Bella Wang Photography

Senior Session

Boston Senior Session – ICA

Dancer at the ICA in Boston
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The ICA has a stunning waterfront location which we chose to showcase this talented senior’s dance abilities. I worked in advance to understand her interests and she brought a lot of ideas to the table as well. We went through her wardrobe options and also got a sense of the things she was able to do in terms of dance. I wanted a clean backdrop, but also signature Boston since this is where she was raised. This Boston senior session came together better than I could have imagined because of her hard work and dedication leading up to the session as well as throughout the 2.5 hour creative session itself.

A bit about this senior

I have had the pleasure of watching Z grow from a young girl into the talented young woman you will see in these images. I began my business many moons ago and her mother found me to photograph their family when I was just starting out. Since then she’s kept in touch and has been an ardent supporter of my work. We’ve watched each other grow in our families and our businesses.

It was such an honour that when her daughter was about to be a senior in high school she reached out to inquire about senior photography sessions. This was my very first senior session so I took it very seriously and wanted to get it just right. I knew Z was as dancer since I followed her family on social media. I immediately focused on that as the main thread of our session. She sent me some photos of her wardrobe options and at the very last moment (the night before), her mom posted a beautiful sari outfit that they wore to a wedding and I was inspired to incorporate this cultural outfit into our session. I am always on the look out for unique aspects of storytelling as this makes the session more personal.

The Boston Senior Photography Session

I am absolutely in love with how we were both able to infuse our passions into this project. I wanted to do something creative with light and just photography techniques. During the stress of a wedding, or a toddler session I don’t normally get the opportunity to play or experiment. With Z on the same page as I was, and the longer session time, we were both able to adjust poses, and repeat moves until we were both satisfied with the in camera image. I hope you will love these images as well.

Dancer at the ICA in Boston
Senior session at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston’s Seaport District
Dancer taking to flight during jump
Dancer taking to flight during jump
Sunrise over the ICA Boston
Sunrise over the ICA Boston
Sunrise over the ICA Boston
Sunrise over the ICA Boston
Sunrise over the ICA Boston with dancer in foreground
The soft glow of light and the gentle outline of her dress really makes this shot come together
Senior portrait headshot in Boston ICA
We had to of course capture her beauty and get some stunning traditional senior headshot photos for the yearbook.
Senior portrait headshot in Boston ICA
Senior portrait headshot in Boston ICA
Dancing dancer on the ICA Boston waterfront
Time to play with dance again.
Dancing dancer on the ICA Boston waterfront
Isn’t she talented?
Dancer in front of skyscrapers in Boston Seaport District Boston senior session
After the ICA we wanted some backdrop variety so we did an outfit change that matched the setting perfectly.
Dancer in front of skyscrapers in Boston Seaport District
Dancer in downtown Boston streets and office buildings
Dancer in Boston subway station
Dancer in downtown Boston streets Boston senior session
During a quick walk signal, we made this image.
Dancer in downtown Boston streets and office buildings
Black and white or colour – both have such impact!
Dancer in downtown Boston streets and office buildings
Dancer in downtown Boston streets and office buildings
Seaport District has so many cool art displays
Classic High School Senior portrait Boston senior session
And one to make the yearbook to finish everything off.

I hope you love these images as we loved creating them. To see more of my work, please click my BLOG . For booking and pricing, please visit my website.

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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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