Starting this fall, A Bicycle Built for Two is running a series of sponsored posts featuring some of our favorite photographers. This one is our first!
Today, we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Davidson-Schapiro, a Boston-area photographer with a talent for all things portrait, wedding, and engagement. You might already recognize her name from the snazzy logo in our sidebar, but in order to help you get to know her a little bit better, we asked her some questions about her work, her life, and yes, her high school math class!
Tell us your story. How did you come to be a photographer?
When I was in grad school, I spent all of my free time shooting film through an old medium format Yashica twin lens camera and working at a photo store. I was doing mostly fine art work, but some portraits, and a friend of mine really liked what I was doing. When she asked me to photograph her wedding, I was flattered…and (I can say this now) totally terrified. But I said yes.
A shot from Katy and Emory’s wedding, as featured on A Bicycle Built for Two.
Her wedding was a labor of love–and I do mean labor. I worked so hard to capture every detail, all the moments she would want to look back on over the years. I burned through three sets of batteries, two cards, and a lot of film. But when I was done I had a body of work that both she and I loved, and suddenly I had the feeling that I knew what I wanted to be doing with my photography. From that first wedding came a couple more the next year, and still more the year after. Now, five years in, I’m working a busy schedule of weddings and doing a whole bunch of portraits as well. I love my work and my clients, and I’m forever grateful to a friend with an idea that grew into a pretty perfect balance of labor and love.
Check out more of Michelle’s photos of Kym & Gianna here!
What are a few adjectives you would use to describe your style?
I would describe the style of my photography as natural, classic, and clean.
Why do you love working with LBTQ couples?
I love working with all people (not just couples, but polyamorous families and other configurations of love as well), but the LGBTQ community is my people. When I was planning my own wedding, I felt like I was constantly running into form fields asking for the name of my “husband.” When I went to a bridal shop to scout dresses, the staff just could not wrap their heads around the fact that there was no groom. It was stressful and annoying, and made me feel like I didn’t fit. So when I am lucky enough to work with LGBTQ clients, I get to make inclusion a non-issue for them. The world is changing, but the wedding industry doesn’t always reflect that. So I’m happy to be a queer ally to my LGBTQ peers!
More of Michelle’s lovely work.
Besides photography, how do you like to spend your time?
Besides photography, I spend an inordinate amount of time with my family. I have a wonderful wife and amazing baby daughter, and I’m pretty much obsessed with both of them. We love to hang out in our neighborhood (Boston’s Jamaica Plain), listen to records, read books, see our friends, and go to the farmers’ market. If I’m not working, it’s likely I’m hanging out with my two favorite people and one grumpy cat.
Tell us about your wife and your wedding day!
My wife is the best. She and I met in high school, in math class. She’s smart, beautiful, hilarious, and the best partner I could ask for in life and in raising our daughter. My wedding was a blur! But my sister surprised us with a photo booth rental, and looking back at those images is my absolute favorite. I love when people let loose and mug for the camera!
On the right, a photo of Michelle and her wife back in high school!
We’d like to thank Michelle for sharing her story and her images– and for her sponsorship of A Bicycle Built for Two. We love her, and we know you will too!
If you’re a photographer, planner, or other wedding vendor interested in being featured in a sponsored post, drop us a line! We’d love to talk to you.