Shichi-Go-San (七五三, lit. "Seven-Five-Three") is a traditional festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. Today I am remembering all of the children whom I was privileged to photograph and celebrate with last year in Japan!
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!
A heartfelt "Thank You" to all of my Sakura clients this year! The blossoms took their sweet time to bloom this Spring and the weekends were rainy, but I am thrilled that no sessions had to be cancelled and the portraits are lovely! This season would not have run so smoothly without the patience of these fantastic families. For most of you, this is your last Sakura season in Japan; thank you for allowing me to capture and be a part of these final memories of your time here.
Congratulations to Alex and Christina (and Comet)!
It isn't fair. Sometimes I get to meet and work with an awesome family - and a fellow W&M alum! - whom I just adore and then later that week then move TO A DIFFERENT COUNTRY! It just isn't fair. Lauren and my baby even share the same birthday - just one more thing that makes her completely awesome. Sigh ...
But seriously, how sweet is this family??
In the days since my precious son was born, I have gained a new appreciation for photography. I look back on the portraits that I took when he was just 5 days old and then I look at him now, 3 months later, and think, "where did my newborn go?" The jaundice is long gone and he's so alert and expressive now. I can't believe how quickly children grown and change. I know that I will cherish his newborn portraits in years to come, but I didn't know that I would cherish them already!
I have also been humbled to realize that I am the WORST when it comes to making the time to take portraits of my own son. I always think, "oh, I'll take some portraits when he goes down for his next nap." But then I realize that I'm exhausted or hungry OR it took so long to get him to fall asleep that I'm not going to risk waking him up! But these moments are fleeting and precious, so I'm forcing myself to be really diligent about taking his portrait whenever is convenient (and sometimes even if it's inconvenient).
I look back on sessions with families who have invited me into their homes when their children and newborns. It's such a sweet and special time, but it's also an exhausting and challenging time. I appreciate even more how hard it is for a mom with a newborn to put herself together for a photo shoot. I'm so grateful to have been witness to that time for each and every one of those families. Newborns may be one of my absolute favorite subjects to photograph and I do not take the responsibility and the honor lightly.
I wrote this blog post and then I looked back at my post from last year, I realized that I wrote almost the same post! I adore Matt and Michelle as much as I did when I first met them last year. When Michelle contacted me in the Fall about getting portraits of their family during their annual visit to Williamsburg, I was so heartsick that their vacation was scheduled so close to my due date. I jokingly asked Michelle if they'd be willing to reschedule their vacation. I am so humbled and honored that she said, "yes!" I am beyond thrilled that I got to meet their little girl, Vivienne. That smile and her beautiful head of hair and those eyelashes ... I don't have the words for this cuteness overload! I can not WAIT to see how much she's grown next year!
When Chris, Charlene and I first talked about their engagement portraits, the first thing they mentioned was wanting to order union suits, aka adult sleeper pajamas. My immediate reaction was, "yesssssss!" The Union Suited Engagement Session (as it came to be known) was SO. MUCH. FUN. It was only 28 Degrees and super windy but we DID IT! I had hoped it would snow, but in hindsight, I'm so glad it didn't. The amazing bright orange sunset and their bright red suits against the Blue Ridge Mountains ... I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful landscape.
Courtney and Dave were married this weekend! In trying to find words to talk about Courtney, the phrase that keeps coming to mind is "classic beauty." Our early morning bridal session was dewy and a little chilly, but Courtney had such ease and grace about her that our session could not have been more fun and warm.
When Frank first got in touch with me about his proposal to Courtney, he used just one word ... it had to be epic. Frank wanted this proposal to be perfect for Courtney and it was! I just adore this couple.
Maybe it's because we've had a cold, snowy Winter, I'm not sure, but whatever the reason I am loving Black and White photography right now. I haven't ever shared any Black and White photographs on this blog, so I thought I would share the B&W edits of this proposal.
Tim & Jill are engaged! According to Jill, Tim is never able to surprise her. In fact, Tim agrees, which is why he spent months misdirecting her and convincing her that the proposal wouldn't happen until late Spring or Summer. Jill could not have been more surprised and I could not have had more fun with these two!
I may have spent the entire session with Daniel thinking of the nursery rhyme that goes, "Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails, That's what little boys are made of." At first, Daniel wasn't quite sure what I was doing on the playground with him, but his big brother joined in the fun and we all started swinging and pretty soon, Daniel was just full of smiles! I still can't get over those curls!!
This little girl gave me a run for my money. No, literally, I was running after Layla the entire session. I LOVED it! We just had a blast, Layla and I running around Colonial Williamsburg.
There aren't enough nice things that I could say about this couple. Michelle got in touch with me shortly before she and Matt came to Williamsburg on vacation. By the end of the session, we were all hugs and "see you next year!" I know these two are just going to be the most wonderful parents and I can't wait to meet their little girl on their next trip to Williamsburg!
Tonight, I think I'll just these photos speak for themselves ... no words ;)
I think it's safe to say that my entire family has adopted Esther & Erin; I'm positive that Erin would agree that she is the younger sister that I never had. Esther and I were talking about her Christmas card over the Summer and planned this session in Colonial Williamsburg while everything was still so green. Now that the Christmas cards have been sent and received, it's safe for me to share these!
Hello, Gorgeous! Happy Monday!
Sometimes you just need something beautiful in your life, for no particular reason. I love “just because” photo shoots. That’s what this was for Ian & Wei, a couple of W&M law students, who graduated in May. We’re so close to Thanksgiving (yay!), things are busy, and we’re getting ready for the holidays. So here’s a beautiful session … just because.
Isn’t Wei gorgeous?! And Ian had us laughing the whole time. I love this couple!