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Boston-based family, newborn and wedding photographer. Creating timeless images on location. Click to read more.

Harvard Family Photography

Family

Radcliffe + Harvard Yard

Location for me never really matters much. To me, the dynamic of the family is really what drives a session. The only thing I look for when choosing and recommending a location is good light, lack of poor background choices (when your child runs in the wrong direction) and a contained space (so they aren’t running into fields without depth or texture for me to make an interesting image). This session came together perfectly and the location was changed at the last minute due to concerns of EEE virus (mosquitoes) and the impending storm (Autumn is notoriously wet). As a family photographer I know that the priority is health and safety and when the mom expressed concerns, I immediately suggested we move things to a city park. And that’s how this Harvard yard location became the choice pick. Please check out this Harvard family photography session.

The Outfits

City chic worked so well with this backdrop. I think it works here better than our original location of the Emerald Necklace area. That’s why I always tell clients that location isn’t nearly as important as your child’s mood, the family dynamic and how well the outfits work both as a family unit and against the chosen background/location. So much goes into planning that my photos are merely the culmination of all of these elements coming together. Add weather to that mix and I have about 5% control of how these sessions go in the end.

Harvard family photography

Living in Boston, we’re surrounded by some of the best and most prestigious schools in the nation. Along with reputation comes the beautiful buildings that provide the architectural backdrop to my family photography sessions.

harvard family photography session
It sometimes takes a few minutes for kids to warm up. I just observe and follow them around.
harvard family photography session
I would have to say there were a lot of outtakes before these images got going!

With kids sometimes it takes them a while to warm up. It’s all about exploring new places. I give them space and see where they take me. Most of the first part of this session was about throwing things in a floor grate and just running away from us. Ha! Toddlers. And parents are so fixated on wardrobes and location, when an entire session can evolve around a sewer grate in the end.

harvard family photography session
harvard family photography session
And lying on the ground was so her during this hour!
harvard family photography session parents swinging child
harvard family photography session parents playing with child
Baby girl in Harvard Yard
Parents playing with child in Harvard Yard Harvard family photography
Her dress was adorable and it was warm enough to remove her jacket.
Parents playing with child in Harvard Yard
Time for more play!
child playing  in harvard
Parents playing with child in Harvard Yard
child in Harvard Yard
parents with child in Harvard Yard
parents with child in Harvard Yard
parents with child in Harvard Yard
Details are my favourite
parents with child in Harvard Yard
Outtakes are also my favourites
parents with child in Harvard Yard Harvard family photography
parents with child in Harvard Yard
parents with child in Harvard Yard
I try and pick my backdrops but it’s always up to the toddler
parents with child in Harvard Yard
And I love lifestyle sessions where I can just sit back and document. Directing is so much work, so if the dynamic of the family is playful, I just get to observe (my fave!).
parents with child in Harvard Yard
child in harvard yard
parents with child in Harvard Yard
dad and daughter in harvard yard
I tend to add a mix of black and white if the location and emotion of the image works.
child playing with leaves in Harvard family photography
child playing with leaves in harvard
Leaves!
child playing with Bench in harvard
A location I have have never discovered on my own!
child playing  in Harvard family photography
child playing in harvard
And in the last minute, she discovered picking her nose, which made for the BEST smiles throughout the entire session.
child playing  in harvard
parents and child in Harvard

Harvard family photography Slideshow

And here is their Best images in a slideshow format. Please enjoy!

For pricing information and to book your family session please see my website.

For another playful family session please click HERE.

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  1. Stef

    November 7th, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Bella, we adore our family photos! For better or worse, they capture our family dynamic so well at this point in time. Perhaps next year the little one will have slightly more interest in taking direction? We had such a great time working with you and appreciate both your laid back and prepared attitude (not an easy balance to master!)
    If our family looks at these…spoiler alert, these will be part of your Christmas gifts 🙂

  2. Bella Wang

    November 13th, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I loved meeting you all and having it come together the way it did! So funny bumping into you all again the other day at Revival!! I hope to see you guys again next year and see how much change it will bring. Happy holidays Stef!!! Thank you so much for spending some time with me.