How beautiful are these girls in their yukata?
It's taken me a while to post my photos from our trip to Hiroshima over Spring Break. I assumed that at some point I would find the right words to describe my feelings about our time there. The right words have not come to me, but I was struck by how much I wanted to share these photos. We long knew that we wanted to visit Hiroshima prefecture before we left Japan, but we didn't anticipate it to be the favorite place we've visited in Japan. My husband and I were both profoundly humbled by the sites we saw. Being in Hiroshima during cherry blossom season made the experience even more moving and beautiful.
I don't think I will ever forget the experience of watching my eldest ring the Bell of Peace across the water from the Atomic Bomb Dome. My husband and I were so mindful of our boys' behavior going into this trip, but we were happily surprised by how engaged they were even in the museums. Some of the comments that my son made on this trip were so insightful that he brought me to tears. I know he can't possibly understand the ramifications of his surroundings, but I am profoundly moved by the wisdom of children to grasp what adults struggle to say.
This little nugget is 18 months old today! Sam loves Japanese curry rice and his big brother the most. He is curious, diligent, teething, and confident. He likes to “help” with chores and is cute enough that I will share this incredible guacamole with him. He only eats vegetables hidden inside curry or guacamole. He is slow to smile, but quick to give high fives and kisses. I love being your mom, my sweet Sam.
I can't believe that this sweet girl who has been our neighbor for almost 3 years GRADUATES high school tomorrow! A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Reagan's prom.
Congratulations, Reagan and all of the Zama American High School Class of 2018!
And here's another exciting announcement: Sophie is going to be a big sister! Another sweet girl is joining our "framily" in Japan!
I’ve gotten to photograph a few secret announcements in the past couple of weeks, but this was even a surprise to the sweet gal being photographed! A homecoming AND a proposal, does it get any better than that?!? Congratulations to Raven and Conrad!
I'm going to miss these two so much when they PCS from Japan!
I'm pretty sure we've been planning this session since before Miss Q was even born!
I'm so happy that this fellow Chapel Hill family won my gift certificate at the ZaCSA Auction!
Last year's session with this family was rainy and the sakura were so late to bloom ... this year's session was just sunshine and fluffy blossoms! This re-do was so worth it! 🌸
I had the hardest time choosing just a few photos to share from this cutie's session!
This sweet baby arrived too early for maternity photos, but I'm so glad we could reschedule for Sakura season!
Ohayo gozaimasu! お早うございます
Jenn is the best babysitter that my boys have ever had - they are going to miss her so much (and so will I)! But I am so thrilled that I was able to take her and her sister's senior portraits before they leave Japan!
The toughest part of military life are the goodbyes. Now that we have several PCS seasons under our belt, we know that there are very few goodbyes and mostly see-you-later's. I am sorry to say See You Later to this dear family, but look forward to our paths crossing again.
These boys had so much energy and I just adored their sweet mama! She asked for mostly candids of the boys playing and her boys and I were happy to oblige! #boymom
This homecoming was a little bittersweet for us as one of these families will be leaving Japan in just a few weeks. That being said, as with all of the homecomings that I photograph, the day was overflowing with joy. I always feel so privileged to be a part of these homecomings.
Sometimes you meet a family and just instantly adore them. That was the case with the Davis family. This fierce mama and her two kids are a beautiful example of a strong family. I told Jewel that as a fellow mama of two, I hope my kids grow up as well as hers did!
I am such a reluctant blogger. I have so many photos to share on this blog, but I struggle to find the words to talk about them! Never is this more true than with military homecomings. These photos speak for themselves.
I am so honored to have been asked to work with these families.
This was my first time photographing a homecoming in Japan and I am still thanking my lucky stars! This family has instantly become dear friends and I couldn’t be more thrilled that their husband and father are home!
This happy little guys hadn’t seen his dad since we was just a few weeks old! Welcome Home!