Belmont Family Session at Sunset | Boston Family Photographer

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Location, location, location. I recently wrote a blog post about what I consider to be the most important things to consider when planning a photo session, and one of them is, you guessed it… location. One thing I personally look for is privacy. This can be hard to find here in Boston, especially with so many beautiful, iconic spots like Boston Common and the Esplanade (and believe me, I’ve had sessions at both of those spots and loved how the photos came out!), but if I hadddd to pick, I’d pick a private place somewhere in Greater Boston area. This particular spot is about 5 minutes from my house in Waltham and it never disappoints. I love it because it’s basically a little slice of heaven right outside the city. When I’m there, I feel like I’m back home in the countryside of rural Connecticut. This place is acres upon acres of beautiful fields and trails through the woods. I do a lot of sessions there and we go as a family pretty often with our dogs. They love running through the tall grass (tick central!), and playing in the brook, too.

On the night of this family session, we had PERFECT AMAZING DROOL-WORTHY light, and I can’t believe it took me a year to blog it. We started pretty late for this shoot as I often do in the summer, but it’s so worth it. The light softens, everything looks sun-kissed and golden and warm and beautiful, anddddd, it’s usually not 10 billion degrees by the time sunset approaches. This was the second time I had photographed this family, and it is so clear that these two boys are total mama’s boys (and I mean that in the bestttttt way possible). I can only hope that Greyson will love me the way that these two love their mom.

Melissa Rabbitt is a newborn, family & children’s photographer based just outside of Boston. She is currently booking Boston family sessions and Boston newborn sessions for August and beyond.


Oh hey! I’m Melissa, a Boston family & newborn photographer, but I like to refer to myself as a toddler-whispering, child-taming, photographic ninja.