Happy Father’s Day shoutout from Japan! It’s still a day early in the U.S. but I wanted to get a post in before we leave for a family trip.
On a side note, a couple of pictures I took of my husband and daughter during her first few days at the hospital have been featured on the What To Expect website (number 19, be aware that while not graphic a lot of the photos featured are of labor and births)! And be sure to check out the other amazing photographs featured if you enjoy birth photography!
Back to this post, though. Amika is now 3 months! I’ve been holding off on posting her 3 month portrait so I could bundle it with this post on Father’s Day. Amika just started babbling and is quite the social butterfly. She loves interacting with her papa and her two grandfathers are always going on about how cute she is! My dad was able to meet Amika when she was a newborn but her grandparents in Japan met her for the first time when we arrived in Japan. Let’s just say that Amika is so lucky to have these wonderful father figures in her life!
Let me just say how important fathers are. My dad would come home from work and still have the energy to play with us. My husband does the same with our kids and it brings them (and me) so much joy. The boys have been getting some extra time with their dad on this trip and learning from him about Japanese culture. I hope they look back with fondness about the times with their dad in Japan.
And now some of my favorite photos of father’s from some past sessions of mine.
Share some favorite memories of your own father (or father figure) in the comments! One of my favorite memories of my papa from when I was growing up is running to greet him when he came home from work. Happy Father’s Day!
I just wanted to give an update on all that’s been going on since I’ve been on maternity leave! My mother-in-law came over from Japan to help out while we were waiting for our daughter to arrive and was hoping to meet her before she left. But you can only plan so much and even with all the walking (or chasing after toddlers) that we did our daughter decided to wait until my mother-in-law had gone home but before my mom could make it from Indiana. In fact, she was the first of our kids to not be born on a Sunday and was actually born on her due date, March 14 (White Day in Japan!).
I, of course, packed my camera in my hospital bag even though I wasn’t sure if I’d be up for taking pictures. And I’m so glad I did! I did hire Kayo of True Radiance Photography for a Fresh 48 session and you can see the beautiful work she did here but before she arrived our daughter was given her first bath and I was able to capture some priceless memories from that.
It’s only been about a month since we brought her home from the hospital but looking back on these pictures I can’t help think about how small she was! Her oldest brother is always offering to help (so different when our second was born and he acted like the world had ended) and her other brother is slowly warming up to her. My mom and mother-in-law were a big help with keeping our boys busy. It’s been a challenge since they both left but I’m slowly getting the hang of three kids.
I have a new admiration for photographers who specialize in posed newborn photography. It’s a lot harder than you would think! But I had fun doing some newborn photos with my daughter.
My aunt threw a baby shower in celebration of my first girl and my daughter even got to attend so it was more like a first birthday party for her. Everything was beautiful and it was fun to show off my daughter to the family and friends that came.
My grandma lovingly spoiled my daughter with a ton of cute clothes among other things and made the most beautiful crocheted dress for her baby blessing.
While this month hasn’t been easy with adjusting to three kids it has been equally if not more full of blessings and beautiful moments. If you’re not in the habit of printing your pictures whether taken by you or your photographer I highly recommend you start doing so. There is something beautiful about prints that you just don’t see in a digital file. I had some of my favorites of Kayo’s photos printed and put in a frame gifted by my aunt who threw the shower. I do all my prints at the print shop Persnickety Prints as they are professional grade but also have a fast turnaround. I’m coming off my maternity leave soon so look forward to more frequent posts!
Over the land freckled with snow half-thawed
The speculating rooks at their nests cawed
And saw from elm-tops, delicate as flowers of grass,
What we below could not see, Winter pass. -Edward Thomas (1878-1917)
Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone takes some time to spend it with their loved ones. I’ve been hinting about this shoot and posting sneak peeks on my Instagram account. I teamed together with Kayo Davis of True Radiance Photography and put together a styled engagement shoot titled Waiting for Winter’s Thaw. In Japan there is a holiday called setsubun that celebrates the transition from winter to spring. It’s celebrated the first week of February and they consider it the first day of spring. The inspiration of the shoot comes from that transition. Winter has not completely left but there are the sure signs of spring’s arrival. I chose to do an engagement as it is the start of a new transition in life with the anticipation of the wedding in the future.
We were able to pull together an amazing team of vendors and couldn’t have done it without them.
Venue: Clarion Gardens Catering and Events
Dress: J. Noelle Design
Flower Crowns: Mille Fleur Design
Engagement Ring: Wilson Diamonds
Tie: Dazi Ties
Cream Puffs: The Mighty Baker
Models: Sydney Stagg and Phillip Wright
Makeup Artist: Lindsey Bell
Hair Stylist:Jessica Brown
Photographers: Alyssa Tsuchiya Photograpy and True Radiance Photography
Wedding Vendor Website and Blog: Utah Weds
Without further ado here are some favorites from the shoot!
And now some gorgeous photographs taken by True Radiance Photography! Be sure to also check out her Instagram page!
So this year I am working on a Project 365 where I take a photo everyday. I just finished up January successfully! I didn’t anticipate how hard the project would be and some days it has been hard even picking up my camera, as surprising as that is. But it’s pushing me as a photographer to look for photographs in less than ideal situations. A majority of the photos from this month are of my kids as I am a stay at home mom and they are my everyday. For next month I am taking photos based on daily prompts by Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim. Have you ever done a Project 365? Are you doing one now? I post my photos daily on my Instagram page if you want to follow along!