Category Archives: BOSTON WATERFRONT ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS
We had arranged this engagement session to take place on a Saturday evening, but the weather that day did not want to play. It was pouring with rain in the morning, and the forecast was calling for more of the same. We made the call to change the shoot to Monday evening instead and were rewarded with one of the nicest evenings we could hope for down by the Charles River.
I have shot engagement sessions and lifestyle shoots on the Charles before, but this time we really wanted to explore all that this part of Boston had to offer. Starting with Fernando and Vanessa around an hour before sunset meant that we were going to get the best light of the day for their photographs. The hour before and after sunset or sunrise gives a beautiful light, and while I will rise at 4:00AM to shoot landscapes, expecting couples to get up at that time for an engagement session might be a bit much.
I’m capturing Vanessa and Fernando’s Boston wedding in August this year and this was a great chance to get them both in front if the camera and spend some time with them. The Esplanade is a really great place for engagement photos in Boston, with the landscaped parks and Charles River providing a great backdrop, and there are lots of really interesting places within a short walk.
I knew that I wanted to get them some shots over the bridges that cross the water and also incorporate some with the intricate masonry that lines the side of the still water pools that can be found along Boston’s esplanade. With the evening sunshine coming in and lighting them, we couldn’t have asked for better conditions.
After we shot there, we wanted to get some other images with the Longfellow Bridge in the background, as well as some of the sailboats that are a trademark of that part of town. The little docks that line the back of the Charles River gave us another great location for Fernando and Vanessa.
I had a great time shooting with them both in Boston on a perfect summer evening. I can wait to catch up with you both again very soon for the big day!
If you are interested in having your engagement session at the Esplanade and along the banks of the Charles River or getting your Boston engagement photos in another part of town then don’t hesitate to get in touch, I can’t wait to hear from you. Oh and of course don’t forget to “like” the Facebook page here as well!
Brigitte and Chris got in touch with me last year to inquire about shooting their wedding in Cape Cod this Fall, and to talk about the possibility of an engagement session in Beacon Hill and other parts of Boston. I normally get the chance to sit down and chat with the couples I work with before we get the cameras out and start shooting, but this was made a little tricky by the fact that Brigitte and Chris live and work in Switzerland. This meant that the first time I got to meet them both was for their engagement session when they were visiting Boston last September for a family wedding.
I had spoken with them both over the phone and via Skype, so we had the chance to discuss their wedding day and engagement session beforehand, and I was really looking forward to meeting them both in person in Boston on their trip.
We started shooting near Beacon Hill, which is a location I really enjoy using as a setting for engagement sessions. The streets aren’t too busy and they form the perfect backdrop, with little alleys and the details in the houses and street furniture adding subtle points of interest to the engagement photos. There is a great mix of colors as well and using these where possible gives the photos a nice pop.
We headed to Acorn Street to capture some more engagement photos there too. A Beacon Hill engagement session isn’t really complete without adding in the landmark Acorn Street with its cobbled surface. Again, the old houses and backdrop really add a nice romantic feel to the whole shoot. Brigitte and Chris would have looked great wherever we had shot though, and it was easy to see from the start what a great connection they had.
We continued moving through Beacon Hill, stopping at a few more locations to get some extra images before we headed into the center of town for some additional shots. It was hard to stop photographing these two as we walked through Beacon Hill, as everywhere I looked I saw the chance of getting another set of photos. Brigitte and Chris looked stunning, and I couldn’t have asked for more!
We headed into town and to the State Room in Boston to get some more shots. Brigitte and Chris are getting married at the Wychmere Beach Club on Cape Cod which is run by Longwood Events. Longwood Events also run the State Room, so Brigitte and Chris got the OK to shoot some images there as well. What a wonderful venue, and what a view of the city you get from up there! It was my first time shooting in the State Room, and the unique setting gave us the chance to get another completely different set of images for Brigitte and Chris’ Boston engagement shoot.
Combining the wonderful interior with the great views and the famous clock tower was the icing on the cake. On the way back to the car park we even managed to get one final reflection shot in the building lobby too! It was great fun shooting with you both, and I really cannot wait to catch up with you in September.
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I had been looking forward to shooting Sara and Brian’s North End engagement photos ever since she got in touch mid-way through the summer. I had photographed one engagement session in the North End before, but was looking forward to finding some new spots with these guys, and was happy to say we succeeded.
Their North End engagement shoot had been postponed from mid October to mid November due to a bad weather weekend, but we ended up with such a nice weekend in November it all turned out OK in the end! Starting just down the road from Starbucks (always nice to kick start with some caffeine), we didn’t waste any time getting going, shooting in Christopher Columbus Park.
Moving through different parts of the North End in Boston, we were able to capture a variety of different scenes throughout the engagement shoot. I think we got a great overall feel for the North End from the session.
The North End provides countless engagement photo opportunities, as every turn down another road offers something new to incorporate and different light to work with. You also get the chance to use the city of Boston as a backdrop for a few shots. The cobbled section of the North End was definitely worth a stop off for some photos there.
One of my favorite parts of the North End to shoot in is the Paul Revere Mall in between St Stephen’s Church and the Old North Church. The quality of light there on this day was fantastic and Sara and Brian were so fun to work with, I couldn’t have asked for more.
Moving from here we had a change of outfits, which was easily done as they live right in the North End. We then made the most of the great little streets that you find throughout the North End. These streets are packed with character and wonderful architecture and are the ideal backdrops for a North End engagement session.
Nothing says the North End more than a great big Italian flag! Incorporating that into the shots gave us a nice splash of background color and using just the white of the flag gave us some nice high key images as well.
We finished up back on the waterfront to get some photos there and on the way back to their place found another great little spot where we still had some color left in the trees. Thank you Sara and Brian for letting me capture your North End engagement pictures. I hope that you have fun looking back through them and all the best with your West Coast wedding next year.
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This was not actually planned out as an engagement shoot, nor was it the ideal conditions for one either, with the rain starting to come down pretty heavy. When I met with Sarah and Nick to talk about their wedding photography at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury MA, they said at the end of the brief meeting we had, that they had not really had their photos taken together before. I couldn’t help it, I had to get them at least a couple of shots.
I don’t normally bring my equipment with me when I go to meet couples for the first time. I’m also a Boston event photographer and on this day I happened to be shooting later that afternoon at an event at Gore Place in Waltham and so I had some of it with me. As I said the conditions weren’t great, but popping up the umbrella and shooting for literally a couple of minutes in the rain we got them some photos with each other. These are just a few Sarah and Nick’s favorites.
Despite the weather these guys had a great smiles on the go and The Wayside in and that surrounding area are really great fun to shoot it.
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Looking forward to catching up with these guys later in the Fall.
Roberto | Boston wedding photographers
A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to help out and shoot with a fellow wedding photographer here in Boston. Sam Liang of Ze Liang Photography was shooting Rebecca and Mark’s engagement session at MIT and then down by the Charles River at the MIT boathouse just on Memorial Drive. I came along to help out with reflectors, lighting and to get an extra couple of shots as well.
Boston as a city, I have found to have a fantastic local, and even not so local, community of photographers, willing to share and help each other out at almost a moments notice. The great thing about this is knowing that you are surrounded by a very good network of professionals who are able to help out when needed.
Rebecca and Mark were having their wedding day, the following weekend (again photographed by Sam) and they looked just great together in the grounds of the MIT campus. The wonderful buildings and the early evening light provide a classic setting for a Boston engagement shoot. The large pillars of the main MIT building gave a perfect backdrop and fantastic control over the lighting conditions. MIT is a really great location for engagement photos.
We finished off the MIT engagement shoot down by the water, with the familiar Boston skyline in the background and surrounded by the sailboats at the MIT boathouse. The jetty here gave a low vantage point onto the water and with the light now dipping below the tree line behind us and casting a warm glow over our couple. The evening provides some of the best lighting and these locations really capture it very well.
Sam did a great job capturing their MIT engagement photos and you can check these out and some more of his work at Ze Liang Photography.
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All the best
Roberto | BOSTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
So this Boston engagement session is a little different. These guys aren’t engaged, but are actually friends and this shoot was set up so that we could help each other out and capture some great images, that hopefully they can both use as well. Marcella and Dennis are both models here in Boston and when we were talking one day about locations we’d like to shoot, Boston’s Waterfront came up, so we decided that we would take an afternoon to scope out its possibilities.
We started off the “Boston engagement session” at South Station were we met up. This hadn’t been my plan, I just couldn’t help but shoot some photos in the wonderful light that was bouncing off some of the tall glass buildings there. The gold doors to the station then created a wonderful backdrop to frame Dennis and Marcella with.
I’m a Boston wedding photographer, but I haven’t grown up here and have actually only been shooting in this city for just over a year now, after moving from London, England. There are a TON of places that I see everyday that I would really love to shoot in and having been down to Boston’s Waterfront a number of times felt it would make for a really great Boston engagement shoot location.
It was a colder day than the crazy 80F temperatures that we had felt the week before in March, but the sun was shining and bringing a little warmth, when out of the wind. Normally bright sunshine isn’t the best for your Boston engagement or wedding photos but working with it, you can still get some great results nonetheless.
Boston’s Waterfront provides a mix of old and new to work with and really provides some great locations. There are some great spots where you can really get great light for shots and others that if you work with the light will give you a great Boston backdrop to your engagement or wedding photographs.
We wrapped up the shoot in the North End, just a short walk away. This was another location that had been on my hit list of potential “Boston engagement session locations” and although by this point we were all starting to get a little cold, the guys did great and we got a good selection of images from here as well. We finished up the afternoon with an espresso in one of the Italian cafes on Hanover Street. You can’t get a much better coffee in Boston than there.
If you are interested in having your Boston engagement photos taken by the waterfront, in the North End or any other part of town then please get in touch, I would love to shoot more in both of those locations as well as a big list of others too! I’m currently booking Boston wedding photography and engagement session for 2012 and 2013 so please don’t hesitate to get in touch by clicking here and dropping me a line.
A big thank you and shout out to Marcella Sacco and Dennis Mulherin!! I would definitely recommend working with these guys if you are another photographer looking to do a shoot in Boston.