This neighborhood in North Kunming, China has been one of my favorite spots for photos. Around every corner is a new dilapidated building, an antique Chinese doorway, or a long abandoned house long abandoned overrun with vegetation.
The Ziebarts also love this spot, and having adventured in the neighborhood in years past, we couldn’t resist revisiting. A year later, and not much had changed. We encountered lovely smiling faces, unique locations for photos, some truly horrific smells & sights, and a lot of fun.
You would never be able to tell that this relaxed family was packing up to move across the country in a few days. Even more impressive than that, their personalities & interactions didn’t change when the camera came out. No coaching necessary, they just had fun with playing with their daughter in one of their favorite Seattle parks. And I had fun chasing after them.
Quite determined to not have a posed photoshoot while I visited them in Dali, the Chongs did let me catch some moments of life while I visited them my last day of my 2014 trip to China (and even grab a posed photo or two).
Wandering around a Chinese apartment complex with a beautiful & personable family. It was a beautiful day. I love it when I form a relationship with people through photography and get to know a family as they grow. I miss my China friends.
I’ve taken photos of this family for years. Love them to pieces. This year, the oldest was ready and excited for the photo shoot. He had his poses all ready for me and helped me scout locations. It leaves a happy feeling in my heart when I know the kids have fun and look forward to their family photos. Means I’m doing things right.