Tokyo Portrait Photography | Baby Stephen

Sweet baby Stephen was the best baby during his newborn session. I don’t think he cried once!

 It was such a joy and honor to be able to photograph this family again. I love it when clients become friends! Lenora is such a kind person and a great mother. It has been great getting to know her during my time here in Japan.  I am very thankful to know these amazing people!

Yokohama Senior Portrait Photographer | Erica

I launched my business in Texas photographing high school seniors. They are absolutely my favorite demographic to photograph. So when Erica contacted me wanting senior portraits my heart literally skipped a beat. Erica is a senior at Saint Maur International School (http://www NULL.stmaur NULL.ac NULL.jp/). She contacted me wanting natural light/on location photography for her senior portraits and referred to Michelle Moore’s style. Michelle (http://michellemoore NULL.com/) is a well known photographer based out of Seattle and I am a huge fan of hers. So I  was beyond honored that this sweet high school senior contacted me for a senior portrait session. Yokohama is a lovely backdrop for any photo shoot. Most of my sessions take place in Tokyo, so it was fun to branch out and shoot in some place new. We started at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (http://www NULL.yokohamajapan NULL.com/things-to-do/yokohama-red-brick-warehouse-2nd-building/) and then walked around searching for great light and trendy spots. Erica was so great to work with and is a stunning young lady. It was such a pleasure working with her. I wish her the best as she finishes out her senior year. Cheers to the class of 2015!

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Tokyo Portrait Photographer | Paige & John

This Tokyo city shoot with John and Paige was a dream. These two wanted to capture their time here in Japan by doing their portrait session in their favorite parts of Tokyo. We started in Harajuku and walked to Shibuya stopping to photograph along the way. They really made this session their own and  I believe that results in images that truly represent them.

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Tokyo Portrait Photographer | Engagement Session

This is my first engagement shoot here in Japan and I am so honored to have had the opportunity to work with these two. I love that Mary and Kyle decided to wear traditional Japanese yukatas for their engagement session. Adds just the perfect personal touch to their shoot.  These two were great to work with and I had lots of fun during this session. Hope you enjoy these photos.

Tokyo Portrait Photography | The Zamoras & The Molinas

These two families are more than best friends. They’ve become family. Both were stationed in Germany and Japan together. Sadly they are parting ways very soon.  This is the beauty and the heartache of military life, meeting amazing people that shape who you are and having to say goodbye. I am honored to have known both these amazing ladies and their families. I am not saying goodbye. Instead I will say “until next time.”

The Birth of Spur On Love

 I’ve been frozen. Crippled by fear and doubt.  What began with excitement and zeal has morphed into worry and anxiety.  I am under attack, attack of the worst kind. However, I know my enemy’s tactics and I refuse to allow him to have power over me.  So today I gather my weapons and plan to meet him head on in the battlefield. The Word says that, “we will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.”  I am ready to overcome.  No more fear for me. The enemy is not going to render me useless. Oh no. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. So I am going to testify. Testify of God’s goodness and share what He is doing in my heart.  In doing this, sharing and proclaiming what I believe God has called me to do, I will be one step closer to obedience and to stifling the lies I’ve been drowning in.

You may or may not know that I’ve been working on secret project. I was hoping to wait and share it with you when all the details were worked out, when a pretty website was up, and all the edges were smoothed out. Well that’s not the case.  The edges are still very rough. But there is beauty in the process and I need people to be apart of that.  I need my community or I will fall back into fear.  I need you, your prayers and encouragement.

So here it is, the big reveal. My heart exposed.

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I believe God has called me to use my photography for His Kingdom.  The specific mission: to use photography to spur others on to love and good deeds.

( See Hebrews 10:24)

The first project will take place later this summer. I will be traveling to China to photograph an adoption! The purpose is to both bless the adoptive parents with beautiful images and to use the photos publicly to educate and encourage others to both adopt and support the fatherless. (More details on this coming soon.)

The larger vision, which is so beyond me it is overwhelming, is to start a nonprofit organization that would do more service projects like this with photography. So not just photographing adoptions but anything that the Lord would see fit such as mission trips, small business in poor nations making a difference, people taking care of widows, feeding the poor, prison outreach, and much more.  The possibilities are endless but the goal would be synonymous: to photograph world changers to spur others on to do the same.

 I’ve spent many months at God’s feet in prayer over this new path He has placed before me.  I do believe it is divinely inspired. However, details are still up in the air, there are so many unknowns. I can easily get lost and discouraged when I begin to think about how all of this will come together. This is when I run back to His feet and remind myself that He is in control. I trust Him. I love Him. And because of His great love for me I will take a leap of faith holding on to the promise that He knows the plans He has for my life.

I am so excited to see what God’s going to do in this to accomplish His purpose. And I am declaring now that this project is all for His glory. I am just a vessel, a humble servant who has heard a call and decided to say “yes.”

Will you join me in this journey? I need prayer warriors and encouragers. Friends to remind me of this vision when the rain comes and things get cloudy.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three stands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
Thank you for reading and for your support.
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June 11, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Jessica Kirkland - I love this Renee! I can’t wait to see what the Lord will do through this. We will be praing for you. We love you and miss you friend!

June 11, 2014 - 11:32 pm

cori - Love love love the idea!! Using your talents for HIS glory! What a perfect combination.
I can already think of several friends that will be heavily touched by the adoption message. All your other ideas are great too.
Go get em girl!

Prayers are for sure, but if I can help in other ways- I am a facebook message away :)

June 12, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Kara (http://kararodriguez NULL.wordpress NULL.com/) - Renee, this gave me goosebumps. What a beautiful idea! I will be in prayer for you and those you will be working with. May God be glorified through this. :) I can’t wait to hear more…

June 12, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Megan - This will be so exciting! And it will be a blessing to us for sure!!!