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A Tokyo Bat Mitzvah ~ Leah

December 13, 2014
13 Dec 2014

“Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.” – Jean Paul

A little break from our beautiful world of weddings to feature another magnificent kind of milestone – an extraordinary Bat Mitzvah celebration–also from our whirlwind month that was October… We had been soooooo waiting for this… more than a year in the planning with this truly beautiful family. The details – all those incredible details, meticulously handcrafted, created & curated were remarkable. And made perfectly sure that each guest was so warmly welcomed & truly part of this magical day…. We started our coverage right from the beginning… the getting ready, the giddiness, the nerves & the last minute practice at home before the moving service & ceremony at the Synagogue. There were tears & endless love for milestones reached & new ones just around the corner…and the best way to celebrate …with an epic party at the Tokyo American Club like no other…The Hora absolutely a highlight, the impeccable TAC service, the birthday cake, that chair, simply amazing people & a story some 13 years in the making…Thank you so much for an extraordinary experience…Mazel Mazel Mazel Tov!! Read more

37 Frames : Cherry Blossoms & the Antique Kimonos

June 23, 2014
23 Jun 2014

“Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.” ~Author Unknown

Between all our beautiful weddings, couples & Sayonara stories we take a little break to feature a gorgeous family experience, teaming with poignancy & all that we love about Japan. Just the most special session for us & the 3 sisters, in their antique kimonos, making memories of where they live & have grown up. All the while embracing the history & culture of where they are now. An afternoon under the blossoms, spring abounding, a field of yellow nanohana, in the heart of Tokyo. Read more

Destination Photographers : The Paris Sessions – In the summertime…

October 3, 2013
03 Oct 2013

“I love Paris when it sizzles.”  ~ Cole Porter

We’ll take Paris anytime. Especially if it means just the sweetest time with another family we’ve had the pleasure to connect with via this amazing Tokyo global network. Paris in the summer, on an epically hot day could have equaled tres meltdown. But non, non, non. It was magnifique and a story we had been so waiting for. Then throw in that gorgeous bow-tie, red, white & blue, Evian face spritzer (to cool us all down…merci mum!!!), that iconic tower in the background and just the most doting, lovely parents we could ever meet. And, well Paris in the summertime was a dream…and we cannot wait for an encore… Read more

Destination Photographers : The San Francisco Sessions – On Kite Hill…

October 2, 2013
02 Oct 2013

“San Francisco is poetry. Even the hills rhyme.” ~ Pat Montandon

The end of the year hurtles towards us while we rewind a bit today, back San Francisco way…high on a hill with a stunning view, in an all-time favorite city with a very special family we have this Tokyo grapevine to thank for. Again. And Again. Our second time to photograph them in this, the City by the Bay. This time in and around their beautiful, designer dream home. Such a warm, happy welcome. Outside & later inside. With that view, just up the path. On Kite Hill. And some quite fabulous gale force wind to contend. A reunion with Tanner, a very favorite canine family member and it was a session to remember…With some lovely & cozy moments indoors at the end, with books and a send off in Dad’s shoes… Time (and that wind) stand still for a while, defiant in the face of the unrelenting pace of life. 6 months on and we are right back in San Fran. Read more

Tokyo Family Photographers : Shichi-go-san Season…

October 1, 2013
01 Oct 2013

“In the eyes of a child, there is joy, there is laughter, there is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future” ~ Air Supply

Ahhhh October…now how did that happen?? Such a favorite time of year with so much to look forward to…including some beautiful milestones… from endless wedding bells & stories galore. And we love it when the leaves start to turn and the city is ablaze with color. None more so than when it’s shichi-go-san season. Today’s feature is all about the girls, a coming of age day for this darling 3 year old…taking on the city with her doting parents & grandparents, icons floating in the background, tradition & ceremony all celebrated with time to just breathe in the moments… this story was absolute joy from start to finish as she takes on the world, adorable footwear and all… Read more

Tokyo Family Photographers : Days made of now…

September 26, 2013
26 Sep 2013

“Little boy, you remind me how so much depends on days made of now.” ~ Alison McGhee

Celebrating milestones, new beginnings and some total Baby LOVE today…starring darling Kai, his quite fabulous hair & his doting, beautiful parents. Tokyo was our iconic backdrop but it was Kai who stole the show and our hearts with his beaming smiles, infectious giggles & style. A bundle of joy as we took on the city for his very first summer & all the moments in between. Read more

Tokyo Family Photographers : Spring to mind…

September 25, 2013
25 Sep 2013

“Embrace the current season of your life.” ~ Gabrielle Blair

From London to Tokyo and we’re back with some Spring Fever today. A sweet, sweet session amid fields of wild flowers in the heart of the city. With a family we are just thrilled to be documenting this whole year. With still two more iconic sessions to go, the countdown is on to the year end. Seriously where did this year go? Thank goodness for the photos to remind us…Today we take a breath and remember this beautiful morning, filled with love, all things golden, all kinds of exploration and, those most fabulous hats… Read more

Destination Photographers : The London Sessions – Tower Bridge…

September 24, 2013
24 Sep 2013

“London goes beyond any boundary or convention. It contains every wish or word ever spoken, every action or gesture ever made, every harsh or noble statement ever expressed. It is illimitable. It is Infinite London.” ~ Peter Ackroyd

Tally Ho Tuesday….and we’re back to London. A wonderful revisit this summer with a treasured Italian family we connected with in Tokyo, when they were 3. Now they are 4 and based in Copenhagen. A truly international affair. So when our London dates opened we were beyond thrilled they would travel to see us, to collide in one of the worlds’ greatest cities for another chapter in their extended family story. It was such a highlight to see them all and their gorgeous new addition. We had typical English weather…rain, wind, clouds & finally sunshine. All in a matter of minutes. With those stunning, iconic backdrops it all culminated in a beautiful blur of a morning together, soaking in life. Just like the poster said…this is London. And this is so them. Read more

Family Photographers : The London Sessions – A Kew Gardens Romp…

September 19, 2013
19 Sep 2013

“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show”. ~  Samuel Johnson

London. London. This past summer we just had the best time, during a fleeting visit, in this most grand of cities. There’s nowhere quite like it and the temptation to spend some serious time there is tantalizing. The icons, the people, the cabs, the double-deckers, the fish & chips, the high teas, the shopping, the photo ops & the spectacular weather (truly…) It was heaven. And then there are the icons, the quaint cobbled backstreets, the history, the traditions and the glorious vistas. None more so than much-loved Kew Gardens, which was our beautiful setting for this family session. At the end of the week we collided amid avenues of classic trees, quintessential English roses and a flurry of energy to be part of this fabulous family story. It was unbridled joy from start to finish.  We just tried to keep up…An overture that culminated in a wonderful experience with just the loveliest of people, for which we thankthankthank our incredible Tokyo grapevine…And on with the Kew Gardens show… Read more

Tokyo Family Photographers : A Fall Symphony…

September 18, 2013
18 Sep 2013

“How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days.”  ~ John Burroughs

More Autumn moments today from this gorgeous family, and we are so loving our year together. This one from late last year with Fall’s foliage the dazzling backdrop, in one of Tokyo’s most treasured parks, Shinjuku Gyoen. But the stunning leaves had nothing on the joy of photographing this trio. A joy from start to finish. We’ve had 2 more sessions since then with another on the way. The ebb & flow of the seasons telling their story. And we’ve loved each and every one. Beautifully different, all telling a slice of life. How it was, how it is, how it will be. Read more