In January, when we arrived in Xiamen, China after a year in Europe, it sort of felt like our journey was entering a second stage. We were the same people on the same mission, but it was hard not to feel like a milestone had been reached. We decided to celebrate the occasion by doing something we always do, but from a different perspective. Instead of going out to do another photoshoot, we hired a local photographer to do a photoshoot for us on the Island of Gulangyu.
The added benefit of this was that we got a few more photos of the whole family together. Normally it’s just Lisa and me posing while we travel, and it was kind of nice having Jake on our side of the camera for once. Jake liked it too, even though he doesn’t speak Chinese and couldn’t understand the photographer’s instructions. Gulangyu is a popular tourist attraction for the Chinese, but we felt like we were the only westerners there. We got a lot of looks, and we kind of felt like we were just another attraction for the other travelers. Lisa loved the extra attention though.
Jake would always rather be taking photos himself, but he admitted that it was kind of fun. Last night, he was looking through the images and pointing out which ones he thought he looked good in. Although he did note to himself that in the future when he kisses me in photos he’s going to pucker his lips more. That should be… interesting.
As always, Lisa just wanted to play games and explore during the photoshoot. But she brought her brand new toy camera with her, and confirmed that she did in fact know what was going on. Whenever she “took a picture” of us or the photographer, she even called us over to look at the “screen” on the back of the camera. I think in the future we’re going to have to start a second blog, just to publish the photos Lisa takes!
If you’d like to see more of the scenery on GulangYu, check out our guide for westerners. And of course if you’d like to see more amazing places our destination page is the place to go. Thanks for reading, we really appreciate your support. And finally, if you want photos from your trip, but you don’t know how to work your own camera and can’t find a photographer, have a look at Jake’s e-book, Easy Manual Mode Photography.