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Ikseon-dong Couple Photos

Downtown Seoul with Caitlin and Jay – Pre-Wedding Photography

From the very first email, I knew Caitlin, Jay, and I would get along. Caitlin let me know exactly what they were after, when they were hoping to get it done, and what was important to them as a couple. Since they were visiting from their home in the States for their pre-wedding shoot, having this information gave me an immediate headstart on offering locations, timing, and suggestions. As the conversation progressed, I learnt that Jay had actually grown up […]

Korea Family Photos - Liu

Liu Family Photos – Rocks, Running, and Smiles

When it comes to post-custody family photos, there is one rule we follow: what the child says goes. If they’re tired, we take things slow. If they want to play, we play for a while. There’s nothing quite like the paths of Changdeokgung for little boys to play in. There are open spaces, ramps that go up and down through gates, and, of course, pebbles and rocks everywhere. At this session, we certainly got our fair share of running through […]

Seoul Lifestyle Family Photography

Beautiful but Freezing – Venneman Family Photoshoot

It seems like forever since I worked with the Venneman family. But with summer winding down and the promise of cooler temperatures on the horizon, I remembered our gorgeous December family photoshoot. This was a whirlwind session to keep all three children on our side as the temperatures approached zero. Michelle and Trevor had reached out earlier in the year and we’d talked about making family pictures as their adoption was finalised. Unfortunately, by the time they had a custody […]

Lens Flare in the Bright Sun - Seoul Pre-Wedding

MJ and Derek’s Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot in Seoul

This session was on one of those rare days in Seoul where everything just lines up. Clear air and beautiful strong sun are so rare here that we just had to make the most of it. This gorgeous day gave us the opportunity to make some of my favourite images from my time as a photographer here in Seoul. Let’s jump in and take a look at how this session played out. Getting Ready for a Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot I […]

Maliha Loved to Jump

Jennifer, Said, and Maliha’s First Family Photos

In this, the strangest of years, I’m constantly amazed by the dedication of families in completing their adoption processes. Jennifer and Said are no exception to that rule. Braving the quarantine procedure (and the quarantine hotel lottery), they made their way to Seoul in order to meet and take custody of their daughter, Maliha. We got together during this time to make some family photos for them before they went home. As is often the case when we move into […]

Peek-a-Boo - Hirashiki Winter Family Photo

All Smiles with the Hirashiki Family

Happy New Year, everyone! In this first post of the year, we’ll take a look at a winter family photography session with the Hirashiki tribe from back in December. As I write this, the Han River is frozen and the temperature is well below zero. Thankfully for this session, the cold hadn’t truly settled in yet and we had quite a nice day with a high of 9°C. Coupled with the beautiful soft light from an overcast sky, it was […]

Family Walk - Michas Post-Custody Family Photos

Michas Post-Custody Family Photos at Changdeokgung

Today’s shoot one of those sessions where there wasn’t a dull moment. We had smiles, tears, hunger, running, tenderness, and a mass collection of pine cones, but let’s start from the beginning. Niko and Jacklin had reached out to have a post-custody family photo shoot before heading home after their adoption. We scheduled an early morning session at Gyeongbokgung to avoid the crowds. That happened to coincide with a national holiday here (Hangeul Day), which I usually avoid as much […]

Playing Catch - Martin Family Photos

Of Dinosaurs and Exploration: Family Photos with the Martins

Today’s session is a blow-by-blow deep-dive into a fairly common type of post-custody session with one of my adoptive families. Oftentimes so soon after custody, kids aren’t ready to open up to a stranger and a different approach is required. The last thing we want to do is force our wants onto a little one who has been through a life-changing event, so another angle is required. I hope you enjoy this fun session with the Martin family. We all […]

Alexander Family Post Custody Portrait - Changdeokgung

A Quick Post-Custody Family Photo Session with the Alexander Family

I’ve written about summer here before. It’s a hot and humid time of year that’s certainly not for everyone. The Alexander family took custody of their daughter in the middle of our monsoon season and despite the weather, we decided to aim for a quick session in Changdeokgung. Thankfully, the weather held up and the palaces had re-opened after a short closing due to the pandemic. We got lucky with a beautiful overcast day and the leaves all washed clean […]

Cadwell Family Portraits - Family Walk

Cadwell Family Portraits in Seoul

Today’s family portrait session is another fun post-custody session. This time, we’re joined by the Cadwell Family. Meredith and I had been in touch for a few months when they finally got the call to come and pick up Samuel. It was right at the beginning of winter and right in the middle of the Christmas rush here, but we found a couple of openings that would work and managed to schedule in a session. We met up in a […]