Category Archives: personal

You Can’t Fake Passion–Even When You’re Good at Something

By Alice Kuo Shippee Inspired by my kids’ amazing elementary school, The Knowing Garden, I’m embarking on a series of passion projects. At their school, students have an hour each day to work on a project of their choice; it can be to create (make something new), innovate (improve something already existing), or educate (teach […]

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gong gong • a portrait of my maternal grandfather

I made this photo during a winter holiday visit home to Taiwan while I was in college. Both my grandfathers loved having their picture taken. They were so regal & stoic, so proud & handsome in that Chinese grandfatherly kind of way. This is my mother’s father, who I knew as Gong Gong. His Chinese […]

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under a shady tree, you & me • zoë’s first day of kindergarten

Through the perseverance & vision of a handful of parents in our community, The Knowing Garden celebrated their first day of school on Monday, September 12, 2011! Zoë had spent two blissful years at Riviera PlaySchool, & when the time came for her to go to kindergarten, I wished that she could continue her education […]

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finale • fourth of july 2011

Every year, we invite family & friends to potluck & enjoy front row seats to see the local fireworks from the balcony of my parents’ house. It’s a late-night gathering, because the fireworks display begins after it’s completely dark–usually around 9:30 PM. As the kids get older, they are more likely to stay awake long […]

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stars & dots • independence day weekend 2011

This Fourth of July weekend was truly the epitome of summer holidays. We kicked off the good times by celebrating our friends’ daughter’s second birthday; they hosted the most mellow, late-afternoon gathering at their beautiful home. The backyard was full of that yellow sunshine that backlights everything with the most glorious glow, & as the […]

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they said it would go by fast • zoë’s preschool graduation • redondo beach, ca

In the weeks approaching Zoë’s preschool graduation, I think I was in denial. I just refused to think about it in any personal way, except to remember that I must bring my camera, because I was to shoot the event. I’m not sure how long I’ll use this head-in-the-sand approach to the fleet-footed milestones of […]

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kyle • class of 2011 • calle mayor middle school promotion

I was never one of those women who cooed over babies & wanted to nuzzle their heads & smell them & hold them & bounce them…until Kyle. His parents are my cousins, & they live just a few minutes from us, while most of our relatives are much further away. Many years ago, when I […]

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pizza party • father’s day 2011 • redondo beach, ca

Our friend Shannon is one of the most warm, funny, down-to-earth women I have ever known. I have been so lucky to spend time with her while we try to creatively keep our kids entertained during so many afternoons. She & her husband Chris invited us to celebrate Father’s Day with them at their gorgeous, […]

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cutting the cord…again • zoë’s first haircut

Zoë has been asking to cut her hair since February 2010. She wanted it to be like her cousin Kyle’s surfer-Beiber ‘do. Then she wanted it to be like her friend Kian’s, then like her friend Ricky’s. No mistake–she wanted it to be short. This isn’t a big deal to me–except for the fact that […]

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first beach weekend • redondo beach, ca • family time

Mid-April, & a gift from the gods–beach weather all weekend long! Last summer, I had planned to “live at the beach.” I was pregnant, tired, & honestly in need of some lazing around, so I thought how fun it would be to schlep the girls down to the beach everyday, dig a wedge in the […]

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sand & skin • figure studies • nevada desert

I am digging into my film archives lately & rediscovering some wonderful images that I have not seen in a long time. I am surprised by how the texture of film is really so different than digital–and how much a I have missed grain & didn’t know it. I’ve been seduced by the clarity of […]

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pattern-mixing • family trail walk

There’s a fire trail that runs behind our house, & it’s like having a backyard that is really long & narrow & leads to the “special drink store,” where my husband takes the girls on Sundays to indulge in this Japanese soda that comes in a glass bottle with a marble in it. We’ve walked […]

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america, the beautiful

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln

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flower children • the z girls • birthday portraits • spring 2010

We are neck-deep in birthday season here at the Shippee household! The spring is when we celebrate birthdays for both my parents (& their anniversary) & for my husband Max & both our daughters. I love doing “official” portraits for the girls every year, because, well, I can. Zara turned two on April 19th, & […]

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the stories of europe

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine

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