Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Meaningful Engagement Photo Locations in Boston

New England Aquarium by Joseph Prezioso
Last year I did an expert advice post for Prepare to Wed on Engagement Shoot props. This post is still widely popular and I decided it was time to update it. The timing really couldn't be better; spring has finally arrived in New England and that means the River Basin will soon be pink with flowering trees: I am sure that many of you have been postponing your engagement shoots because of dreary weather but it is finally time to schedule them! Call your photographer or check out the amazing local talent featured in this post!

Anyone who pays attention to the wedding blog world has seen the trends of props and accessories in Engagement Photos and also Wedding Portraits: from balloons to chalkboards to furniture in fields this trend has proven to be fun, trendy and sometimes ridiculous. Props can add to a photo shoot but they shouldn't detract from the subjects of the photo or the intent of having the photos taken. I am not telling you NOT to have props (I still have a soft spot for those giant balloons) but you definitely don't NEED them. If you want photos that are meaningful and still unique pick a venue or location that is important to you as a couple. If you have your heart set on a shoot in Beacon Hill and the Public Garden...consider adding a second non-traditional location, you'll be surprised by the traditional portraits that result!

MIT Stata Center by Fat Orange Cat Studio

Did you meet your fiance at a Boston college or university? Consider doing a shoot on campus: BU, Harvard and MIT have some of the most beautiful campuses in the Northeast and offer a wide variety of photo-goodness. Are you modern art lovers? Head down to the ICA! 

Institute of Contemporary Art by Jen Ing Photography

Are you a Boston-based couple getting married abroad or in another domestic location? Consider having your engagement photos taken in Boston: pick your favorite iconic locales or jump on the duck boats.  Did you get engaged in Venice, Italy? (If so, I hope you took your engagement photos ACTUALLY in Italy but if this was overlooked...) schedule a private gondola ride at the Esplanade and bring your photographer along! The possibilities are endless... the JFK Library, Fenway Park, Sam Adams Brewery, the Boston Light: all would result in stunning portraits.

JFK Library by Douglas Levy Photography
Matt and I woke up early on a Sunday morning and met our photographer at the New England Aquarium*. We were (and continue to be) Aquarium Members and thought it was a great way to take amazing photos in the middle of a New England winter. Even though they were over three years ago, I love the resulting images because they so "us".

New England Aquarium by Joseph Prezioso

*DOC Note: If you are planning on taking photos at a popular tourist spot, call ahead and find out when the traffic is lightest. Sunday Morning at the Aquarium is very slow: but it picks up very quickly!

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