siblings | shanghai kids photographer

siblings

I had a fun afternoon photographing this cute pair and their family.  It had been over a year since we first started talking about scheduling a session, so it was quite a celebratory moment when we were finally able to pull of this shoot.

We had the session at Red Town, and I am surprised it has taken me this long to visit this area.  An artsy area good for the whole family to stroll around.  There is a sculpture park in the middle for kids to run around, art galleries, and a couple coffee shops.  If you have visited Beijing, it reminded me a bit of a mini version of the 798 Art District.

For those of you who are still around for the October holiday, this would make a splendid outing in this beautiful weather. A friend went yesterday and said it wasn’t overly crowded either – bonus for those trying to avoid the holiday crowds.  I will definitely be back with my own kids soon.

a walk in the rain | shanghai kids photographer

rainydays

With all the rain we have been getting this week, I thought these images would be appropriate.  It was a rainy day during this session, but it didn’t stop us from taking some fun outdoor shots.  This sweet girl lit up when she got to carry the umbrella (and I’ve secretly always wanted to use this umbrella in a photo shoot).  Perfect.

By the way, did you know that on rainy days, IKEA sells their umbrellas for just 10 rmb?  With the child play area where you can drop off your kids while you shop, as well as kid-friendly eating areas, it might not be such a bad option for a rainy day activity in Shanghai.  My kids also love to grab the free paper rulers, and walk around looking at everything — but maybe that’s just my kids.  Parent tip: Try to avoid IKEA on the weekends when it is swamped with people.

back in shanghai | shanghai kids photographer

3 year old portrait

Well, I am back in Shanghai now.  It’s been just over a week, though it feels much longer.  Everyone is over jetlag, the girls have started school, and we are settling into some semblance of a routine… maybe.

I love that each year, my return from the US is marked by a session with this handsome fellow.  Now three years old, it has been an amazing privilege to photograph this kiddo through each milestone.  This time, we took a stroll around Xintiandi 新天地.

Parent tip: If you are in the area and want a little more space for the kids to run around, check out Taipingqiao Park 太平桥公园 just next door to Xintiandi.  Also, a bit of ice cream from Haagen Dazs can cure all kinds of kid-crankiness.

summer fun

summerfun

It’s been a lovely long summer in the US for us, filling up on classic summer activities from day camps to camping, and everything in between including swimming, tubing, boating, s’mores, (a LOT of) popsicles, catching fireflies, blueberry picking, BBQ and bonfires.

These images were taken during our first attempt as a family to go camping – we took it easy and picked a family-friendly campground just an hour’s drive away.  We weren’t sure how we’d fare, especially with our youngest being just 15 months old.  But it turned out to be a splendid time, and the kids are eager to go again.

As the summer winds down, I am thankful for all we’ve been able to experience and time spent with family and friends.  I am slowly gearing up for our return to life in Shanghai, and looking forward to what this next year may bring.

afternoon tea at hilton hongqiao

hilton hongqiao afternoon tea

As a special birthday outing for my oldest, I took her for afternoon tea last weekend.  Shanghai has quite a few choices for afternoon tea, and after much online research, we ended up at the Hilton Hongqiao.  Their afternoon tea is currently running a “Grandma’s Secret Sweets Cabinet” theme.  We were served a scrumptious variety of sweets and savories in a charming wooden cabinet.  We savored each treat – the layered strawberry cake was a surprise favorite with its light whipped cream.  And right now, with a WOW VIP card through WOW Shanghai, the whole thing goes for 130 rmb for 2 people.  A fun girlie outing at a great value.