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Hair Did

Yesterday Brooke went to what I think was her last hair trial before the wedding.  She had to run back into the house to grab her veil.  Here’s a few other hair trial pictures from January that I published on the old blog

This is also a good time to make a clumsy segue into how I recently became a man. I’m not exactly what you would call “handy”, so repairing the rip in the screen door, below, and replacing the door-closer was a big deal for me.  I even used a drill.  After I was finished I just stood there in awe of my accomplishment.

It was in that moment a deep calm came over me.  It was finally time for me to become a husband. 


megan - Congratulations, Man With Tools! It’s only a short time, now! Woo!April 10, 2009 – 6:44 pm

Head Over Heels

Here’s the musical accompaniment for this picture.  There’s also a monkey in a Red Sox jersey in the second half of the video.  Who knew?


Dawn - Ha, I love that you have this tagged as “Tears for Fears”April 12, 2009 – 10:45 pm

Channing - Hilarious! I should have named the post that and played Lionel Richie instead : )April 10, 2009 – 11:42 am

lisa - There is one of these signs right near my house — wait maybe it is the same sign! I always think it’s “No Dancing On the Ceiling”.April 10, 2009 – 11:09 am

Bouquets and Bullets

I always knew that Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen had a lot in common with Brooke and I.  But this is crazy: We’re getting married twice, too! 

On Friday the 24th we’re doing a small religious ceremony with just our families (and God).  This way we can have the Saturday ceremony and reception all in one place for the convenience of our guests.  Testifying our love and commitment to one another in front of our friends and family as a whole is very important to us, so we’ll be doing it again on Saturday in its entirety.  We might switch up some readings, but there will be blessings, witness, rings, and, of course, a kiss. 

One thing we hope there won’t be is gunfire.  Very tacky, Mr. and Mrs. Brady. 

Below, I’m trying on the $750 suit I found on sale for $150 at Lord and Taylor.  Eat your heart out, Tom. 


Phyllis - No gunfire indeed! Especially at photographers!April 10, 2009 – 6:02 am

yoon - you are a hot man.

wait, did i say that out loud?April 9, 2009 – 12:16 pm

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