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Emily Gorton

16 May 2019

My husband and I cannot say enough wonderful things about Michael and his fantastic work. From the very first meeting, it was clear we were working with a true professional. Michael put us completely at ease and was easily able to help us identify what we wanted - even though walking in, we had no clue! On our wedding day, he was able to deftly navigate the chaos and got so many unexpected, beautiful, silly, candid, memorable shots. Aside from the amazing photos, we felt we had made a true friend in the process and are wishing him the very best down in Texas! More...

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Ellen Casper

27 April 2019

It is almost 11 years after my wedding and I STILL think of Michael as a good family friend even though I haven't seen him since then - he played such a critical part of our whole wedding experience. From the moment we met him, we felt so comfortable, which is hard when you are not used to being in front of a camera so much. He got to know us which allows him to beautifully capture our family in photos that we now share with our children and friends. I would recommend Michael J. Charles to anyone and everyone that is getting married!! More...

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Matt Samalis

27 April 2019

We worked with Michael for our engagement and wedding. Michael was so easy to work with and was by far our favorite vendor to work with. He gave us everything we wanted, made great suggestions, was very professional, and has a very calm demeanor. My wife and I would highly recommend using Michael for any of your photo shoots and wish he still lived in New England so we could use him again! More...

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Rachel Leist

27 April 2019

Choosing a photographer was the most important decision to us leading up to our wedding. After the first time we talked, I knew Michael was the right person for us. Leading up to the wedding he answered my endless questions from how he would arrange family shots and bridal party shot to how we could include our dog in the pictures. He clearly cares so deeply about his clients, truly takes the time to listen to their questions and answer in detail that not only shows he cares but showcases his experience, and his pictures are out of this world. We loved how artistic and beautiful his shots were. I have gotten numerous questions from people who think one of the pictures we have hanging up is a painting when actually it is one of his sunset pictures! He goes way beyond the regular duties of a photographer. He had incredible advice on the best possible timeline for our day, when to change the temperature of the room to make sure the women's updos wouldn't get messed up from the humidity, and what we would do if it rained (it didn't!). If you are looking for a photographer, do not look anywhere else but with Michael J. Charles. You will not be disappointed. He was the best choice we made for our wedding! More...

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Russell Smithe

27 April 2019

I am a videographer and have had the distinct pleasure of working alongside Michael for years in the Boston wedding market. There is no one that is more passionate, hardworking, organized and professional as he is. He truly goes above and beyond for every single one of his clients. It is not a rarity to see him lying on a floor, standing in a puddle or climbing a ladder to get that perfect angle shot at a wedding. In my professional opinion he makes every single wedding and every single person around him better. His infectious energy and work ethic rub off on all. Over all he is an amazing person and his images are gorgeous. He is the best of the best! - Russell Smithe More...

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Emile Dagher

27 April 2019

We chose Michael as our photographer for our wedding and we are very happy we did so. He was very attentive even to the smallest details. He helped make our big day stress free and run smoothly. The photos we got looked amazing and worth every penny! One thing to add, he was very professional and worked well along side the other vendors. Michael is highly recommended! More...

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Stephen Kagay

27 April 2019

Michael J. Charles is truly outstanding! Michael documented our whole wedding day, capturing the most beautiful moments in a truly creative way. Michael is full of energy and immediately clicked with me and my whole wedding party. I would hire him again in a heart beat. He is incredibly responsible and generous. He has a true passion for the craft of photography and it shows in his work!-Anna and Stephen More...

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Britney Chapman

27 April 2019

I would give Michael 10 stars if possible! He is an incredible photographer, able to capture the story and essence of the most beautiful day of my life. His photographs are unique and he has a great eye for fun shots, especially in new locations. I was blown away by my wedding photos and also the arrangement of my wedding album. Michael's photos made me look/feel like the princess I always wanted to be on my wedding day. Thank you, Michael! Austin is lucky to have you. More...

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Megan Hyland

27 April 2019

Choosing Michael Charles as our photographer was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! He is such a charismatic, warm, inviting person that we knew from the minute we met him that he was who we wanted to photograph our wedding. From the time we met him, and through our wedding, Michael took the time to get to know us as a couple. He made us both feel so comfortable when the wedding jitters were there on our wedding day. He went above and beyond what you would expect a photographer to do. From helping me put on my wedding veil, to learning the names and personalities of our family members, to knowing the ins and out of our church and wedding venue, Michael Charles was a professional on every level. Additionally, and most importantly, we cannot say enough great things about how our photos came out. His shots are artistic, creative and classic. His attention to detail is unmatched. He never took a photo if anything looked out of place, and went above and beyond to make sure that each shot was right. Michael’s hard work did not stop after the wedding. Within weeks, we received our photos and a draft of our album. We have gotten more compliments on the photos we have in our house and our wedding album! We loved his style and trusted him through every moment of the day on our wedding day! We cannot say enough great things about him!! More...

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Steph Caggiano

27 April 2019

Michael is the consummate professional who delivers truly outstanding photos. He oozes talent and has a keen eye for framing shots and making his subjects feel comfortable and relaxed, thereby capturing their true emotions at the moment the photo is snapped. He captured some truly special moments for us at our wedding, and we most certainly have photos that we'll treasure for a lifetime. More...

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Kaitlyn

28 October 2017

Michael J. Charles is an incredible photographer! He was strongly recommended by another vendor and I am thrilled he shoot our wedding day. Michael and Dan are extremely professional, passionate about their work and have a great eye! They were on time with everything which is huge on your wedding day and also engaged with the bridal party and our families beautifully. Our wedding photos are ABOVE and BEYOND our expectations and cannot thank them enough for their work. I highly recommend using Michael J Charles Photography because you in are great hands and know you will receive phenomenal photos. More...

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Rachel

17 June 2017

When we were choosing vendors, the photographer was the most important decision to us. Within moments of talking to Michael, we knew he was the right person for us. He cares so deeply about his clients, truly takes the time to listen to their questions and answer in detail that not only shows he cares but showcases his experience, and his pictures are out of this world. We loved how artistic and beautiful his shots were. They really stand out from any other photographer that we looked at. Leading up to the wedding and during the wedding, he calmed all of my concerns (Even when I thought it would pour on my wedding day). He also has such incredible advice such as the best possible timeline and when to change the temperature of the room to make sure the women's updos wouldn't get messed up from the humidity. If you are looking for a photographer, do not look anywhere else but with Michael J. Charles. You will not be disappointed. More...

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26 May 2017

We LOVED Michael J. Charles and would recommend him to anyone. He is well worth the money and will capture your wedding in a way that you will never forget any details.

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26 May 2017

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 " :) More...

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User3704519

26 May 2017

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.
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User5640414

26 May 2017

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. More...

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User5157376

26 May 2017

He is wonderful to work with. He has so much energy and makes the day so much fun/relaxed. The photos came out beautifully! I couldn't imagine anything better and cannot tell you how happy we were for making him our photographer. More...

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Erica

6 May 2017

Choosing Michael as our wedding and engagment photographer was the best vendor decision we made throughout the whole process. His attention to detail captured the most important and beautiful moments of our day. He explained to us before our wedding that he wanted to tell a story of our day, and he absolutely did not disappoint. I knew Michael was there taking pictures but he was never intrusive and offered great ideas for shots throughout the evening. I would HIGHLY recommend him. More...

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Matt

17 September 2016

Of all the decisions that went into planning our wedding, hiring Michael was the best choice we made. We became familiar with his work a year prior at a family wedding, and as soon as we got engaged we wanted to make sure that he was the one that would document our special day. We were also fortunate enough to work with him for our engagement shoot at the Museum of Fine Arts, and he was very accommodating to our schedules and helped make what could have been an awkward experience in a public setting a very fun and enjoyable one. We had high expectations for our wedding photos and Michael got them back to us within a few weeks and we could not be more pleased with how they turned out. He has an amazing eye and was able to capture all the important moments throughout the day, and some of his unique night shots are now among our favorites. We are still getting compliments on our photographs and we will recommend Michael to anyone and everyone! More...

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jim

10 September 2016

Michael was a real pleasure to work with. He was creative and very easy to work with. We are so pleased knowing we made the right decision.....the photos will be cherished for life. More...

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Stephen

25 June 2016

Michael J. Charles photography is truly outstanding! Michael documented our whole wedding day, capturing the most beautiful moments in a truly creative way. Michael is full of energy and immediately clicked with me and my whole wedding party. I would hire him again in a heart beat. He is incredibly responsible and generous. He has a true passion for the craft of photography and it shows in his work! More...

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Megan

11 June 2016

Michael was an outstanding photographer for our Seaport Boston wedding. For our consultation, Michael welcomed us into his home to show us his spectacular portfolio, provide straightforward and reasonable package quotes, explain his photography philosophy, and answer any questions that we had. As a mixed-race couple who have taken too many “selfies” where one of us was over or underexposed due to lighting, we felt confident with Michael and we could tell he was passionate about his craft and highly skilled.
Because we were a “Seaport Bride and Groom” and Michael is one of their preferred vendors, he included a free engagement session for us. It was a great opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera. We were able to use our photos for our wedding website, save the date, and guest book!
Michael was probably our most reliable and involved vendor. He helped us establish a timeline and remained composed when another vendor we hired dropped the ball with regards to time – which helped me stay somewhat calm when we were running a little late on the day of the wedding. When rain came our way, Michael and his (awesome) assistant ignored the puddles and did whatever it took to get the best shots possible overlooking Boston’s beautiful skyline (the reason why we chose our venue). He kept us on schedule all while being friendly, funny, and professional. It was like having a wedding planner without the extra cost!
Michael delivered our gorgeous photos to us within the agreed upon deadline and we couldn’t be happier with the final results. He managed to get stunning portraits that could grace the pages of a magazine, great group shots, and he captured the amazing energy of the dance floor. He also produced a beautiful slideshow set to music. In short, Michael’s demeanor is friendly yet professional and his work is artistic and beautiful while also being approachable and timeless. I would highly recommend him!
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Meg

15 May 2016

My husband and I had a wonderful time working with Michael and his team. They were professional, fun, creative, and responsive. Michael did such a beautiful job catching so many special moments throughout our day. We were thrilled with his pictures - they really captured the story of our wedding day! More...

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Liz

17 October 2015

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! More...

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Lori

10 October 2015

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! More...

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Amanda

18 July 2015

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!!!!!

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Rebecca

27 June 2015

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!! More...

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Katie

13 June 2015

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. More...

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Bethany

9 May 2015

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!
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23 August 2014

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! More...

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Jenny

15 August 2014

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.
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Felicia

28 June 2014

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.
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JohnPaul

29 September 2013

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. More...

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Emily

6 July 2013

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!!
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Marilyn and Tommy

26 May 2013

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.

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Alyssa

3 November 2012

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! More...

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Maya

2 September 2012

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! More...

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Jillian

1 September 2012

Not only do I absolutely love the incredible way Michael Charles captured the best day of our lives, but I also enjoyed working with him just as much! We both felt so comfortable with Michael. I had a million ideas and images in my mind of how I wanted my wedding to look when I looked back on it. Michael Charles was able to encapsulate everything that day meant to my husband and I through the remarkable photos he took.

We have not even gone through all of our photos yet and we could not happier with the results. He took more photos that we could possibly imagine.

He gives you a lot of choice, flexibility, and comfort. We felt like he was just a friend at the wedding taking photos!

For anyone looking for the perfect photographer, Michael is it! I just cannot say enough great things about him. :)
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Amy

25 August 2012

We worked with Michael for our engagement shoot in November of 2011, as well as our wedding this past August. I must say working with Michael was an amazing experience. From running around in the freezing cold with us in November, to steering us through our wedding day in the city, Michael's knowledge of what to ask for from us, and his eye for location provided pictures that did not disappoint.

Part of the reason I chose Michael (other than his beautiful work), was his experience with my venue, the Omni Parker House. Michael knew exactly where to go to get beautiful images, and was familiar and knowledgeable abouit the venue.. Michael also provided me with a schedule to keep us on track for the whole wedding day, which was incredibly helpful.

I would highly reccomend Michael to any bride looking for gorgeous pictures and an enthusiastic and fun photographer. Thank you Micheal
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Maggie

4 August 2012

We are getting rave reviews for our photos! Michael really went above and beyond the day of... as well as for our engagement session. We had so much fun shooting with him -- he even got my dad to crack a smile or two... We went with Michael because he appreciates and utilizes unique architecture and landscapes in a creative manner. He loves his job and it really shows. Thank you!!!! More...

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Sonya

21 July 2012

I met Michael J Charles 6 years prior to my wedding, when he documented by older brothers wedding. From the moment I saw the finished product, I was sure I would use him when I got married. I am so happy I did! Not only does he make everyone feel comfortable but his great personality is contagious. His work is impeccable and very detailed oriented. I can't thank him enough for the wonderful memories he captured for us. I would recommend him to all brides! More...

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Maggie

27 May 2012

I recently had my wedding on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the Ipswich Country Club. I hired Michael J. Charles Photography to capture our day and I could not be happier. I saw Michael's work a few years ago because he shot a family friend's wedding. I was not even engaged at the time but I knew without question that I had to hire him when I got married one day and 4 years later, I'm so glad I did. From start to finish, Michael was nothing but exceptional. He was not only extremely professional but just has this nice way about him (and really the reason why I hired him) and you want that kind of person capturing your most personal and memorable moments. I kept getting compliments all night from my guests that kept saying, Wow, you're photographer is AMAZING, he is on top of everything. And for those of you that are wondering, the turn around time for photos is pretty quick. My wedding was on Sunday and he had some images for me by Tuesday. I can't wait to see the rest, it's going to be so hard to choose photos for our album. Thanks Michael, you rock! More...

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Lindsay

31 March 2012

Michael was an absolute pleasure to work with. From our engagement photos to our wedding day he was a true professional. His photos captured every moment of our special day. His eye and design aesthetic is nothing but perfect. We thank him for his beautiful work. More...

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Lauren

29 October 2011

Michael is a pleasure to work with and such an incredibly talented photographer. He, and his second shooter, Ryan, took the most amazing photos at our wedding. Our friends are telling us our photos are the best wedding photos they've ever seen! What a compliment! They were so much fun on the day of the wedding it felt like we were posing for friends rather than someone we'd only known a few months.

We can't give adequate praise to Michael J Charles and the photos he has given us. I'm not sure how he kept everyone so happy taking photos with rain and 50 mph winds in an unheated tent, but we had a blast during our bridal party photo shoot and that is evident in the pictures.

During the event he captured such wonderful moments between guests, all the details, and hilarious memories on the dance floor. The images prove he was everywhere that night! We are so thankful we chose him as our photographer.
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Janine

24 September 2011

I can't say enought great things about Michael J. Charles. He was so amazing to work with. He is very fun and energetic and you can tell he truly loves what he does. He is creative and has great ideas for what would make a great picture. I loved having him at my wedding. He captured so many great moments at the reception and interacted well with the guests.
He is truly a professional and I very highly recommend him. You will not be disappointed!
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Caitlin

28 May 2011

I can't say enough good things about Michael. My husband and I were thrilled with his work and everyone at our wedding commented on how energetic, fun, and nice he was to work with. We are both broadcast professionals who are familiar with photography and we have many photographer friends, two of whom were at our wedding. They were equally impressed with the caliber of Michael's work. As two people who value photography, we were very happy with our choice in working with Michael. More...

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Betsy

21 May 2011

Michael was outstanding. He was kind, responsive, professional and got everyone in the wedding party to laugh despite some less than ideal weather. We have only great things to say about him. The photos turned out beautifully as well. We will cherish them forever. More...

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Adele

20 November 2010

Michael's photography is amazing! We have gotten so many compliments on our photos, and we love them.

For each shoot (we did an engagement shoot with him, too), Michael created a custom slideshow that he hosted on his site. The wedding photos he chose for the slideshow told the story of the day in such a beautiful way, and it was so easy to share with family and friends.

Michael captured all the important moments at the wedding without our even realizing he was there, and he made us feel comfortable during all the formal photos. I can't recommend him highly enough!
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Dan

6 November 2010

Michael is -- undeniably -- the very best in his profession.

You only get one chance at choosing the right person to immortalize your wedding day, and I'm happy to say that my wife and I chose correctly. Michael was attentive, prompt, creative, flexible, and most of all, an absolute joy to be around.

I have no doubt that Michael is the best wedding photographer in New England, and perhaps beyond. Nothing can compare to the quality of his final product. These images are clear, crisp, and taken with an incomparable amount of care.

Bottom line -- Michael J. Charles knows what he's doing, and he does it better than anyone else. You only have one chance to capture the emotion surrounding your most special of days. Michael not only lives up to your expectations, but exceeds them in every way possible. He gets my highest recommendation.
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Jessica

5 September 2010

We highly recommend working with Michael - he takes pride in his work, does a fabulous job, and easily gets a hundred stars for customer service! We found his pricing to be reasonable, his communication to be timely and thorough and, and his personality to be awesome – so fun to have as a part of our wedding day. He was very calm and collected; made me feel that even if I felt frazzled with a million things going on, this was the one thing I didn't have to worry about and I could trust him to best handle.

We received so many compliments from our friends and family that they found him to be so friendly and they couldn't wait to see all the pictures. We honestly enjoyed him being a part of our day and while we didn't even notice he was there during certain moments, we were thrilled to see that he captured everything. He had great photo opp suggestions and was also very willing to work with whatever we wanted. There was even one point towards the end of the night that Michael was laying on the dance floor, photographing a big group of us dancing in a circle - may sound weird - but it is one of our favorite pictures - so creative and truly shows how much fun we were having!
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Kellee

25 June 2010

Michael is the best! He is extremely nice and is the best photographer out there. He gets everyone organized quickly for group shots and has a great eye for great shots. He will basically do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot. He is very talented and is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him to any couple getting married if you want the best pictures you could possibly have. More...

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Diana

5 June 2010

My husband and I have said over and over again that our best vendor from our wedding was by far our photographer, Michael Charles. From the first time we met with Michael we knew he was the one. Michael is fun, professional, talented and was a pleasure to have around us on our important day. The true test of a good wedding is what people are talking about at the breakfast the next morning. So many people were talking about the photographer and what a great job he did. We were very happy working with Michael and the end product is beautiful. More...

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Courtney

29 May 2010

When we first meet with Michael it was like meeting an old friend. Michael is professional, geninue and easily friendly. The day of the wedding you sometimes forgot he was there but when you did notice him or needed him he was always there with a smile. We were amazed that he learned all of the names of our wedding party and family quickly. Michael was great, it was like having a friend take your photos. Posing for pictures comes with the day but Michael has a way that makes it not painful. I was also completely against "jumping shots" however those were some of the most entertaining pictures. He really captured our day and our personalities in his photography. His work and photos speak for themselves. We are so pleased with the outcome of the pictures they will easily help us treasure the memories for a long time to come. More...

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Tony

20 March 2010

Michael - you are awesome!!! We were grateful to have michael as the photographer for our wedding, and could not have been happier with the results! His positive energy and enthusiasm (plus his excellent sprinting skills) made him such a pleasure to work with. One of my favorite things about Michael is his imagination, creativity and insight. His assistant Mark and Michael absolutely rose to the challenge, and we ended up with many fantastic shots. Well, you could have a good enough photographer or you could have Michael... the BEST. If you really want to capture the best moments in your wedding that last a lifetime...without a doubt, Michael is the one who can make it happen. More...

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Amy

3 October 2009

Out of all the choices we made for our wedding, choosing Michael Charles as our photographer was, by far, the best choice we made!

Michael took time with us before we booked him to get to know us as a couple and to understand our vision and expectations of our big day. He was then so easily available and flexible during the planning process and I felt 100% confident in him every step of the way (which is invaluable as a bride when you are planning your wedding)!

On our big day, Michael arrived and fit in seamlessly with our timeline and with the members of our family and bridal party. He was with us every step of the day, but not in an obtrusive way. His demeanor was professional, yet personable, as it truly seemed like he was happy to be a part of our day.

When working on our album, Michael spent a good amount of time with us to include us in the creative process. He was accommodating and flexible and truly created an album that perfectly captures how special and memorable our day was.

I cannot express how happy we were in Michael Charles and we highly recommend him!!
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Meghan

27 June 2009

My husband and I highly, highly recommend Michael J Charles! He is a really nice guy, incredibly easy to work with and is an excellent photographer. During our first meeting, I remember him describing himself as a "fly on the wall" and this could not be a more adequate description. Although he captured every important moment, we often did not realize he was even around, which allowed us to really absorb whatever was going on at the time. He also has an uncanny ability to remember people's names (like our 18-person bridal party!), which made the process of taking formal pictures much quicker. Many of our guests, especially those in the formal pictures, commented on how much fun he was to work with.

The slideshow and pictures we received only reaffirmed that we made a great choice. The pictures are beautiful and exactly what we wanted. I was particularly impressed with the slideshow, which made me (and my mom and grandmother) cry! He is incredibly skilled at selecting a variety of pictures (both black/white and color) and placing them in an order in which they tell a story. We are so excited to work with him on our album and could not be happier with him and his work!!
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Megan

8 November 2008

Michael took both our engagement photos and our wedding photos. They were incredible, and Michael was an absolute pleasure to work with. We liked him so much that we're kind of sad we're finished with the process.

Four months after our wedding, guests are still commenting to us not only that our photos are amazing, but that he is the hardest working person they've ever seen, and that it's incredible that he'd be on one side of the room at one moment, then on the other side of the room the next moment, and down on the floor the next, but he was never obtrusive.

We've watched our slideshow about a thousand times, and every time we watch it, my husband and I look at each other and comment that he did such an amazing job. I really can't say enough about him!
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Melissa

12 July 2008

If we could give Michael over five stars, we would. Michael took our engagement and wedding photos and both came out better than we could have ever imagined. Everyone who sees our wedding pictures says they are the most beautiful pictures they have ever seen. Michael has a way of capturing the spirit and emotions of the day, and that comes through so naturally in his photography. He is extremely easy and fun to work with, and delivers 100%. His pictures are just special - we couldn't have asked to work with a better photographer. More...

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Janis

21 June 2008

I would gladly recommend Michael Charles to anyone looking for a wedding photographer! From start to finish he has been very professional and a perfectionist. We were able to tailor our package to our needs and everyone in attendance felt that Michael and Ryan went above and beyond expectations to get the best pictures. They both have an amazing eye for finding the best angle, timing and light to create breathtaking photos! I was also pleasantly surprised at how quickly I received the pictures after our wedding. I received an amazing slideshow put to music in 3 weeks and all of the pictures in 3 1/2 weeks! They are worth every penny and more! More...

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Heidi

1 June 2008

So many brides wish they could relive their wedding day. Thanks to Michael's photos, I'm able to experience all the excitement any time I want. So many people came up to me during the reception to compliment us on our photographer - and they hadn't even seen the photos! Michael just has a way of interacting with people to get them to feel so comfortable in pictures - this makes for unbelievable photos!
My husband and I just watched our wedding slideshow - I was able to make it through my entire wedding without crying, and Michael's photos brought me to tears! He captures people's true emotions in all his photos, and he is always on the lookout for a way to create beautiful images.
I wish I could get married all over again - not for the celebration or even for the gifts, but so that I can get to work with Michael again!!!
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Jillian

24 May 2008

Michael was amazing! He did not miss a single moment at our wedding. I was absolutely blown away when I saw the images. They were breath-taking! My husband and I couldn't be happier. More...

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Betsy

17 May 2008

Michael is simply the best. When we were searching for a photographer, my husband and I both clicked with him right away, and after looking through his work, we booked Michael on the spot. Over the next year as we planned for our wedding, we both built up some VERY high expectations for our wedding photos.
Come our wedding day, Michael fulfilled every one of the expectations and much, much more. During the actual wedding, he was so nice to work with. He directed us and our large wedding party well, so that I didn't have to think about anything except having fun.
A few weeks later, while looking through our slideshow, I was literally blown away by how artistic and striking the images were. Each moment was captured in the most beautiful, emotional way. We are so proud to show off our pictures, and would recommend Michael to anyone. He is professional, detail-orientated, and his images truly are the best I've ever seen.
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Hyeshin

5 April 2008

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Gabriel

17 February 2008

Our brothers and sisters had used other top photographers from the Boston area for their weddings, but we found their prices to be excessively high and their photographic styles too uncompromising. Michael was happy to offer us a package that met his standards and our needs. He listened attentively to our requests for pictures and was not intrusive in executing them. Michael possesses a keen ability to maximize the use of any setting to produce unique and interesting photographs. We are more than pleased with his work and would recommend him to anyone without any hesitation. More...

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Allison

17 November 2007

It was such a pleasure working with Michael. He took both our engagement and wedding pictures. Michael has such a friendly, calming, and adaptable personality. He took both beautiful candids and formals. He understood us, what we wanted, and delivered 100%. He truly captured the essence of our wedding. Our pictures are breathtaking! I would recommend Michael to anyone looking for an amazing photographer! More...

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Robert

31 March 2007

When we were planning our wedding from overseas to be held in Boston, we were immediately drawn to the work of Michael J Charles.

As a photographer myself I was obviously very cautious about hiring someone to shoot our special day. Style aside, I knew that we wanted someone that we would get along with on our day; the photographer is really the only vendor you'll see throughout the event and spend a good amount of time before AND after working with them on your photo package. Even from a video conference across the Atlantic we were certain that he was the one to shoot our wedding - we immediately got on together and visited him at his home a couple of months after that call to go through our plans. The air of professionalism was abundantly clear with Michael; from his enthusiasm and friendliness all the way through to his deep and established knowledge about wedding photography - and I think he's over me grilling him about how he shot! :)

The shear abundance of people that shoot weddings these days is quite astonishing; maybe it is the digital revolution? Whatever it is, I can say quite simply that you can seperate "the wheat from the chaff" very quickly by going to meet Michael, talking about your plans and looking at his work. It really blew me away.

After the choice (simple!), there is of course the matter of the business side and we felt very much at ease with his package options and were happily catered for with a custom package that suited our needs perfectly. His contract was easy to understand and totally appropriate. We maintained contact up to our wedding day (I guess we spoke initially around 5-6 months before the wedding) with Michael checking in when he needed our input. We just never worried especially because he was recommended so widely, such as his award for the Best Wedding Photographer in Boston for 2006. Come the wedding day I guess I was a little nervous when I got to the church, but Michael put me at ease quickly, loosening me up and making me laugh. Getting people to laugh and be natural is always tough, especially with strangers, but Michael does that so well. To me his style is all about getting the personalities portrayed well - lots of smiles and laughter. Everything from the preparation photos to group shots, couple photos and the reception - he captured it all so well and really brought out the best of us. I was really impressed with his way of working too - never in the way, always polite. Technically excellent - there's stuff he does that I've never seen anyone else do - EVER - at a wedding and that makes the photos really special.

After the wedding we headed out for our honeymoon for a couple of weeks and Michael gave an estimate for 2-3 weeks for delivery of the images online. They were actually ready at 2 weeks, but we told him not to worry about hurrying with them. I've done a ton of photo editing myself and know that it isn't an easy task with so many photos - everything has to be chosen, then carefully colour balanced and toned to get the most out of the digital negative. So we could have waited longer, but were impressed to have them more quickly than we had thought.

I think the above review is a little harsh; you've got the rest of your life to enjoy your wedding photos and I think a short delay like that to get the best photos of you that you'll probably ever own is worth it. Like I stated above, there's a lot of careful editing that takes place and as someone who is totally anal when it comes to post-production work (and I am too), Michael really knows what he is doing. The evidence that we have hanging on the walls around our home proves that he is very careful not just when taking the photos, but also developing them afterwards. The days of a pro lab developing film are long gone and with that I think that there's a misconception that photos can just be taken from the camera, culled down, then loaded. Now the photographer has twice the amount of work to do. There's so much more to it; while I think the bride above has a right to feel whatever she wants, seriously good quality work takes time. You can't rush art and at the end of the day if you're genuinely happy with the final product and service as a whole, then make it known here. This isn't an attack, just a balancing argument from a genuinely happy customer.

I can honestly state that Michael is among the best photographers that you can find. He is extremely creative, is super-hard working and is a very personable, fun character that you just can't help but get along with. Just head over to the CityVoter site to get more happy opinions. http://cityvoter.com/michael-j-charles-photography-beaumont-street-dorchester-boston-ma-02124/loc/2880

Amazing work and now a great friend. Highly recommended - book him!
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Amanda

6 May 2006

Michael J Charles was fantastic! He was a pleasure to work with from day one and we are beyond pleased with the results. Our photos and album came out beautifully and are a wonderful keepsake of the happiest day of our lives.
Michael is extremely friendly, easygoing and hard working. The guests at the wedding continued to comment on the effort that he & Amy put into capturing all of our wedding memories. He was running around, standing on chairs and had so many great ideas for shots but never once got it in the way or was bothersome.
He had a way of making you feel calm and comfortable- which is not always easy for a bride on her wedding day! I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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