways! We first met with Channing at his studio in Arlington. We talked about his packages, and availability, etc. He was professional, and genuinely a nice and cool guy! We were also able to look at some wedding books he made for his clients. After meeting him, we sent him a deposit check as soon as we could. Channing shoots weddings solo, and he said that he can pretty much capture every single guest at least once. He showed up to our wedding location promptly, or even earlier I believe. We communicated via email for the schedule for our wedding day so he knew how much time to take pictures of the bride getting ready, as well as the groom, etc. He got great shots of our ceremony, family photos, cocktail hour, and reception. We are very satisfied with Channing’s photographs of our wedding. We got the edited photos about three weeks after our wedding. So fast! As many people say that photos capture something very different than video recordings. I now know what they mean. The photos show great expression and emotion. It is worth the investment. Wedding photos are not something you want to skimp on. When we need photos for other life events in the future, I will be calling up Channing. Thank you Channing!
After looking at many hobby photographers turned wedding photographers (which isn’t a bad thing at all), Channing’s level Read more...
After looking at many hobby photographers turned wedding photographers (which isn’t a bad thing at all), Channing’s level of photography is evident. While looking at his photos via his blog, we knew we wanted him to photograph our wedding. He has experience in taking photos for newspapers and magazines. He has the ability to take creative photos that show emotion. Not so much posing, but many candid photos shot in interesting ways! We first met with Channing at his studio in Arlington. We talked about his packages, and availability, etc. He was professional, and genuinely a nice and cool guy! We were also able to look at some wedding books he made for his clients. After meeting him, we sent him a deposit check as soon as we could. Channing shoots weddings solo, and he said that he can pretty much capture every single guest at least once. He showed up to our wedding location promptly, or even earlier I believe. We communicated via email for the schedule for our wedding day so he knew how much time to take pictures of the bride getting ready, as well as the groom, etc. He got great shots of our ceremony, family photos, cocktail hour, and reception. We are very satisfied with Channing’s photographs of our wedding. We got the edited photos about three weeks after our wedding. So fast! As many people say that photos capture something very different than video recordings. I now know what they mean. The photos show great expression and emotion. It is worth the investment. Wedding photos are not something you want to skimp on. When we need photos for other life events in the future, I will be calling up Channing. Thank you Channing! Read less
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Eric and Joanna
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
We had nothing but a wonderful experience working with Channing. He was a pleasure to work with and really took the time to understand what kind of photographs we wanted for the wedding. His photographs come across as unscripted and really capture wonderful moments from the wedding night. While he is more than happy to do the typical portraits with family members, what really struck us was how well he could capture an emotion or small detail from of our wedding in such a powerful way. He also managed to make himself invisible. We have all been to weddings where it feels like the photographer is in the way of everything. Not the case with Channing.

We could not be happier with our photographs and the service that Channing provided. We would highly, highly recommend using him to capture your wedding.
We had nothing but a wonderful experience working with Channing. He was a pleasure to work with and really took the time Read more...
We had nothing but a wonderful experience working with Channing. He was a pleasure to work with and really took the time to understand what kind of photographs we wanted for the wedding. His photographs come across as unscripted and really capture wonderful moments from the wedding night. While he is more than happy to do the typical portraits with family members, what really struck us was how well he could capture an emotion or small detail from of our wedding in such a powerful way. He also managed to make himself invisible. We have all been to weddings where it feels like the photographer is in the way of everything. Not the case with Channing.

We could not be happier with our photographs and the service that Channing provided. We would highly, highly recommend using him to capture your wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years 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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