Living overseas, away from parents and extended family means we don’t see them very often. We can’t be there for every birthday, holiday or family event. But when they visit, we get lots of real quality time together. After almost a decade of living here even our family feels partly at home in Hong Kong. It’s become a special place to them too.

So when Emma reached out for an urban shoot for when her parents were visiting, I loved the idea to document that. Of course it was about the four of them spending time together. But at the same time it was also about showing that they were in Hong Kong. We didn’t want it to make touristy and super posed, but we wanted Hong Kong as a backdrop, a context. Right here and now it might not seem so exciting to see the waterfront in the background. But imagine 10 years from now, how “back in the day” it will feel and how memories will come alive.

We met up in Hong Kong’s Central Tamar Park and spent a sunny Saturday wandering around the piers in Hong Kong. That weekend being the first real warm and sunny spring days, it was packed with tourists and locals alike. We still managed to get great shots and had a great session. Finn is a such a super sweet boy and it was a joy to see how loved he is by his mum and grandparents.

Finn loves boats and ships (which little kid doesn’t!) and so it was obvious we had to include the Star Ferry! With it’s polished dark wooden seats, vintage signage, light peaking through dusty old windows – it’s a great photo backdrop. Add a lollipop as a treat and you’ll have one happy kid!

Don’t forget to check out the slideshow at the end of the gallery!

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Wandering Hong Kong

with Finn & Family

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