Instagrammable Connecticut: Family and Maternity Photo Shoots Last Updated: August 2020
Planning a family or maternity photo shoot? Connecticut features many scenic destinations that make perfect backdrops for capturing special moments and milestones with your family. Whether framing and hanging or sharing them to your feed, these destinations will provide the opportunity to capture your precious memories. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag them using #CTvisit!
As a reminder, be sure to check each individual park's website to learn about special protocols or parking restrictions. Also check Connecticut DEEP’s twitter channel and website before venturing out to find the most up-to-date safety guidelines for outdoor recreation and information about state park closures.
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford
The rose garden at Elizabeth Park features 800 varieties of old and new roses,15,000 rose bushes and 75 arches spread over 2.5 acres.
“The park is usually filled with people but there is always a spot where it looks like you’re the only ones there, which is really amazing. The park is absolutely breathtaking and worth the visit.” – Alissa D.
Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison
Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut’s largest shoreline park with over two miles of beach and scenic water views.
“Hammonassett Beach State Park was an amazing location for this photo. It provided perfect light and the feeling of relaxing bliss.” - @Trista S.
Topsmead State Forest in Litchfield
Topsmead State Forest features a historic former summer estate from 1923, located in Litchfield Hills. The destination also has miles of beautiful paved and unpaved trails, plus acres of forest and land.
Silver Sands State Park in Milford
Silver Sands State Park features a lot of unique landscapes for photos including beach, grassy spots and a distinct wooden boardwalk.
“Silver Sands State Park has much to offer but my favorite is the boardwalk. It also features a beautiful, long beach and a variety of other visually interesting backgrounds.” – @jenzavphotography
Waveny Park in New Canaan
Waveny Park features ample opportunities for jaw dropping photos with various backdrops including scenic trails, lush forests, a beautiful meadow, ponds, formal gardens and a historic estate at its center.
“Waveny Park is a fabulous spot for photographs! Due to all the unique open spaces the park has to offer, I’m able to provide a lot of variety for my client’s galleries in terms of poses and backgrounds.” - @jwbrownphotography
Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth
Lavender Pond Farm is one of New England's largest lavender farm featuring fields of nearly 10,000 lavender plants.
“My favorite part about shooting at Lavender Pond Farm is the diversity of the gardens—no two sets of photos looked alike. Great spot for anyone who is looking for something beautiful and floral!” - @photosbyjennythompson
Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford
Picturesque Harkness Memorial State Park features a beautiful seaside Italianate mansion with manicured botanical gardens.
“I love that Harkness Memorial State Park provides a gorgeous garden as well as a beautiful beach—all in one location.” - @rebeccalynnephoto