insectophilia | shanghai kids photographer

when the mom of this good-natured boy filled out my pre-session questionnaire, she mentioned a few times that he liked insects. so i was thrilled to find out he had real live ones at home. the scorpion and the cricket didn’t seem like real viable options to be let out for a photo shoot, so we settled for these charming silkworms. (yes, charming. i’ve mentioned that i used to love digging up worms, right?)

it was such a pleasure to meet your family!  thanks for letting me play with you and see your whole collection of insects.

a-gong

in loving memory of a-gong.

though normally more quiet and serious in demeanor, his face would light up and he always had the biggest smiles when he was around his granddaughters.

this past week, my father-in-law passed peacefully to be with the Lord. we will miss him.  and this Easter Sunday, we are indeed thankful that He is risen and given us Life beyond this one.

 

joanne - what a touching image

love and laughter | shanghai family photographer

spent a lovely afternoon with this beautiful family. their enjoyment of each other was so apparent, and i felt privileged to capture it.  even as i was editing the images, i was filled with warm fuzzies, uplifted by how they exemplified love as a family.

as they have recently relocated to Shanghai, mom wanted to be able share a glimpse of their life with family back home, just in time for her grandmother’s 85th birthday.  thinking about this, it added another dimension to the meaningfulness of my work.  for many expat families here, i know relatives back home miss them tons and always want to see how the kids are growing and changing.  i feel privileged once again that i can create these images to share with extended family and friends overseas.

precious

this precious girl came as a surprise to her parents.
yet her life is a testimony of the change He makes in our lives.  and His faithfulness and abundant blessings – no wonder her nickname is 多多 (much).