Where to Take Boston Engagement Photos for Gorgeous Pictures

Capture your love in Beantown.
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Updated Jun 20, 2024

If you're an engaged couple local to Beantown, live near it or the city holds important meaning in your heart, you may be considering Boston engagement photos. With its rich history, breathtaking architecture and charming neighborhoods, the quintessential New England city of Boston is a great choice for a memorable photoshoot that celebrates your love.

"Boston sits on the water, is full of history dating back to the very beginnings of our nation, boasts charming historic neighborhoods that each have their own character and architecture, and is still growing and welcoming in new modern high rises alongside the classic buildings," says Lynne Reznick, expert Boston photographer and founder of Lynne Reznick Photography. "Boston is also a relatively small city in terms of its layout, making many of the top spots for photos all within walking distance or a short ride away from one another."

There are so many amazing spots to choose from for engagement photos in Boston—and the best part is that you don't have to choose just one beautiful location. Pick two or three that mean the most to you and you'll have time to create stunning images at each of them. Search The Knot Vendor Marketplace for photographers who know the area and the best engagement photo ideas in Boston.

Beacon Hill

With its cobblestone streets, gas-lit lamps, brick-row houses and quaint shops, the Beacon Hill neighborhood is one of Boston's most historic and iconic areas. "Home to the Massachusetts statehouse, the infamous Acorn Street and the Brownstown homes that Boston is well known for, there are many places to capture your session here," says Colton Simmons, New England photographer and owner of Colton Simmons Photography. "The Brownstone neighborhoods and cobblestone streets create such a romantic atmosphere that adds to any Boston engagement session."

Boston Public Garden

Boston Public Garden engagement photo spot in Boston
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For an iconic Boston engagement photo location, nothing beats the Boston Public Garden, which is famous for its lush greenery, vibrant flowers, iconic swan boats and set of bronze duck statues. Not only is it one of the oldest, and therefore one of the most historic sites in the city, but it's also the most ideal setting for romantic photos. "In this beautiful green space in the middle of the city, you can catch hints of Boston's most noteworthy buildings, like the Prudential Tower and John Hancock Building at some angles, or completely envelop yourselves in the gardens and flowers," says Reznick. "The city does a great job of curating the lawns and gardens so that there is something blooming virtually all year, except when snow covers the ground in winter." Some of her favorite Boston Public Garden spots to shoot are near the lagoons, the lovely nooks along the edges of the park and a fountain nestled in lush trees and flowering shrubs on the corner of Beacon and Arlington streets.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, with its modern architecture, boasts expansive glass windows, a minimalist aesthetic, a sweeping staircase down to a brick patio and a two-story foyer set right on the Harbor Walk in Dorchester. "Along the Harbor Walk you'll find views of the Boston skyline, a dock and a small tree-covered public park that all make for great photo ops," says Reznick. "Out of the city center, this spot is decidedly less busy than other engagement session locations while still being in the city limits and is well worth the short drive." It's worth noting, however, that engagement photos at the JFK Library might require a photography permit. It's a good idea to check their website or contact them directly for information on fees, scheduling and procedures.

Charles River Esplanade

If you've ever visited the city of Boston and seen a large body of water, it was very likely the Charles River Esplanade, which boasts breathtaking views of the Charles River. With the glistening water and the skyline as your canvas, it's easy to see how your Boston engagement photos will come out stunning. You could also combine this setting with the Boston Public Garden since it's just a few steps from the footbridge that snakes along the shores of the Charles River, notes Reznick. "It's also where the Hatch Memorial Shell concert venue was constructed where the Boston Pops perform every Fourth of July and other concerts and events are held throughout the year," she says. The light on the river is gorgeous whether you go for a sunrise session or a sunset session, but the best time is late April to early May when you can take advantage of the rows of blossoming cherry trees that line the walkways.

MIT Dome Building in Cambridge

Formally known as the Barker Engineering Library, this iconic structure is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus. It features a distinct neoclassical copper dome atop a cylindrical base and is complete with tall columns, paneled windows and a wide staircase. "The building is made from concrete and limestone, offering a warm neutral palette for portraits," says Reznick. "This is also one of the best rainy day options in the city since the covered porch behind the columns is deep enough to provide protection from the rain while the impressive two-story columns let in lots of natural light."

Seaport District

Boston's Seaport District, where to take engagement photos in Boston
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You can't get a better view of the Boston skyline from almost anywhere than you can get in the Seaport District, which has recently been redone and boasts beautiful skyscrapers and a fun, young energy. Since you're right on the water, you can incorporate sailboats, ferries or even the historic Fort Point Lighthouse into your photos for a nautical touch. There's also the Fan Pier Park nearby which offers a nice green space with walking paths and a great view of the harbor. It's worth noting that the Seaport District can get quite crowded, especially during weekends, so it's a good idea to book your Boston engagement photo shoot for early morning or at sunrise.

Fenway/Kenmore

This neighborhood located in the very center of the city of Boston is home to the legendary Fenway Park, which has been around since 1912 and continues to serve as a memorable landmark beloved by Red Sox fans. Capture photos outside the iconic facade, near the Green Monster wall or even (with a permit) inside the stadium for a truly unique experience. The surrounding area of Kenmore Square is packed with restaurants, bars and shops which can add a fun, energetic and youthful feel to your photos.

Harvard Square

Just across the river from Boston, Harvard Square in Cambridge provides a mix of historic architecture, bustling streets and the serene and beloved Harvard Yard. The red-brick buildings, leafy courtyards and the ambiance of academia create a sophisticated and romantic setting. The area is busy with street performers, tourists, cafes and bookstores, so you get a mix of backgrounds and vibes in your photos. Just note that the area can be crowded, especially on weekends during tourist season, so try to schedule your shoot for early in the morning or on a weekday to cut down on the crowds.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston engagement photo spot
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One of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Boston is Faneuil Hall, which is home to street performers, musicians, shops, local vendors and delicious restaurants. The best part about Faneuil Hall for engagement photos in Boston, MA is there are so many different architectural styles and settings, including the iconic Faneuil Hall building, under the glass canopies of Quincy Market and amidst the cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants. Since this area is super touristy, it's a good idea to avoid weekends and peak tourist season,

Arnold Arboretum

Spanning 265 acres, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University offers a beautiful, quintessential New England backdrop full of lush greenery in the spring and summer, a blaze of colorful foliage in the fall and a snowy wonderland during winter. There are so many great spots for photos, including in front of the towering oak trees, bonsai collection and serene ponds. It's important to note that there is a small admission fee to enter the arboretum and parking is limited, especially on weekends.

Post Office Square

Perhaps a lesser-known spot for Boston engagement photos, Post Office Square, located in the financial district at the intersection of Milk, Congress, Pearl and Water Streets, exudes urban energy that makes for a great backdrop. The square itself is super maintained, tree-covered and well landscaped. Get photos amidst the greenery of the park, pose in front of the historic clock tower or use the modern buildings as a backdrop. Simmons also notes that a large lawn nearby makes for chic picnic-styled sessions.

Christopher Columbus Park

Located along the waterfront in Boston's North End is Christopher Columbus Park, which boasts beautiful views of both Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. With North End Boston engagement photos, you get some Italian influence—specifically in the architectural details of the buildings and gardens. There's a lot of variety within the park—you can pose near the rose garden, under the trellis or stand in front of the skyline.

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