As ephemeral as our footprints were in the sand along the river, so also were those moments of childhood caught in the photographs. And so will be our family itself, our marriage, the children who enriched it and the love that has carried us through so much. All this will be gone. What we hope will remain are these pictures, telling our brief story. (Sally Mann)

 

Hi there! I am a portrait and family photographer originally from Italy and currently based in Hong Kong.  My work focuses on artful portraiture for children and families.I create custom art for people’s home with their most precious possession: their family photos. I rescue moments for you and create photographs with them. You will cherish them forever and their value will be inestimable .

profile-photo-mariellaI am mostly drawn to human connections and portraits that are a natural expression of that, I am a keen observer and my sessions are the results of my observations.It’s hard for me to define my work using conventional labels (documentary, lifestyle) as it doesn’t fully fall in any of these categories.My aim is to combine moment focused photojournalism with fine art sensitivity to create work that is whimsical , storytelling,  sometimes quirky and funny but very much my unique interpretation of the subject in front of me.While I always include a few family posed shots,my sessions are mostly unposed, I let the children run free (and often wild ) , I might ask you to jump, to kiss and hug or to say silly things to each other. I love natural light, its softness and the way it shapes people,their faces and their surroundings. And all of this, I believe , is reflected in my work.

To me photography is a form of art and that’s the way I approach every shoot.

You can see more of my personal work here

The bit about me

My first memories linked to photography are images of my mother documenting our lives with her Zeiss Ikon, a camera that I still have and cherish. My love of photography started during a semester at the Beijing Film Academy in 1999 and has been nurtured through the years by countless courses and workshops. I was also recently awarded a certificate in digital photography by the Uk based Royal Photographic Society and Open University. Life has many twists and turns and loved it most of the time, however I am glad to have been back to what I like doing most, telling stories. I am mostly inspired by nature and the sea, music feeds my soul, I recharge in sunny weather but love rainy afternoons spent reading (a rarity these days). Before becoming a photographer I studied Mandarin, Chinese history and culture and worked in China for a good number of years. Some of the best memories of my life are linked to this country therefore it has a special place in my heart.

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Say hello

mariella@mariellaamitai.com

+85297689536

Also here:

Instagram,  Facebook, Pinterest, my portfolio 

 

I took part in a  few exhibitions during my years in China :

“East meets west”, Shenzhen Asian culture Society,  group exhibition, Atmosphere, Shenzhen, June 2013

“Window of my world”, Ocat, Oct loft, Shenzhen, December 2012, group exhibition

“Home in between- a photographic exploration of places and things I call home”, SZX gallery, Shenzhen, May 2012, solo exhibition.

 

 

I also produce stock photography for Format selects, an agency that works with high quality stock photography providers like Offset.

Profile photos by Pim Yanaprasart.

 

 

 

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