in the hands of my assistant

ok, i confess that i am a sucker for giveaway contests.  =)  besides the great prizes, it’s often a fun exercise in creativity.  this time, the contest is to win a much coveted shootsac
so here’s my entry: the reason i need a new shootsac, is that i think it’d be much safer and reliable way to carry around my lenses over my current assistant…



there are some great entries you can check out… and you can enter to win too!

ok… i will stop procrastinating now and go back to the other things i should be doing…

Jennifer - TOO cute and creative!! Good luck!!

cornelia - hahaa great picture! i love that she also has her own camera 😉

Princess S - I love how you have a built-in model!! She is ADORABLE!

how to make lasagna in ningbo, china


1. request mom to bring over lasagna noodles from the US in her luggage during a visit
2. obtain ricotta cheese during a trip to hong kong and tote back in your suitcase
3. drive 45 minutes to downtown to buy parmesan cheese
4. buy remaining ingredients at local grocery store – including fresh spinach because no pre-cooked, pre-chopped, frozen stuff here… it’s healthier that way.
5.  grate mozzarella cheese by hand because
        a. local grocery store does not carry pre-shredded stuff, but at least they do sell it in blocks and
        b. you completely fried the food processor that you had shipped over from the US by using a cheap voltage converter
6. cook and assemble lasagna accordingly, soliciting your more-than-eager-to-make-“magnana” 2 1/2 year old to help
7. sprinkle top of lasagna with parmesan cheese, but not with the entire 1/4 cup that is called out in the recipe because this precious commodity that you traveled 45 min for just doesn’t come in big containers and quantities around here.
8. finally, bake in oven toaster oven that just barely fits your 9×13 pan.  (see previous comments on ovens)
9. thoroughly enjoy with friends, some of whom have never had lasagna before.

cathy - love the play-by-play! =)

cornelia - yay! great job on the magnana! looks very yummy =) i’m so impressed that your local grocery carries mozz.

mm - looks delicious. I think a big can of parmesan cheese from Costco will be on the shopping list for mom’s next visit 🙂

Sarah Wheeler - Oh my goodness, lasagna sounds like a huge production in China! I hope that it tasted delicious, and that your friends loved it 🙂

Upcoming Michigan Sessions! | Metro Detroit Area Child Photographer

Well, as promised, another exciting announcement – particularly for you Michigan folks…

In April, we are looking forward to taking our first trip back to the States since moving to China! Yay! Looking forward to seeing family, friends, and a whole list of little-just-can’t-experience-here-things that maybe I’ll list another day.

And of course, I couldn’t resist scheduling in some portrait sessions. I will be offering a *limited* number of sessions during the month of April. So for those of you living in Michigan and would like an exclusive session with a photographer traveling all the way from China (wink)… send me an email to be included on my interest list.
I am still finalizing details on package offerings, available dates, and locations. But those on my interest list will the first group to be notified of all the details, and therefore have the first chance to book a session. Please let me know if you have any questions or special requests.

In the meanwhile, in honor of Michigan, here are a couple cuties I photographed a while back when we were still living there.

Looking forward to catching up with many of you soon!



joanne - love the new blog!

jean smith - first of all…CONGRATS on your baby-to-be…that is sooo exciting! second of all, that’s so awesome you are coming back to michigan for a while! seeing these adorable pictures makes me realize that i need to go dig mine up from that workshop and edit them…OOPS.


yay!  welcome to my shiny new blog.  i am sure this will be a continual work in progress, but i couldn’t wait any longer to start posting on it.  some nice features to this new blog include:
– i can post BIGGER pictures.  yum.
– it’s easier for you to leave a comment.  that’s right, it’s really *easy* to leave a comment… go ahead, just try it.  =)  (enough hints?)

if you are new to reading my blog, please find older posts here:

more exciting announcements ahead, so stay tuned…

in the meanwhile, i’m still sifting through pictures from our trip (only got it onto the computer yesterday), but here is a small  big glimpse at one of our adventures.


Just in case you’re interested, I was actually fortuitous enough to win this new blog. You can read about it here. I was so psyched, as “create new blog” was on the top of my wish list… and this saved me much hassle and time. Many thanks to PIF and Prophoto for their generosity! And yes, I am also thankful my little rockstar has allowed me to fully exploit her in my photography endeavors. =)

lily - love the new blog, anita! ellen and i did those elephant rides in phuket, too! fun stuff! can’t wait to see more pics… esp of your rockstar! =D

cathy - haha….love your submission…definitely deserved to win! hannah is too cute! glad it’s easier to sub comments now!

cornelia - =) yay! really nice new website! i love it. and the elephant butts are great too. hehee

mom - I am excited about able to leave comments easily 🙂
Love the submission and star rocks !