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Boston Birthday Party at Mastro’s

Mastro's Ocean Club Birthday Party and cake
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Mom Chelsea found me online when searching for a local Boston Photographer to photograph her son’s important first year birthday party at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Boston. When she reached out I immediately loved her energy and also the level of trust she had in me. She outlined the timeline of events and mentioned she was flying in from out of town. From everything she described I was very excited to be chosen to photograph her son’s Doljanchi. Incredible decor was created by her dear friend Annie Shon of Annie Shon events. Even though Mastro’s was already gorgeous to begin with, she took it up several notches with the display of flowers and perfectly curated balloons and treats. Everything was elegant but made to celebrate a one year old’s birthday party.

The Doljanchi

Korean birthday parties (also known as Doljanchi ) feature a ceremony known as Doljabi (also known as a Dol and you can read more about the tradition here) where babies choose from a variety of objects during their 1 year birthday. The object chosen signifies the future of the child in terms of lifestyle or career. It’s been wonderful that I’ve been able to photograph quite a few of these important traditions during my career. Toward the end of this set you can see what Colin ended up choosing.

The Family

Chelsea and family were flying in the just a day or so before so poor Colin was still on West Coast time. I gave Chelsea advance notice that her darling little boy would likely miss his nap and not be the sweet, patient little boy she knew. Kids combined with travel and large family events always lead to stress and often times tears. As long as parents are understanding and realistic, I can still manage to get great photos. It’s just par for course and I love that Chelsea knew full well what to expect going in and because of that, when things went as predicted, she was able to go with the flow and adapt like a champ.

The Boston Birthday Party Photos

Please enjoy Colin’s first birthday party photos taken at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Boston with event decor and planning by Annie Shon Events.

Mastro's Ocean Club entrance in Boston
Mastro’s Ocean Club in Boston
Birthday party decor at Mastro's Ocean Club in Boston
Event planning by Annie Shon Events
Event planning by Annie Shon Events in Boston at Mastro's
Photography by Bella Wang Photography
Mastro's Ocean Club photo
Mastro's Ocean Club Birthday Party and cake
What a cake!
Doljanchi featuring newborn images of birthday boy
Doljanchi featuring newborn images of birthday boy
Stunning details of florals by Annie Shon Events
Stunning details of florals by Annie Shon Events
Guests eating brunch at Mastro's Ocean Club
Guests eating brunch at Mastro’s Ocean Club
Gift box at Doljanchi event at Mastro's for 1 year birthday party in Boston
Gift box at Doljanchi event at Mastro’s
Guests attending Doljanchi event at Mastro's for 1 year birthday party in Boston
Guests attending Doljanchi event at Mastro’s
Guests attending Doljanchi event at Mastro's for 1 year birthday party in Boston
First Birthday Party Details
First Birthday Party Details
First Birthday Party Details at Mastro's Boston
Boston Birthday Party Details at Mastro’s
First Birthday Party Details at Mastro's in Boston and guests
Guests attending brunch at Mastro’s in Boston
First Birthday Party Details at Mastro's in Boston and guests
First Birthday Party Details at Mastro's in Boston and guests
Family photos outside Mastro's Ocean Club in Boston
Family photos outside Mastro's Ocean Club in Boston
Thankfully Chelsea was willing to step out where it was a bit less busy for some quick family photos. This took about 10 minutes and I was able to capture a plethora of poses and expressions from little Colin.
Mastro's Ocean Club decor for birthday party in Boston

I cannot get over the gorgeous details! Annie did such an incredible job. Also helping was @EastGraceLee. It was such a pleasure meeting everyone.

Floral Arrangements birthday party event at Mastro's Ocean Club in Boston

The Doljabi event

The Doljabi event at Mastro's Ocean Club
The Doljabi event at Mastro’s Ocean Club
The Doljabi event at Mastro's Ocean Club
He got a little scared
The Doljabi event at Mastro's Ocean Club
Success! Colin has chosen. I loved the aunties’ expressions during this ceremony.
Party at Mastro's Ocean Club
Family photos Party at Mastro's Ocean Club in Boston
Family photos Party at Mastro’s Ocean Club
Cutting the cake smash during 1 year birthday party at Mastro's in Boston
Cake smash (unintentional!)

Hope you loved seeing the 1 year birthday party images featuring the gorgeous private room at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Boston.

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My path here is a bit different than most. I have a background in engineering and accounting/auditing. Like every good Asian daughter, I wanted to make my parents happy. With my first paycheck I bought a camera. I was instantly addicted to capturing life's details and observing people's interactions. When I moved from Toronto to Boston, I found myself without a job but with a fresh start. I got my first gig off Craigslist (crazy!) and have been fully booked ever since. The family that had booked me on Craigslist still keeps in touch with me to this day and I've photographed them quite a few times since. I've been featured in numerous publications both online and in print (Martha Stewart Weddings, Boston Magazine, The Knot). 8+ years later, you've stumbled onto my page.  

I am candid, communicative and caring. For those that know me, they know I have a pretty wicked sense of humour to get people to relax. My goal always is to ensure you are heard and that you are comfortable throughout the process. In my portfolio you can see each family's genuine happiness and comfort in their body language. It takes a lot to create the environment of trust. The rave reviews from my families afterward show you how much they care about me in return. This environment of trust builds from the beginning and I honestly attract the kindest families that allow me to create consistently strong images with heart in order to tell their story.

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