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Contest: Best of 2008

I got to know some wonderful people last year in the process of bearing witness to some beautiful weddings. 

I recently went back into my archive and selected a favorite moment from each wedding.  To make things fun, the couple whose image receives the most votes from blog readers will win a $150 gift certificate to Salts in Cambridge, MA.

This process wasn’t easy.  I have several favorites from each wedding.  In the end, I simply picked the moments that resonated with me the most.  Not every image has a bride or groom in it. Not every image will be the couple’s favorite.  But each is a moment I personally felt connected to the celebration, transition, and love around me.

You can cast your vote at the bottom of this post.  

Fine print: The images are in order of date. Image numbers and names are below the corresponding photos. Out-of-state winners, and those who prefer, can opt for a $150 American Express gift card instead of the Salts gift certificate.  The voting will end at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday March 31, 2009.

Put your friends and family to work, and get voting!

# 1 - Laura & Joe

# 1 - Laura & Joe

# 2 - Julie & Jon

# 2 - Julie & Jon

# 3- Laura & Mike

# 3- Laura & Mike

# 4 - Kristin & Matt

# 4 - Kristin & Matt

# 5 - Alison & Adam

# 5 - Alison & Adam

# 6 - Emily & Matt

# 6 - Emily & Matt

# 7 - Liz & Steven

# 7 - Liz & Stephen

# 8 - Lynda & Kevin

# 8 - Lynda & Kevin

# 9 - Anne & Gordon

# 9 - Anne & Gordon

# 10 - Jenna & Daniels

# 10 - Jenna & Daniels

# 11 - Ainsley & Jacob

# 11 - Ainsley & Jacob

# 12 - Meagan & Mark

# 12 - Meagan & Mark

# 13 - Adrienne & Brandon

# 13 - Adrienne & Brandon

# 14 - Kate & Russ

# 14 - Kate & Russ

# 15 - Kara & Dan

# 15 - Kara & Dan

# 16 - Angela & Jeff

# 16 - Angela & Jeff

# 17 - Melissa & Chris

# 17 - Melissa & Chris

# 18 - Megan & Brendan

# 18 - Megan & Brendan

# 19 - Erin & Dan

# 19 - Erin & Dan

Lindsey - #12! It’s so sweet, I teared up a little.August 20, 2010 – 2:00 pm

Winner: Best of 2008 » Channing Johnson Photography - […] people have spoken. I’m excited to announce that Erin and Dan are the Best of 2008 contest winners!  They’ll soon be dining at Salts in Cambridge with their $150 gift […]April 1, 2009 – 12:08 am

Erica - Such a great idea, Channing!March 30, 2009 – 10:28 pm

Aly - picture #19 makes me think of LOVE!March 26, 2009 – 5:55 pm

Gloria Horuzek - #19 is simply beautifulMarch 22, 2009 – 10:24 pm

birdie - At least in the pic..Jenna and Sara J.A. .. could be twins.March 22, 2009 – 12:01 pm

Judy - Great pics! my favorite is #19.March 22, 2009 – 11:25 am

William A. Barber - Jenna, photo no.10, wins my bet. A beautiful young woman. Love her. BillMarch 18, 2009 – 8:21 pm

fmcglynn, frances - yes! # 10, Jenna and Daniels wedding, Jenna in a pensive moment. Fran Mercier McGlynnMarch 18, 2009 – 8:11 pm

LS - I swear that’s Obama in #19 … does Michelle know this??? :)March 16, 2009 – 3:02 pm

lisa - My vote goes to #3 — Laura and Mike. I love the lighting on that shot!March 16, 2009 – 2:59 pm

Osaurus - 19 is moneyMarch 12, 2009 – 8:35 am

Roberta Zimmerman - So lovely!March 11, 2009 – 7:33 pm

Channing - Wow. 669 votes have been cast, and it’s just the first two days!March 11, 2009 – 5:09 pm

Carrie - Goodness it was SO hard to pick just one. Your work is AMAZING, Channing :)March 11, 2009 – 11:50 am

Linda Steinke - Channing …. once again you have amazed me with the emotion you capture thru your lens! I don’t even know most of these people but the photos brought tears to my eyes! May others continue to be blessed with the gift you have been given!March 11, 2009 – 10:04 am

Joseph Alemany - I love this one!March 10, 2009 – 11:16 pm

Joey Alemany - Awesome picure!March 10, 2009 – 11:15 pm

Cecile Alemany - Beautiful!March 10, 2009 – 11:14 pm

Amy McGlynn - Sweet picture!March 10, 2009 – 9:38 pm

fmcglynn, frances - This was not the best photo of Jenna and Dan White but it is lovely. I vote for that one. FmmMarch 10, 2009 – 7:48 pm

janice - Angela and Jeff!March 10, 2009 – 7:05 pm

Jim - Great pics, Channing! Fun contest:)March 10, 2009 – 2:47 pm

Aimee Nix - Terrific photos!March 10, 2009 – 1:34 pm

Woj - impossible to choose.March 10, 2009 – 1:23 pm

kelli - nice picturesMarch 10, 2009 – 10:19 am

yoon - this is too hard…gonna have to sleep on it.March 10, 2009 – 2:18 am

megan - This was fun!March 10, 2009 – 1:02 am

Brea and Nathan

Nathan and I know a lot of the same people.  We both went to the University of Missouri at the same time, and Nathan’s current roommate is one of my high school classmates.  But, it was Brea and my fiancee who met first when Brooke chose Brea to do her wedding-day make-up.  Brea and Nathan are getting married exactly a month after us, so it seemed only natural to return the favor with engagement pictures. 

We had a blast wandering around the city, getting drinks, changing wardrobes, and, of course, making new friends.  Nathan took the last picture (Check out that rule of thirds).

If you’re in the need of make-up for your wedding or any other event, you should get ahold of Brea.  In addition to being very professional, she’s also absolutely delightful to be around. 

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Balloon » Channing Johnson Photography - […] was two years ago that I did Brea and Nathan’s engagement pictures. A lot can change in that time. In fact, Brea and Nathan will soon be parents. I stopped by a […]March 18, 2011 – 2:07 pm

Rachel - ooh, this is brea? I know her! kind of. she did makeup for a couple of my juxtaposition girls!!

(http://fearlessbridals.com)March 25, 2009 – 9:46 pm

Channing - I hire jugglers for all my shoots.March 4, 2009 – 2:51 pm

megan - What! Jugglers!?! These are adorable.March 4, 2009 – 2:43 pm

Channing - Thanks, Steve! Great subjects never hurt : )March 4, 2009 – 12:26 pm

Steve DePino - really amazing work !!!March 3, 2009 – 9:14 pm

Channing - Thanks, Lisa! Waiting until this snowy week would have made for some very different Fenway Pictures : )March 3, 2009 – 9:39 am

Channing - Thanks, Stacey!March 3, 2009 – 9:37 am

Stacey Doyle - Niiiice images Channing! Fun fun stuff.
Stacey DMarch 3, 2009 – 9:17 am

Lisa - I love the one with the jugglers — so fun! It’s great to see Boston without all the snow. I had forgotten what it looks like ;).March 3, 2009 – 6:05 am

“A Good Sandwich is like an old friend”

FLYP Magazine sent me across the river to All Star Sandwich Bar in Cambridge a couple of weeks ago. I’m now a little embarrassed I hadn’t been there before. Buckets-of-beer, daily-made cheesecake, and some of the most thoughtful and impressive sandwiches I’ve ever witnessed (and yes, tasted). I’ll be back soon.

Check out the whole story with an instructional video on how to make your own Muffuletta.

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Lisa - ooo, I love the All Star!March 3, 2009 – 6:07 am

Channing Goes To Providence

I’ve lived in Boston for almost two years, and my only experience with Providence has been on I-95.  My friend and colleague Ashley O’Dell joined me as we changed that with the help of our PVD host Stacey Doyle

I needed a pound of coffee so our first stop was Stacy’s suppliers at Coffee Exchange.  And did you know if you buy a pound of beans you get a free cup right then and there.  I love Providence. 

We hit up the RISD Museum and left equal parts inspired and disturbed (I found my BCE doppelganger).  Trinity Brewhouse was our next stop before ending the day at Cuban Revolution where we met up with Kristin and Dave.  Hilarity ensued before we rushed out to catch the last train to Boston, rushing out so fast we could only give a quick ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ to Josh and his fiance Amanda as they arrived.

Looks like we’ll just have to plan another trip down.  Me and Providence are going to be friends for a long time to come. 

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Providence » Channing Johnson Photography - […] the Boston photographers met up with the Rhode Island photographers in Providence. Turns out it was two years ago. Shameful. Ashley, Li, Lisa, Zev and I took the train down a couple of weeks ago to meet up with […]February 18, 2011 – 3:24 pm

Geoff Hansen - Dig the sculpture with glasses. Near-sightedness rules!March 17, 2009 – 12:24 pm

Josh Behan - Hey Channing,

It was too bad we missed you that night. Amanda and I are going to have an opening in the first week of April for our new studio. Stacey, Kristin, and Dave should be coming down too, maybe you and Ashley can hop on a train too. I could throw a rock to the Westerly train station from the studio.

Great blog by the way too

JoshMarch 13, 2009 – 3:46 pm

» A beautiful day in the neighborhoodStacey Doyle Photography - […] I picked up the wonderful Ashley O’Dell and Channing Johnson from the PVD Train station. They trucked it in all the way from Boston to spend the day with me in […]February 28, 2009 – 3:03 pm

Stacey Doyle - Awesome.
Had a fab time everyone!!
:)
StaceyFebruary 28, 2009 – 1:44 pm

Babysitting

My nephew stopped by yesterday. His mom had to run some errands, so it was just the boys for the afternoon. And believe you me, when the cat’s away the mice will play. We had a lot of fun, and neither one of us cried at all during the 90 minutes we were responsible for each other.

Unlike last time, the little guy even kept his pants clean. 

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Liz - He is getting so big! What a cutie, I can’t believe how many teeth he has! :)February 28, 2009 – 9:49 pm

Brooke - I wish I got to babysit with you! So cute!February 26, 2009 – 1:29 pm

Brooke in the City

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Channing - Thanks, Lisa! I took a look at your website and really enjoyed your photos as well. Your children pictures are beautiful.February 27, 2009 – 8:16 am

Lisa - I just love this photo. I found you on Modern and have just spent a happy chunk of time perusing your site. Gorgeous photos, and this one, for some reason, really moves me. I know this spot, and the way you’ve managed to bring warmth to it is brilliant. Lovely work!February 27, 2009 – 7:09 am