The 8 Best Graduation Photoshoot Ideas in Boston

Fenway Park, the Freedom Trail, Boston Common — the list of iconic Boston locations goes on. Central to America’s revolutionary victory, this city is one of the oldest in the country. In this historic city, there’s no shortage of picture-perfect locations for an amazing photoshoot. With graduation season just around the corner, peruse through these awesome graduation photoshoot ideas in Boston.

1. Get cozy in a colorful, whimsical condo

Funky condo in Sommerville boston rental
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First on our list is a cozy condo in Sommerville, just across the river from Boston proper. For a photoshoot here, you could stand beside the driftwood bookshelves or take a seat on the funky technicolor futon. The home has gorgeous honey hardwood floors and a vibrant orange accent wall to contrast. The warm atmosphere here will reflect beautifully in your pictures to celebrate this milestone in life.

2. Celebrate along the cobblestones on Acorn Street

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Our first outdoor location is the iconic image of a home in Boston, Acorn Street. This narrow pathway is paved with original cobblestones and is home to maintained colonial brick homes. Situated on a slope, the angles are all ready for you to stand at the bottom of this little hill with your arms raised high in celebration. This little residential street has such an allure its become a tourist attraction of its own and has earned the moniker “most frequently photographed street in the United States”, so be sure to plan this shoot for early in the day.

3. Take it easy and relax in a private garden space

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Don’t let the office chairs and commercial carpet fool you, this next location is hiding a gem. In the back of an unassuming corporate meeting space is a tiny verdant oasis waiting to be appreciated. This private garden is nestled amongst homes and churches just a stone’s throw from Harvard. With plenty of tables situated on the stone pavers, there’s any number of angles to capture your special moment.

4. Lounge around this stylish loft apartment

Lounge with Fireplace and Exposed Brick boston rental
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This space features a classic East-Coast loft aesthetic, with sleek leather furniture, exposed brick walls, and a fireplace. The huge windows and built-in tract-lighting will make for well-lit pictures to commemorate this life milestone. So take a seat on the cream-colored armchairs and strike an intelligent pose.

5. Browse the endless shelves at the Boston Public Library

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Opened to the public back in 1895, the Boston Public Library just celebrated its 125th anniversary. This library is a place of stunning grand architecture. From the entrance staircase, you’re greeted by two enormous stone lions. You could choose to pose here, or perhaps beside the countless carved pillars, or maybe in front of one of many frescoes. From the enormous reading room to the white marble courtyard, the opportunities to create a library shoot that is truly your own are endless, making this one of the finest graduation photoshoot ideas in Boston.

6. Lean into the future at a bright, contemporary studio

Modern Studio with Full Kitchen, Beautiful Daylight, Free Parking boston rental
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Boston may be a historic city, but that doesn’t mean it’s without its contemporary spaces. Check out this sleek, modern studio in East Boston. Awash with natural light this wide-open studio leaves plenty of room to capture the exact right shot. With stark white walls and minimally accommodated furniture, this space is ideal for a photoshoot to keep the focus on what’s important: you. Included in the space are a nine-foot camera stand and wardrobe rack to name a few, so you’ll be all set on supplies.

7. Let your light shine at the Boston Public Garden

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The Boston Public Garden makes for one of the best graduation photoshoot ideas in Boston. In springtime, the greenery is lush and the chill has left the air leaving you with an ideal location and atmosphere for a photoshoot. You can’t go wrong with any location in the Boston Public Garden, directly across from Boston Common, but one treasure of a spot is the Japanese Lantern. It has something of a mysterious history, too. It was gifted to the city by an art dealer in 1904 and is believed to have been created in the 16th century but little else is known about it. Embrace the picturesque mystery and take a few snapshots here.

8. Recline and unwind at an eclectic lounge

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Rounding out our list is an unusual and alluring space. It has eclectic lounge furniture — many of which are luscious velvet — and plenty of it to choose from. The space has a speakeasy vibe perfect for a graduate of an art program to show off a unique aesthetic. The walls are a combination of vibrant artwork, mirrors, and reclaimed rustic doors. You won’t find any other photography space like this in the city so let your graduation pictures stand out in this one-of-a-kind space.

Boston is a visually rich city. From its many public parks to its historic architecture, there is no shortage of public spaces to take great pictures. However, there’s so much more to the city than what you could just wander into. We showed you six amazing interior spaces to take fabulous pictures this graduation season to create truly unique memories. Be it a bright loft or a cozy condo, there’s plenty to choose from. So consider these great graduation photoshoot ideas in Boston when you’re ready to toss your cap in the air.

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