Meeting Phil k's Family

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Last week I had the pleasure of getting to know Phil Kwong and enjoying a photo shoot with him at Point Reyes.
https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=177685
Phil's vacationing here in the SF Bay area while his son, Julian, now 13, has been attending Summer Camp at Stanford.
His wife, Margaret, and his daughter, Natalia ( 8), joined him this week.

Yesterday the family picked up Julian at Stanford so we met for lunch and brief shopping stint at Stanford Shopping Center.
Phil looked so much more relaxed and I got to see another side of him as he laughed and played with this kids.
When I first met the kids, they were shy for about 30 seconds.
Natalie loves to tease her brother.
Julian plays it cool for a while and then can't resist joining in.
They seem to have a great brother-sister relationship and really enjoy being with one another.

Phil told me Margaret had been his high school sweetheart.
That's because she is a real sweetheart, and the leveling point for this very active family.
She is one busy lady, though, with full-time job and family.
Julian pretends he doesn't enjoy being in front of the camera, but he wasn't afraid to show me he likes doing so.
He's very observant.
Natalie, on the other hand, couldn't care less.
She's just a carefree 8 year old.

Look how they are growing too.
Won't be long before they are both full-fledged teenagers, Phil!

Virginia
aka beaucamera

Most of these were taken with the D300 and Tamron 28-105 f/2.8

#1 Julian, Margaret, Natalie and Phil
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#2 Margaret
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#3 Phil and Natalie
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#4 Julian
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#5 Margaret, Julian and Natalie, playing with straws at the restaurant.
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#6 Arm wrestling
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#7 Julian and Natalie in profile (a composite of two images)
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#8 Say Cheese!
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#9 A little sister and brother horsing around.
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#10 More tricks and pranks
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#11 Shopping for shirts (cheaper here than in Hong Kong!)
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#12 Shopping for purple sheets for Natalie's room. Purple's a hard color to find in Hong Kong, but it's one of Natalie's favorites.
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#13 Like Father like Son!
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#14 Trust and Admiration
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#15 Gosh how these kids are growing!
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Virginia...... AWESOME THREAD
phil is such a wonderful guy and we've seen the transformation of his family, over time.... right in front of our CAFE eyes....

it's great that you got a chance to spend some time with them
i'm so glad for this terrific series of images and captions

thanks
 
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Thank you Virginia! It's wonderful meeting you, and you're one of the sweetest persons I know.

Greg said it well. Cafe is our extended family. Though most of us never met, we know each other very well, not only our photography, but also our daily life and families. The wonderful members posting here and sharing so many things here are why the Cafe is such a special place.
 
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Very, very nice set of photos of a wonderful family thanks for sharing these Virginia!

Natalie and Julian have such a lovely relationship - great to see.


That last shot says it all: Phil is "looking after" Natalie, Julian is "looking after" Margaret - Julian has surely matured a lot recently, yet is still the nicest young man imaginable.
Thanks, Paul.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the whole family and seeing them together as a unit.
I enjoy putting my pics together in a way to tell a story so you could join us and share a memory or two.
Yes, both of these kids are growing up fast.

What a beautiful series! Thank you so much for sharing it with us today!
You're welcome.
Phil and I were comparing notes and sharing lenses while all this was going on.
I had a blast.

What fun! Thank you, Virginia, for sharing these wonderful photos of a wonderful family with us! It looks as though you all had a great time together!
Connie, you would have enjoyed this too.

Virginia...... AWESOME THREAD
phil is such a wonderful guy and we've seen the transformation of his family, over time.... right in front of our CAFE eyes....

it's great that you got a chance to spend some time with them
i'm so glad for this terrific series of images and captions

thanks
So true, Greg. After seeing all the great pictures Phil has posted over the years, it was a joy to meet the family in person.

Thank you Virginia! It's wonderful meeting you, and you're one of the sweetest persons I know.

Greg said it well. Cafe is our extended family. Though most of us never met, we know each other very well, not only our photography, but also our daily life and families. The wonderful members posting here and sharing so many things here are why the Cafe is such a special place.
I hope Margaret and the kids enjoyed these too, Phil.
Have a great time at Alcatraz today!

....I wonder if the kids will put you in jail (we we see you again?)
:eek::biggrin::eek:

Virginia
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Virginia, thanks for pointing to this thread.
Any kind of Get-Together is always a great experience, no matter how many Cafe-ists are involved.

Cheers
 

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