when the imagination runs free~ we love Halloween

Every year our little family waits for Halloween to step out of the ordinary into a little something extraordinary; because life is just that; extraordinary; until we forget. I find so much joy in planning events since my daughter was born 9 years ago and together we plot and plan and create. Last year we had the idea to create Halloween characters with her and her friends making studio portraits with them in costume and this year we will do that again. Here are a few of our favorite portraits from last year.

clarissa

clarissa

cora

cora

the blue vampire

the blue vampire

ginger

ginger

hans

hans

lady tamiko

lady tamiko

ralph

ralph

raya

raya

sybill

sybill

sybill

sybill

tara

tara

jora

jora

waia

waia

ginger

ginger

wearing her story ~ Yunnan

wearing her story ~ Yunnan

wearing her story ~ Yunnan

Every stitch on her costume, every threaded bead she decorates herself with, every wrinkle on her face plays a part in telling her story, a life so different to ours, a world so alien to 21st century culture, an existence rising out of old traditions, she belongs to a tribe that allows strangers no access. All I could capture was the sense of her presence and the few photographs that I always hope could link to the state of standing in front of these amazing people.

Day Two Hundred Fifty Two, October 1, 2011

Taekwondo

The 5 tenets of Taekowndo: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit. In the case of Lea, there is a 6th one: getting enough strength and confidence to give the kick of terror to the boy who bullies her at school.

photo: Lea in the street in Shanghai after Taekwondo class practicing some moves on her father

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