Channing Johnson Photography
We first worked with Channing on Matt & Seth’s wedding last September at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center. Channing was cool, calm and collected throughout the entire event. He loves taking candid shots and was so discreet- you wouldn’t even know he was there until you see the amazing shots he captured! Here’s a bit more about Channing and to see photos from M & S’s big day, click here.
Where did you grow up?
I mainly grew up in North Carolina but also lived in New York and Missouri before graduating high school.
How long have you been in business and how did you get started?
I’ve been a professional photographer for 12 years. The first 4 years were spent working as a staff photographer for newspapers. I have a degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri. I’ve been documenting weddings for 8 years.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love the opportunity to be creative. Although I mainly like being around people. So it’s a real honor that photography allows you to be present in situations that strangers aren’t usually allowed.
How would you describe your style?
Documentary. I generally don’t interfere with what I’m taking pictures of. I don’t try to perfect a situation by directing or moving things. You lose personality and authenticity when you do that. This approach doesn’t require sacrificing beauty in images either. It forces you to recognize the inherit beauty of your own life and the people in it instead of trying to unsuccessfully replicate something from pinterest. The only exception to all of this is during the portraits. That’s when I definitely take control, art direct, and make sure that part of the day moves along as efficiently as possible.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I have no shame. I don’t feel guilt for any of my pleasures: The Bachelor. All 730 calories of a Burger King Whopper. I move effortlessly between high and low brow.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Stay this moment” – Sam Abell
What makes you unique in your field?
My commitment to not interfering on a wedding day which creates a better experience for those being photographed and yields pictures where you recognize the expressions and emotions of your friends and family.
What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple?
You probably don’t need a second photographer. Some weddings can certainly benefit from one, but the number of photographers including them in packages doesn’t reflect the need. More isn’t always better. Thoughtful and purposeful coverage is always better though. Occasionally, that means adding on a second photographer.
See more of Channing’s work here.
The Swank Team