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Film Friday - Hong Kong | Ventura and Santa Barbara Photographer

What reminds you of home? Is it the smell, the food, the architecture, or the people? I left Hong Kong 24 years ago and to be honest, I don't remember much. What I do remember fondly is the smell of stinky tofu - deep fried pieces of fermented tender tofu and eaten with hoisin sauce and hot sauce; a smell that I could detect blocks away, luring me to a giant wok full of oil churning out all sorts of delicious fried goodies. These street vendors are harder and harder to find but luckily I found some near our airbnb two blocks away!!! But I digress. What I missed the most about Hong Kong are the wet markets - fresh meat, seafood and vegetables lining the street; a robust and familiar community of vendors working hard and citizens grocery shopping and bargaining over strands of green onions as a way of life. That is home.

The best part of the trip was undoubtedly watching my maternal grandmother, my paw paw, with my kids. It was the first time they met and every second of the "i want to kill myself" feeling that I felt traveling 20+ hours with two toddlers was worth it for just that moment. Lugging a camera with a clingy toddler made photographing challenging and there were so many aspects of the trip that I wish I could capture but just couldn't - ah, sometimes parenthood isn't about doing everything we want to do, correct?

Anyways, sharing my favorite photographs from Hong Kong here...these remind me of my roots and I hope you love them too.

Developed and scanned by the amazing FIND Lab. All taken with the Pentax 645N and Rolleiflex 2.8E.

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Po Chi Fung is a Ventura County Lifestyle Family and Newborn Photographer, also serving Ojai, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, and other surrounding areas. She captures real-life moments with a documentary approach on film to tell your family's story. 

Film Friday - one of my most favorite outdoor lifestyle sessions! | Ventura Family Photographer

Happy Film Friday!!!

We just got back from our trip, so I am still jet-lagged and working slowly. But before I get on with the 20 things I have on my to-do list, I want to show you some of my most favorite photographs from a recent session. P.S. I'm now available to photograph your family in Ventura! Spread the word!

Having recently been photographed for a family session with my grandmother in Hong Kong and feeling so so grateful to have these memories and interactions preserved, my feeling of wanting to document their families the way that reflects who they really are really intensified. 

Daphne, I hope you'll look back on these photographs years from now and be transported to these precious moments with your gorgeous family.

Love, Po

Dad and daughter hike through woods during Ventura Family Photography session
Ventura Family Photography by Po Chi Fung during outdoor photo session
Baby boy with mom and sister during Ventura CA lifestyle family photography session
mom and son during outdoor family photography session near Ventura CA
Girl pony tail as she explores forest during Ventura Family Photography session
Ventura lifestyle family portraits with daughter and parents 
Little boy holds leaf during Ventura family photography session
Mom snuggles her children during Ventura CA family photography session
Dad plays with son during outdoor family photography session near Ventura and Santa Monica
Girl laughs in forest during Ventura Family Photography Session
Family plays during their lifestyle photo session with Po Chi Fung
Family walks through forest during Ventura family photography session with Po Chi Fung

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Po Chi Fung is a Ventura County Lifestyle Family and Newborn Photographer, also serving Ojai, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, and other surrounding areas. She captures real-life moments with a documentary approach on film to tell your family's story. 

Letters to our Children | June

Dear Children, you guys are hilarious and sometimes a bit insane...

Evie, you crack me up every day. That other day, when your Baba asked you why you didn't nap at school, you replied, "My eyes are dead, they were resting." I must admit that I said WTF out loud, laughed, and then made a mental note that we need to somehow incorporate those words in a song for your future rock n roll band.  You also called your father garbage recently and when we discussed this topic further, you looked me firmly in the eyes are said, "But some people ARE garbage, right Mama?" I'm like, "hmm. absolutely, but not your dad."  Then you went and asked the babysitter if she has boobies...and then whether or not there is milk inside...then you told her her stomach was big.  Oh gosh. 

I am not going to lie, Evie, the 3's have been difficult. There's been more "Stop what you are doing! Don't make me count to 3! It is dangerous! YOU NEED TO LISTEN" more than your dad and I had imagined. It seems to be this continuous test on boundaries throughout the whole day. We are learning to work with you as we go but take it easy on us every once in a while, alright?

Max, you are becoming a riot. It was somewhat shocking that my sweet sweet baby boy transformed into an opinionated and sometimes demanding little toddler.  You are coming into your own and the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree. You are stubborn and determined like your dad and I but in different ways than Evie.  You now protest if you don't get what you want or isn't given what you "asked" for.  You still enjoy reading and playing by yourself but you are becoming so much more interactive.  You loved the kitty cat dance party with your dad and your sister that other day. Watching you have a blast with your sister just makes my mama heart burst.

Life is so lively with the two of you. And I love it.

-Mama

 

 

Po Chi Fung is a Ventura County Lifestyle Family and Newborn Photographer, also serving Ojai, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, and other surrounding areas. She captures real-life moments with a documentary approach on film to tell your family's story. 

Film Friday | Baby boy on film! | Ventura County Newborn Photographer

I am so excited to share this week's Film Friday with you. Photography has led me to new friends that I otherwise wouldn't have met in my day to day and I'm so glad I got to meet Yasmina a few years ago through a film mama group. She took some beautiful film photographs of Max and I when Max was just 9 days old and I'm so happy that I got to return the favor. I might have squealed when I got my film scans back.

Motherhood, in all the different ways, is so beautiful and tender. I'm so glad I got to document some bits of these early days for Yasmina and her baby boy. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Contact me if you'd love timeless photographs of your family and your newborn! 

Po Chi Fung is a Ventura County Lifestyle Family and Newborn Photographer, also serving Ojai, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, and other surrounding areas. She captures real-life moments with a documentary approach on film to tell your family's story. 

Film Friday - A Berry Summer Edition

I am cracking up over my title...can you guess what I'm going to be posting about?!

This summer feels like the best summer yet.  The kids are at such a fun age and it is beginning to be really fun having special outings with them!  If you asked me to name five things that I love about summer, then I would answer: cold brew, strawberries, peaches, watermelon, and pool.  We are slightly too early for peaches but this post contains all the rest.  We are loving our summer so far - strawberry picking, going to petting zoo birthday parties, and the pool.  Enjoy the photos :)

A mix of Fuji400H + 1 and Portra400. All developed by the FIND lab.

 

 

*Po Chi Fung is a Washington DC and MD lifestyle and documentary family photographer serving Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, and Potomac

 

Film Friday - annual Cherry Blossoms edition

HOW is it Friday already again????

So...we basically didn't have a spring in DC this year and went from a whole month of rain straight to summer.  I am okay with that but I am going to think about spring a tiny bit this morning by throwing back to our visit to see the cherry blossoms two months ago.  Jeremy and I have gone almost every year since we have been together, with the exception of two years 1) Super pregnant before Evie was born and 2) we were out of the country.  Our walk downtown last year is still so vivid in my mind because I remember being so disappointed with how overcasted it was! It started out kind of exciting since this was the first time our family of 4 visited the cherry blossoms together BUT I'd say we got over it rather quickly because it was so crowded even though we got there shortly after 7am! Note: Max was strapped to the carrier the whole time, so I didn't get photographs of him on camera, but at least we have some iphone family snaps :)

I hope you enjoy these photographs :) Happy Happy Friday and have a good weekend, peeps!

All taken on a Pentax645N and a Canon 1v on portra400.

 

 

*Po Chi Fung is a Washington DC and MD lifestyle and documentary family photographer serving Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, and Potomac

Film Friday

Somehow we skipped Spring and marched right into Summer.  Not complaining though! I will take sunny and hot days over 20+ days of rain ANY day.  Here's another round up of film photographs from our daily lives. Happy Friday!!!

My superhero is too fast for my camera.

My superhero is too fast for my camera.

Oh, don't mind the messy hair, stickers on my husband's shirt, Evie making the same dorky face as I am, and our runaway baby boy. It's a family portrait because we are all in the frame, ok?

Oh, don't mind the messy hair, stickers on my husband's shirt, Evie making the same dorky face as I am, and our runaway baby boy. It's a family portrait because we are all in the frame, ok?

 

*Po Chi Fung is a Washington DC and MD lifestyle and documentary family photographer serving Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, and Potomac