Boston Harbor Engagement Session | Nina & Michel

Alicia Ann Daw is a film & digital wedding photographer who specializes in New York City and European destination weddings. With over 15 years of experience photographing weddings, she's spent two decades globetrotting to over 37 countries and working with clients around the world. She delivers images that are effortlessly romantic and chic, telling a story about the start of your heritage in a way that will leave you in awe.


She laughed. Heartedly, wholly, and from the depths of her soul. She laughed and kept laughing because the man she loves has this ability to bring out a joy in her that stems to the deepest part of her. So she laughs. At him. At what he says. At his quirks. At the man that she can’t wait to spend the rest of her life with. And, if I am to guess correctly, I predict she will spend the rest of her life laughing at him and with him, this Prince Charming of hers who stole her heart.

Meet Nina & Michel.

Nina and Michel hail from Chicago . Chi-town, if you prefer. I booked them over the phone about 5 months ago, and since then I have been very eager to meet them. I knew that if Nina were half as sweet in person as she was over the phone, we would get along quite well. And sure enough, we did. If I remember correctly, when I met them in front of Legal Sea Foods in downtown Boston to do their engagement session, the first thing she said to me was “It is so great to finally meet you. OH MY GOSH, you are just so cute!!” Funny, I was thinking the same thing about her. Michel’s almost-first words were ”I think this whole photo shoot thing is pretty stupid.” And we all laughed, together. Lucky for me, by the end of the session, I had redeemed myself with Michel and he said it “actually was not as bad as he expected” and that he had fun. We laughed, we joked, and we had a great time exploring downtown Boston near the Boston Harbor for their engagement session.

I can’t wait to do their wedding in September at Laudholm Farm in Wells, ME with the talented and way-too-fabulous Paula Marrero!

We started their e-session down at the Harbor of Boston, right next to the Boston Aquarium.

Nina is just too adorable!

I told you she laughed….and this is only the beginning of it.

Overlooking the beautiful Boston Harbor in downtown Boston.

There’s that laugh again…

So Adam likes to point out how I *always* find ways to break the rules. I climbed up on this ledge, not even noticing the sign below, and he snapped this shot of me. I hopped down and he said “SEE! Now I have proof that you are always breaking to rules.” *sigh* It’s a good thing he loves me 🙂

Nina is totally rockin’ the fierce look!

Next we headed over to Mike’s Pastry in downtown Boston to get some cute engagement shots in the Little Italy area down there….fun! While we were down there, we found on of those old pull-down staircases, so we….of course…pulled it down! Pretty sure it was not legal, but as I quickly learned, Michel likes breaking rules even more than I do!

Badda-bing, badda-boom! Now THAT, my friends, is a ring. I am thinking 3ct’s is the new 1ct. No complaints here!

If you are interested in doing your engagement session in Boston, contact me. I LOVE photographing e-sessions in Boston, especially near the Harbor, Little Italy, or on the Harvard campus. Let me be your Boston engagement photographer!

  1. What an adorable couple! Very cute!

  2. molly says:

    Dont you just love that steal wall??? I need to take a trip over there soon. Love this couple!!

  3. Lora Ayers says:

    Alicia, you love my work? Look at yours! And I love your branding, and graphic design. I would love a new look. Did you do it yourself? Thanks for the blog love. As a fellow photographer you know how much it means!! xo, Lora

  4. Alison says:

    Her smile is absolutely infectious- I found myself grinning as I read! I love seeing my old stomping grounds in new light, these photos are gorgeous!Thanks for stopping by my blog, I LOVE it when new readers stop by and comment, especially when they are so complimentary! Thanks so much and I hope you will stop by again- I will certainly be back over here!

  5. Brooke says:

    These pictures are great! My favorite is the picture taken from behind Nina and Michel and she is leaning into him and he’s kissing her… and the one where Nina’s being fierce – fits right in with her personality =)

    Love you guys – cant wait for the wedding!

  6. Sarah says:

    Stunning. You guys look SO HAPPY! Cannot wait for the big day!

  7. Daina says:

    These photos are amazing! You guys are too cute! Can’t wait to celebrate with you later this year.

  8. ingrid says:

    Nina, you so beautiful!!!

  9. Forest says:

    Nina that ring is amazing!! y’all look great and I cannot wait to see you 🙂

  10. Birute says:

    How cute – they’re all so beautiful, as are Nina and Mike – it must have been hard to just pick one as the official!!!

  11. Leiana Hawkins says:

    i am in love with these photos. nina’s laughter jumps right off the screen, as does their love for each other. boston looks gorgeous! i think my favorite shots were the ones with the fire stairs pulled down – glad you are all rule breakers!

  12. Katia Mac says:

    Love the pics!. Def loving the black and whites. Makes me wanna find a man just so I can have an amazing photo sesh. Girl has an amazing eye of capturing the moment. wow seriously!!! Just beautiful….

  13. Johnny says:

    sweet pics. can’t wait to see blown up versions at the wedding………

    nina – no “cat dance” poses?

  14. Fantastic images – thanks for the blog love (at my blog)… you do fantastic work!!

  15. Lauren says:

    I love urban style pictures! Amazing work. The pull-down fire escape ones are the best 🙂 Can’t wait for Boston guys!!

  16. Rachana says:

    GORGEOUS. Thanks for sharing these! I bet Michel was secretly loving the whole session 😉

  17. Jamie says:

    So cute! I love the pictures where Nina is laughing. You guys look so happy! Can’t wait for the wedding.

  18. Shari says:

    Great Pics!! Nina’s smile hasnt changed since you were a baby. Congratulations!! See you both in Sept.

  19. Leeann says:


    It’s been so long! Congratulations on your engagement! The pictures look amazing 🙂 Wishing you all the happiness in the world,


  20. Brian says:

    Nice. I have some awesome pics of Nina after she got a haircut in Guangzhou. Can we include those in the wedding?

  21. Marie says:

    It’s definitely worth getting engagement pictures!!!! These are adorable.

  22. Bernie says:


  23. Paula says:

    These are so beautiful …. and it just gives us a delicious taste of what we can expect to enjoy on the wedding weekend! Alicia is incredible, isn’t she? But then again, look at what she got to work with! It’s no wonder these are so beautiful!

  24. Kevin says:

    you guys are so perfect

  25. Sarah F. says:

    The pictures look amazing! You both look great!

  26. Laura says:

    These are wonderful! I’m truly impressed – from her descriptions of you two, I would have thought she knew you two for years. Makes me wish I could redo my own wedding photos! You two look adorable, and I can’t wait for your wedding!!!

  27. Opal Kang says:

    Awesome photos and very sweet couple. The laughing bride captured by you is just adorable.

  28. Danru Lee says:

    Thank you! What a wonderful job!!!!!

  29. Shannon Kung says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous! These photos capture the unconditional love, energy, lifelong commitment and joy Nina and Michel share together. You two are the perfect couple and you both look absolutely amazing! 🙂 🙂 Congrats! <3

  30. Lawrence Lee says:

    incredible photos! love the originality of each photo, and Nina and Michel are glowing with love in every photo. congrats, nina and michel!

  31. Julie Shah says:

    these are super cute! totally sets the standard for beautiful engagement photos. congrats!

  32. Law says:

    Great pics, congrats on the engagement!

  33. Bernie says:

    Another comment.

  34. Alicia Candelora says:

    @Bernie Haha, wow! That is the most creative comment I have ever received on here ;D

  35. Francois Grondin says:

    Wow, beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple in a beautiful city. Loved the harbour and staircase pictures!! Congrats to you two and see you in Wells!

  36. Marie-Claude Nadeau says:

    Félicitations à tous les deux pour vos fiançailles et ces magnifiques photos ! Nous avons hâte de vous voir pour vos noces.

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