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Fun Engagement Session | MIT

MIT engagement session photo with reflection
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I love it when couples reach out to me with something a little out of the ordinary. When couples are connected to something and they share that joy and energy with me, it really inspires me to create something that’s uniquely theirs. I had such a great time photographing Lulu and Tim during this fun MIT engagement session.

When Lulu reached out to me about having a 2-hour walking session around Cambridge, starting at their favourite little coffee shop 1369 Coffee on Mass Ave and ending by the Charles River near MIT, I was sold. Lulu told me that they were moving away from the city they had called home for 8 years and wanted to document this special place before they moved to Washington, DC. Tim had actually moved to LA 3 years prior so they’ve been having a long-distance relationship ever since. She told me about all of the fond memories she had near Central Square. She gave me free rein to create and the only guidance she gave me was that she just wanted to walk around with Tim, have fun and take some interesting photos.

Meeting up

I never know what my couples look like before meeting up but I find that part of the fun of getting to know each other. Lulu, Tim and I decided to meet at 1369 and they were gracious enough to allow us permission to photograph on premises – thanks guys! Lulu knew them well and they didn’t hesitate to allow us to spend a few minutes there. These two were so sweet and funny from minute one. I knew we were going to have a fun 2 hours exploring Cambridge and MIT.

Engagement Session Outfits

Can I say how much I loved Lulu’s outfit? It had the perfect colours that matched the ambiance of the warm tones of the coffee shop, but also fit right in with graffiti alley. How did she plan it so well? Tim’s white shirt was a perfect reflector to add a beautiful light on their faces as well. I think they nailed it.

Cambridge City Hall Photo session

After the coffee shop, we popped next door to Cambridge City Hall to grab a few photos on the lawn. I love just observing couples and seeing how they interact naturally. I would have to say for these two I had to only give a few prompts and they ran with it.

Graffiti Alley photoshoot | Cambridge, MA

I’ve been trying fruitlessly to get more people to do urban photo sessions. This is the second time I’ve gotten to photograph here and I love it. There’s something about expression, chaos and bright colours that I just adore. Like everyone else, I can see the beauty in the Boston Public Gardens, but I guess maybe I’m there multiple times a week so I just get inspired when I get to work in new places. Don’t you just love the energy of this space?

MIT Fun Engagement Session

Our second last stop was MIT. We got here right at sunset and it was of course magnificent. The grand columns of the front steps and the courtyard around the back. MIT definitely has some of the best architecture in Cambridge, MA. If you want to check out another area of MIT, click to see this wedding I photographed in MIT HERE.

Charles River Sunset Engagement

The final spot on our 2 hour tour was The Charles River. We made it at dusk and I got to be a bit creative with my shutter drags. It’s not as easy as it looks because I had to wait for the right amount of cars to pass (not too few, not too many… just…right). The cars also had to not block the couple!

Boston Engagement Photography

I hope you’ll love the images we created during their 2 hour walking tour of Central Square. Best wishes Lulu and Tim for a lifetime of happiness in your new home town.

1369 coffee shop engagement session photo
We met up at 1369 coffee shop in Cambridge, MA
Engagement ring during engagement session photo. Couple holding hands
Engagement Photography by Bella Wang Photography
1369 creative engagement session photo
Walking to Cambridge City Hall engaged
Couple snuggling at Cambridge City Hall Engagement session
engagement session Boston
Boston engagement Photography by Bella Wang Photography
Couple kissing in front of Cambridge City hall
Cambridge City Hall
Couple holding hands on grass during engagement session
Fiancee smiling while being hugged by fiance on Cambridge City hall lawn
Engagement Photography by Bella Wang Photography
Engaged at Cambridge City Hall
Fiancee smiling while being hugged by fiance on Cambridge City hall lawn
Love that ring!
fiance sliding down railing in Cambridge City hall
Love when couples just have fun during our engagement sessions
Goofing around during fun engagement session idea
Why not have some fun?
funny engagement photo idea
Central Square T stop engagement session
We needed to document the T which is central to Central Square’s identity
Central Square T stop engagement session
Thanks for being game for all my silly pose ideas.
Bus stop in Cambridge Central Square
Graffiti alley engagement session Cambridge
Graffiti alley.
Graffiti alley engagement session Cambridge
Having fun during engagement session
You can just tell they were having so much fun. So inspiring!
engagement session in Boston
guy lifting fiance during engagement session pose in graffiti alley boston
Photography by Bella Wang Photography
record store in Central square
Here we are at Cheapo Records – an institution!
Cheapo records engagement session
MIT engagement session in Cambridge, MA
Walked over to MIT at sunset.
MIT engagement session
MIT engagement session
MIT engagement session in Cambridge, MA
Engagement Photography by Bella Wang Photography
MIT engagement session photography
MIT engagement session
Fun MIT engagement session photography ideas
Time to play outdoors and just take some fun photos.
Fun MIT engagement session
Photography by Bella Wang Photography
MIT engagement session photo with reflection
Because it was a 2 hour session (and they were fast naturals), I had time to play with some more creative techniques.
Sunset on Boston skyline engagement session
Dusk
Boston skyline engagement session at dusk
A perfect way to end the session. Dusk. Boston Skyline. Perfect.

I hope you loved looking through their engagement session. I loved the playfulness and they were just so easy to photograph. Lulu and Tim played off my ideas and it helped me create some of my strongest images. I’m really proud of these and I hope you loved this fun engagement session too.

Boston Engagement session - Fun MIT / Central Square engagement Session

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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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