Joshua Duttweiler



Adventurous clients are my favorite. So when Sophia was interested in collaborating for a unique portrait shoot, it seemed that a little exploring was in order. We were looking for a location with soft lighting and a more natural feel. That's when the Lyman Estate Greenhouse came into mind.


The Lyman Estate, located in Waltham, Massachusetts, was designed in 1763 in the English estate style. The owner, Theodore Lyman, made sure that the estate included a greenhouse. Built in 1804, the original grape house had additions built on over the next 40 years.

The day of the shoot, the houses were filled with a beautiful soft light and a huge range of stunning green plants. While not everything was in bloom because of the growing seasons, it is just gives a reason to return another time. I'm so grateful for the continued preservation of the site which allows us to experience it's beauty.

I appreciated Sophia's willingness to go a little road trip as well as check out the various greenhouses and grounds. Her excitement to try new things allowed us to create some very interesting portraits. As Sophia pursues her new career, I wish her all the best!