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Patty and Anthony

If you ask me, the best light of the day is at sunrise.  But, when I told Patty and Anthony that 6:30 a.m. would be a possible time to do their engagement portraits, I didn’t expect them to think that was a good idea.  I’m lucky they did.  Not only were Patty and Anthony absolutely delightful to be around, but it might be a little while before I can find another couple to get up that early with me.  I think it paid off.

Waking up before the sun also means you have a good chance of eating breakfast at The Paramount before the line is out the door.  By the time the rest of Boston was waking up, the three of us were starving and needed some sausage and french toast to help get our second wind.

Patty and Anthony live in Dallas but decided to do their engagement portraits in Boston for something a little different.  Anthony has been working here for the past few months, and they have grown to love the city.  They still love Texas, of course, and were so thoughtful to bring me a gift basket with all their favorite things from back home: Stubb’s BBQ sauce, chili mix, salsa, sweet tea, and even a cowboy hat wall-hanger.

Looks like I’m going to have to get me a cowboy hat : )



Patty and Anthony » Channing Johnson Photography - […] everyone in Texas is as kind, generous, fun, and thoughtful as Patty and Anthony, Channing Johnson Photography might just have to set up a satellite office in Southern Texas […]December 18, 2009 – 6:51 pm

Melissa Galvan - Patricia! These are beautiful. To Photographer, truly spectacular. The lighting is perfect for all the moods encountered in the photos.
Great work, both behind and in front of the camera. Congrats newlyweds!December 14, 2009 – 3:00 pm

Lone Star » Channing Johnson Photography - […] a bit of a weather role reversal as I left a 66-degree Boston for a snow-forecasted Texas. As if Patty and Anthony hadn’t already done enough to make me feel at home all weekend, they also dropped the […]December 7, 2009 – 4:22 pm

E - Don’t worry, dude. I can handle getting you a cowboy hat.April 15, 2009 – 11:18 pm

Channing - Thanks, Myndi! Patty and Anthony also brought a lot of enthusiasm and energy for that early in the morning. They were offering as many suggestions as I was, many of which ended up being my favorite pictures. i.e. the shadow picture and the “Hollywood kiss” in the steam.April 7, 2009 – 9:50 am

Myndi - Holy wow. I think these are some of my favorite engagement photos you’ve shot. Beautiful, beautiful. 6:30 might be the new requirement for engagement portraits.April 7, 2009 – 9:25 am

21 days, 14 hours, 7 minutes, 40 seconds

I’m getting married soon. There are lots of little things that Brooke and I need to get done, but so far the great weight of this life event hasn’t rested completely on our shoulders. This is due to the wonderful people around us who are pitching in their time and expertise to help us make the wedding fun and beautiful without putting ourselves into debt. Or at least long-term debt : )

Below Brooke contemplates floral arrangements that our friend Steph is helping us purchase and arrange. Steph is earning herself a V.I.P. spot at our sweetheart table for all her hard work and for the piles of money she is saving us. It’s the least we can do. 

Keep checking back here during the next 21 days to see how our last-minute wedding planning is progressing. 


Suzy Hooker - Awww Channing…so many congratulations!! I didn’t know you were getting married so soon…I must admit, that notion sends me reeling with nostalgia of when we were all teenagers and I knew you well…and I am so happy to see how wonderful you’re doing, and what a lovely life you seem to have acquired for yourself. My best wishes for a lifetime of love and laughter. Dog. Dogasaurus Rex. Not anymore, huh? Dogs don’t have wives. So I guess that chapter is over now. Well done, Brooke.April 8, 2009 – 11:34 pm

treehugger - I insist. Of course its not necessary but I’m having fun waching the pictures of your blog and somehow It’s a way to return you the time and effort you spend updating it freely.April 8, 2009 – 5:22 pm

Channing - Thanks, Treehugger! That’s thoughtful of you, but no gift necessary. And I’ll be sure to post some picutres of our own wedding pictures up here after we get back from the honeymoon. Thanks for looking!April 6, 2009 – 7:37 pm

Channing - Thanks, Alex!April 6, 2009 – 7:35 pm

Alex Stawinski - Channing–
Congratulations on your impending wedding! I hope all is well.
-Alex StawinskiApril 5, 2009 – 9:28 pm

treehugger - Hey couple, congratulations! do you have a wedding list on the net? a book or something I can buy you as a present?April 3, 2009 – 6:30 pm

Myndi - Brooke’s hair is so long! And the flowers look lovely! Are the pink ones ranunculus? Those are my favorite flowers. We can’t wait to see you guys! Good luck with these last few weeks of planning!April 3, 2009 – 4:52 pm

Channing - Thanks! We picked a friend of mine who lives in Vermont, Jason Johns: He’s a wonderful photographer and we’re lucky to have him on board.April 3, 2009 – 11:31 am

Li W. - Congrats! So as a wedding photog, how do you choose who gets to shoot your day?April 3, 2009 – 11:26 am

Winner: Best of 2008

The 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 certificate.  Thanks to everyone who weighed in.  Over 1700 votes were cast. 

And, of course, thanks to all the beautiful couples who invited me to be a part of their weddings last year.  It was a tremendous pleasure and an honor. Thank you.

# 19 - Erin & Dan

Thomas Kemp - I know you and Danny kiss too much ha haApril 1, 2009 – 3:18 pm

The Wolf Tree

My friend Elizabeth came into Boston on a northeasterly wind and left as quickly as she arrived.  We had brunch, and we went wandering for a spell before she continued her journey south.

If you need another case for “it’s the photographer, not the camera”, check out her beautiful pictures and words:  It doesn’t matter how fancy your camera is if you can’t “see”.


elizabeth hartsig - thanks, c. how i grimace to make something lovely! it was so good to wander & see your wedding-place & squint with you. i miss our friend the french toast. songs want to wing toward you; send the address~ elizaMarch 30, 2009 – 5:43 pm

baby carriage

My sister swung through Brookline the other day in search of a new car seat for my ever-expanding nephew. She needed to give her full attention to picking the safest, best-fitting, and most stylish (cow print) car seat. So, I kept an eye on little man. 

I never realized how many friends you can make with a baby. Lots of nice people waved and smiled on our stroll. I could never get that kind of respect on my own. 


Brooke - So cute! :)March 29, 2009 – 2:18 pm

Dawn and Scott

I had a wonderful time wandering around with Dawn and Scott last week for their engagement photos. We walked  around Southie with the pups before exploring the side streets of the North End. We had no itinerary or direction in mind. Getting a little lost often leads to the best, most surprising photos. However, we did make a b-line to LuLu’s Bake Shoppe before returning to the car. As hard as I might try, I can never seem to leave the North End without one of their butter-cream frosted cupcakes.

Thanks for a wonderful evening, Dawn and Scott. Can’t wait for the wedding!


Dawn and Scott » Channing Johnson Photography - […] December, Dawn and Scott made a Christmas cookie house call to drop off some of Dawn’s amazing baked goods for Brooke […]April 1, 2010 – 9:39 pm

Channing - Thanks, Geneve!April 20, 2009 – 9:03 pm

Geneve - Great work, your engagement photos really give the viewer a sense of who the couple is. Nice use of the city as a backdrop and love the photo with the graffiti hearts. Also love the use of street lights too! Good luck this year!April 20, 2009 – 8:58 pm

Channing - That’s great, Dawn! If you have an extra one, please send it along. I’d love to see how it looks (Don’t worry, I already have the date saved : )April 8, 2009 – 2:56 pm

Dawn - We just ordered our save-the-dates (I know we don’t need to mail them till July, but I couldn’t wait!) – it was so hard choosing just one photo. I made 4 or 5 different samples with different photos before ordering! We ended up going with the one of us leaning against the brick wall looking at each other (#92)- sweet, simple, and we both look cute! My mom loves it – she’s using it as her computer wallpaper, actually. Can’t wait to get them – thanks again for a great evening, not only did the pictures come out great, we had a ton of fun!April 8, 2009 – 2:52 pm

lisa - I like the street and graffiti locations. Nice!March 27, 2009 – 4:52 pm

Love and Editing

So far Brooke and I have put together an album for every one of our three years together. This is usually a painful experience as I dominate the process with my tyrannical editing practices. We’ve never finished a book without at least one of us crying.

I’ve softened up a little over the years, however. It’s ok if not every picture tells a story. Sometimes narrative takes a back seat to a record of how cute you looked.

Nothing wrong with that.


Steven - This is an awesome tradition! We have plenty of pictures on hard drives and in binders that don’t get touched. I make plenty of albums for everyone else. Your post helps me realize that I need to make my own.March 27, 2009 – 8:31 am

timg - I love this idea Channing. Jenn and I do a very similar thing except it’s a little multimedia piece. A print book sounds fantastic though.

As for editing you can never go wrong with cute just don’t let anyone back at Mizzou know. :)March 21, 2009 – 1:34 pm

Sara - NOW you are ready to get married. You’ve demonstrated through your annual photo project, that you have learned the lessons of compromise in a relationship. Can’t wait to toast to it officially. . .soon. Love, Your Domineering Older Sister.March 20, 2009 – 8:16 am

Courtney - Channing-

I’m not getting married yet, I’m not engaged, I’m not even in a relationship; but I would like to book you now for my wedding…whenever it will be. I’ve been following your work for a few months and I just want to say how beautiful your shots are. I greatly admire your work and the couples who have had you as their photographer are very lucky to have found you.

-CourtneyMarch 19, 2009 – 7:45 pm

Orange Juice

YoonTravis, and I recently took advantage of the flexible day-time schedule photography careers have provided us. We met up at Victoria’s Diner and talked a little shop.  If you’re looking for a place to serve you grits in Boston, Victoria’s is another option. Travis, a North Carolina native, said they were pretty darn good, too.



My sister, brother-in-law, and nephew stopped by for a wonderful brunch yesterday. They brought delights from A&J King in Salem, and we feasted, gossiped, relaxed and watched the little one show off his crawling skills. The weather was warm enough to keep the windows opened and for Brooke to wear her Spring apron.

However, I think we were just being teased that winter is actually over.


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