Howdy, my name is Mikhail and I'm a wedding photographer out of Boston. You can find me with a black coffee or whiskey in my hand while working. My dog Sebastian is my second best friend (after my wife Erin). Ahhhh the good life, I hit up local thrift shops a few times a week and my favorite weekend activity is getting lost somewhere around New England looking for a cool adventure with the family.
I started my career as a graphic designer and first discovered photography when I stumbled onto a wedding blog late one night in 2009. I was incredibly inspired—suddenly I thought wedding photos were cool and had a lot of potential to be creative. Few months later I purchased a camera and bammmm, started shooting—thanks to the many friends and family who were willing to run around in front of the camera with me. I'm grateful and love that I get to travel and be part of so many fun weddings. Shout out to all the couples who got me out on the dance floor, oh and dancing is included in all packages.
Watch the video below to get to know me a little better.
Weddings are awesome and deserve to be captured creatively and authentically. I believe that real moments are better than gold.
ABOUT THE BEAR
I think I just love bears. I was born in Ukraine, so there are plenty of photos of me posed next to taxidermy bears as a young child (seriously, they were very common in the Soviet Union). Also, the cute nickname for Mikhail in Ukrainian is Mishka, which also happens to mean little bear. Yup, meant to be! I even have a tattoo of a bear on my left arm. When it was finally time to really “brand” my business, I chose a cartoony sort of bear to reflect who I am. I like fun, good design and minimalism. I felt that these things describe me best.
MY PERSONAL WORK
Taking photos in my personal time allows me to explore new things without any limitations. It helps me play with light, different subjects, and fun settings, and ultimately recharges me creatively. I encourage everyone to take more photos— of places, friends, things, family and just everything around you that inspires you. I love looking through peoples photos and in return that inspires me to continually capture life around me (which is mostly our pup, Sebastian). See my life on instagram.
A FEW KIND WORDS
"Had a fantastic experience with Mikhail! I was actually going to go with another photographer, but just didn't feel right...then an ad popped up with a badass logo, and it was Mikhail! I immediately fell in love with the "feel" of his photographs-- he truly does capture real moments, real smiles, real reactions. Knowing that's what I wanted in my photographer, I booked Mikhail.
I think two things stood out to me in the entire process, pre and post wedding: 1) Mikhail's enthusiasm. He is a people person. He is deeply passionate about his work (and talented, at that!). He was honestly fun to be around! 2) Importantly, it wasn't just that Mikhail captured real moments, it's that he captured who my husband and I are as a couple. Look around his blog-- notice that each wedding blog post comes out with an entirely different vibe. Mikhail actually tries to understand what you, as a couple, represent, and to reflect that in your photos. My husband and I wholeheartedly felt that he delivered exactly that-- we wanted a vibrant, smiley, fun feel and that's exactly what we got. Mikhail knocked it out of the park.
Highly, highly recommended. Thanks Mikhail!! "
" Throughout the process of planning a wedding there are so many choices you have to make. There are two things that came easy to me that I didn't question throughout the entire process, 1) I knew I wanted to marry Tyler 2) I HAD to have Mikhail as my wedding photographer!!!!!!!!!!!! I had seen Mikhail's work via social media, a friend of a friend booked him for a destination wedding. Que my stalker status! Before I was even engaged I followed Mikhail and fell more and more in love with his photography skills. Months later it was finally time for me to pop the question and ask questions regarding availability, rates, etc. Mikhail was perfect! Now that Tyler and I are married and have received our photos I am even more impressed! Not only was he an amazing photographer and we love every photo, he was also one of the best wedding guests! Having him around actually calmed my nerves before the wedding! He is professional, but I felt like I was working with my bud/spirit animal! Prior to the wedding, Mikhail made sure he had a full background on what we wanted out of his service and he 100% met all of our expectations. I continue to look through the photos and fall in love even more and more. There is not a picture in there that I would not want to print and save forever. Everyone has their insecurities, but Mikail helped make everything and everyone look their best. Flaws became our best features and as the bride I have never felt more beautiful. I didn't know if I loved my hair or if I picked the right dress, but after seeing the photos I know everything was perfect and I wouldn't have changed a thing!
I highly, highly recommend Mikhail! I guarantee I will book him for future needs as well because I don't want anyone else to take professional photos again :) "
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