My New Little Monkey

As a photographer, I have so many “favorite” photoshoots…

Photoshoots that had the perfect light; photoshoots of shy kids who ended with giant smiles that surprised even their parents; photoshoots of people who weren’t sure that having a photographer follow them around for a couple hours was something they’d enjoy, but they loved it and do it every year with me; photoshoots of amazing people; photoshoots where kids ask me to come home with them; photoshoots of ordinary things whose images turn out extraordinary; photoshoots of clients who turned into friends.

…but this one, I’d have to say, may have topped them all:  A photoshoot of my own newborn!

Baby Ava joined the World 2 weeks early at a whopping 8 pounds, 4 ounces this past Thursday.

Ava at 3-Days Old


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I am sure you’ll see more photos of Ava as time goes on.  🙂

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  1. What a gem. Fantastic photos, I was thinking you should consider photography as a profession. I haven’t spoken to the two of you in ages, and have been thinking about you guys. Sending my love and warm thoughts. Love Brenda

  2. Hip hip hurray! What a beauty! Is it weird to say that I see you in her already? Congratulations! Good to have seen her as a giant ball in your belly right before she arrived!

  3. Jenni

    Omg These photos are amazing !!! I love the style of them!!!

  4. Wow! I see a lot of her big sister (Mia) in Ava. Do you see it too? Of course, of you too (sorry Lawrence).

  5. Louise

    Ava is a beauty! Congratulations Tao-Hsu Family!
    Love, Sius
    Auntie Annie, I really like Ava. She is a charm to everyone. I really love the photos of her. She is a real gift to enjoy. When I grow up I want to be a photographer for fashion and like you.
    -Jalin, age 9

  6. Katie

    She is adorable! Congratulations!

  7. She’s gorgeous! Fantastic photos (of course)! Can’t wait to meet her in person!

  8. She’s so precious. What a cute little pea in the pod!!!
    Give her a cuddle for me. She’s beautiful!!Love, Angie

  9. She is so beautiful. I can’t wait to meet her and the rest of the family!

  10. Brenda

    So precious! Love the 1st photo because she looks so little compared to the drawers of the dresser. I, too, see features of big sister Melia in Ava. She’s got super long monkey fingers and toes! I had to do a double take in the 2nd photo of her long toes poking out of the yarn. A beautiful baby indeed! Good work, A & L! =)

  11. Andra

    Great pics Annie, she’s so precious!

  12. I am LOVING these photos so much. I’m glad I saw the props beforehand. Love love love it (as usual) :)))))

  13. Rachelle

    She’s beautiful and has delicate features just like a little princess should. Amazing shots, looks smaller than 8.4 oz :). Yikes! Glad she came early. Enjoy your newest angel monkey. Hope to meet her one day. Congratulations to all of you.

    xo, Rachelle, Steve & Colby

  14. You captured an angel from above. Just BEAUTIFUL!

  15. S Baby

    Hau Ke Ai! Super congrats and shower full of kisses and hugs for Ava 🙂

  16. more pictures!! I want to see more of your little angel!!!

  17. Samantha Robinson

    I LOVE THESE PICTURES! You HAVE to tell me where you got those adorable cocoons! I MUST have them! Hahahahaha. Gorgeous work as always!

  18. Darien Gee

    Sweetness. Really fabulous photos of my adorable niece!

  19. Congratulations. She is so precious!

  20. Awww Congrats Annie! Great photos! She’s adorable 🙂 Hope all is well!!!

  21. Danny Tao

    Congratulations! What a beautiful baby and such gorgeous photography! All the best to the Hsu family from the Taos in Boston!

  22. Thanks, Everyone, for all the support and friendship! It is fun to read your comments! 🙂

    Ava keeps me up some nights as all newborns do, but I still gaze at her in awe. I think all babies are tiny miracles.

    To Samantha & those who want newborn cocoons too: I bought these handknit cocoons and hats from There are many people who knit these kinds of items, so you just have to search for what you want. I bought these from 3 different vendors on Etsy.

  23. amy (san carlos)

    oh annie! she’s gorgeous, just like her parents!! so happy for you guys! LOVE the images and can’t wait to see more. oh yes, and i love, love her name!!!

  24. oh annie…..she’s beautiful!!! Congratulations…hope to meet her in person soon….