Friday, January 23, 2009

taking off


Happy Chinese New Year! Chinese New Year in China is like Christmas/New Year's time in the US - which means extended time off of work and a time to travel. Most people will go back to their hometowns to gather with family and eat and eat and eat.
Our hometown is kind of far, so instead we're off to explore and enjoy Hong Kong and Phuket for about 2 weeks. Can't wait to be in warmer climates. Will post more when we return. =)

(note: sweater shown above is, of course, another by Shokay)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


hannah: wo bu shufu (translate: i don't feel good)
me: really? then maybe we should snuggle. snuggles always make you feel better. (note: this is me half joking, as she actually hates being squeezed and snuggled)
or i could rub your back.

*no feedback*, then...

hannah: i think Little Mermaid make me better.
me: (very loud laugh)
hannah: i think Little Mermaid DVD make better. i think Little Mermaid DVD make better.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Shokay part 3 - my favorite | commercial shoot

OK, I know all the Shokay clothes I've posted so far are adorable, but when I received this collection, I knew it was my favorite! All the outfits are simply darling, with the best coordinating hats. And the workmanship and details are just amazing.

Some of you have wondered what sizes these clothes are available in. The answer - any size! They're standard sizes go up to size 6 yrs old for kids, but they custom anything for any age and size - including adults!

makes me feel like going on a Sunday afternoon picnic.


*love* this.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Shokay part 2 - children's luxury handknits | commercial shoot

More wonderful outfits from Shokay.

And I must say, when photographing commercial shoots, it is rather convenient to have a model always on hand, available to do whatever you tell her to do. =)

I love this dress with its bit of Chinese qipao style.

I really like the bold color - though you can customize the colors on any order.

These mittens and scarf match the cardigan in my last post. And the top of the mittens are flapped so that they can open and fold back, exposing the fingertips when it gets warmer.

Love the details and colors on this hooded cape.

And one last one for fun.

So which is your favorite?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Shokay - children's luxury handknits | commercial shoot

Ok... finally ready to post about my exciting project I mentioned in my last post. Sorry to keep you in suspense. =)

I mentioned a while back that I met one of the co-founders of Shokay.

Well, I am very excited to have the opportunity to photograph for their upcoming catalog, featuring their new line of children's clothing.

All of these products are handknit and can be custom made to order. The feel of the yarn is *nice* and soft and warm. And ultimately, their sales go back to helping give sustainable income to impoverished communities in China. An all around feel-good business, I'd say.

While their new catalog is still in process, here's just a few glimpses from one of the shoots.



(isn't this design beautiful?)

More to come soon...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

we have finally arrived

before we moved, one of the few things that hannah understood about China was that after we got there, she would be able to ride a bike. (we didn't want to purchase a bike for her earlier in the States and then have lug it all the way here) almost everytime we mentioned we would be moving, she would respond that she would then be able to ride a bike... or play with her new toy kitchen (another object we held out on opening until after we moved).
well, on Christmas day, when Luke rolled her new bike through the door, she exclaimed, "Oh! Wo men zhongyu dao Zhongguo le! Wo men zhongyu dao Zhongguo le!" (Translation: We have finally arrived in China!) so yes, I guess our move is now official.


(excuse the blurry, not very professional looking picture =) )

I have another exciting project to share about in the next few days, so stay tuned!