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Meet Michael Brook of Michael Brook Photography in Cambridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Brook.

Michael, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
With every high school photography class, visual anthropology workshop in graduate school, and photography program after that, the camera became an important way for me to communicate. Photojournalism and portraiture were my early photography specialties.

One day a friend asked me to photograph her wedding and everything shifted. Wedding photography was a revelation for me – it was full of storytelling and portraiture potential, plus it was a craft in its own right. After that first wedding, I saw that one of the masters of wedding photography (Steve Sint) was leading a workshop at the Maine Media Workshops, so I signed up.

We stayed in touch and he became a generous mentor as I built a wedding photography studio in Boston. It was an honor to have my photographs featured in the most recent edition of his seminal book Digital Wedding Photography: Art Business & Style. The exposure from that and from winning awards from TheKnot.com, WeddingWire.com, and BostonA-List have helped establish the photography studio’s reputation.

For 10 years and nearly 300 weddings, it’s been a heartfelt privilege to witness and photograph weddings. Seeing couples celebrated at the center of the universe of their family and friends still gives me goosebumps. And it’s thrilling to have prints of my work on the walls and in the wedding books of clients, many who have become close friends.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has been rough at times. Running a small photography business is immensely rewarding. But there is a lot of overhead; equipment, studio space, computers, backup drives, excellent contractors all take significant investments. And being one’s own boss means there’s almost never a true weekend or vacation away from work. Being committed to providing the highest quality work takes some personal sacrifice.

That said, the rewards of absolutely loving the work and getting to know clients well make it all completely worth every moment of the journey.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
The studio specializes in event, studio headshot, and commercial (lifestyle & advertising) photography. We’ve made our mark by producing evocative in-the-moment storytelling images as well as powerful headshots.

We’re most proud of the lasting relationships we’ve formed with clients and for bringing excellence to every assignment, from pro-bono cocktail hour coverage for a local charity to advertising campaigns of fortune 500 companies.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I loved being around people but was usually happiest hanging in social scenes in the wings. Friends were at the center of the world, but having time to myself hiking in the woods or reading were totally welcome backup plans.

I was prone to go full bore on my interests, photography, sports, music, etc. And the allure of being my own boss was always powerful, one of my earliest career plans was to be a media mogul.

Pricing:

  • The most popular wedding photography package is $4,950
  • 1 hour studio headshot sessions are $550
  • Product photography ranges from $20-$35 per item

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