Violet │ Five Years Old
Oh the joys of having old friends back in town… And not just for a visit, but for the long-haul! The Chens were living in Qingdao around the time we moved here, and fell pregnant with our sweet Eli. Amber helped me through all of my prenatal appointments, and was present during Eli’s birth. Her Mandarin is amazing – so she helped with all of the translations, and other necessary details. She was a lifesaver! Although she didn’t know it at the time, she was pregnant with James (her second child). When Eli was a couple of months old, the Chens moved to another city in China. They were the first of a number of families we had grown close to who began to move away.
We never imagined that the Chens would be back, but we were wrong! This summer they moved back to Qingdao, and we are thrilled to have them back!
As a birthday tradition, Amber loves to have birthday photo shoots done on her children’s birthdays. Usually she takes them to a photo studio, but this isn’t always the most pleasant experience. There aren’t many kids who want to sit in a studio and smile at a camera outfit after outfit. This year, for Violet’s 5th birthday, she hired me to take the birthday photos.
How did Eli get into this Shoot?
The weather wasn’t great, but we decided to take a chance and try do some pictures on the beach. Unfortunately, it was very dark by the time we were all done with work and school! I managed to get some cute pictures of Violet on her special day, but it was no easy feat. All three kids (Eli included) were eager dive into the ocean. Violet and James love Eli, so he pretty much snuck his way into Violet’s birthday photos. By the end of the shoot, we were all in the water and completely soaked!