bella wang photography

Boston Family Photographer

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.

For more family photography work, please click through my blog, or visit my family photography gallery HERE.

Mastro's Ocean Club Birthday Party and cake

Boston Family Photographer

As a Boston family photographer, I have a lot of clients based everywhere in the surrounding suburbs. I always get a question about where to photograph. My honest answer is that I can make any space work. It’s all about seeing potential and manipulating the light. However that’s typically not what people want to hear. So I’m doing a new series to help show classic parks that people love as backdrops to my family sessions. First up we have North Point Park in Cambridge.

Pros and Cons

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this park in Cambridge. If you are a Cambridge resident (I am not …. my home is right on the border but I’m a Somerville resident) you will have no issues parking nearby. HOWEVER if you are like me, street parking is hard to come by. There are a few meters nearby, but I would not bank on them being available. There is a row of meters right by the playground, but there are about 20 or so and they are in high demand. Parking closer to Cambrideside Galleria or the Science Museum is a better bet. Please see a map that I’ve put together below.

Now onto the pros. I love this park because there is so much to photograph. There is a mix of city (hello Zakim bridge in the background and all the glass tech buildings nearby) and city park with a playground for the kids to play in as well. I tell parents that it’s up to them how they want the session to go and look. I can photograph anywhere. Talk to your partner and agree on your favourite aspects of the park (and any dislikes!) as this is all important information I need to know ahead of time. Communication and education is key. If you have any questions ahead of time, don’t hesitate to ask.

Parking

Here is a map for parking. The red marks indicate street parking meters and these are the walking directions to the North Point Park from Cambridgeside Galleria

Cambrideside Galleria walking map to North Point Park
Cambrideside Galleria walking map to North Point Park

Background choices at North Point Park for your family session

I usually begin or end with the playground. You have to know your child though. Will they see the playground and never want to leave? That will put a wrench in the session if that’s not what you had in mind. Just know yourself, know your child and have realistic expectations. When I first began family photography I would always ask this question and parents would say their kids are fine, but the kids ended up throwing tantrums when forced to leave. Since then I have stressed that this is an important thing to consider before even picking a location. If it will be a problem, let me know and we will meet some place FAR AWAY from the playground. The reward might be to end there.

Playground

The girls are having so much fun!
Playground at North Point Park
Playground at North Point Park
They were ok with leaving once their mother asked them to.
Playground at North Point Park
So fun! I love the static in the hair
North Point Playround
Love composing with the playground structure
Cambridge Family photography session
Having fun and being young never hurt anyone! I love it when clients are game for anything. Helps me keep things fresh and different for each session.
North Point Park
Cuties were so cooperative

Fall Foliage / Greens trees

The issue with city living is that park space is hard to come by. There are some great trees in this park that turn a vibrant shade of red and orange during the fall season. It’s super green with weeping willows during the summer months too.

Fall Foliage at North Point Park in Cambridge
Fall Foliage at North Point Park in Cambridge
Trees in North Point Park in the Summer
Trees in North Point Park in the Summer
Trees in North Point Park in the Summer

Zakim Bridge

Zakim Bridge and North Point Park photo session
Zakim Bridge and North Point Park

The Docks

North Point Park photo session
There’s also a cute dock/waterway there
north point park photo session
Dock area

Rock Structure

North Point Park
And a cute stone art installation.
north point park photo session
The funniest/goofiest photos are my favourites

In Summary for North Point Park family photography

I usually aim to start at the parents’ favourite location first because that important family photo I get in the first 5 minutes of the session because it could go downhill quickly as children lose attention span. Then we hit another 1-3 spots depending on how the kids are. I let them dictate the speed at which we move. I used to always have a preconceived notion of how the images will look, but I learned pretty early on that it will only lead to failure and disappointment. I now just look to the family to lead the session and just prompt play and games.

Guidance

Details that guide me for each session:

  • Outfits – I want a general idea of how you will dress (a photo will do!) as this guides the mood of a session. If I see you walking up with classic clothing in signature New England colours, I’m likely not going to ask you to roll around in the dirt and be silly! Bohemian outfits will guide me to be softer with posing and less eye-contact with lots of interaction and peaceful body language
  • Your personalities – I can generally gauge early on if a family is playful or more conservative. Do let me know ahead of time too what you are up for. I don’t force my ideas onto anyway. I let families guide me. The more you communicate, the more the images will be in line with your wants
  • Hair – awesomely coiffed folks are more urban to me and I’m going to do things a little less conventional. But it will be balanced by outfits, so make sure you’re not communicating two different messages!
  • Ages of your children – kids under 4 have short attention spans. I cannot pose or direct as much. Once they hit 5 or 6 I can direct and pose more to make use of shapes and backgrounds and architecture! Just let go of expectations when you have a little one. I can get those cute smiles and giggles, just don’t point at the camera and tell them to look at me. Then I have a parent pointing and mouth at the camera and a confused looking child. It just doesn’t work. Listen to my prompts and I’ll get the laughs

Hope these tips can help you choose if North Point Park is perfect for your family’s photography session in Boston. Let me know if you have any questions. You can always reach out using my contact form and my email is on my website’s cover page as well.

Bella Wang is a Boston family and newborn photographer

For a Boston Public Garden family photography session, click HERE

North Point Park Family Photography Session

I first met this beautiful family when little Madison was born. They live in the South End but were relocating after med school to a new home town. Before they left, they wanted to capture the iconic Boston Public Gardens one last time because this was where their baby girl was born. I am always so flattered when I get invited back as the family photographer. Their Boston Public Gardens family session started in the morning before the park got too busy. Nothing beats the weeping willows, the pond and duckling statues when it comes to capturing signature Boston for a family photography session. Please scroll down to see our images | Boston public gardens photographer.

If you’re looking for parking in the area, I always tell parents to plan for an extra 20 minutes to find parking downtown. Even as a regular, I often find myself having to circle a few times to find street parking. Especially now that so many meters surrounding the gardens near the TAJ/The Newbury have been removed. The best bet is to go to the underground lot. For information, please see this LINK. Even if using the underground parking, please allow at least 20 minutes to park underground and walk all the way back up.

The Outfits

Mom Christi has fantastic taste so I had no doubts she’d pull it all off again. Just look at that adorable pink romper that matches mom’s rose shirt. The key to pulling it all together is that the romper also features the same blues in dad’s shirt. I always suggest to keep the palette to a maximum of 2 colours so it all looks cohesive. They definitely nailed that Spring vibe. When you book a session with me I consult you on outfits and provide an outfit planning tool to help coordinate your spring outfits.

The Family Images

Like all independently minded 1 year olds, miss Madison had her own ideas and we played and sang songs to keep her entertained. Her happiest times of course were when she was left alone to crawl about. Those photos come at the end and you can see her truly come alive. Ahh babies… they always have their own ideas. As a family photographer, you have to move quickly, think even faster and be prepared for those glorious smiles that fade in a microsecond.

Please enjoy their classic iconic Boston Public Gardens Family Session

Boston public gardens photographer

Family photos at the Boston Public Gardens
I love getting a ‘safe photo’ first to ensure the parents’ must have photos are grabbed and out of the way. It takes so much pressure off the rest of the session
Make way for ducklings family photo
Lots of love for mommy on the little ducklings.
Make way for ducklings Boston Public Gardens Family photos
And we can’t forget about dad. I get these photos done in the first 5 minutes of a session just in case.
Boston public gardens family photos by the willows
Just down towards the pond you have the iconic weeping willows for a classic Boston Family Photo.
Weeping Willow Trees in the Boston Public Gardens family photography
I love to get a feel for each family and classic outfits call for classic images.
Boston public gardens family photos
Little miss had her own ideas of course so played some games to make her smile
Boston Public Gardens family photography
Baby kisses
Bridge in the Boston Public Gardens Family photographer
We had to capture the iconic bridge.
Boston Public Gardens Family photography
Wandering to check out the blossoms.
Baby girl in Boston Public Gardens
We had about a split second before she was out of there.
Family walking in Boston Public Gardens
The iconic family photo in the Boston Public Gardens
Boston public gardens family photo
There is so much variety in the public gardens to serve as a backdrop. With babies you just have to keep moving.
toddler photo in the Public Gardens in Boston
She’s on the move
Family photos in the Boston Public Gardens
Learning to walk at one!
Family photos in the Boston Public Gardens
That’s a wrap.

Boston Family Photographer Bella Wang Photography

To see Madison’s South End newborn session CLICK HERE.

Family walking in Boston Public Gardens what to wear

Fall Foliage Family Photographer

Fall is the craziest time if you’re a Boston family photographer. If you are interested in a fall foliage family session please reach out in August to get on my waitlist. Even though I only open my sessions 1.5 months in advance of the month you are looking for, I open sessions to my waitlist and Baby 1 Year package families first. I am often booked up and have to turn away families so please plan accordingly. If not this year hopefully another year we can work together to create some beautiful fall family images with Boston as a backdrop!

Why Larz Anderson Park?

Classic Larz Anderson Park has always been a favourite of mine. You get a lovely mix of gorgeous fall foliage, natural green space, architectural elements (well, just one really – and it’s always packed) and beautiful water. There’s always a lot to fall back on in case one spot is being used by another photographer/family.

As a family photographer, I can assess the location’s potential within seconds. I can move my families quickly in case someone comes into our background, or if a popular spot is being used. My clients trust me when I move them around and direct them to new spots. I just ask my families to be flexible too. It’s about your beautiful family and the interactions between you guys rather than the background anyway! This is what I specialize in for my style of family photography. There is a link to some more family sessions at Larz at the end of this blog post.

The Wardrobe Choices

I provide tips for all of my clients in terms of the wardrobe in case they are struggling, but I never really give guidance to this stylish and fabulous mom. She did an unexpected rose pop of colour in her skirt to tie into the children’s boots and I was tickled pink ( couldn’t resist). The emerald sweater of the dad was perfectly contrasted to their outfits. All this while maintaining harmony with the colours of the season.

You always want your location to inspire your wardrobe and colour scheme. This is why I guide families to stay away from fluorescent colors as you will never see this in nature, nor in the city (unless we do a street art-inspired session, which I would LOVE to do). I couldn’t be happier with the fall foliage during this day and also the quality of light we were getting. If you need guidance this can help (color wheel guys!).

Stormy weather

So you may be wondering why there are no other souls in the park. I like to shoot on weekdays for this particular reason. You are not fighting with a hundred other photographers for a prized location, nor are the kids being distracted by the million other kids in the vicinity. If you have kids, you know they will look everywhere if there’s anything even remotely interesting off-camera.

Another thing to note is that it had been raining just minutes before and even during this session. I love how adaptable my clients are. We knew the odds of the weather and she was so flexible and wanted to just go for it. I am so pleased with how it all came together and this was only possible because I have the best clients. I give my clients the option to reschedule for rain, but sometimes the best light is just pre- or post-storm. High risks = high reward.

Larz Anderson Family Photos

Please enjoy the fall foliage family photos at Larz Anderson in Boston. If you’re looking for a Boston family photographer, please reach out to me via my contact form to set up an appointment. I look forward to creating beautiful keepsake images for your family.

Boston family photographer Fall foliage
The classic Christmas Card family photo
Boston family photographer Fall foliage
Boston family photographer Fall foliage
Larz Anderson Boston family photographer Fall foliage
How cute is this???
Boston family photographer Fall foliage
I love to give options for the holiday card photo so I try and make opportunities throughout the session to get a few choices
Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
Sibling photos are the hardest!! But I love this one anyway and so did the mom. It was how they were and captured them authentically.
Boston family photographer Fall foliage
Fall foliage in Boston is the best!
Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
Love the candid moments. Once I get enough posed photos I love to transition to these.
Children playing with leaves Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
dog comes into sibling photo Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
Child lying in leaves on ground Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
heading to the pond
Family posed by pond Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
I will be honest. I usually don’t get this many posed family photos. These kids were just so cooperative.
Boston family photographer Fall foliage
It started to rain so we headed for cover.
Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
Rain didn’t stop this session
Gazebo at Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
She was so camera aware since I have photographed her since she was a newborn
Children playing with post Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
Baby reaching for leaves Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
toddlers are so independently minded so I just follow their lead
Child looking at branch Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
I love the previous one more, but I love to give options for parents
Boston family photographer Fall foliage Larz Anderson
That’s a wrap

Slideshow video of Boston family Photos

Here’s the slideshow of my favourite images created during this session. I hope you will love how this moment in time was captured for this family. I’ve seen them regularly and I am so thankful they’ve kept coming back each year, sometimes multiple times a year, for updated photos of their family.

Boston family photographer

When looking for a Boston Family photographer, you should consider a few factors. Make sure first of all you love their style. The style of a photographer comes in a few parts – the “look” of their photos (light and airy, dark and moody, vs natural), the “posing” of their families (classic more refined posing and styling, fun and playful, documentary and undirected), and the deliverables (a few choice images, a selection of images that tell the story of the family/session).

Another thing to consider would be the format of image delivery. I’m an all-inclusive photographer. This means that you pay one price and you get the images I’ve found to live up to my standard and I would be proud to showcase on my website. You can hire someone that does a sitting fee and then buy images after the fact. This can work well if you’re good at editing and aren’t swayed emotionally during the sales session. If you’re a typical consumer, this will likely end up costing more. It’s a very popular sales technique and there are photographers that are incredible with this model.

So find the best format for your family. Do your research. Ask your friends. Look up reviews. Here’s a link to some reviews: Yelp, Google, Facebook, The Knot. You can also just google me. I’m 5 stars across the board for a reason.

To see another family session please click HERE

For another Larz Anderson session please click HERE

Bella Wang Photography: Boston Family Photographer

Boston family photographer Fall foliage

The Harvard Grad

Collin’s mom reached out to me during the summer before his final year at Harvard. She told me about the horror story of her other son’s graduation photos as organized by the university itself and didn’t want to miss the opportunity to capture keepsake images of her last child during his final year at Harvard. I am so incredibly fortunate that she immediately fell in love with my work and knew I could do a great job capturing her son with the gorgeous campus as the background. Congrats to the soon-to-be Harvard grad.

Harvard Campus and Grounds

Most of our images took place on the Harvard Bridge, also known as Mass Ave Bridge. We woke up before dawn and beat the sun as it rose over the Charles River. Collin was such a sport meeting me that early in the morning, but since he was a track athlete, he was used to early morning practices and hours. We then moved to his dorm quad to capture a few final images, including an image to use for his LinkedIn profile. His brother popped in for a few images because coincidentally he was in town for a wedding. My style is always to just capture people as they are. That’s why you get the most genuine expressions and reactions anyway.

Congratulations to this handsome and smart young man. I’m so excited to be seeing them again in a couple of weeks as his family flies in from the West Coast to attend his graduation. I can’t wait to share those images once they’re done as well.

The Harvard Grad Images

Harvard Bridge with Harvard Grad student on it taken during sunrise
Iconic Harvard Bridge
Harvard Bridge with Harvard Grad student on it taken during sunrise
Harvard Grad on campus
Harvard Grad on campus
Harvard Grad on campus
Harvard Grad on campus
Heading toward his dorm.
Harvard Grad on campus
Harvard Grad on campus
Harvard Grad on campus
Harvard Grad Headshot
I have some standard portraits of the boys too, but these are the ones I’m most happy with.

Congratulations Collin on your upcoming graduation from Harvard.

Harvard Bridge with Harvard Grad student on it taken during sunrise

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