changing seasons | shanghai family photographer

Autumn is probably my favorite season when living in the midwest and east coast of the US.  While the climate and seasons are not quite the same in Shanghai, it was nice to get to engage in one of the best autumn pasttimes with this family – playing in the leaves.

This beloved family has been in China for over 10 years, and will soon be moving back to the US.  So it was extra special to have this session with them before they leave, and as they begin their own changing of seasons.  I know they will be dearly missed by many! (How could you not miss such adorable kids?)

bev - anita, so nice to finally make your blog! thank you for being there to document a major kairos moment in our lives…changing seasons is such an appropriate title for this juncture. we love the photos! you totally hit the mark; these are the photos i had in mind for a memento of our season in china …trust this won’t be the last time you document our lives 🙂 so grateful our lives intersected here! XOXOXO b&m

thanksgiving | shanghai newborn photographer

A precious new life, simple and pure . Definitely something to be thankful for.

Had the privilege of photographing this family again, and I know they are thankful for the arrival of this beautiful baby girl.  I am thankful for the time I get to spend photographing a new life, seeing families grow, and getting to know people from all over the world.

What are you thankful for today?

handsome | shanghai newborn photographer

just a small sneak peek of my session with this handsome fellow yesterday.  he was such a good-natured baby throughout the session, and i can’t complain when part of my work entails holding a newborn — it always fills me with wonder of this precious life.

i actually had the privilege of photographing his older brother a couple years ago.  always particularly special to have return clients and to see families grow.

ningbo | jetstar in-flight magazine publication

Earlier this fall, I had the privilege to work on an editorial piece for Australian airline, Jetstar’s, in-flight magazine.  They just opened up a new route to Ningbo, the first city where we lived in upon arriving in China.  So I got to spend the day photographing both familiar and new sites for their feature on Ningbo.  A different kind of assignment compared to my usual portrait sessions, yet I found it just as splendid as it tapped into my love for travel, food, and spotting quirky details.  You can see the complete article (with all my images) in their archives here.

lily - this is awesome, anita! can i have your autograph?? =D so proud of you!

Jenny liu - Good job, Anita. Well done! Picture can tell story.

dressing up

Got inspired and had a lot of fun with the Halloween costumes this year.   Costumes were based on the book Ladybug Girl Dresses Up.

Always think Kk resembles a ladybug, and she got quite excited at the idea of being Ladybug Girl… so we went from there.  Hannah wanted to be a pirate – but insists she is not a “friendly” pirate as described in the book.  And on the tiger page of the book, it says “Roar! I am a wild tiger.” Lulu the tiger roams the jungle and climbs up very tall trees.  Felt fitting for Isabella who is the loudest of the bunch, known to randomly yell “Ahhhh!!”, always roaming around, and climbing as far up any furniture she can possibly go.  And the book concludes “Ladybug Girl can do anything!”.  Sounds about right.

On a side note, in the four years we have been in China, I am impressed by the evolution of Halloween costumes.  Each year the kids’ costumes seem more thought out and varied.  So what were you (or your kids) for Halloween this year?

And it feels good to finally blog again. I know things have been quiet around here (usually inversely related to my real life situation), but hopefully I will post more sooner than later.

Happy Halloween!

Qofheart - Looks so fun! Hope the girls enjoy the festivities with others dressing up and pretending to play their roles.

connie - love this! your girls (or ladybug, tiger and pirate!) are so cute! hannah is the cutest, friendliest looking non-friendly pirate! haha

popo - SOOO cute!! Such a creative idea for the 3 sisters. Love the pictures. Want to hug them.

Jenny liu - Yi puo really want to hug them, so does Ayi jie jie Esther, too cute to describe these three lovely ones