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Michael J Charles Photography

Boston , MA
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Boston, MA 02124 US (map)

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617-821-5009

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I’ve always been fascinated with photography. I guess I first got “the bug” when at age seven my dad built a darkroom in our basement for my mom. It was then that I learned that... Read more
I’ve always been fascinated with photography. I guess I first got “the bug” when at age seven my dad built a darkroom in our basement for my mom. It was then that I learned that photography was more than just a means of documenting the chapters in our lives, but that it was also an art form.

After graduating from Boston University, I built my very own darkroom. A few years later, I took some photos at a friend’s wedding. I developed the film and gave the newlyweds prints as my gift to them and their parents. Not much longer thereafter I received a very flattering note in which they pointed out that my photos were far better than their photographer’s. It was then that I started to take wedding photography seriously. To this day, the couple still has my prints displayed throughout their home. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What photography services do you offer?
High-Res, Liability Insurance, Slideshow/Montage
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proofs, Thank You Cards

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Liz
Wedding:
10/17/2015
5.0/5.0
Michael was probably my most helpful vendor during this entire process. We chose him as our photographer because he had photographed at both Holy Cross and The Barn at Gibbet Hill before. We met with him so early in our process that he was able to give us advice on other vendors to use! Michael's pictures speak for themselves; they are gorgeous and sharp! He has such an eye for capturing beautiful moments. We loved our engagement photos and we are so excited to see our wedding photos as well! During our wedding day, Michael was such a calming presence for me. He was with us from the very start of the day to the very end, and it was awesome to have someone fun and patient to be with us on such an important day in our lives. Thank you, Michael!
Michael was probably my most helpful vendor during this entire process. We chose him as our photographer because he had Read more...
Michael was probably my most helpful vendor during this entire process. We chose him as our photographer because he had photographed at both Holy Cross and The Barn at Gibbet Hill before. We met with him so early in our process that he was able to give us advice on other vendors to use! Michael's pictures speak for themselves; they are gorgeous and sharp! He has such an eye for capturing beautiful moments. We loved our engagement photos and we are so excited to see our wedding photos as well! During our wedding day, Michael was such a calming presence for me. He was with us from the very start of the day to the very end, and it was awesome to have someone fun and patient to be with us on such an important day in our lives. Thank you, Michael! Read less
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Lori
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Michael did an incredible job on our wedding photos! We also enjoyed hanging out with Michael throughout the day. He truly added so much to our entire experience. He is very laid back, but also very good at getting everyone organized for pictures. We did not have a specific plan for our pictures and he gave us so many awesome suggestions. We also love that during our reception he got so many awesome pictures of our guests. We had a huge wedding and we are impressed with all the incredible moments he was able to capture!. I would definitely recommend him!
Michael did an incredible job on our wedding photos! We also enjoyed hanging out with Michael throughout the day. He truly Read more...
Michael did an incredible job on our wedding photos! We also enjoyed hanging out with Michael throughout the day. He truly added so much to our entire experience. He is very laid back, but also very good at getting everyone organized for pictures. We did not have a specific plan for our pictures and he gave us so many awesome suggestions. We also love that during our reception he got so many awesome pictures of our guests. We had a huge wedding and we are impressed with all the incredible moments he was able to capture!. I would definitely recommend him! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were so happy we picked Michael to do our photos. Photos were really important to me for our big day and I wanted them to be perfect. Michael did such a great job, I loved how personable he was and how he was able to deal with our big wedding party and family and get the job done. He isn't afraid to get down on the ground and dirty to get a good picture :) I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
My husband and I were so happy we picked Michael to do our photos. Photos were really important to me for our big day and Read more...
My husband and I were so happy we picked Michael to do our photos. Photos were really important to me for our big day and I wanted them to be perfect. Michael did such a great job, I loved how personable he was and how he was able to deal with our big wedding party and family and get the job done. He isn't afraid to get down on the ground and dirty to get a good picture :) I would definitely recommend him to anyone. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Could not be more thankful and amazed by our wedding pictures! They far exceed any expectation I had!! I can't thank you enough Michael J Charles I will cherish our pictures for longer then a lifetime!!!!!
Could not be more thankful and amazed by our wedding pictures! They far exceed any expectation I had!! I can't thank you Read more...
Could not be more thankful and amazed by our wedding pictures! They far exceed any expectation I had!! I can't thank you enough Michael J Charles I will cherish our pictures for longer then a lifetime!!!!! Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
6/27/2015
5.0/5.0
My wedding was June 2015 at the Boston harbor hotel. Michael was 30 min early and super energetic and excited to start. He is a gifted photographer with a great personality that makes you feel very comfortable. It was a pleasure working with him. His prices are also more reasonable than some of the other photographers I was looking into. I'm a big picture taker so I knew the photographer was going to be very important. The pictures turned out great. He took so many! He also made an unbelievably perfect slideshow. I would definitely recommend Michael Charles. Thanks Michael!!
My wedding was June 2015 at the Boston harbor hotel. Michael was 30 min early and super energetic and excited to start. He Read more...
My wedding was June 2015 at the Boston harbor hotel. Michael was 30 min early and super energetic and excited to start. He is a gifted photographer with a great personality that makes you feel very comfortable. It was a pleasure working with him. His prices are also more reasonable than some of the other photographers I was looking into. I'm a big picture taker so I knew the photographer was going to be very important. The pictures turned out great. He took so many! He also made an unbelievably perfect slideshow. I would definitely recommend Michael Charles. Thanks Michael!! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
6/13/2015
5.0/5.0
Michael was amazing on our special day. So easy to work with, in the first half an hour of our wedding he already knew my family and wedding party by name. He helped our day run smoothly, knew the pictures he needed to get done and did it in a timely fashion so we could get our party started. He was so great my sister is using him as her wedding photographer this coming September.
Michael was amazing on our special day. So easy to work with, in the first half an hour of our wedding he already knew my Read more...
Michael was amazing on our special day. So easy to work with, in the first half an hour of our wedding he already knew my family and wedding party by name. He helped our day run smoothly, knew the pictures he needed to get done and did it in a timely fashion so we could get our party started. He was so great my sister is using him as her wedding photographer this coming September. Read less
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Bethany
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are SO HAPPY we hired Michael J Charles to photograph our Wedding Day!!!
The photos are absolutely stunning. He goes out of his way to capture the most creative shots and is a BLAST to work with! We felt so comfortable around him, like we had known each other for years, and that is so important when you are trying to "act natural" in photos! His assistant was great at the wedding too and we never felt bombarded. We got the photos back quickly and could access them from an app to share with family AND he put together a BEAUTIFUL slideshow of some of the best shots which brought us both to tears...so special.
He also took our engagement photos and suggested a beautiful outdoor location in the fall ...amazing & unique shots we will treasure forever! You absolutely will not regret hiring Michael J for your special event!
My husband and I are SO HAPPY we hired Michael J Charles to photograph our Wedding Day!!!
The photos are absolutely Read more...
My husband and I are SO HAPPY we hired Michael J Charles to photograph our Wedding Day!!!
The photos are absolutely stunning. He goes out of his way to capture the most creative shots and is a BLAST to work with! We felt so comfortable around him, like we had known each other for years, and that is so important when you are trying to "act natural" in photos! His assistant was great at the wedding too and we never felt bombarded. We got the photos back quickly and could access them from an app to share with family AND he put together a BEAUTIFUL slideshow of some of the best shots which brought us both to tears...so special.
He also took our engagement photos and suggested a beautiful outdoor location in the fall ...amazing & unique shots we will treasure forever! You absolutely will not regret hiring Michael J for your special event! Read less
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C
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
I couldn't be happier with the quality of work done by Michael J Charles Photography on our wedding day. When it came time to book a photographer, I was extremely selective. I work in a multimedia profession and understand the value of quality photography...because at the end of the day, that would be our tangible reminder of the wedding day! I came across Michael when I happened to see a colleague's wedding photos, and he didn't disappoint on our own big day. Michael and his assistant arrived early and were ready to start shooting. Unfortunately, another vendor put us horribly behind schedule...but Michael immediately went to work, shooting as much of what was ready as he could. Because of our time crunch, he had to work quickly...but managed to capture beautiful bridal "getting ready" shots in two locations, as well as shots of the groom and his family at the church. The ceremony shots in the church are stunning, but the reception shots are really special. I've seen many wedding photos on the ocean...but the lighting and color composition of the ones we now have are unbelievable. Michael also has a creative eye, and got some really unique shots...utilizing the various degrees of daylight to the fullest. My family also raved about him all night. They were amazed that he seemed to be EVERYWHERE...there wasn't a moment he missed! He was professional, energetic, but unobtrusive. And the result is amazing! Both the formal portraits and candid shots are stunning. I enthusiastically recommend him as a wedding photographer. You won't be sorry!
I couldn't be happier with the quality of work done by Michael J Charles Photography on our wedding day. When it came time Read more...
I couldn't be happier with the quality of work done by Michael J Charles Photography on our wedding day. When it came time to book a photographer, I was extremely selective. I work in a multimedia profession and understand the value of quality photography...because at the end of the day, that would be our tangible reminder of the wedding day! I came across Michael when I happened to see a colleague's wedding photos, and he didn't disappoint on our own big day. Michael and his assistant arrived early and were ready to start shooting. Unfortunately, another vendor put us horribly behind schedule...but Michael immediately went to work, shooting as much of what was ready as he could. Because of our time crunch, he had to work quickly...but managed to capture beautiful bridal "getting ready" shots in two locations, as well as shots of the groom and his family at the church. The ceremony shots in the church are stunning, but the reception shots are really special. I've seen many wedding photos on the ocean...but the lighting and color composition of the ones we now have are unbelievable. Michael also has a creative eye, and got some really unique shots...utilizing the various degrees of daylight to the fullest. My family also raved about him all night. They were amazed that he seemed to be EVERYWHERE...there wasn't a moment he missed! He was professional, energetic, but unobtrusive. And the result is amazing! Both the formal portraits and candid shots are stunning. I enthusiastically recommend him as a wedding photographer. You won't be sorry! Read less
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Jenny
Wedding:
8/15/2014
5.0/5.0
When my husband and I were looking for a wedding photographer, we were very particular. We both have backgrounds in visual arts and photography and didn't want to end up with cookie-cutter, cliche photos, and we certainly did not! Michael J. Charles was not only down to earth, friendly & funny, but also extremely professional. His style of shooting was very artistic and everything looked like it was straight out of a magazine. The images were extraordinary. In addition, he did not miss a single shot. The wedding day flies by, but when we reviewed the pictures it felt like we got to relive the whole thing. I don't even remember seeing him through most of the ceremony and the reception, but then saw the photos and realized that he was there capturing every single moment. He was very discrete.
The photos came out so beautiful that I wish I could create more events just so we could hire him again.
If I could give any advice to future couples, I would say make sure you hire a very talented photographer to capture your day, and Michael J. Charles will capture it like no other!!! He has a true gift.
When my husband and I were looking for a wedding photographer, we were very particular. We both have backgrounds in visual Read more...
When my husband and I were looking for a wedding photographer, we were very particular. We both have backgrounds in visual arts and photography and didn't want to end up with cookie-cutter, cliche photos, and we certainly did not! Michael J. Charles was not only down to earth, friendly & funny, but also extremely professional. His style of shooting was very artistic and everything looked like it was straight out of a magazine. The images were extraordinary. In addition, he did not miss a single shot. The wedding day flies by, but when we reviewed the pictures it felt like we got to relive the whole thing. I don't even remember seeing him through most of the ceremony and the reception, but then saw the photos and realized that he was there capturing every single moment. He was very discrete.
The photos came out so beautiful that I wish I could create more events just so we could hire him again.
If I could give any advice to future couples, I would say make sure you hire a very talented photographer to capture your day, and Michael J. Charles will capture it like no other!!! He has a true gift. Read less
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Felicia
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
I am the MOG (mother of the groom) and had not met Michael prior to the event. When he we first met, he introduced himself, even though he was obviously the photographer (you know the only guy with a BIG camera), which was a very nice touch. From the beginning to the end of the festivities he sort of mingled as though he were one of the guests, never intruding on any intimate moments, be they emotional or humorous. I actually spoke with him, something I have never done before, to tell him how pleasant he was. In the posed pictures, which I hate to do, he once again unobtrusive, giving mild instructions when necessary and performed his task quickly so that guests could rejoin the party.

His manner and professionalism at the event was the least of his attributes: what is really striking is the outcome. I have attended numerous weddings, have a very large family and have been privy to many, many unedited bridal pictures. Until Michael, every single one has been highly staged and artificial, often leaving the viewer cold, the participants too often striking regal poses. You get the picture (ugh, no pun intended). When my daughter in law sent me the initial sampling of the photos, I was delighted as even though there were perhaps 30 photos they managed to tell a very nice story. When I then received the full 760+ photos, I was thrilled as Michael enabled me to re-live the day, from the second we arrived at the front door in the sunshine, to the actual exchange of vows, to the festivities and into the darkness. Table settings were beautifully captured, guests participating in the nuptials were shown in all of their genuine participation, the bride and groom (my son, yeah) were captured with all of the love and intensity that we experienced live. Numerous guests were candidly photographed portrait style. Not even the food was neglected and every time I look at the sushi cones, my appetite stirs. Thank you, Michael, for preserving the day so beautifully.
I am the MOG (mother of the groom) and had not met Michael prior to the event. When he we first met, he introduced Read more...
I am the MOG (mother of the groom) and had not met Michael prior to the event. When he we first met, he introduced himself, even though he was obviously the photographer (you know the only guy with a BIG camera), which was a very nice touch. From the beginning to the end of the festivities he sort of mingled as though he were one of the guests, never intruding on any intimate moments, be they emotional or humorous. I actually spoke with him, something I have never done before, to tell him how pleasant he was. In the posed pictures, which I hate to do, he once again unobtrusive, giving mild instructions when necessary and performed his task quickly so that guests could rejoin the party.

His manner and professionalism at the event was the least of his attributes: what is really striking is the outcome. I have attended numerous weddings, have a very large family and have been privy to many, many unedited bridal pictures. Until Michael, every single one has been highly staged and artificial, often leaving the viewer cold, the participants too often striking regal poses. You get the picture (ugh, no pun intended). When my daughter in law sent me the initial sampling of the photos, I was delighted as even though there were perhaps 30 photos they managed to tell a very nice story. When I then received the full 760+ photos, I was thrilled as Michael enabled me to re-live the day, from the second we arrived at the front door in the sunshine, to the actual exchange of vows, to the festivities and into the darkness. Table settings were beautifully captured, guests participating in the nuptials were shown in all of their genuine participation, the bride and groom (my son, yeah) were captured with all of the love and intensity that we experienced live. Numerous guests were candidly photographed portrait style. Not even the food was neglected and every time I look at the sushi cones, my appetite stirs. Thank you, Michael, for preserving the day so beautifully. Read less
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