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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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ABOUT US

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 do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Michael J Charles was our wedding photographer. He was recommended to us by friend's whose wedding he photographed. We are writing to glowingly review his engagement shoot and wedding pictures--- both services we highly, highly recommend!! About four months before the wedding we also elected to do an engagement shoot, to get some casual shots, and capture our home neighborhood. He brought great energy to our (very very very) hot weather shoot day; he helped me and my fiancé to feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. He has been consistently prompt, professional, and enthusiastic about working together, which really has made the process extremely enjoyable thus far. He was also quick to turn around our photos, and we were stunned-- great close-up portraits as well as more artistic shots of our home city. It was great to get to work together a little before the big day. We both felt that he was definitely a very talented and professional photographer, and so we were extra excited for him to capture our wedding day.

Our wedding was about one month ago, and we've already gotten our pictures back. Once again, we are totally and completely thrilled with Michael's pictures, professionalism, and great attitude during the wedding!! He was right on time, energetic, and quickly learned the ENTIRE bridal party's first names. He got everybody organized with an easy touch. Throughout the day he was unobtrusive but still managed to get wonderful candid shots, in addition to all the standard formal pictures---also, he really made the most of our venue capturing the beautiful backgrounds (indoor and outdoor). We already got all of our pictures (after just a few weeks), and they are stunning. His photos truly exceeded our expectations. His photos captured our day beautifully and I cannot recommend him more highly.
Michael J Charles was our wedding photographer. He was recommended to us by friend's whose wedding he photographed. We are Read more...
Michael J Charles was our wedding photographer. He was recommended to us by friend's whose wedding he photographed. We are writing to glowingly review his engagement shoot and wedding pictures--- both services we highly, highly recommend!! About four months before the wedding we also elected to do an engagement shoot, to get some casual shots, and capture our home neighborhood. He brought great energy to our (very very very) hot weather shoot day; he helped me and my fiancé to feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. He has been consistently prompt, professional, and enthusiastic about working together, which really has made the process extremely enjoyable thus far. He was also quick to turn around our photos, and we were stunned-- great close-up portraits as well as more artistic shots of our home city. It was great to get to work together a little before the big day. We both felt that he was definitely a very talented and professional photographer, and so we were extra excited for him to capture our wedding day.

Our wedding was about one month ago, and we've already gotten our pictures back. Once again, we are totally and completely thrilled with Michael's pictures, professionalism, and great attitude during the wedding!! He was right on time, energetic, and quickly learned the ENTIRE bridal party's first names. He got everybody organized with an easy touch. Throughout the day he was unobtrusive but still managed to get wonderful candid shots, in addition to all the standard formal pictures---also, he really made the most of our venue capturing the beautiful backgrounds (indoor and outdoor). We already got all of our pictures (after just a few weeks), and they are stunning. His photos truly exceeded our expectations. His photos captured our day beautifully and I cannot recommend him more highly. Read less
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JohnPaul
Wedding:
9/29/2013
5.0/5.0
I can say with ease that Michael J. Charles is the Most Amazing Photographer walking the earth. He takes great pride in his work. In both our engagement photos and our wedding photos he got on his back on the ground and took pictures looking up at us, made sure he took full advantage of many different scenes, lighting, and detail to make the best photo's possible. He even helped fix my collar on my tux so that I looked nothing but the best. I would recommend Michael J.Charles to any bride and groom. He is definitely worth every penny, and I can say that myself, my wife, groomsmen, and bridesmaids all enjoyed working with him.
I can say with ease that Michael J. Charles is the Most Amazing Photographer walking the earth. He takes great pride in Read more...
I can say with ease that Michael J. Charles is the Most Amazing Photographer walking the earth. He takes great pride in his work. In both our engagement photos and our wedding photos he got on his back on the ground and took pictures looking up at us, made sure he took full advantage of many different scenes, lighting, and detail to make the best photo's possible. He even helped fix my collar on my tux so that I looked nothing but the best. I would recommend Michael J.Charles to any bride and groom. He is definitely worth every penny, and I can say that myself, my wife, groomsmen, and bridesmaids all enjoyed working with him. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
I was so impressed with Michael J. Charles - both professionally and personally. He was always quick to reply to any of my questions, organized and was great to work with. I had never had photos taken before so I was nervous that we would not be comfortable and Michael made everything so easy. During our engagement shoot we really got to know him - and I was blown away by all the pictures, I can honestly say there is not one bad picture, and I honestly don't usually like pictures of myself!

I knew that for the wedding our pictures would be great - and they are beyond my expectations. Michael made everyone very comfortable, and worked on a tight timeline to get all our formal pictures done. He also took awesome photos of everyone having fun on the dance floor, candid photos, sunsets etc. I very highly recommend Michael!!
I was so impressed with Michael J. Charles - both professionally and personally. He was always quick to reply to any of my Read more...
I was so impressed with Michael J. Charles - both professionally and personally. He was always quick to reply to any of my questions, organized and was great to work with. I had never had photos taken before so I was nervous that we would not be comfortable and Michael made everything so easy. During our engagement shoot we really got to know him - and I was blown away by all the pictures, I can honestly say there is not one bad picture, and I honestly don't usually like pictures of myself!

I knew that for the wedding our pictures would be great - and they are beyond my expectations. Michael made everyone very comfortable, and worked on a tight timeline to get all our formal pictures done. He also took awesome photos of everyone having fun on the dance floor, candid photos, sunsets etc. I very highly recommend Michael!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We first came across Michael J Charles' work because a friend of ours used him for their wedding, and their pictures were phenomenal. When it was time for us to get married, we knew Michael would be a serious contender. After comparing numerous portfolios and prices of different photographers, Michael became the clear choice. He was always responsive but never pushy during the planning process, and even Skype'd with me one time while I was overseas. On the day of the wedding, he did a fantastic job directing us and our large families, as well as finding creative backdrops and poses for our pictures. We received our pictures within a month of the wedding and we are so happy with them. We especially appreciated the balanced mix of posed (but not cheesy) pictures and photojournalistic candids -- many wedding photographers we considered seem to favor either one type or another. (Candids are nice, but you also want to have that picture where everyone is looking in the camera.) You won't go wrong with hiring Michael J Charles as your photographer. To quote a friend after she saw our pics, "each photo is like a piece of art " :)
We first came across Michael J Charles' work because a friend of ours used him for their wedding, and their pictures were Read more...
We first came across Michael J Charles' work because a friend of ours used him for their wedding, and their pictures were phenomenal. When it was time for us to get married, we knew Michael would be a serious contender. After comparing numerous portfolios and prices of different photographers, Michael became the clear choice. He was always responsive but never pushy during the planning process, and even Skype'd with me one time while I was overseas. On the day of the wedding, he did a fantastic job directing us and our large families, as well as finding creative backdrops and poses for our pictures. We received our pictures within a month of the wedding and we are so happy with them. We especially appreciated the balanced mix of posed (but not cheesy) pictures and photojournalistic candids -- many wedding photographers we considered seem to favor either one type or another. (Candids are nice, but you also want to have that picture where everyone is looking in the camera.) You won't go wrong with hiring Michael J Charles as your photographer. To quote a friend after she saw our pics, "each photo is like a piece of art " :) Read less
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Marilyn and Tommy
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Our favorite wedding vendor by far! Michael is extremely professional, prompt and organized. We are so happy to have such amazing wedding photos, couldn't have asked for a better photographer.
Our favorite wedding vendor by far! Michael is extremely professional, prompt and organized. We are so happy to have such Read more...
Our favorite wedding vendor by far! Michael is extremely professional, prompt and organized. We are so happy to have such amazing wedding photos, couldn't have asked for a better photographer. Read less
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Alyssa
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Michael J Charles is an exceptional photographer and artist. Michael photographed my sister's wedding in 2008 and his work was amazing. The photographs Michael took truly told the story of Tara's wedding day. Every important moment of that day was captured and every person present at Tara's wedding was documented. I knew I had to have Michael for my own wedding. Michael shot our engagement photos on a cold day in Boston, MA. The weather never phased this guy! Michael kept going for more great shots as we walked through the Public Gardens towards the waterfront along the Charles River. Having Michael shoot our wedding day felt like having a close friend or family member photograph our special day. Michael was extremely prompt as always and was able to take thousands of photos in 9 hours while still respecting the flow throughout the day. He was amazing at capturing the moments as they were happening - like capturing "the worm" in action on the dance floor and my husband mid "gangnam style"! My husband and I are so happy with the way our pictures came out. We have the entire day on our computer now thanks to Michael and his assistant. I would have given Michael higher than a 5/5 if the site allowed it! Thank you Michael!
Michael J Charles is an exceptional photographer and artist. Michael photographed my sister's wedding in 2008 and his work Read more...
Michael J Charles is an exceptional photographer and artist. Michael photographed my sister's wedding in 2008 and his work was amazing. The photographs Michael took truly told the story of Tara's wedding day. Every important moment of that day was captured and every person present at Tara's wedding was documented. I knew I had to have Michael for my own wedding. Michael shot our engagement photos on a cold day in Boston, MA. The weather never phased this guy! Michael kept going for more great shots as we walked through the Public Gardens towards the waterfront along the Charles River. Having Michael shoot our wedding day felt like having a close friend or family member photograph our special day. Michael was extremely prompt as always and was able to take thousands of photos in 9 hours while still respecting the flow throughout the day. He was amazing at capturing the moments as they were happening - like capturing "the worm" in action on the dance floor and my husband mid "gangnam style"! My husband and I are so happy with the way our pictures came out. We have the entire day on our computer now thanks to Michael and his assistant. I would have given Michael higher than a 5/5 if the site allowed it! Thank you Michael! Read less
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Maya
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Simply stated, Michael's work is unbelievable! His ability to capture emotions and moments is second to none. Looking back at our wedding photos there are so many stunning ones to pick from, but more importantly he captured the love and joy we felt on that day perfectly. Our photos were unique to us, reflecting our personalities, our love, and our wedding. They were far from simple stock wedding photos. They captured a moment in time we look forward to reliving through the photos!
Simply stated, Michael's work is unbelievable! His ability to capture emotions and moments is second to none. Looking back Read more...
Simply stated, Michael's work is unbelievable! His ability to capture emotions and moments is second to none. Looking back at our wedding photos there are so many stunning ones to pick from, but more importantly he captured the love and joy we felt on that day perfectly. Our photos were unique to us, reflecting our personalities, our love, and our wedding. They were far from simple stock wedding photos. They captured a moment in time we look forward to reliving through the photos! Read less
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