20 Outdoor Locations for Portrait Photoshoots

There are so many beautiful places in eastern Massachusetts for outdoor portrait photography! From nature backdrops, to industrial settings and architectural offerings, you have so many choices for your pictures. This page highlights twenty public locations in Boston, MetroWest, North & South Shore and Cape Cod that are perfect for high school senior pictures, family and pregnancy photos and engagements.  

 

 

Portrait Locations in Boston

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Fan Pier Park in the Seaport

1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA

Cobblestone walkways, close up city buildings and water views

 

 

Arnold Arboretum

125 Arborway, Boston, MA

Gorgeous nature landscape in the city!

 

 

Beacon Hill

65 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Stately homes, brick alleyways, cobblestone streets - old New England Charm

 

 

East Boston Piers Park

95 Marginal Street, East Boston, MA

A hidden gem with city skyline and water views! Parking is limited. 

 


The Boston Public Garden

4 Charles Street, Boston, MA

Gorgeous flower gardens, famous foot bridge, weeping willow trees, city + nature views, statues, park benches and wrought iron fences...

 

 

The Esplanade

Charles River Esplanade, Boston, MA

Bridges, boats, benches and splendid city views!

 

 

College Campuses

Old architecture, manicured lawns, city and nature views

Unfortunately, most campuses are closed to the public due to Covid-19.

 

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Portrait Locations Outside of Boston

{in MetroWest and the North & South Shore}

Beaches, historic estates, parks and college campuses are all great spots for family and senior portraits.

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Codman Estate

34 Codman Road, Lincoln, MA

Highlights include a turn of the century Italian garden, Federal style home, stone walls and nature views.

 

 

Colby Farm

50 Scotland Road, Newbury, MA

My sunflower field sessions are available in late-August through early-September.

 

 

Cushing Memorial Park

80 Dudley Road, Framingham, MA

Large recreation park with wide open space and trails.

 

 

de Cordova Sculpture Museum

51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA

This is a really neat and unique spot. If you love art and sculpture, you might consider this location.

They charge a $15 fee for parking and require online reservations to visit the grounds.

 

 

Duxbury Beach

257-309 Gurnet Road, Marshfield, MA

6 miles of pretty beach accessed by the historic Powder Point Bridge from Duxbury, or Gurnet Road from Marshfield

 

 

Larz Anderson Park

Goddard Avenue & Newton Street, Brookline, MA

It's a wooded, landscaped, and waterscaped 64-acre parkland

 


North Bridge

Old North Bridge, Concord, MA

This spot is where history and nature meet.

 

 

Plum Island Beach

N Reservation Terrace, Newburyport, MA

Natural barrier island public beach - really pretty!  

 

 

Queset Garden at Ames Free Library

53 Main Street, Easton, MA

Italianate garden complete with fountains, trellis and stone benches

 

South Natick Dam

9 Pleasant Street, South Natick, MA 01760

Charles river background, waterfall, lush greenery, stone walls, benches + Shaw Park nearby 

 

 

Your Own Backyard!

No need to leave home, I'll come to you!

 

 

Wayside Inn Grist Mill

72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA

Historic working grist mill with pretty nature and pond views

 

 

Webb Memorial State Park

371 River Street, North Weymouth, MA

Public recreation area with scenic views of Hingham Bay

 

 

Wellesley College

106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA

One of my personal favorites, there are so many great spots on campus for portraits including the Hay amphitheater, a big ivy wall, stone bridge, marsh walking path, reed field, nature and lake views.

Unfortunately, the campus is currently closed to the public due to Covid-19.

 

 

 

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Portrait Locations on Cape Cod

I created a separate web page dedicated to portrait locations on Cape Cod!

Click here to learn about the gorgeous beaches, marshes and boardwalks the Cape has to offer.

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Scheduling a Portrait Photoshoot

with Jennifer LaRoche Photography

 

For photo session details and to book a specific date and time, please visit these pages: 

High School Senior Pictures

Maternity, Engagements and Family Portraits

Personal Branding Photography and Headshots