Bella Wang Photography

At home lifestyle newborn session

Lifestyle At Home Newborn Session

I'm Bella!

My work has a very editorial look. I am for classic, clean imagery that isn't heavily altered from real life.  My art is created through framing, composition, emotion and connection rather than props and trends.

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Lifestyle At Home Newborn Session

This entire session was photographed in a single room. We don’t need a lot of space to create several unique looks. I do require good light and trusting parents. This single room at home newborn session came out absolutely stunning. The key to a great session is light. There doesn’t have to be a lot of windows in your space, but do know that this will dictate the overall feel of your session. Obviously a room with smaller windows will have a darker and more dramatic lighting than a bright and airy room. Before each session, I request families to send photos of their home to me so that I can plan to use different aspects of your furniture. The colour coordinating of wraps also comes into play here. I send a thorough questionnaire to each of the families so I can get a sense of your aesthetic, as well as what drew you to my work. In this questionnaire, there will be a link to the wraps that I own so that I can supplement what you already have, or we can choose to use what you already have at home. For each session, I choose 1 main wrap to start the session. If the baby is not fussy, we may have an opportunity to change to a second wrap, but as you can see below a single wrap can fill a gallery beautifully. It’s not about a fashion show of changing wraps, but rather a focus on the interaction between family. This is what’s meaningful to me for an in-home newborn session.

Alexa and Evan

New mom Alexa and new dad Evan welcomed their precious baby girl just a week after their new nursery was complete. The gorgeous work on display is the work of Amanda Reid from Mandarina Studio.

Alexa and I emailed several times before our session. This was to determine a look for the session. She really wanted to feature the newly completed nursery, but also include the family pup Duke. As you can see below, I think it all came together perfectly.  Baby girl didn’t really sleep during much of the session, but we took the opportunity to do some reading time, feedings and cuddles between cries. My absolute favourite, of course, is the featured outtake image of the session.

See the images we created below.

The Newborn Session

mother holding baby in home session on pink backless chairs vertical to parents holding sleeping newborn swaddled in blanket

What a gorgeous nursery.

mother holding baby in home session on pink backless chairs vertical to parents holding sleeping newborn swaddled in blanket being held by father

She took a while to sleep and get comfy, but once she did we were able to move quickly.

mother holding baby in home session on pink backless chairs vertical to parents holding sleeping newborn swaddled in blanket playing with newborn hands

Here she is not wanting to miss a thing

mother holding baby in home session on pink backless chairs vertical to parents holding sleeping newborn swaddled in blanket listening to father reading a book

Story time with mom and dad maybe this will calm her down.

mother holding baby in home session on pink backless chairs vertical to parents holding sleeping newborn swaddled in blanket being embraced by father and smiling

A simple piece of furniture can allow for so many poses and expressions.

Father lying on day bed with newborn on chest as he looks down at baby that is swaddled in a white wrap

Newborn smiles are the best

Newborn being held by father and mother is holding a golden retriever dog family photo

Time for the whole family.

Funny photo of golden retriever dog with newborn that is on a daybed at home session

Big brother Duke wanted to be the star of the show.

photo of golden retriever dog looking at newborn that is on a daybed at home session swaddled in wrap

People always ask if their pets can come to the session. My answer is of course! Safety first and every pet reacts differently to a new member. Best to feel it out the day of.

Newborn baby girl is lying on a day bed photographed from above looking down in her nursery.

When babies sleep this is when I can create my signature posed newborn images.

Newborn lying on sofa daybed swaddled by a purple floral blanket Father holding baby in home session on pink backless chairs vertical to parents holding sleeping newborn swaddled in blanket and mom kissing head of baby Father lying on day bed with newborn on chest as he looks down at baby that is swaddled in a white wrap photo of mother looking at newborn that is on a daybed at home session swaddled in wrap parents looking at newborn as she lies in her crib swaddled in a blanket Newborn sleeping in her crib while wrapped in a swaddle. father is holding newborn's hand. Mother is holding newborn in her arms as father smiles at his family. Father kisses head of mother as she holds their newborn baby in their nursery. Snuggles for mom by dad as she embraces their newborn Mother soothes her newborn baby as she sits in a rocking chair in her nursery Father embraces his newborn daughter in front of the crib in her nursery.   Newborn looks at camera and smiles as she lies in her crib in her nursery. Father sits in a rocking chair while smiling at his newborn baby girl. Father looks at his smiling newborn daughter. Newborn smiles at her mother in right image. Newborn girl is lying on her daybed surrounded by pink pillows and in a pink wrap Newborn is wrapped in a swaddle and smiling while stretching. Newborn snuggling in a swaddle Newborn being held by her mother and also another of the newborn on her changing table in her nursery in front of a window.

Babies have to be asleep for posed images like the one above for safety. I give a prep tip sheet to create the best environment for a newborn session when you book with me.

Mother feeding her newborn with a bottle as father looks on.

These sessions last about 2.5 hours not because of the adults, but rather to allow for enough time to settle the baby and for feedings. I do not want to ever rush a session and leave if the baby is fussy. Babies run the show. I am just there to observe and capture the moments.

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About me

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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