Wedding photography, portrait photography, events, business communications, conferences, seminars, expositions, trade shows, editorial photographer, assignment photographer.

Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Newton, Arlington, Lexington, Waltham, Concord, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Sudbury photography, Wayland photographer, Framingham, Lincoln, Weston, Burlington, Stow, Marlborough, Maynard, Westborough, Southborough, Natick, Northborough.

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I live just west of Boston and I photograph people and projects all around New England. Call me at (978) 764-7249 or else use the form below to send a message. We can discuss what you are looking for and determine together whether I am the right photographer for your project. Thank-you for visiting.

Customer satisfaction is guaranteed. If you are not 100% pleased with your results I will repair the problem or refund your fees.

  • Headshot
  • Business portrait
  • Family portrait
  • Senior portrait
  • Wedding
  • Party
  • Performance
  • Rehearsal
  • Business event
  • Charity event
  • Other event
  • Pets
  • Real estate
  • Architectural interior
  • Architectural exterior
  • Yacht
  • Something else?
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Dan Pettengill

The Photographer

I have been making photographs since I was twelve when I pestered my father to let me build a darkroom in the third floor bathroom. I took pictures of my family, my pets, and my house. Later in life I photographed my fiancée, my wife, and my children. When the kids were grown up and my wife tired of being a model, I needed new subjects.

I love photographing people. I photograph events, individual and group portraits, parties, performances and rehearsals. Musicians are a favorite subject because playing music can create some distinctive facial expressions, hand positions, and postures. And I find musical instruments to be quite beautiful.

I enjoy photographing corporate events. I spent much of my career working in corporate sales and marketing so I am right at home with trade shows, sales meetings, award banquets, and business conferences. I have photographed corporate events at hotels in Boston, Cambridge, and surrounding areas.

I began photographing weddings by working as an assistant to a very accomplished and successful professional, Marcia Toto of Lexington, MA. The ritual, the celebration, and the fast pace of weddings make them exciting and rewarding for a photographer. I have photographed weddings at the top of a ski mountain in New Hampshire and at a casino in Connecticut among many other venues.

I studied art in high school and at Williams College. I have studied photography at the New England School of Photography in Boston and at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord, MA. An Edward Weston pepper My pictures have appeared in the Boston Globe, Metrowest Daily News, Sudbury Town Crier, Weston Town Crier, Carlisle Mosquito, in marketing literature, and on the web. I have worked as a stringer (freelance photographer) for the Gatehouse Media group of daily and weekly newspapers and the WickedLocal web properties.

My favorite photographer is Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958). That's his famous Pepper #30 on the right.

If you need a photographer in New England, contact me. We can discuss what you are looking for and determine together whether I am the right photographer for your project.

Thank you for contacting me! I will be in touch with you promptly to learn more about your project and how I can assist.

Client galleries are hosted on a web service called "SmugMug". On the SmugMug site you can view images and order prints. Please press the Continue button to be re-directed to the SmugMug site. Thanks for visiting!

All engagements include a full-rights DVD with edited, color-corrected, high resolution JPEG images. Prints and albums are available at reasonable but extra cost. I will supply a contract detailing all prices, terms, and conditions prior to the event. Travel expenses may apply.

  • Portrait session $150.
  • Events / Half day $425.
  • Events / Full day $800.
  • Additional hours $125.
  • Weddings begin at $1,200. Ask about a second photographer.

You do not need to pay a lot of money for excellent photography! Call today - (978) 764-7249 - and I will put together a proposal that makes sense for you.

ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund

Guests at the annual ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund benefits may purchase photo prints and digital downloads from the event. All profits from sales will be donated to the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Corporate & Non-profit ClientsVenues
  • ASCII Group
  • Boston Estate Planning Council
  • CultureSmart
  • Essco-MGH Breast Cancer Reserch Foundation
  • Gatehouse Media
  • Grasshopper Corp
  • Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • Ketchum Inc.
  • Kiley Law Group
  • Mahindra Satyam
  • Medical Practice, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Vibrant Life Expo
  • Wicked Local web properties
  • Andover Country Club
  • Boston Public Gardens
  • Boston Harbor Hotel
  • Brockton Hospital
  • Danversport Yacht Club
  • Gore Estate, Waltham, MA
  • Harry Parker Boathouse, Boston Community Rowing
  • The Inn & Spa at Mill Falls, Meredith, NH
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Intercontinental Hotel, Boston
  • Lake Pearl, Wrentham, MA
  • Langham Hotel, Boston
  • Liberty Hotel, Boston
  • Lyman Estate, Waltham, MA
  • Maudslay Arts Center, Newbury Port, MA
  • MIT Media Lab
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Mt. Sunapee
  • Nabnasset Lake Country Club, Westford, MA
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
  • Odyssey Cruise Ship, Boston
  • Pinebrook Country Club, Weston, MA
  • Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge
  • Sheraton Hotel, Boston
  • The Commons, Topsfield, MA


  • Canon 5D Mark II camera
  • Canon 7D camera
  • Canon 50 mm f/1.2 L lens
  • Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 L II lens
  • Canon 24-70 mm f/2.8 L lens
  • Canon 17-40 mm f/4.0 L lens
  • Canon 600 EX RT flashes (2)
  • Canon EX-RT-3 wireless flash trigger
  • Canon and Quantum battery packs for flash
  • Calumet Genesis 400 studio flashes (2)
  • Calumet wireless flash trigger
  • Minolta flash meter
  • Various tripods and light stands

Updated 08/20/2012

Hi Dan, These pictures are FABULOUS! You did a great job and we are so happy you were there during our celebration, you captured priceless photographs, thank you so much!!! Starr

Dan, Many thanks for your terrific photographs of the Black Bear Gala! Jim

Hi Dan, Just wanted to touch base and thank you for all of your help the night of our event. Your photographs were fabulous! I've uploaded many of them onto the new ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund Facebook page! Missy

Dear Dan, Thank you so much for capturing our special day for us. We are beyond pleased with pictures and the amazing turnaround! I hope our paths may cross again in the future! Anna and Michael

Dan - Thank you for the extra time that you gave us taking pictures. You did an awesome job with the pictures. - Thanks, Tara

Dan, the pictures are fantastic. Please use me as a reference anytime. Thanks, JerryK

Dan - I have one word for the job you did - AWESOME!!! Thank you soo much!! You did a great job capturing this special event for us!! I will keep you in mind for all future events! Thanks again. Paul M

Thanks so much for the pictures. They came out great! Andrea

February, 2013

This couple has been engaged for about five minutes. The gentleman hired me to be present when he popped the question at Boston’s Christopher Columbus Park on the North End waterfront. She said “Yes!” and we walked around the park for a bit taking pictures before they met friends at the Sail Loft.

December, 2012

Grasshopper Corporation provides big-company phone systems for entrepreneurs. They held their 2012 holiday party at the beautiful Empire Restaurant in Boston’s Seaport district. This is the fourth company event that I have recorded for Grasshopper.

November, 2012

Christian is a tenor. He needed an updated head shot for use in promotional and publicity pieces. We tried a few different backgrounds and compositions.

November, 2012

This beautiful vocalist needed a head shot for use in promotional materials for an upcoming concert. We spent about thirty minutes together trying different angles, expressions, and backgrounds. I delivered forty images for her to review the next day. The image appeared on the front page of the local paper with an article about the concert two weeks later.

October, 2012

ESSCO-MGH is a breast cancer research fund. Their annual fundraiser at the Pinebrook Country Club in Weston, MA, is a grand affair with live and silent auction. 2012 was my third year photographing this event. Pictured is Suzanne B. Lowell (center), this year’s honoree.

October, 2012

The tree is about 100 yards away. The subjects are about 30 yards. In order to compose the shot I lay on the ground to line up the subjects with the beautiful foliage. We took a lot of pictures at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline. The park is a great venue because there are many different scenes, props, and vantage points. There is also a nice view of the Back Bay skyline.

October, 2012

We had to hike about a third of a mile into the woods to reach this site. About fifty people were present for the dedication of a new solar panel array on Rt 44 in Carver, MA. State and local officials spoke about the value of solar energy. These panels will provide power to a water treatment plant in Carver.

August, 2012

Sometimes I get to photograph famous people. At this Bar Mitzvah in Wellesley the guest of honor was U.S. Senator Scott Brown with his wife Gail Huff.

August, 2012

Dave McLellan and Rebekah Alexander perform music for guitar and voice. Their concert, entitled “This is My Letter to the World”, features music by Britten, Berkeley, Dodgson, and Leisner, and poetry by Dickinson, Bronte, Ely, de la Mare, and Clare, as well as poetry of ancient China. I took photos for use in their promotional material. We worked both indoors and outside. This high-key image was taken indoors with a large white backdrop hung on a portable studio frame, a lot of light, and some minimal touch-up with Photoshop.

July, 2012

The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY, hosts a gala ball for friends and donors every five years. This was the twenty-fifth anniversary. I was engaged by the museum to photograph guests at the cocktail party, the dinner, and the after-party. Guests included former senator Alan Simpson, former vice president Dick Cheney, and Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. Photos will be used for museum publicity and development and for publication in Call Of The Wild, the museum’s magazine.

May, 2012

The Boston Estate Planning Council is a professional association organized to provide educational programs and networking opportunities for estate planning professionals in the community. The Boston Estate Planning Council is also one of the largest associations of its kind in the country, enjoying record membership of 800+. I have photographed their annual meeting for the past two years.

April, 2012

A professional portrait is becoming more of “must have” for business networking sites such as LinkedIn. This sales executive wanted to put his best foot forward in the increasingly wired world of B2B relationship marketing. A good business portrait balances two goals. It needs to make the subject appear serious, competent, and capable but also friendly and approachable. Business casual attire is appropriate for most industries, especially technology services where this subject has spent his career.

January, 2012

I photographed this quilt for publication by the Wayside Quilters Guild. We hung it from a 10x12 foot frame and put some slight outward tension on the bottom corners. Like most large quilts it is not perfectly rectangular. This goal in photographing any quilt or painting or other two-dimensional artwork is to achieve a balanced, even lighting. We lit this with two Canon 580EX-II speedlites bounced into umbrellas.

January, 2012

Rev. Thomas O'Brien wanted a portrait for use in social media and in his church’s printed material. He wanted the portrait to project a welcoming, contemporary image consistent with his and his church’s approach to theology, worship, and the community.

November, 2011

Laura and Bob were married in the pavilion at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Guests then boarded an Odyssey cruise ship for the reception. After sunset the lighting became quite magical with lots of reflections and highlights. The view across Boston Harbor was of Logan Airport which is fitting because both bride and groom are airline pilots.

September, 2011

Anna and Mike’s wedding combined traditions from their own heritages: Irish and Chinese. The result was a unique and wonderful experience for the guests and for the photographer.

September, 2011

Summer evenings on Cape Cod are the best. The only light here is the early evening sunset from the west. Sunset is a great time for photography because the light is warm and directional.

November, 2010

This set of portraits required full attention of the photographer and two parents. We tried a variety of poses and outfits over the course of about one hour. The kids were remarkably cooperative and, as you see, incredibly cute.

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