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LOCATION OPTIONS

Things TO consider

While location shouldn't be the star of your session (that's you!), it does set the mood and the aesthetic for the images we capture together. There are also some locations that just work better than others because of the way the light hits them. I have a few favorites, solely based on this one factor. The most important thing for you to think about is your style and what might suit you -- the beach, a garden, a rustic farm, or the city. If you aren't sure, let's chat about it. See below for lots of ideas!

location Options

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Parks, Gardens, Arboretums

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Tried and true! A stunning garden setting, but so much more Rock walls, a sunken rose garden, woodlands, wetlands -- it's got everything! And I have a photography pass, so you will not pay an extra fee when working with me.

 

Beautiful grounds with lots of interesting sculptures. A nice spot if we need to shoot earlier for any reason because I can find shade there. Kids find it a very fun spot. NO location fee but you do have to pay admission unless you are a Trustees of Reservations Member.

 

Tree lined paths a gorgeous garden area, especially at sunset. No fee or permit needed.

 

Tree lined paths a gorgeous garden area, especially at sunset. No fee or permit needed.

 

A classic Boston spot. Just keep in mind that it can get very crowded. I highly recommend early morning on weekdays for sessions here.

 

A very easy location with plenty of options in Wellesley. I've used it many times and clients find it super convenient.

 

Belmont Habitat

Pretty formal garden setting. With shade mid-day if we need it. There is a $50 location fee, and dates must be cleared ahead of time.

 

Stunny estate with formal gardens, paths, roman columns, and much more. Tons of nooks and crannies. $150 location fee, and must be reserved in advance.

 

This gets filed under garden AND seaside. There are beautiful flower gardens, a little marina area, and just a minute down the road is a tiny beach, so you get a little of everything! I always suggest that clients give the hotel a call and ask permission. They've been OK with it in the past, but it might help to suggest that you'll eat dinner there after (there is a casual restaurant down on the dock). You can view an additional Wentworth by the Sea session, here .

 

 

 

Seaside and Beachy

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Such a pretty spot with a great mix of options, from a wide wooden bridge, a rocky breakwater, a fun wiggly bridge, and woodland area as well. The light over the inlet at the end of the day is just beautiful. Highly recommend weekdays at this location. View a Senior Session at Wiggly Bridge and York Harbor beach at this link .

 

Short Sands beach and Nubble light are both great spots. I strongly recommend a weekday, and shoulder season if possible due to crowds. If we use the beach, we also need to check the tides as they are quite extreme but if all of that works out, it's great.

 

A smaller beach in York Harbor as opposed to York beach. I really like it because there is a park up above, and also lots of great rocks on the beach. We can get nice variety here. View a Senior Session at Wiggly Bridge and York Harbor beach at this link .

 

This is a beach that allows for more options than just sea and sand. There are awesome rock formations, plenty of beach grass, and a lighthouse in the distance. It works really well. Highly recommend June or September and always on a weekday due to crowds.

 

This gets filed under garden AND seaside. There are beautiful flower gardens, a little marina area, and just a minute down the road is a tiny beach, so you get a little of everything! I always suggest that clients give the hotel a call and ask permission. They've been OK with it in the past, but it might help to suggest that you'll eat dinner there after (there is a casual restaurant down on the dock). You can view an additional Wentworth by the Sea session, here .

 

Downtown Boston

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So many great elements to the greenway. Also close to Christopher Columbus Park and the North end.

 

Charlestown

Lots of options here from the navy yard / Admirals house, to the monument and the architecture, to the park underneath the Zakim Bridge.

 

A classic Boston spot. Just keep in mind that it can get very crowded. I highly recommend early morning on weekdays for sessions here.

 

A vibrant neighborhood with brownstones and cobblestone sidewalks. Lots of parks nearby that the kids will love!

 

Boston Waterfront

Great views of the Boston skyline, awesome modern architecture, right on the water, and also plenty of green space too!

Other spots to consider

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MInuteMAN State PARK, Concord

There are many great spots at Minuteman, but the two that I have used are The Hartwell Tavern, and the area near the Old North Bridge. You can view a Hartwell Tavern session at this link and an Old North Bridge Session at this link .

 

So many great options here from the navy yard, over to the park underneath the Zakim Bridge.

 

A classic New England setting, full of cute architecture and a pretty waterfront park. Great for senior photos, less great for families with small kids.

 

Really beautiful any time of year, but perfect in summer with a grassy field, woodland area, along the banks of the Shawsheen.

 

I always remind clients not to dismiss their own home! I love capturing slices of real life mixed with some beautiful portraits. Not to mention it is the best place for a session with really young children (especially 3 and under) because they feel safe, happy and comfortable. Your home doesn't have to be architectural digest ready to host a family session. There is no better location to tell your family's unique story.

Got other Ideas?

I am always open to learning about new locations and trying them out, so don't hesitate to suggest a spot you love!

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