Hooray for Spring Lilac Season!

by | Apr 11, 2022 | children, family, latest sessions

mother and son in boston lilac season photo

We’re moments away from Lilac Sunday, the much-anticipated springtime bloom festival at the Arnold Arboretum. The event itself, featuring close to 400 types of lilacs, is a full day of beauty and events – as well as Mother’s Day!

I’ve spent years in the Arboretum and guess what? I think the Boston Spring Lilacs are just as good ( possibly even better!! ) than fall foliage. (There, I said it!)

Read on for my thoughts on how to take advantage of their beauty for your annual family photo.

Boston Spring Lilacs

family photo during boston spring lilac season

three boys during boston spring lilacs

The lilac blooms peak in May, which makes a family photography session the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Present a fantastic family session to the mother, grandmother or aunt in your life. We’ll jump through hoops to make sure we can capture these gorgeous blooms (and your lovely faces!) in a series of images that you’ll treasure forever.

smelling the boston spring lilacs for a photo

But, we’ll avoid the weekends. Boston lilac season get really crowded and, like always, I want your family photography session to be smooth, joyful and full of authentic fun. Connect with me and we’ll find the best time to avoid the crowds, including options on weekday mornings or evenings in May.

I photograph dozens of families every spring. Not only does Boston Lilac Season get the best WOWs! from families, the crisp (yet warming!) spring air gives an oomph to every session. Kids of all ages are happy to be out and about again. And know what makes it even better? Bring the grandparents or your pet. Spring has arrived!

kids having fun in boston family photo


Yes, you should bring a blanket. Sometimes the best spots require us to snuggle near the perfect lilac bush. And wear layers. Morning sessions can get warm quickly. Similarly, evening sessions get crisp.

Boston Lilac Season is a gem. It comes and goes so quickly that it does take planning for best results.

Let’s connect and find a time to make your family photography session as beautiful as it can be.

Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Portrait Photographer who specializes in newborn photography, family photography, maternity photography and more. See more of Cara’s work on her blog or get in touch to schedule your session.