Charles River Museum Autumn Wedding! {Fall New England unique wedding venue}

Jess & Robbie were married on a gorgeous fall day at the one and only Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation  in Waltham, MA. While the Scrabble Board Game details, the decor, the colorful leaves, and the architecture of the museum were all beautiful and unique, the best part of the day was all the hugs and laughter (and dancing)!

Enjoy the laughter with this short slideshow, or keep scrolling!

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Ceremony & reception venue:  The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, MA

Catering: Above and Beyond (follow the Facebook link to see their incredible buffet!)

If you want to see more of Jess & Robbie’s wedding, check out their Facebook Gallery >>

Check out more authentic, natural & documentary wedding photography by Maureen Cotton >>

By the way—Robbie does amazing work in the world with social justice and non-profit consulting:


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Boston natural maternity session at home, with animals {Boston family photography}

As a busy family photographer herself, Jess almost thought she didn’t have time for a maternity photoshoot! Days after a new job and a new house we took just 30 minutes to pause and savor this special time. We not only captured Jess pregnant, but the affection her husband has for her, the feeling of their new home in Boston, and their wonderful animals! The baby came in no time, so thank goodness we did!



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Jess and Mike had *just* moved that week. For the most part we looked for clear spots in the house for photos. But I insisted we take one in the moving mess, so they can look back and laugh about the chaos and joy that came all at once. 06_family_dog_home_maternity_shootEnjoy more family and maternity photos on my Real Family Photography website! >>

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Harding Allen Estate Summer Wedding!

Allison & Tim got married on a hot summer afternoon in August at the Harding Allen Estate! Their wedding was 20’s themed and full of glitz & glamor, but more importantly this artsy romantic couple was beaming all day.

From fun details like feather fans (instead of bouquets), to the tender family moments like the groom dancing with his grandma, and gorgeous summer goodness like hydrangeas in full bloom—their wedding truly had it all.

Feel the joy by watching this short slideshow, or keep scrolling!

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Thank you again The Harding Allen Estate in Barre, MA for hosting just an amazing event!

You can check out more moments from Allison & Tim’s day in their Facebook Gallery!

And check out more authentic, natural & documentary style photography by Maureen Cotton!

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Moraine Farm Fall Same-Sex Wedding! {Autumn New England farm wedding, same-sex wedding photographer}

Autumn New England farm wedding

Emily & Erin are simply wonderful people, and a fun, smart, kind, hilarious couple. Combine that with the gorgeous historic Moraine Farm in Beverly and a sunny September wedding afternoon and you’ve got an incredible day—see for yourself!

Check out some of my favorite images from the day!

Feel the joy by watching this short slideshow, or keep scrolling!

Fall same-sex wedding at Moraine Farm in Beverly {New England Farm fall wedding, LGBTQ wedding photographer} from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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Same-sex wedding photographer Boston

Thank you to Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA for hosting the sunshine & grounds for this special day!

Catering by Fireside Catering.

Wedding band: Night Shift kept the party strong until the end!

Fabulous autumn florals by Meredith McCarthy Floral Design.

To check out the rest of Emily & Erin’s day, take a look at their Facebook Gallery!

Make sure to check out more authentic, candid & documentary wedding photography by Maureen Cotton!

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Celebrating LGBT Families!

With the recent Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriages possible in every state, the internet was flooded with rainbows and wedding photos of LGBT couples (including my own blog—see my celebration of LGBT weddings) with the exuberant hashtag “lovewins.”

But as with so much in life I always ask, “and then what?” Weddings are beautiful intense *peak* moments, but often what follows are beautiful *ordinary* moments as couples become families.

So this post is to honor some of the many families I work with who fall in the legal category of “same-sex,” but as we say these days, Love Is Love…


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 See my Real Family Photography portfolio >>

Enjoy a whole year of baby growth, family love, and grandparents in 3 minutes below! “We’re your moms!”

Baby’s First Year by Maureen Cotton from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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New England Aquarium summer Wedding! {Unique Boston waterfront wedding}

Amy & Pete had their wedding reception at the New England Aquarium. Yes— the aquarium! They were not only surrounded by their closest family & friends for their big day, but also penguins, fish, sharks, starfish, and all the other stunning underwater creatures! Plus, the reception was in a tent on a gorgeous stone patio on the edge of Boston Harbor. It was a hot summer day in July, but the cool ocean breeze made the Boston evening just right!

Feel the fun by watching this short slideshow, or keep scrolling!

New England Aqaurium wedding in Boston Harbor! Candid, natural wedding photography from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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The day started with getting ready and a first look at the Hilton Boston Downtown wedding, then we walked to the beautiful park in Post Office Square for bridal party photos.

A giant thank you to the New England Aquarium for hosting this amazing summer Boston wedding!

And to the one and only Cathedral of the Holy Cross for a beautiful traditional church ceremony.

See more amazing images from Amy & Pete’s day in their Facebook Gallery >>

See more authentic, natural & documentary wedding photography by Maureen Cotton >>

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Real Family photography – natural family photos at home

As a family photographer who loves to get natural candid photos, there’s nothing better than a shoot at home. Except, a multifamily multi-generational shoot at home!

Siblings, parents, cousins, aunt, uncles, grandparents—plus Easter eggs, Spiderman sheets, jumping on the bed, cars, and a clever onsie celebrating two mommies… a perfectly ordinary beautiful day in the life of a family.

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Celebrating marriage equality with these amazing LGBTQ couples! {Same-sex wedding photographer}


As the United States celebrates marriage equality for all 50 states, I am reminded once again how lucky I am to live in the state where it all began. I’ve already witnessed many amazing LGBTQ couples get married here in Massachusetts (and one in Maine!). They celebrate their love and families, and take their relationship to the next level—for the good of us all.


The decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.”
— Judge Margaret Marshall, in her decision for Goodridge v. Department of Public Health 2003


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Thank you to SO many amazing couples for inviting me to capture their love!

#samelove #loveislove #lovewins

Also, it’s personal:

gay wedding photographer boston massachusettsHere’s my wife and I surrounded by love on our wedding day at The Herb Lyceum. It was a good day. :) Photo by Kelly Schatz.

See more authentic and intimate wedding photography in my portfolio or the many galleries on my fun Facebook page!



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Favorite Wedding Photos! Zukas Hilltop Barn Spring New England Wedding

It’s always a double honor when a photographer asks me to photograph her wedding! Especially a couple as fun-loving as Caitlyn & Matt, who got married in the spring at Assumption College and had their wedding reception at the one and only Zukas Hilltop Barn.

I thought about my favorite photos from their day and asked them too—I wasn’t surprised when we both picked dancing pictures!


This shot was actually a bit staged because they did not have their reception under the tent at Zukas, but I knew it would help create the vibe Caitlyn wanted in photos with her bridal party who were up for anything! So right before the reception we sneaked passed the cocktail hour for a mini dance party!


Then it came time for the first dance in front of all their guests. I love this shot because of their expressions—Matt’s sweet soft smile and Caitlyn’s huge smile—show the energies they bring to their relationship.

caitlynmatt_169Now, for the couple! They both picked this photo, but for different reasons!

Caitlyn: “I picked the photo of us during the ceremony because it is just such a genuine moment between the two of us. We are always smiling and laughing together (even when we are supposed to be serious!). One of my favorite things about Matthew is that he is always able to act a little goofy. He’s mature in all the right ways (cooks, cleans, is organized….), but is never afraid to let loose and be a kid.”

Matt: “I picked this photo because I feel it represents how we feel about each other. I am smiling at her thinking how beautiful she is and she is laughing at me because I probably told her in some smart and clever way. This was a special day and Maureen caught a nice light moment that really represents us.

“Maureen is an amazing photographer and an even better person. She brought such a pleasant energy to our wedding day.”

caitlynmatt_479Caitlyn also loved this shot. “I picked the photo of us dancing because dancing is one of my favorite things to do with Matt. We chose a song perfect for us, and every time we hear the song it brings us back to that moment (Augustana- ‘You Were Made for Me’).

“My oldest brother, who has always been a tough judge of the guys I’ve dated, told Matt and I that he was a skeptic of Matt until our first dance, so I know that other people could see how much we loved each other from our first dance. It’s another very genuine and loving moment.”

Thank you to Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA for expertly hosting such a great event!

You can see more of Caitlyn & Matt’s day in their Facebook Gallery >>>

Check out more authentic & intimate wedding photography by Maureen Cotton!

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Father’s Day family photo event at Gore Place in Waltham!


Family mini sessions at Gore Place this Father’s Day, June 21, 2015.

This is a special chance have family time, raise money for a piece of New England history, and give yourself the gift of beautiful family photos!  Gore Place is a historic estate in Waltham with a Federal Period mansion, old carriage house, apple orchard, farm and—most importantly—lots of fun programs for families.

I fell in love with Gore Place while photographing a wedding there in 2011. As a non-profit they have to raise money for upkeep and further restoration of the house and grounds. I am donating my time so the full amount of every session fee with be donated to Gore Place!

The key to amazing family photos is to have fun! Bring your family for a day of outdoor exploring and spend 15 minutes with me! We’ll do some relaxed posing to capture the real expressions you love.

To reserve your slot for June 21, 2015 make a $100 donation directly to Gore Place. In exchange you’ll receive:

* A 15-minute family photo session
* 2 5×7″ prints that you pick out on the spot
* A chance to purchase any and all photos from your session

1) Chose your 15 minute slot here.
2) Make a $100 donation to Gore Place via the “Donate” button below
*PLEASE NOTE* your slot will be saved for 24 hours after you sign up. If you do not make a donation your slot will be given away.

This event is rain or shine! Photos will be in the mansion or carriage house in the case of rain.

See my family photography portfolio.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to email me at


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