One of the best places to shoot family portraits in Wakefield, is at the Wakefield Lake. It is also known as Lake Quannapowitt. It's one of my go to locations for family and portrait photography in Wakefield.
Located near town center, this lake was made man along with Crystal Lake. Around the Lake is a three mile sidewalk that is home to people going for walks and runs. It's a great spot to visit in the summer, and kayak rentals are available, but not swimming is allowed in the lake due to the arsenic that was poured in the lake.
I have found the best time to photograph can be either morning or afternoon. There is plenty of shade. In the morning, the side by Honey Dew Donuts has great backlighting and in the afternoon, the church on the opposite side of the lack offers a great arch for photos.
Location: Lake Quannapowitt, Wakefield. MA .