Where to go for your Outdoor Family Portraits North of Boston
Tips from a pro... the best outdoor family portraits north of Boston.
The warm weather in Massachusetts doesn't last long... and you want to plan ahead to find the perfect place and time for an outdoor family photography session! You aren't sure where to start or where to go and how you're going to wrangle your family members together to make the family photos happen. On this page, I thought it best to pull together a simple guide on where to plan your outdoor family photos north of Boston and let you know a few key dates when I will be scheduling sessions.
Of course, there is always the option to plan a portrait at your special place, backyard or nearby vacation home. If you want a special place, let's chat and find a date and time that works.
The following are a few of my favorite locations that I know well. They are places that I know will make ideal locations for a family portrait in the summer or fall. To help you plan, I am publishing a list of dates that I have set aside for each location. (Dates are subject to change and are scheduled in advance.)
These are my favorite locations on the North Shore of Boston for outdoor portraits.
1. Endicott Park, Danvers MA
Endicott Park is ideal for families of all ages, for many reasons! It is so wonderful any time of day, which is great if we are working around a young toddler's napping schedule, or can only get the family together during a morning. We have plenty of shade to avoid squinting eyes, and there are so many pretty spots around the park. The pond area is my favorite, which makes a gorgeous background for portraits. The birch trees are light and airy and add a beautiful design element to your family's portrait. The park is very well maintained and is operated by the Town of Danvers. Dogs are welcome here.
Highlights: pond, birches, plenty of shade Pros: great all day long, wonderful for all ages, has bathroom facilities, farmyard & playground Cons: just a minor parking charge of $3 per vehicle
Summer 2020 availability is now booking. Weekdays all summer long, by appointment, Tuesday to Friday. Select Saturdays by appointment.
Forest River is a beautiful waterfront park in Salem, close by and down the road from Salem State. This location is great for getting water views of Salem harbor, and has the benefit of large leafy green trees all around you to provide shade and relief from the hot sun. I love this location because you do not have to wait til sunset to get great family portraits. For that reason, it is ideal for babies and younger children who would not be at their best for a sunset session since it is too close to their bedtime. The shade allows us to avoid squinty eyes caused by direct sunlight and allows us to have cooler conditions for your summer portraits under the canopy. Dogs are welcome here.
FOREST RIVER PARK
Highlights: plenty of trees, ample shade, backdrops with the water, grass & rocks, great at high or low tide Pros: great for all ages & all times of day, dogs welcome too Cons: weekends are for residents only in July & August
Summer & Fall 2020 availability now booking. Summer weekdays by appointment, Tuesday to Friday. Fall weekends after Labor Day, subject to availability.
Winter Island is a favorite beach location around the north shore in summertime. It is best at the end of the day on a weekday evening, close to sunset, when the light is beautiful and there are no crowds. I always recommend scheduling this location at the end of the day because it is out of the direct sun and the sun is lower on the horizon. This can be a lovely place for portraits, but keep in mind, these sessions are limited by the nature of the tides and sunset. We can only get the seagrass at mid to low tide. And we prefer to only go to this beach at the end of the day, around 6pm or 7pm, depending on the sunset.
WINTER ISLAND PARK
HIGHLIGHTS: gorgeous variety of backgrounds with seagrass, rocks, water, and lighthouse PROS: great for working families & can be booked after hours in the summertime, dogs welcome CONS: not great for small children due to the time of day & dates are limited due to the tides
Winter Island -- Ideal Dates for Family Beach Portraits in 2020 dates (based on the tide chart) Evenings, 1-2 hours prior to sunset, usually 6 & 7pm June 10 & 11 July 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 23, 24 August 4, 5, 6, 18, 19, 20 September 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17
Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester is beautiful. It is also very very popular in the summer... and can get crowded. For that reason, I often plan to go to this location only at the very end of the day, and/or at the end of the season, when we are likely to run into fewer crowds. We want your portraits to look as if you are the only ones there, without having to be concerned with who might be in the background of your ocean front backdrop. Also, after Labor Day, you are able to bring a dog.
WINGAERSHEEK BEACH (not available at present time)
DUE TO COVID-19, NON-RESIDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT WINGAERSHEEK BEACH THIS SUMMER AFTER HOURS. STAY TUNED FOR POSSIBLE FALL OPENINGS AFTER LABOR DAY.
An excellent alternative in Gloucester is STAGE FORT PARK. Call the studio for details.
HIGHLIGHTS: backgrounds include... beautiful wide smooth rock formations, soft sand, shallow water's edge PROS: great conditions at either low or high tide, plus free parking after 5pm, dogs welcome after Labor Day CONS: not ideal for very young children due to the time of day (after 5pm), can be extremely crowded beach in high season
5. Moraine Farm, Beverly MA
For a LIMITED TIME, only on select dates in OCTOBER, we host a fundraiser for the Friends of the Olmsted Landscape at Moraine Farm. The sessions are shorter, only 30-45 minutes each, so we can accommodate many families during the peak foliage. This is a beautiful historic location and is quintessential New England. And we have been granted exclusive access to this property -- no other photographers have permission. Since it is a fundraiser for our host location, we are unable to accommodate clients who might have previously acquired certificates from other fundraisers or special promotions. Well-behaved dogs are welcome here.
HIGHLIGHTS: fall foliage, stone walls, rural setting, unpaved road, large leafy maple trees PROS: great all day long, wonderful for all ages, dogs permitted (leashed), helps a cause CONS: certificates and/or other offers cannot be combined with this fundraiser event
2020 Fall Foliage Fundraiser event dates:
Saturday October 17 Tuesday October 20 Wednesday October 21 Thursday October 22 Saturday October 24
So, I've shared my favorite locations around the North Shore of Massachusetts, close to Salem and Lynn. But let's talk about your special location and consider planning a session where you are. If you choose an outdoor location that is special for you and your family, you will be certain to create a more meaningful portrait. Perhaps it's a summer home, or your own backyard or a favorite park. Or maybe there is a special date you have in mind when you are taking time off from work to spend with your family. Let's plan ahead for what works for you.
Named Best Children's Photographer Boston by the Boston A-List City Voter online poll in 2011, 2014 and 2017.
Bobbie Bush Photography is a professional portrait photographer located north of Boston, Massachusetts in Lynn MA, serving the north shore Massachusetts, specializing in children and family photography. She has been named one of the Best Boston Photographer, after being named Boston's Best Children's Photographer in 2017 by the Boston A-List online competition and by the CBS Boston WBZ editors.
For the Best Portrait Photographer Boston, come to Bobbie Bush Photography, specializing in children's and family photography north of Boston. She has been named Boston's Best Children's Photographer in 2011, 2014 and 2017 by the Boston A-List online competition and by the CBS Boston WBZ editors. Bobbie serves clients all over the north shore of Boston in Essex County including Salem, Lynn, Beverly, Peabody, Marblehead, Danvers, Swampscott, South Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Topsfield, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, Rockport, Middleton, Nahant, Boxford, Rowley, Newbury, Newburyport, Andover, North Andover, Lynnfield, Georgetown, Amesbury, Groveland, Salisbury, Merrimac, Saugus, Haverhill, Methuen, and Lawrence.
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