Baby’s First Year album {Boston family photographer}

Boston family photographer

I’m in love with this Baby’s First Year album I created after four authentic family photoshoots. From newborn to crawling and standing, here is a story-telling baby book like no other.

After food, shelter, and water, family photographs are the most important tangible things in our lives. What else can be transport us through time? But, in 2015, family photos often aren’t *things* at all, and many families are at risk of losing their memories, their treasures, their time machines.

When this little man is an adult man he will be able to hold this album and know, realize, remember how deeply loved he was from the beginning. So I put the care of a lifetime into each book.

You can see Danny’s First Year on my Family Photography site.>>

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See the full Baby’s First Year album design.>>

Curious about album quality and options? Check out album sizes and album cover materials.

P.S. Baby’s First Year is a blast for everyone…

See more Real Family Photography by Maureen Cotton.>>

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Camp Kiwanne Wedding! {LGBT wedding photographer}

Camp Kiwanne Wedding in Hanson, MA

This Camp Kiwanne wedding was a lovefest I’ll never forget! Camp Kiwanne’s lake and dining hall were a gorgeous rustic backdrop to the glamour and fun of this wedding day. But way more important is that Barbara and Casey are two people who live with their hearts wide open, so the fresh air, blue water and sky reflected their vibrancy back to them for an incredible day! Oh, and the toasts and dance party were awesome!

If you follow my Facebook page you might recognize these emotive expressions from the Huffington Post last week (for the post “18 Times Wedding Photographers Knew They’d Captured Something Amazing!”). I was asked to submit a favorite photo and a little bit about why!

Favorite same sex LGBT wedding photo

There’s must more to see from their day; enjoy the slideshow, or keep scrolling!

Camp Kiwanee Wedding {Same-sex summer camp wedding!} from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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You can see more images from their wedding on their Facebook Gallery!

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Sunset family photos on the beach! {North Shore natural family photographer}

City dwellers escape for an evening of North Shore family photo magic. That is all.

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See more Real Family Photography on my portfolio website! >>

Get in touch to find a time for your family to play with me!

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

Wedding at the Charles River Museum of Industry!

UPDATE! The couple’s adorable initial Scrabble tiles are featured wedding inspiration on the Huffington Post!


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!

Charles River Museum Wedding from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.

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

Catering: Above and Beyond (click the Facebook link below to see the 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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Natural Maternity Session at Home {Boston Maternity Photographer}

As a busy family photographer herself, Jess almost thought she didn’t have time for a maternity session! 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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Moraine Farm Wedding! {LBGT wedding photographer}

Moraine Farm wedding

Emily & Erin are simply wonderful people, and a fun, smart, kind, hilarious couple. Bring that to a Moraine Farm wedding on a sunny September 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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