Every season has its perks. There's a charm to all of them, and each offers a unique experience when it comes to gathering your family for a photo session.
There are no bad or good choices here. Pick the season that speaks to your heart! Let me give you the pros and cons of each for you to make up your mind ❤️
When thinking about what's THE best season, there are a couple of buckets we need to consider
Ok, but, which should you choose? Let's go over them in detail, shall we?
For me personally, this season represents hope. Flowers start to bloom, the weather is warmer, and people are happy and excited to be outside! Nothing beats the Spring feeling, I'm delighted to shoot outdoors and photo season officially begins!
In Spring, there're all sorts of flowers and colors to play with; it's a photographer's dream. Our artistic soul fuels up with endless color possibilities.
But, is it your season? It all depends on what type of background you're looking for.
Late April, early May
If you're a cherry blossom lover (like me!), then SPRING is your season! The Arboretum is THE destination to capture these magnificent trees; L'esplanade and Back Bay Fens are also good spots. The Boston area looks BEAUTIFUL in Spring!
May is your month to book your Spring family session! Boston offers a signature tulips destination at the Boston Public Garden. The entire garden fills with colors. To avoid tourists, I recommend being an early bird. Before 9 am the park is usually for you to enjoy the calmness of a Boston morning. Another GORGEOUS location is at Wilson's Farm in Lexington. They just opened their tulip farm in 2022, it's a hidden gem!
If you're willing to drive a bit, magic photo sessions happen at Wicked Tulips Flower Farm in RI. The special perk is that this is a picking farm, so you get to pick 10 tulips with your ticket! That's an incredible experience for kids and makes the photo session an incredibly fun game.
If you are a wildflower lover, then you're super lucky. Basically, all spring is the perfect window of time.
Your photographer will scout locations constantly, she or he can propose unexpected spots with the most beautiful flowers to dance with and have a fairy tale photo session. Learn more about ATP Spring Sessions.
Summer sessions are so beautiful, the weather is warm all the way through sunset, the rain is gone, and kids' vacation hits the calendar! Extended family is around, there's out-of-town family visiting, and everyone is relaxed with the academic year behind them.
The outdoors options are endless; photo sessions can take place in the park, beach, lake, or even your backyard if you've got Grandpa visiting!
May through September
My personal favorite, my heart belongs to the ocean waves & warm sand. There is a special magic to Beach Sessions that just can't be explained unless you LIVE IT, here I talk all about it. The kids adore playing with the water and having fun. It's the perfect session if you're vacationing in Cape Cod, Newburyport, or Maine beaches.
The Cape offers the most iconic sunset beaches in MA, sunsets are just beyond epic. There are also many alternatives to the Cape (just a short drive from Boston!), perfect for a sunset session for a non-vacation scenario.! The sunrise and sunset sessions are breathtaking, you get to relax with the beautiful sights while watching your kids enjoy themselves with every wave that splashes.
Beach photo sessions are once in a lifetime experience, you'll never forget this day. Decades from now you'll smile big when you remember the anticipation, the day of, and the tangible sweetest memories.
Sunsets at the beach also offer the most dramatic skies, low tide translates in sand dunes that add texture, and the wind creates magic adding emotion to each portrait!
Check out these best family photos on the beach that will take your breath away!
At the beach the cuddles are endless. Kids are free to run and explore. They get in their zone, parents lower their guard, and magic is unstoppable. Learn more about ATP Beach Sessions.
The last two weeks of June & the first week of July
Some families don't know that this DREAM location is a summer option! Can you believe that we have such beauty right here in Massachusetts? A dream come true location. Unforgettable sunrises and sunsets with a gorgeous view of Wachusett Mountain and the rolling hills!
Lavender sessions take place the last 2 weeks in June. Photographers open their books in January, it's such a SHORT lavender blooming season. It's SO worth it!! the fragrance and sceneries are incredible. You can learn more about this session on this page.
Local sessions are the most popular ones, easy to commute and doable any day of the week. Boston and the suburbs offer so many gorgeous parks with nothing but green and peaceful scenarios. There are iconic ones like Boston Public Garden, or hidden gems like Stonehurst, Minute Man in Concord, and Beaver Brook Reservation.
Photographers are always scouting new locations and parks are one of our preferred locations. Many locations will allow for pets to be part of the session! We also look for locations where kids can play and run wild. Yes, in my case I'm after candid moments, snuggles, and dancing. Open fields are my FAVORITE
These are perfect for families who want their photos by the water but who don't want to commute to the beach. We've got Walden Pond in Concord and Morses Pond in Wellesley, which are incredible spots to capture water and green in the same frame. The kids get the water experience, and we can also play with the trees as backgrounds for great contrast.
Lakes are the photographer's dream for an early morning session, as crowds have not hit the location, and we've got the entire scenery for us! The water makes it for breathtaking backlit silhouette portraits!
There are so many events in the summer: graduations, birthdays, and big holidays like 4th of July.
Chances are that your extended family will be visiting you! Having family in town is the perfect reason to hire a photographer to capture your time together. Grandparents will cherish their memories with the kids, and you'll have treasured moments with those who live far away.
It's very common for these sessions to take place in the family's backyard, as grandparents appreciate the accessibility and it takes off that commute burden and logistics when you have so many people involved.
A backyard is not so glamorous, you might think. As photographers, we are trained to find beauty everywhere, a background is just that. We'll work with what we've got and always focus on the raw emotions and human connection. That's what you will feel when you see the photos. Any backyard will do. The magic can and will happen everywhere.
Fall is the most popular season for professional photos. Photographers dream about THIS season all year long. The combination of cool weather, breathtaking colors, and holiday mood makes it THE season for family photos. Learn more about ATP Fall Sessions.
Our booking calendars are full and our hearts explode with love. We get to bond with so many families in Fall year after year.
Winter in Massachusetts can be quite harsh: snow hits, temperature drops, and daylight is very limited. You might think that this is the season to stay indoors, with a hot chocolate in your hand. Well, that plan sounds delightful and cozy but I'll challenge it a bit.
Winter photos are beyond spectacular. This is an under-rated season for outdoor photos yet the outcome is so beautiful that I can't describe it with words. Let's take a look at the winter magic.
All four seasons offer the following benefits:
Here are things to take into consideration regardless of the season!
If you have full flexibility, then pick the season that speaks to your heart. If you have schedule or time limits, choose the one that suits your family the most. For fun, here you can read Redfin's blog about the 7 most beautiful places in Boston According to the Locals :)
Most importantly, take advantage of the opportunity of gathering your loved ones in one place, time, and day, to show them how much you care for them with sweepstakes that last forever!
Capturing your family's essence is the best investment, you'll have treasured memories for decades to come!
Andre Toro is an award-winning family photographer based in Boston, MA. She calls her style Real Art Photography, which she defines as Fine Art inspired by candid moments. Andre is a passionate soul, obsessed with human connection, and emotive storytelling. She believes love is raw, messy, and beautiful. To inquiry about booking a photo session, please contact her at andre@andretorophotography
Andre Toro is an award-winning family and published photographer based in Boston, MA. She calls her style Real Art Photography, which she defines as Fine Art inspired by candid moments. Andre is a passionate soul, obsessed with human connection, and emotive storytelling. She believes love is raw, messy, and beautiful. To inquiry about booking a photo session, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org