Documentary Family Session: Shanghai

When I went to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Shanghai, China one of the things I most wanted to do was to photograph a documentary session so I could show how different Chinese life looked from life here in the U.S.  Well, it just goes to show how silly my preconceived notions of China were, because visually life in a middle class neighborhood in Shanghai is very similar to life in a middle class neighborhood in any large U.S. city.  The family lived in a spacious apartment, their were lovely parks nearby and even an indoor playground that could have been in any American shopping mall.  

The family was so lovely though.  James is a Canadian product designer and his beautiful wife Zoe is Chinese.  Their energetic toddler Dylan is just a joy.  He speaks both Chinese and English interchangeably and to him life is just one giant adventure.  I hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as I did taking them.