Seeing old friends again! Caitlin & Greg {Vermont candid & creative wedding photographer}


One of my favorite things is seeing couples from previous years on the dance floor at a wedding. It’s always fun to see them again and enjoying each other with all the bustle of their own wedding behind them.


That joy was multiplied by 1,000 when I saw Caitlin & Greg (who had the sweetest most heartfelt Vermont wedding last summer) dancing with their new daughter! Congrats to them and their growing family!

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Favorite Newborn Photos! Emily & Mike with baby Danny

When I asked Emily & Mike to pick their favorite photograph of their newborn baby boy, Emily replied “It is really hard to pick just one!” They looked closely and narrowed it down to two.


This one is my favorite from their shoot. One of the most powerful things about photographing newborns is capturing those first gazes of bonding. It’s an honor to be part of something so fleeting and precious!

BostonNewbornPhotographer-3Emily writes, “I really like the way that Mike is beaming at the baby in this one, and how the baby is staring back. We were totally exhausted from learning how to care for the baby all day and night, but when you had us sit together like this, it was cozy and relaxing, and we felt like a family.”

BostonNewbornPhotographer-2“The baby only looked like this for a short time, and we’re really glad to have this and other photos from the session that show him in this wide-eyed, brand-new stage of life. I also like the gentle curve of Mike’s hand around his head; a reminder that he was once small enough to have his head cradled like this!”

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Documentary family portrait! Exploring the Old Manse House with a 2 year old

Family portraits and play time with a 2 year old! from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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Favorite Wedding Photos! Becky & Matt

When I asked Becky & Matt to choose their favorite photos from their special day, Matt’s response was “Anyone with Becky in them!”—adorable answer! But that didn’t help since Becky looks incredible and happy in hundreds of photos! Becky did pick out her two favorites, but first here is my favorite photo!

beckymatt_233Typically when a couple is walking down the aisle I shoot wide so you can see family and friends cheering them on. With Becky and Matt for some reason I just kept my long lens on. Apparently it was so that I could get this photo.  :) While many couples look around as they recess, these two hugged close. I love the giddiness and intimacy I caught at a moment when family and friends could only see their backs.

beckymatt_076“I wanted to pick one of my Grandma, since we weren’t really sure if she’d make it to the wedding in the first place, and because she was determined to walk down the aisle without her walker. It meant so much to me that she was there, and I was so proud (and terrified) to watch her in the procession. I love this picture because my brothers look like Secret Service agents and Grandma is just loving the camera!”


“I picked this one of Matt and me because it makes me laugh every time I see it! I remember showing each other our new rings right after we got them, and since the Mass was still going on I kind of figured that no one was paying attention to us. I had no idea that you had captured that moment, so when we were going through our pictures I was so surprised. The expression on his face just cracks me up, and I love it!”

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Favorite Wedding Photos! Ashley & PJ

The first photo on my website is of Ashley and PJ so I thought I should share why I love it so much!
My favorite “posed” photos are always a co-creation between the couple and myself.
Something unique about Ashley & PJ’s wedding was that they did not have a formal bridal party. They invited their posse of friends to be in their own clothes and I wanted to capture that; everyone doing their own thing but part of this dynamic ground centered around the couple. I knew Ashley, PJ, and their friends would be up for anything (not all groups of adults will be willing to run around in circles in the grass!) so I offered up the idea.
It turned out to be a blast and everyone said it felt like playing Red Rover. When I see this photo I see not only the mix of stillness vs motion, and everyone’s individuality moving together, but I also remember the breathless smiles and laughter after everyone ran in circles and into each other. Such openness and joy!

BostonWeddingPhotographer02 Ashley favorite was of their first dance together as husband & wife. She says “It represents our whole community coming together for us and when I first saw it after the wedding it took my breath away. It was a moment that fully captured the feeling of being in that space with everyone together.”

BostonWeddingPhotographer03Her groom agrees with his love of the previous photo, but he also added another favorite. “Seeing our first dance with the bestest onlookers, I can hear Nana’s band playing when I see this. I also really love the photo of us jumping, it’s so fun and triumphant!”

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Maureen’s philosophy: weddings are about community {Boston candid & creative wedding photographer}

Weddings are about community from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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Maureen on natural smiles :) {Boston candid & creative wedding photographer}

Maureen on smiles :) from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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The story of my first wedding {Boston candid & creative wedding photographer}

I'm so invested in my work that I sometimes worry I sound like I'm taking myself too seriously because I take my work seriously. So Georg of Drawn Stories helped me tell the story of my first wedding in cartoon form! (PS more cartoons on the way, so stay tuned!).

My First Wedding from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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Mallory & Andrew at Inn at the Round Barn *photo slideshow* {Vermont candid & creative wedding photographer}

It's impossible to speak of the sweetness, quirkiness and fun that filled this amazing wedding day. But luckily I took pictures so I don't have to describe it in words. :)

Mallory & Andrew's wedding at Inn at the Round Barn, Waitsfield, Vermont from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

>> See a full gallery of Mallory & Andrew's photos on Facebook!

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Behind the scenes {Candid and creative Boston wedding photographer}

A lot of effort goes into the effortless and natural look of my wedding photography. I take a lot of time to get to know my clients and my locations so everything comes together just right in the moment.

Thank you to Emily & Jon for letting Joe tag along on their wedding day to capture some behind the scenes footage. Please see below what Emily & Jon said about their wedding photography!

**Scroll down or jump to the post of Emily & Jon's slideshow to see more of their wedding photos!**

Maureen in action on a wedding day from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.


Thank you Joe Heck for your vision and professionalism, such a great perspective on the day—literally and figuratively!

Emily & Jon's WeddingWire review:

"Maureen is just amazing! Our photos are so gorgeous, creative and fun. Just what we wanted them to be! From our first inquiry as to whether she was available on our wedding date it was clear that working with Maureen was going to be an enjoyable experience. She's professional, responds quickly, answered any questions we might have had before we even had them, and then if questions did come up she was quick to answer those too!

We had an engagement session with Maureen, which was a fun way for us to all get to know each other and, especially for my husband, to become a little more comfortable with so much photographic attention!

Our wedding party, as well as our parents, all commented on how fantastic Maureen was to work with, and this was before we even received the photos! Which, again, are gorgeous. Maureen had quick turn around on all our photos, and kept us in the loops with some standout sneak peaks as she edited.

Our formal photos are creative and sweet and fun, and Maureen captured so many perfect candid moments throughout the day and night, often without us really even aware that she was nearby and shooting away! Working with Maureen was easy, worry free, and fun! Just as it should be!"


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