Tokyo Family Photographer | Natalie & Sam

Some Tokyo sessions I do are at the big tourist locations. Those are fun and yield iconic images. Like this session here. And this one. Others have a more intimate feel and allow me to really capture the essence of a family while Tokyo just becomes the backdrop. I love shooting both looks for clients.

Shooting in Shinjuku, Tokyo with this family was such a dream. Nat and Sam are from Australia but have called Japan hope for six years now. They wanted family photos in the city that would capture both the urban essence of Japan as well as some of the more traditional elements. One of the great things about Tokyo is that you can find both just a few feet from each other.

It was an honor working with these two and their precious son. And I absolutely love the relaxed feel we created!

Click here if you would like to know more about my Tokyo Signature Session.

If you are interested in having your family’s portraits taking in Tokyo I would be honored to do so. Just click the “contact” button at the top of the website and we can make that happen!

Tokyo Portrait Photographer | Holly & Joe

I am always honored when a fellow photographer asks me to photograph them. Holly is such a sweetheart and has been photographing for over five years. You can view her work here (http://www NULL.hollysavagephotography She can for sure rock a newborn session and even has a lovely in-home studio! It was a pleasure working with her. When you get two photographers together the creativity just seems to flow.  It was a perfect session for a perfect fall day in Japan.

A Photography Workshop Just for You


I am super excited to announce the next Epiphany Workshop here at Yokota, AB.  This workshop is my baby. I love photography and I love teaching. So I combined my two loves and created the Epiphany Workshop for people just like you who love photography and have a desire to take your passion to the next level. Epiphany was designed for hobbyists who own a digital slr, but are not using it to it’s full potential. Professional photographers are welcome too, but the focus is the basics. It is a class for anyone who wants to learn how to use their cameras more efficiently to get killer images straight out of camera. Who has time for all that Photoshop, right?

Does this sound like something you want to achieve? If so, read on to learn more about this great opportunity.


All the Details


 A workshop for people with fancy cameras (digital slr) who want to learn how to use them to their full potential.

Who can attend?

 Anyone with a digital slr can attend. We will start with the basics and dive into more advanced topics as well. So this class is for both beginners and people with some experience.

What will be covered?

 One of the main goals of this class is to teach you how to shoot in manual mode and not auto, which gives you more control over your images. We will cover a variety of topics such as: exposure, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, shooting in low light, custom settings, focus modes, histograms, in-camera light metering, using natural light, shooting motion, and much more. You will have plenty of time to ask questions and practice.


Practice Photo Shoot:)

This time around we will actually go on a photo shoot after the classroom portion. Here you will get a behind the scenes look at a photo shoot with me plus get to put to practice what you learned.  We will discuss camera settings, light, posing and much more.


You will have access to a private Facebook group that is only for Epiphany participates. The education never has to stop. You will have the ability to continue asking questions and getting feedback on your photography forever.

What will not be covered?

There is not enough time to cover photo editing or business issues during the EPIPHANY workshop.


November 21, 2015



Yokota, AFB.

Exact location will be released at a later date to all attendees.

How many seats are available?

Space is limited to 5 people.

The Investment?

The fee of $225 includes six hours of quality and personal instruction, participation in an actual photo shoot, lunch, and tons of fun.

How do I register?

Want to make sure you secure a spot?

 Shoot me an email at to be added to the priority list. All those on the priority list will receive an email  for early bird registration on October 8th at 9pm.

Registration will open to everyone on Friday October 9th at 8am. The registration link will be posted on the website and Facebook page.  Visit on Friday at 8am to register if you did not sign-up for the priority list.

Please note:

There must be at least 4 participants registered by November 7th to make a class. If there is not enough people interested there will not be an Epiphany class and all those registered will be reimbursed.  Hopefully this does not happen, but if so those who registered will have first dibs for the next Epiphany.

Got questions?

Shoot an email to

Here are some photo examples of things that will be covered at the workshop.

ABOVE: Learn how to adjust your camera settings to get images with bold color straight out of your camera. No editing needed.

ABOVE: Learn what to do when your subject is backlit.

ABOVE: Discover all the tricks on how to capture a silhouette image.

Above: Practice using natural reflectors to enhance your images.

ABOVE: Learn how to take images with the lovely bokeh effect that makes the subject pop while the background is all creamy and soft.

ABOVE: Discover how to use available light to enhance your images.

Want to learn how to do all the things above and much much more? Then the EPIPHANY workshop is perfect for you. The class is taught in a relaxed environment where you can ask questions and even practice what is covered. You no longer have to look at other people’s photos and wonder “how did they do that?” This workshop is designed to answer those questions AND teach you how to do it too!


Still not sure if the EPIPHANY workshop is for you? Read the testimonies below from past attendees to see what people are saying about this photography workshop.

“I really enjoyed the workshop!  I knew absolutely nothing about shooting in manual and had never done it before the workshop. I’m now able to get shots in different lighting that I didn’t think were possible. Being able to control the camera, instead of letting “auto” control the shot, makes it possible to take some amazing photos. Thank you so much for setting up the workshop!! I’m gonna take some great photos of my kids now :)”  –Rachel Dahlin

“I learned so much about my camera and it’s potential at Epiphany! I kept seeing your beautiful photos and wondering how can I get this camera to take those kind of photos? I loved that we were able to put what you taught us into action! I’m a very hands on person and this helped a ton with understanding how to adjust to different settings(inside, outside, direct sunlight)! Thank you again for hosting this workshop and sharing your knowledge with us.”  –Brittany Lenhardt
“I am a professional photographer and Epiphany was just the workshop for me. I have paid thousands of dollars to attend workshops with several photographers but none compare to this. Simply put, I needed a small group of one on one with plenty of interaction with the instructor and this cannot be attained by the BIG workshops with the very seasoned and highly publicized names in the photography industry.  Renee is organized, simple, and fresh. If you are just starting or are needing a refreshing new look at photography THIS is the workshop for you. Renee is available to answer questions and willing to share her promising tips on her success in the field of photography. You will not regret this opportunity to learn the technical side of this industry while experiencing the small welcoming atmosphere all at the same time! Be blessed and enjoy the Epiphany experience with Renee Booe!” –Stephanie Ellison

Call to Action

You have invested in a nice camera. Now it is time to take that next step and learn how to use that investment to it’s fullest. This workshop will help you take your photography to the next level and give you the skills you need to take awesome photos. I promise you that this workshop will be worth both your time and the investment.
If you have any questions about this workshop don’t hesitate to comment below or shoot me an email. I am super excited and can’t wait to teach you all that I know.

Want to come, but don’t live in Japan?

I am considering hosting this workshop world wide in the future. Would you come if the EPIPHANY Workshop was  held in a city near you? Would you be willing to host an EPIPHANY Workshop? Let me know and perhaps we can work something out! Comment below or shoot me an email.

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December 13, 2012 - 9:44 am

Carissa - I would love to host one in Dallas! I know we tried once before, but I am still interested!

December 13, 2012 - 9:44 am

Carissa - I would love to host one in Dallas! I know we tried once before, but I am still interested!

December 13, 2012 - 8:07 pm

Kathy Crispino - How about Pittsburgh PA? Would love to host you…

December 13, 2012 - 8:09 pm

Renee - Kathy!!!! That would be fabulous. Hmmm. Wheels are turning in my mind on how we could make that work. I will keep this in mind. HOW IS THAT GRANDBABY????

December 13, 2012 - 8:10 pm

Renee - Carissa!!!!! I am so sorry we didnt get it to work last time. The middle of a move was just not doable. Bummer. I will totally keep you and Dallas in mind!

December 17, 2012 - 8:37 am

Lisa (http://www NULL.lmanueleroth NULL.zenfolio - I would love to host one here in Dayton Ohio. I have so many friends and neighbors that are asking me questions all the time about their cameras. etc. They would LOVE this.

Family Photographer | Travel Shoot in Indiana

These are the Arnolds and they are no strangers to this blog. They are apart of my extended tribe. The last time I photographed them was in March of 2014. Look at how much they have grown since then! It’s always a joy to do a family session with them when I am back in Indiana. They have become pros at it. This shoot was at sunset and we literally had 15 minutes of daylight left. But it was a good 15 minutes. 

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He Proposed During Their Photo Shoot

Who doesn’t love a good love story, right? These two have a powerful real life love story and it as been beautiful to watch it unfold. I photographed my brother Kenny and his girlfriend Danielle the last time I was back in the States. You may remembering seeing those photos on the blog. Dani had just finished her cancer treatments and was brave enough to let me photograph her even without her hair. You can see those photos here.

While in the States last month Dani was very excited to have her photos taken again now that she had won her cancer battle. Little did she know that this normal couple session was about to turn into an engagement session!!!!

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The ring was in my camera bag. Kenny and I both knew that if it was in his pocket Dani would have seen it. So I had to find a way to take a photo of just Dani so Kenny could get the ring. The picture below was take right before Kenny snuck over to get it. She had no idea:)

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I am so honored to have been a part of this special moment for these two. I love them both so and seeing them happy makes my heart soar. Congratulations you two! Dani, welcome to the family sis!!!

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