We were determined that our second trip to Hong Kong would be better than our first. It’s such a vibrant, interesting city, but all I felt when visiting was overwhelmed and judged. It’s too bad my personal feelings overshadowed what a cool city Hong Kong is, but that happens sometimes.
Our second time around we found a Hong Kong photographer to capture some happy family memories in this colorful place to help us remember Hong Kong is a better light.
And it worked.
Hong Kong Street Art
Hong Kong is becoming known as much for it’s vibrant art scene as for it’s bustling business district. No longer the dirty city past generations remember, the city is now gleaming not just from gorgeous modern architecture but from the colorful art on it’s walls. Hefty effort has been made in recent years to attract world-class street artists to redesign popular wall murals every few months. Now tourists to Hong Kong are not only visiting Victoria Peak and Ladies Market, they are also turning their heads on street art tours to see spray paint-covered alleyways on their way to popular locations.
One of the most street art-heavy areas is Hollywood Road in the Sheung Wan neighborhood of Hong Kong Island. Take public train or bus to Man Mo Temple, 124-126 Hollywood Road, to follow the walking street art tour we did with our Hong Kong photographer. Pay special attention to building sides and alleyways to find some of the best, most unusual street art in Hong Kong!
Hong Kong Family Photographer
Our Hong Kong family photographer, Ayelene, told us exactly where and when to meet (complete with instructions for using public transportation) near our AirBnB in Wan Chai. I told her the street photography style I prefer beforehand, and she had scouted out some perfect locations for our family photo shoot. We e-mailed back and forth about specific locations she had in mind so I had plenty of information to plan our outfits around.
Once we met on the designated morning I immediately loved her for her cute, friendly personality and for the fact that she picked a bright wall mural to begin our photo shoot.
Sometimes you meet people who just get you right away.
It’s easy enough to find sleek buildings and beautiful wall art in Hong Kong without professional help, but there are tons of amazing out-of-the-way photo spots in Hong Kong which you’ll only find with a local. I love taking my own family pictures, but I admit that using a professional photographer is my preferred way to go. It takes so much stress out of a pretty stressful situation to have someone else in charge of eliciting smiles and capturing good angles!
If you want to hire our Hong Kong family photographer you better hurry- she books up fast! Contact Ayelen on her website here for prices and gallery.
Our Hong Kong family photo shoot actually did make me love Hong Kong a little more. I’m now able to focus on more of the interesting, beautiful side of the city instead of the crazy, crowded side of the city. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still crowded and busy and judgmental (in my opinion, but I hope yours is better) but I now also think of it as lovely and artistic and poetic.
Whether you’re a Hong Kong local or passing through like we are, I hope you don’t pass up this golden opportunity to get family photographs taken in this iconic city!
And if you do and post them online please let me know. I’d love to see your results!