Monday, October 15, 2012

Kjerstin is Four!

My very first family session in Tokyo took place on a very muggy afternoon. I was so nervous and met a nice family of three (at that time) at a huge shrine. We wanted to capture photos of Kjerstin, who had just turned one.

Three years later, I met them again, this time with lots more experience as a photographer, them with a new edition to the family but the same smiles and kindness that I remembered from our first session.

I loved so much about this day with this family...

I loved how kind they were the minute they stepped outside of their home.
I loved how excited Kjerstin (the birthday girl) was to show me her new sparkly shoes.
I love that they saved my umbrella that I left hanging on their stroller from our first session 3 years ago!

I loved that Erik knew exactly what to do to make his daughter laugh, with their inside jokes.
I loved that Tami had a backup monkey toy for Andrew just in case he needed it and how fondly he looked at his mommy.

I loved how thrilled Kjerstin was to show me where the turtle sleeps...and how I needed to be quiet or he wouldn't be there and, "...that won't be very good..."

The way the workers knew just who they were when we walked into Frijoles and how sweet they were back to the employees.

How cute and a little bit bashful they were (and sooo in love) when I asked them if they wouldn't mind giving one peck to each other on a somewhat crowded Tokyo street.

Shhhh! We're going to scare away the turtle that lives here!

When I asked her how big the turtle was, she said, "Thiiiis big!"

Then I said, "Really?!"...and she said, "Maybe it was more like this big..." :)

I love how beautiful they are as a family and how special I felt that day, that I was asked to follow them and record a day of their life in Tokyo.

I love that I am able to do these kinds of sessions for people. To give them fond memories of a place they love so much, thousands of miles away from 'home'....

Thank you so much to this wonderful family for asking me to photograph you all and be a part of the memories of Kjerstin turning four. I hope you love the photos!