Tokyo Portrait Photographer | Hackbarth Family

It’s always an honor working with returning clients. I photographed the Hackbarth family last spring during cherry blossom season. See that adorable session here. This time the goal was to capture their family in the midst of the beautiful autumn leaves at Showa Kinen Park (http://www NULL.showakinenpark NULL.go We could not have asked for a better day. The day was beautiful. This family is beautiful. And that combination I believe speaks for itself in the images below.

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Uncle Jon - Outstanding photographs!!! What a beautiful family and James is really cute.

How do family members obtain electronic copies of some of these photos?

Tokyo Portrait Photographer | Chasing Chase

Last time I photographed this family their little man had just turned one. It’s hard to believe how fast the time has gone and now he is about to be two.  Almost two and always on the move. I basically had to run backwards five paces in front of this little guy to take his picture. I am thankful I didn’t trip while preforming this awesome maneuver. Even though this family session was fast paced it was worth it to be able to capture Chase’s smiles.

Tokyo Portrait Photographer | Katsurada Family

I am just in love with the moments behind these photos.  I could tell as soon as I started shooting that they have had experience doing lifestyle photography before. They were comfortable just playing with and loving on their kids while I snapped away. Their photographer Kate Chapman, who is PCSing and thus referred them to me, taught them well.

Excluding the families that I photographed during Project Hohoemi, the Katsuradas are my first local clients. I have to admit that I was very excited to have client’s who are not associate with Yokota Air Base. Please don’t hear me wrong, I love my Yokota clients and could not do this job without you guys! But I would love to expand and be able to photograph the local community as well. Not sure if that dream can become a reality since I don’t speak Japanese. A minor setback:) Thankfully this sweet couple speaks both English and Japanese beautifully.  And they were a pleasure to work with.

Project Hohoemi | The Straker Family

This family!!!! They are amazing!!! I am so so so so so glad I was able to meet them. I feel like Michiko and I were destined to be friends. One of my beautiful clients connected me with her through Facebook over a year and a half ago.  The Straker family lived in Abilene, Texas  during the same time frame that my family lived there. We never met in Abilene. Actually we weren’t even connected via the internet until after they moved to Japan.  So when I heard about Project Hohoemi and learned that she was the awesome lady heading it up I knew I had to be apart of it! This beautiful family live in Ishinomaki. What was a weekend mission trip for me is their entire life. I just think that is so beautiful and inspiring. I sincerely hope that I get the chance to spend more time with this couple and their adorable children. Ok ok. I can’t write any more about these people because it will seriously make me cry. Meeting them meant that much to me. So on to their photos. Enjoy!

Project Hohoemi | A Survivor’s Story

While Megan Lacy (http://meganelacy NULL.html)photographed these beautiful kids…

I got to hear first hand a tsunami survivor’s story.

Tears were streaming down this grandmother’s face as she watched her grand-babies have their photos taken. She expressed that she was just so very grateful that they were both alive and healthy and here on this earth to even have their photos taken. Her grandson was three and in her carel when the tsunami hit. Thankfully they were able to evacuate to safety. Her daughter was eight months pregnant and working at the school when the alarms sounded. She too was able to avoid the storm. To this women, that day is still very very real. Even though I don’t speak Japanese I could understand the emotions that she was sharing with us as she told her story. And I was also blessed by the thankfulness she was expressing. Thankful for life. Thankful for protection. And thankful for the gift of her grandchildren. It was an honor to be able to listen to her and give her a hug. And even though taking family photos for survivors does not seem very impacting and life altering, after talking to this women I could tell that what we were doing during Project Hohoemi was touching their hearts.

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