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.
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.
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.
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.
I cannot get over the gorgeous details! Annie did such an incredible job. Also helping was @EastGraceLee. It was such a pleasure meeting everyone.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Details that guide me for each session:
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
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.
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.
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 Family Photographer Bella Wang Photography
To see Madison’s South End newborn session CLICK HERE.
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!
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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For another Larz Anderson session please click HERE
Bella Wang Photography: Boston Family Photographer
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.
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.
Congratulations Collin on your upcoming graduation from Harvard.