Here is a list of some of my favorite spots for engagement shoots around the greater Boston area. If you and your fiancé are looking for some ideas or inspiration – I hope this helps! What you need to remember is to pick a location that means something to you. When you look back at these pictures in ten years, don’t just get excited about your smiling faces, but also about where you were when this precious moment was captured. And don’t worry – if you have a different location in mind that is not listed – let’s make it happen!
Boston Public Gardens
If you’re looking for an iconic location for your photo shoot, it can’t really get better than the Public Gardens. Maybe it’s where you had one of your first dates. Maybe you have wonderful memories of walking through the park, holding hands. Either way, this is the perfect place to capture a little bit of nature in the heart of the city. There is no best time of the year for this location because each season has something different to offer! Whether they’re covered in a blanket of snow, or the trees are full of leaves, the Public Gardens are beautiful year round.
In the same way that the Public Gardens are iconic, so is the Boston Common for many of the same reasons. This is the perfect place to come if you want to people watch, ice skate or just walk around. No matter the time of year, there is always something happening here and you can count on finding the perfect location for your pictures. This place is a winner!
Are you a fan of beautiful architecture, cobblestone streets and history? This location is perfect for you! Beacon Hill is, without a doubt, a timeless classic. There’s a reason why it’s one of the most photographed places in the city. The fall offers gorgeous foliage and the perfect opportunity for cozy images. Since this is also a quieter part of the city you won’t have to be nervous about having too many onlookers. In any case, Beacon Hill is amazing in every way. And the best part? After we’re done taking pictures, I’ll show you where to get an out of this world hot chocolate!
Charles River Esplanade
The Charles River Esplanade is an amazing spot for pictures! Not only is the river great, but also the backdrop of the city on both sides of the shore. This location is best chosen for late spring and summer shoots when the grass is green and the trees are luscious. There are plenty of benches to choose from right along the water. We can also make our way to one of the wooden decks that jut out over the river. It’s the perfect place for a long walk and some quality time with your partner. The Esplanade never disappoints!
If you are having your engagement shoot in Boston because you’re in love with the city, this is one of the best places to be. Fan Pier is another one of the most photographed spots in Boston, just because it captures such an iconic view if the city. Right on the water, you can have downtown Boston serve as your backdrop. This is a perfect spot for a day in the spring, summer or fall. Right around sunset, when the light softens, all the lights inside the skyscrapers turn on. On the edge of Chinatown, the financial district and the North End – Fan Pier is easy to reach from all sides!
The North End
Do I even need to elaborate on why this is an iconic spot? The North End is the place for you if you love the feel of Boston. If you want the city to be more than just the backdrop to your photos, this is the place. With its busy streets and picturesque shops, the North End is one of the most charming destinations on this list.
The Harvard Bridge
The Harvard Bridge on Massachusetts Avenue is another winner! Have you ever walked across this bridge and stopped to admire the view? I know I have, many times. With Boston on one side and Cambridge on the other, this is the perfect place to catch a beautiful glimpse of both sides of the city. Being above the Charles always makes it breezy. And if you like sailing, it’s the best place to watch from! This location is gorgeous in the summer or the fall.
Christopher Columbus Park
My most recent engagement shoot started off right here! This park is right on the waterfront, on the outskirts of the North End and Faneuil Hall. It’s perfect thanks to its central location which allows us to move to a lot of different spots close by. The park itself is an attraction because of the trellis that runs through it. In the summer, it’s covered in luscious vines and flowers – in the winter, it’s coated in colorful lights. If you want your engagement shoot to have a special holiday feel, this is the place for you. Any time of the year works for this location because the trellis always has something to offer.
Harvard Square is amazing. Always bustling with energy, it is the proverbial heart of Cambridge. This location is great for an engagement shoot thanks to its versatility. We can explore Harvard Yard and the rest of the Ivy League’s campus. We can walk farther into Cambridge to find lots of quiet nooks. Or we could camp out in one of the many coffee shops for some quality cozy pictures! There’s a lot to work with here. And if you met your significant other while going to Harvard, is there a more perfect place for you to capture your love?