Wednesday, February 2, 2011

black and white Wednesday - Gung Hei Fat Choy!

CNY 1 web

Tomorrow is Feb. 3 which starts the year of the Rabbit.
I can just imagine what it's like in China right now, with all the preparation for this holiday.
Chinese New Year is so much more than firecrackers and lion dances.
CNY 3 web

Though I've never been in China during it's Spring Festival,
I've heard it's very much like Christmas is to us.
It's a time for families to gather, give gifts, eat and celebrate together.

CNY 2 final web

We have our own family traditions of decorating for the holiday,
eating special foods,
 and later in the month, a weekend get together with our beloved China travel group.

I also take pictures every year of my kids in their traditional Chinese clothes.
It's a way for us to look back and see how much they've grown.
This particular session turned into a giggle fest,
starting with the supreme giggler (Will) and then Grace had her turn.
We had lots of fun.

CNY 4  web-2
Please be sure to go to Lisa's Black and White Wednesday,
over at The Long Road to China
 to see many more pictures...

and Happy New Year!

the long road

21 kind words:

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

you have made my day1 Gung Hei Fat Choy!


Courtney said...

Beautiful pictures. Enjoy celebrating with your family.

Jill - FNA Photography said...

absolutely stunning photos of your beautiful children gail! what a fun tradition you share together!

hugs and be safe today!
xoxo jill

the meaklims said...

That picture of Grace is simply stunning. Along with the one of the two of them.

I would love to be in China right now. Lilah and I went to our local T&T supermarket last week and it really was in the spirit. It made me feel nostalgic, because we were in China in December '08 and shopped in the massive CNY markets. Ah, I love China.

Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family.


Love Letters To China said...


Just because you have umpteen feet of snow all around your home, you still make the most of it and take amazing photos in your home studio. These are gorgeous Gail!

You know I'm not sure if I like the one of Grace in color or b&w better. Did you use an action on the b&w conversion? If so, which one. The tone of her face is magnificent.....85 mm or 50? :-)


Wanda said...

GGGOOOOOOOOrgeous images Gail. Oh, how I love them all. The last blk and wh - just takes my breath away.

Happy CNY to you and yours. And have a wonderful celebration with your China group. Isn't it wonderful to have these connections?

Rabbit hugs to you!!

Sharon said...

Amazing and so perfect!

Mommy2Four said...

Such a great job! Newest follower here!

Jboo said...

Beautiful photos of your two gigglers!

Happy New Year!


Robin said...

WOW ... Gail! Your pictures are seriously just beautiful! I love this series of pictures & this has to be my favorite group! What a great tradition!!

xoxo Robin

Rosie said...

Wow - these portraits are amazing, so beautiful, both in colour and black and white! Have a good time!

Angela@the crazyness that is me said...

Wow! Those photos are amazing. Truly beautiful! Have a fantastic day :)

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Those took my breath - so beautiful

Lori Lynn said...

Very nice pictures. I haven't stopped by in awhile and it's so nice to see Grace smile.

Krista said...

Just beautiful!

Faith Hope Love Photography said...

Your black and whites are just so crisp and have so much contrast...lovely!! Is there some special actions you use?
This looks such a great tradition and fun holiday for all of your family!

Life with Kaishon said...

I really love these beautiful pictures of the children. So special. I love your tradition. The children look so much more grown up every time I come to visit... I can't really take it! : (

I hope the Year of the Rabbit is very wonderful for you and your sweet family!

Much love, Becky

Sharon Ankerich said...

Once again~ breathtaking!!! Your children are gorgeous and SO love their Chinese outfits!!!
Blessings and Joy!

Kayce said...

Beautiful pictures! We were in China last year for the prep of the holiday and the mass exodus! It was an amazing time to be there and one I wont forget. I remember firecrackers going off ALL DAY and night long. I love your idea of doing pictures in traditional Chinese dress at this time. Might have to do that myself! Gung Hei Fat Choy!!

Sharon said...

Gorgeous! Happy CNY !

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh these are GORGEOUS Gail!! I especially love the creative crop and use of negative space on the shot of Grace!! BEAUTIFUL!

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family~



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