Boston’s Best Places To Take Family Photos

September 13, 2013 6:00 AM

Need a few breathtaking backgrounds for the next family pose? Have a burning desire to finish up the last few pages of the family album? Boston has the time and place. All you need is a full battery on that camera. These local photographers have shared their secret family fun places to take photographs.
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Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
City Safari Photo Tours
Atlantic Ave. and Richmond St.
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 635-4505

Matt inherited his love of photography from his mother, residing in the north suburban area of Wakefield. Currently the City Safari photographer for Boston, Matt has been helping individuals and groups learn the joy of photography, enhancing the ability to capture the scene, measure the lighting and keeping Boston alive in each picture. Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park features a rose garden and granite fountain situated along the Harborwalk of Boston. It is a gorgeous oasis for all types of water lovers. Gazing upon the newest set of pictures you’ve taken will remind you of how wonderful the feel of sun and fresh grass between your toes.

(credit: Friends Of Public Garden, Inc.)

(credit: Friends Of Public Garden, Inc.)

Boston Public Garden
The Visual Source
69 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 635-4505

“The Boston Public Garden is the most charming and enchanted locale for photo sessions of all sorts: weddings, portraits, engagements and maternity. From the gorgeous views of the Boston Skyline, to the botanical garden with its magnificent blooming tulips in spring, to the swan boats and the suspension bridge that crosses the pond, this spot has it all. Clients often look over their shoulders and refer to the area as surreal. Children adore the ‘Make Way For Ducklings’ sculptures, providing fun candid poses while sitting upon them. No matter what the season is, there is much to be offered at the Boston Public Garden…and much to see and do when the photo session concludes!” says Joanne Brown, Boston native photographer and owner of The Visual Source.

(Photo Credit: Acton Arboretum)

(Photo Credit: Acton Arboretum)

Arnold Arboretum
Caught in Southie
125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 384-5209

Arnold Arboretum is one of the most beautiful areas in Boston, offering tours of its immense landscaped and vast collection of gardens and, of course, arbors of trees. Caught in Southie features South Boston Photographer Deb McCarthy, who uses the Arnold Arboretum for some of her most vibrant photography captured on film. “Boston has a range of different looks, from cool urban looks to warm rustic settings,” says Deb. Exploring the arboretum is more than a day’s tour experience. Come back again and again for the different seasons and striking contrasts.

Related: Boston CBSLocal Photo Gallery

(Photo courtesy: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway-Facebook)

(Photo courtesy: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway-Facebook)

Rose Kennedy Greenway
Aida Photography
Dewey Sq. Park to North End Park
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 482-1772

“From the narrow streets of the North End, follow the Harbor Walk around Boston Harbor, and walk back along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, visiting Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market,” recommends Aida of Boston. Boston is most certainly a vibrant harbor city with sparkling reflections of water against pure white sails belonging to boaters. The shorelines of Boston are captivating, jaw-dropping photos opportunities. A ribbon of landscaped gardens, promenades and fountains, art and specialty lighting make picture taking a breeze along this one and a half mile stretch winding through Boston’s Financial District to the shoreline. Start at the Chinatown Park where the hint of riverbeds and waterfalls will practically scream out to the camera..

(Photo courtesy: Bree Sison)

(Photo courtesy: Bree Sison)

USS Constitution
Philip Greenspun
Charlestown Navy Yard
Building 22
Boston, MA 02129
(617) 426-1812

“If you want to get a photo of the U.S.S. Constitution with the Bunker Hill Monument in the background, you can take a harbor cruise or go to Commercial Avenue in the North End. Just to the left of the Coast Guard station, there is a concrete walkway out to the water,” says Philip Greenspun, a Boston photographer interested in travel and sites within the Boston area. Having a wonderful repertoire of places and vistas of Boston within his portfolio, consider taking this advice for your next family photo. Adding a touch of history pose among the cannons upon three masted frigate, affectionately named by President George Washington. The trademark banners along its rigging will easily make any photo recognizable.

Related: Boston’s Best Historical Sites

Freelance Writer Corinne Costantino brings the “Best of Boston” to New England. Her work can be found on

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