Michelle Schapiro Boston LGBTQ+ Wedding Photographer

Wedding & portrait photography creating an inclusive space for you, your truth, & the ones you love.

I’m a photographer who’s not satisfied just making beautiful images to send out into the world. You’ll get amazing photos with me every time, I promise. My clients want more than just a pretty photo in a frame. Because they know they’re more than that.

The photography industry, wedding photography in particular, often showcases just one type of Pinterest-friendly person. I’m here to disrupt that idea and that practice and make gorgeous photos that reflect not just the status quo. What drives me is meeting folks who are happy about the way they and their lives look — and also want great photos that correspond with who they are at their core.

I'm interested in working with all different kinds of couples, individuals, and families, and I'm totally LGBTQIA-friendly. I love to work with and for my local and queer communities. The relationships I've built with other queer families and with my neighbors here in Boston have been some of the best byproducts of the work I do. I understand that finding vendors who you can trust, who are open, honest, and make you feel comfortable, is key to you looking your best in photos. Let me take some of the stress off your plate so you can focus on what really matters — your marriage, your family, your event, or whatever occasion you want to commemorate.

If you want photographs that are backed by a commitment to community and justice, photos that refuse to cave in to traditions that don’t hold meaning, and a photographer who cares about you as a complex person with intersecting identities, get in touch or find out more about how I work.





Not sure I’m the right photographer for you? Hear what clients have to say about working with me.

Rachel Estape More to Love Yoga Instructor during portrait session in Boston Michelle Schapiro Photography


Rachel is a longtime client, with whom I've worked with on numerous projects. I photographed her beautiful wedding to husband Adam, at the Boston Harbor Hotel and The Littlest Bar, where guests enjoyed moving speeches, Irish music performed by Rachel's father and friends, and some of the best food I've had at a wedding. It was joy from beginning to end. Since then, Rachel has been hard at work coaching clients to body love through the practice of yoga, receiving her yoga teaching certification from the Kripalu Center and doing amazing work through her incredible vision: More to Love Yoga™.

Michelle’s super power is her ability to capture the essence of someone — their passion, drive, and heart — and convey it to the world. I hear often “I LOVE your photos on your website!” and that is because of Michelle’s keen eye to details, her professionalism, and intuitive ability to translate my vision into gorgeous photography. I always feel relaxed and powerful during our photo sessions and love every single image she captures.
— Rachel Estapa, More to Love®


Wedding location: Edge Hill Golf Course, Ashfield, MA

Shannon and Brian were married at Edge Hill Golf Course in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Edge Hill is an incredible venue, full of beauty and surprises. It's a golf course, but the grounds are so much more. Rolling hills, beautiful grasses and flowers, huge, mature trees, all in a location off the beaten path in lovely western Massachusetts. Shannon and Bryan's wedding was a nonstop love party, with family, friends, and friends who are family.

Our wedding photos came out amazing! We have gotten so many compliments on them. I was familiar with — and a fan of — Michelle’s work, and knew that she would be the perfect fit for us. Michelle really took the time to find out what we wanted from our wedding photos while also bringing so many interesting and fun ideas of her own, giving us a lot of unique angles and poses. She shot some film in addition to digital, which gave some of our photos a totally different look and brought out the vibrant colors of the beautiful setting. Michelle was professional, accommodating and easy-going. The whole experience with her was super relaxed and so much fun. Such a pleasure!
— Shannon


Engagement photos: Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
Wedding ceremony location: 
St. James Church, Portsmouth, NH
Wentworth by the Sea, Portsmouth, NH

Katie and Rob met and fell in love in college in Boston (at my alma mater, where I met Rob as well), and when they needed a wedding and engagement photographer, they knew to call on someone they trusted for the photos. Katie and Rob’s wedding was beauty from beginning to end, incorporating meaningful elements to their ceremony and including their tight-knit group of friends in all the events of the day. From a trolley ride down to the church, to the beautiful space Wentworth by the Sea offers, everything about their day was true to who they were right then.

My husband and I first worked with Michelle for our engagement and wedding photos. From the beginning Michelle was warm, friendly and very engaging. She was upfront with what she offered in terms of packages and pricing and there were many options to choose from depending upon our needs for the day. Once we decided on a package Michelle was communicative throughout the entire process without being burdensome. She was always available to ask questions and would periodically check in during the planning process. We felt that she truly understood our vision for the day and listened to what we felt was important to capture and highlight and she followed through entirely. We didn’t have to wait long for the photos after the wedding and the outcome was fantastic! The photos were easy to access, share and print. We still love looking back at those pictures of one of the best days of our lives. Since then we have expanded our family and have used Michelle for family portraits and yet again, she did not disappoint! Michelle is our go-to photographer for our family and we can’t recommend her enough!
— Katie