Happy Gatherings

Happy Gatherings

5.0(2 reviews)


After teaching English for several years in Natick, MA, I launched Happy Gatherings, a full-service portrait and event photography company in my hometown of Wayland, MA. Since 2001, I've photographed 2000+ weddings, engagements, mitzvahs, life-style portraits and corporate events all over New England. The best part of my job is translating the hopes and visions of my clients into tangible products - prints, albums, wall portraits. "Memories of a lifetime start here."


Hired 10 times
1 employee
28 years in business
Serves Wayland, MA

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    Caitlin B.

    Carol was great! She was flexible on the day of my wedding, and she genuinely cares about her clients! My husband and I felt so comfortable and she provided great direction but also let us do our thing! The pictures came out beautifully, I would recommend her for sure!
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    January 11, 2023
    Hired on Fash

    David R.

    Carol is a true creative! The senior portraits she took of our twins are so gorgeous and so personal. She uses natural light and interesting natural settings ( a lichen stained stonewall was one rich background Among others) and she really brings out the personality in her subjects. My favorite pictures are of the kids laughing.
    Carol was fun to work with - collaborative, flexible, and the consummate professional!
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    September 25, 2021
    Hired on Fash

    Frequently asked questions

    First, we usually communicate by e-mail or on the phone.  I check to see that I am available for their date, then we talk about location, time frames, their photo likes and dislikes and budgeting.  Later, they visit my studio in Wayland to look at samples from very recent weddings in the New England area.

    I have an M.Ed from Framingham State University with language concentration.  After teaching English for several years, I studied photography at New England Institute of Professional Photography and took workshops with many top wedding photographers. I've owned Happy Gatherings for 24 years and have photographed 800+ weddings and events.

    My a la carte photo fee is generally $250-$300 per hour, but smaller, less demanding events can be priced lower.  Also, off-season weddings are discounted.

    I offer collections which all include an album, a thumb drive to keep of images, online photo gallery and an engagement session that range from $2500 - $4000.

    When my father moved to Florida, he left me his Nikon cameras (he was a very good amateur photographer) and suggested that I go into photography as a career.  I took his advice and started Happy Gatherings in 1995

    In 24 years, I guess I have run the gamut of clients - my wedding couples range from early 20's to late 70's.  Most of my clients are from the Boston/MetroWest area, but I also serve all of New England, Cape Cod, Newport, RI and internationally in Mexico and the Virgin Islands.

    A recent wedding at The Wayside Inn in Sudbury comes to mind.  The best part for me was the great age range of the family and guests - from a newborn infant to a great, great grandmother who was close to 100 years old.  Instead of the usual "3 generation shot" we had a big "4 generation shot!"

    Great fun and quite emotional!

    I would ask to see recent work, an entire event or album if possible, actually photographed by the person you are interviewing.  "Word-of-mouth" references are always the best form of advertising.  Check out FB, Twitter and Instagram platforms to see even more samples of the person's work.  Ask yourself, "Do I want to spend several hours with this person on such an important day!"  You'll probably know the answer within the first few minutes of meeting her/him.

    Think through your budget and decide what pricepoint you'd like to realistically stay around.  Most of my colleagues value your honesty and will make an effort to be flexible with coverage and pricing options.  Good Luck!

    Services offered

    Portrait Photography
    Headshot Photography
    Event Photography
    Engagement Photography