Happy Leap Day Everyone!

Photo tip: As my kids get older they are sometimes less than thrilled to get their photo taken (just sometimes).  To spark their interest a little more, I try to change it up every so often.  This past year, one of their favorite photo “poses” is to jump.  It sometimes takes a few tries, and you need to make sure your shutter speed is fast enough… but the results are so fun.  The above photos were taken during our travels to Japan and Yunnan.

advent | shanghai newborn photographer


Advent season is here.  Christmas markets are setting up all over town. Starbucks is playing Christmas music continuously.  I have been doing daily Taobao shopping/obsessing for extended family as we get ready to go back to the US – spending our first Christmas back in the US since moving here in 2008.  My kids are happily opening up their advent houses each day to find treats and verses pertaining to Jesus’ birth.  First batch of Christmas cookies have been baked – a few more to go.

In the midst of the festivities, in this season of advent, it is wondrous to be reminded of a humble beginning a couple thousand years ago.  A little life like the precious newborn shown above.

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths an lying in a manger.” Luke 2:11-12

tutu cute | shanghai baby photographer


Playing dress-up at this baby’s six month session.

If you are a new mom, wondering at what point should I schedule a photography session for my baby, here is what I consider some highlights about photographing babies at six months:
– six-month-olds are very interactive, naturally curious, and quick to smile
– they (usually) aren’t mobile yet, often just starting to sit up on their own (i.e. can snap photos without baby running too far too fast)
– all that pudginess and cuteness that embodies babies is arguably at its peak

This girl’s mommy has been faithful about regularly scheduling photo sessions for both of her kids. It is a privilege to see them grow through different milestones.  And as a family, it is awesome to have a collection of images to look back on over the years.

If you are considering scheduling sessions at regular intervals for your children, I recommend the following guideline:
– From 0 – 2 years old: once every 6 months, starting with a newborn session*
– From 3 years and older: once a year

*If you want to be even more thorough in capturing baby’s different stages of development, you can also add in a three month and nine month session.