Boston, the capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest cities in America, has unique vibe that makes it an ideal city for engagement photography.  Boston is a compact walking city, with all of the major sites and photo location options nearby each other.  You can either plan your engagement session by choosing walkable destinations or simply hop in a cab or ride share to get from location to location. 

Boston Common

Boston Common, the oldest park in America, dates all the way back to 1634.  Bounded by Tremont, Beacon, Charles, Park and Boylston Street, this centralized photo location is a great place to start an engagement session. You’ll find paved walking paths and large patches of greenery, along with The Boston Common Frog Pond, which is a spray pool in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter.   While thousands of locals and tourists visit this park every day, it’s large enough that you should be able to find scenes with little to no people in your background.

The Address of Boston Common: 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111

Winter Time in Boston Common
Winter Time in Boston Common. © Nicole Chan
Spring Time in Boston Common
Spring Time in Boston Common. © Nicole Chan


Boston Public Gardens

Boston Public Gardens, across the street from Boston Common, was established in 1837.  The Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in America.  This is the more manicured nature spot, with beautiful flower gardens available in the spring and summer.  Photo sessions here can incorporate big willow trees surrounding the pond and the beautiful bridges. 

The Address of Boston Public Gardens: 4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02116

Colorful Flowers at the Boston Public Gardens. © Nicole Chan
Golden hour at the Boston Public Gardens. © Nicole Chan


Charles River

The Charles River is another historic, iconic location in Boston that is perfect for engagement photography.   The 80-mile-long river gives you a beautiful view of the city skyline.  Consider ending your engagement session here if you are looking for blue hour or night time photos.

The Address of the Charles River: Charles River Esplanade, Boston, MA 02116

Charles River Sunset Engagement Photo. © Nicole Chan
Casual Engagement Photo along the Charles River. © Nicole Chan


Beacon Hill & Acorn St

Right in the heart of Boston’s upscale Beacon Hill, Acorn Street is one of America’s most photographed streets.  As such, be sure to maintain a low profile during your engagement session, as the residents have been known to express frustration with the many tourists and photographers who visit.

The cobblestone streets and red brick facades make this area beautiful to photograph at anytime of the day.  Also, the narrow streets provide opportunities for shaded, soft light during most of the day.  Just a couple of blocks from Boston Common, you can easily squeeze this location in to a multi-location session.

The Address of Beacon Hill and Acorn St: Between Beacon St and Cambridge St, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02108

Historic Beacon Hill. © Nicole Chan
Acorn Street Engagement Photo. © Nicole Chan


North End – Little Italy

If you’re looking for more of a “lifestyle engagement” shoot, where the photos are based around an activity, you may want to consider The North End, the “Little Italy” of Boston. The most famous part of this area is Hanover Street, which has landmarks like Mike’s Pastries andModern Pastries.  Consider having your engaged couple indulge in a classic cannoli as the start of their engagement session!   This is the perfect area to wander around and get lost.  Beautiful backgrounds are everywhere, and you’ll discover plenty of nooks on the side streets of the North End!

The Address of the North End: North End, Boston, MA 02113

North End Little Italy Engagement Photo. © Nicole Chan
Lifestyle Engagement Photo in North End. © Nicole Chan


Fenway Park

If you’re fans of the Red Sox, then the iconic Fenway Park is a must for your engagement photos.  You can reserve private tours so that you have plenty of time to explore the stadium with your photographer.  The highlight is the original wooden seats or on top of the Green Monster.

If you don’t want the full private tour, you can just stay outside and capture the exterior.  Wandering outside the park is free and can have some great views like the ticketing booth, outside of gates A or D, and the bars on Yawkee way.

The Address of Fenway Park: 4 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

Fenway Engagement Photo. © Nicole Chan
Engagement Photo Inside Fenway. © Nicole Chan


Other Photo Locations to Consider

Boston can give you greenery, city, colonial, and ocean all in one square mile.  The photographer’s paradise is perfect for all types of engagement photos, from quick single-location sessions to longer multi-location sessions.  If you’re looking for more options beyond the locations listed above, here are a few more to consider:

  • Boston Public Library
  • Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
  • Fan Pier Park
  • Harvard Bridge
  • Boston University Bridge
  • Copley Square
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Colleges and University Campuses

Also, as a quick tip, be sure to find a photographer familiar with the area so that you can maximize the time and avoid all of the tourists and college kids! Also, and perhaps even more important … The best lobster rolls in Boston are at Neptune’s Oyster. Hot with Butter. Don’t miss it!

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