Tuesday, September 30, 2008

pretty baby

So I'm FINALLY getting around to editing and posting the adorable baby pictures I'd been wanting to show. I'm so happy to have my laptop back, and more importantly, now I have my pictures.
Well, it's amazing that in a matter of minutes, babies can make more faces than I could even imagine up. Hanna was so curious when she eyed me walking into HER apartment but she quickly got comfortable enough with me to laugh and giggle. I swear, I think she was totally laughing AT me. Hmmm...well, she was so fun to photograph...I can't wait to do it again now that I know my camera a little better. Here are some of my favorites...

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Babies + drool = Cutest thing EVER!


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And of course, I can't forget her pretty mama...look how amazing she looks au natural! (Please don't get mad at me for posting it...you look purrrty!)


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Thank you again so much for inviting me over and giving me the VIP Chofu treatment! See ya during the season!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Danielle: Part 2

Here are a few more pictures of Danielle. This was at our second "location" of the day. Chuo Park is huge and has so many cool spots to take pictures. Now, she can totally tell people she did a photo shoot in Japan! ;)


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This next one is one of my favorites. I've been wanting to test out my parasol that I found at a thrift shop. It looked so pretty in the sun. Can't wait to use it again!

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Danielle, if you read this, thanks again for letting me drag you around the park and take pictures. I had fun!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Danielle: the jetsetter (part 1)

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So THIS is some of the new stuff I was so excited about in my last blog post. This is Danielle, a girl who has called several countries her home. She's here visiting her boyfriend (Abe's teammate) for two weeks and lucky for me, she happens to be a model. Of course, I had to ask her if I could take some pictures and she made taking her photos MUCH easier than I had anticipated. She actually made it so easy for me, that I was able to take her to a couple of cool places in Utsunomiya. I'm only putting a few from the first place in this posting.

Anyway, I took her to some cool places near my house that had some cool background colors and got some good practice in. This girl knew how to work the camera...

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There's something about this next photo I like...I think it has a kind of 70's feel to it, no?

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And my personal favorite of the first "location" :

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Worrrrk it! ;)



I want to post some of the others too but Abe's first game is this weekend so we'll be busy. Check back again soon though.

Oh, and you might have noticed in this entry that the photos are GINORMOUS! I'm experimenting with picture sizes and deciding on a logo that I can put on my blog photos...that's how all the professionals do it~ why not start trying now?!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Exciting Stuff

So, yea, I'm pretty excited. Nooo, my charger still hasn't arrived in the mail. But although I still don't have some of my old photos (yet) I have some new stuff coming very soon.
Among other things, I am working on some cool stuff regarding photography that I will hopefully be able to show soon...some of which include revamping the design of this blog, creating a new logo, and learning how to make my pictures larger. (I'm totally learning as I go along.)
So until I get that sorted out, here's a preview of a fun shoot I got to to today with Danielle. I think I'm getting the flu and want to get off the computer now. More to come this week...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Look what I found

I was walking around the mall today and came across something cool...Abe's team, the Tochigi Brex, have made it big...well, kind of. You can now put their emblem on your celly. I'm not sure if it will match my hot pink phone, but I still thought it was kinda cool.

今日モールを歩いていたら、素敵なものを見つけました。栃木ブレックスのチームロゴを、携帯に付けられるんですよ。私のピンクの携帯に合うかどうかはわかりませんが、なかなか良いなと思いました。


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Something's on my blog's mind

So, bad news...my laptop cord is still not cooperating with me. Abe ordered me a new one which should be arriving in the mail soon. But that means that I still don't have access to my pictures. Boooo. But, the good news is that one of Abe's teammates has a girlfriend who is visiting from the States and she has agreed to a photo shoot with me this week. More practice for me. Woohoo!

Anyway, I got this idea from another photo blog and thought it would be cool to try. It's called a wordle and basically, you go to the site, enter your blog address and it makes a mini collage of the words you use most often in your blog (it goes by the first page only). The larger words are the ones that appear most on your blog. I found it interesting that some of the biggest words on mine were pictures, babies, and time. Hmmmm. I hope Abe doesn't read this. Ha.



I think it's a cool way to examine what my blog is saying, and who and what I talk about. Good to see I have friends' names in there too. I'll probably do this every few months to see how things change.

Check back later in the week for some new pictures.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Something's goin on in the village

What do you get when you combine a national holiday, a small town, and a basketball team boasting Japan's first Japanese-born player to go to the NBA? A lot of screaming, pushing and, in some cases, crying!
Today, Abe's basketball team held an event at the local mall so that the fans could meet the team. Since the team's acquisition of one-time NBA player, Tabuse, the interest in basketball has suddenly skyrocketed. I guess that means it's good for ticket sales. But that also means lots of huge crowds and a little bit of chaos.
I've been to lots of bball events while living in Japan, both for the Tochigi Brex (栃木ブレックス) and for other teams, but today was a little more exciting since the family of the players were invited to stand in the staff area...which meant I got to wear a PRESS shirt...soooo I couldn't let this opportunity pass and I busted out my trusty little Nikon and took pictures next to the real photogs!

もし、祝日に、小さな町で、初めてNBAに行った日本人選手がいるバスケットボールチームのイベントがあったら・・・どうなると思いますか?叫んだり押したり泣いたりの、大興奮です。
今日、エイブのチームがファンのために地元のショッピングモールでイベントを行いました。元NBAプレイヤーの田臥選手をチームが獲得したため、人々のチームへの関心が一気に高まりました。チームのチケットの売り上げには良いことだと思いますが、大混雑と混乱も起こります。
日本に来てから、栃木ブレックスや他のチームのイベントにはたくさん行きましたが、今日は選手の家族がスタッフエリアにいるように招待されていたので、いつもよりもわくわくしました。“PRESS”と書かれたシャツを着ました。このチャンスを逃してはいけないと思い、小さなニコンのカメラを取り出して、本物の写真家の隣で写真を撮りました。


I know, I'm a dork, but don't I look like I could kinda be a photographer there? ;)
私のことをまぬけと思うかもしれませんが・・・でも、私は写真家のように見えませんか?(^-^)




Bustin some cheer...




This cute little fan was waiting patiently for an autograph:
サインのために我慢強く待つ小さなファンの女の子。




A little Tochigi madness
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The ladies, and men, went crazy for Tabuse...
田臥選手に興奮する人たち。




Here are Abe and one of the new Americans. I think they will intimidate the other teams, don't you? :)
エイブと、新しく入ったアメリカ人選手。彼らが、他のチームをおびやかしてくれると思いませんか?




All in all, it was a long, but fun experience. Aside from the crying women and mothers pushing me out of the way to get Abe's autograph on our way to the car, it was a good opportunity to take some pictures.

In other news, my laptop charger is still whaaaack so I can't update any of the baby pictures I had been working on. In time, I guess. In the meantime, I've gathered a few more people who have agreed to let me take their pic-sha. So in the next few weeks, I should have some cool stuff. Stay tuned.

このイベントは長いものでしたが、全体として楽しい経験となりました。エイブのサインをもらうために、車に向かう私を押しのけた女性達を除けば・・・(笑)写真を撮る良いチャンスにもなりました。
私のノートパソコンの充電器が壊れたままなので、赤ちゃんの写真をまだアップすることができません。たぶん、しばらくは。写真を撮らせてくれる人たちが何人かいるので、数週間のうちに、素敵な作品を見せられると思います。またチェックしてください。

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Back that thang up

So, yeahhh, that thing that people always say to do, you know, saving important stuff on an external drive....uh, yea, I haven't really gotten around to doing that yet. And, well, my computer's AC adaptor decided to go on a little vacation without any warning, so, I'm stuck without my laptop for a while and ALL of my pictures are on it! Yikes. I've read tons of blogs that stress the importance of saving photos and other important things on drives, but luckily, my computer is ok, it's just the charger that lets the battery run.
In any case, I'm still taking pictures until I can get my computer fixed so I can post the rest of my Tokyo time later. So, yea, if you have anything valuable you don't want to lose on your computer, you better back, back, back it up! :)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Little Sister

She already has a bond with her big sister, Asia, who simply has to walk up her and say, "Heeeey!" Instantly, little Naomi is beaming. This little sister is one of the coolest, chill babies I have had the pleasure of meeting. I usually get nervous holding babies: Am I holding her OK? Am I going to drop her? Is she going to cry? All the while, she just hung out in my arms like she had known me for a while. I just love how different babies' personalities are from each other, and Naomi's relaxing, yet pondering demeanor is no exception. I'm positive that raising two children under the age of 2 at the same time must be exhausting, but their supermom Fie makes it look easy. Seriously. She can put one baby to sleep, get lunch ready and spend some quality mommy-daughter bonding time with her other darling, all within the time-frame of a Barney episode. :) And, she makes it look so easy.

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I love how peaceful babies look when they're asleep.



I promise, I have tons more pictures of all the beautiful kids I have hung out with recently. I'll post them soon!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Mommy and Baby

She's pretty much happy all the time. Giggling, dancing, smiling. Yes, Hanna really enjoys being around people...and smiling. My friend Anna invited me over her place in Tokyo so I could get some more practice with my camera and new lens. Here's a preview. I'm still working on using a new program so I'm saving some pictures for that.


Here's the purty mommy and her little one:






She totally loves the Wiggles. I think she was watching them when I took this:




More to come later...

Monday, September 1, 2008

Oh, the Things You Can Do

I'm totally flattered that Asia liked her tutu! She liked it so much that, when she tried it on, she wanted to keep it on. I didn't realize there were so many things you could do while sporting a tutu:

1. You can wear one while eating a cracker.




2. You can be a great big sister and babysit :)



3. Go on an adventure in the park and ride a giraffe:




There's just something about kids' little hands that just gets me! Gosh, I love this picture:




4. In a tutu, you can also perform death-defying balancing acts (special thanks to her mommy, Fie, for spotting her during this stunt).

Looks like the little diva is pooped! How adorable is she?!

So I have so many more pictures to post, but I wanted to put a few on here for now, until I figure out how to do something I've been trying for a while for posting pictures. Hopefully, I'll be able to do it soon.

Anyway, Fie and Asia, I had sooo much fun last weekend! Thank you again!!! I think I want a tutu now too! :)

~TuTu Cute~

I usually try not to toot my own horn but...I LOVE this tutu! I have been wanting to make one ever since I saw it on another photo blog and it was actually really easy to do. No sewing required! I recently visited my friends Anna and Fie in Tokyo and took literally hundreds of photos of them and their adorable kiddies. I will be posting some (of many) soon. I still have a lonnnnng way to go concerning my photography, but boy, do I love that tutu! Here's a preview of what's to come: