Tracy & Kevin

Spring engagement photo session at Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, MA

I had the pleasure of capturing engagement photos featuring Tracy, Kevin, and their adorable Shih Tzu puppy, Bentley, soaking up the spring vibes at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University!

Tracy and Kevin, wrapped in each other's arms, radiated joy and love. From playful romps amidst the blooming flowers to cozy cuddles beneath the swaying branches, every backdrop seemed tailor-made for their love story.

Spring season in the arboretum is the ideal time for capturing love in bloom. Especially when gorgeous magnolias are in season, they are both dramatic and tender, making everything seem like a set of a romantic movie.

One of my favorite moments was when Tracy and Kevin paused under a canopy of cherry blossoms, their laughter echoing through the trees as I captured the pure happiness in their eyes.

One of the sweetest moments was when Tracy and Kevin sat beneath a tree, cuddling Bentley between them.

Tips for visiting Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

If you're planning a visit or an engagement session, here are some handy tips.

Nestled in the heart of Jamaica Plain, Arnold Arboretum offers visitors a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With over 281 acres of meticulously curated gardens and green spaces, it's the perfect setting for a romantic photoshoot.

Address: 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130

Hours & Admissions: Open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission is always free.

Permits: No permit is needed for a photoshoot.

During your visit, be sure to adhere to the arboretum's rules and regulations, including staying on designated paths, refraining from picking or damaging plants, and disposing of trash properly.

While pets are allowed on the grounds, please keep them leashed and under control at all times to ensure the safety of both wildlife and other visitors.

Springtime Magic

Spring is the ideal time to visit, especially to catch the flowers in bloom. The vibrant colors and fragrant blooms create a picturesque backdrop for any photoshoot.

Here is a spring bloom calendar for Boston and the greater area, including Arnold Arboretum.

Late March - Mid-April

  • Crocus and other small bulbs
  • Daffodils and early tulips
  • Buds, early blossoms on magnolias, cherry trees, by mid-April, they should be in full bloom

Mid-April - Early May

  • Magnolia blooms and cherry blossoms appear all over Boston
  • Tulips bloom in early May - peak often happens around the second week of the month
  • Late daffodils are still in bloom through at least mid-May
  • Azaleas

Early May - Early June

  • Rhododendrons
  • Lilacs 
  • Peonies
  • Roses 

Check out this handy map below! My favorite way to start a spring photo session is to enter from the Arborway Gate and walk straight to Magnolias.

Book Your Session

Ready to capture your own love story amidst the beauty of Arnold Arboretum? I am Xenia Helix, and I would love to be your Arnold Arboretum engagement photographer! I am an inclusive wedding & engagement photographer based in Boston, MA, specializing in timeless yet modern imagery with vibrant, real colors.

Reach out to schedule your session today, and let’s create some magical memories together!


Q: Are engagement sessions pet-friendly?

A: Yes, the arboretum welcomes pets, so feel free to bring your furry friends along! And I personally adore all the pets and will be extremely happy if you bring yours!

Q: What is the best time to visit?

A: In general, during the week, the arboretum is less crowded, allowing us to get to the most beautiful blooms. As for the time of the day, I would suggest 2 hours before the sunset. 

Q: Do we need a permit for photography at Arnold Arboretum?

A: No permit is needed for a photo shoot at Arnold Arboretum. You don’t even need a permit for a small (up to 40 people) wedding ceremony there!