Karen, Wynn & Diesel

I seriously, can't. These three just melted my heart! They were visiting Key West from good ol' GA and wanted some family photos.  I met them at a local RV resort they were staying at and we took an hour exploring the grounds to get some fabulous "Key West Feel" photos.  Such great energy all three of them had and a perfect night chasing the light (and running from the usual nightly rainstorms!).  Also, is it just me or is this pink jumper the all time best outfit?!? It was all just perfect! 

Smathers Beach Family Session

I met Ali during one of my photo courses in Japan and she contacted me for a family session during her vacation time in Key West.  So exciting that my first Key West session was with a friend!  We had about 15 minutes before it decided to downpour on us and even tried to wait out the rain, but we still managed to get some cute photos.  I also can't get over how adorable their outfits were, so nice to see the pink and white blend with a purple pop from grandma! Smathers Beach is by far my favorites place so far, so beachy and FL feeling!! :) 

Dave Headshots

I made a quick trip up to Los Angeles to see visit some friends and was asked if I could photograph Dave while visiting my friends workplace.  I had such a fun time photographing his headshots with both a business look and a casual look.  Once again, I think its so important to never limit yourself with photography (hence I love photographing everything from real estate, family sessions, babies and headshots).  It's also super important in headshots to have different options so you can use the images for different needs.  Business look is a must but I absolutely love the orange sweatshirt look below, it really pops in the photograph and emphasizes Dave's friendly personality :)  

Hello, USA! I'm Back!

In January our house got packed up and everything was shipped stateside.  We then spent 21 days on our honeymoon exploring South East Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand).  Now we have arrived in good ol' USA.  I'll be hanging out in San Diego for a few months while the hubby does training.  Then we are off to Key West, FL for our next duty station.  I am looking forward to having some down time to update my website, blog and many photo projects including some books.  Also, I really missed good bloody marys and burritos so that may just be my first mission this week!  If you're interested in a session while I am here in San Diego please contact me at 310.488.8654  

Boller Last Flight

BOLLER last flight! Yup, you read that right! Today was my hubby's last flight and man on man it was so bitter sweet. Reality that we are leaving Japan hit me when they packed up our home last month and shipped it off to the USA, but this hit me even harder seeing Travis land during his last flight for HSM51.  It has been such a wonderful life changing experience being a part of this squadron.  So super sad to be leaving everyone and Japan, but we are very excited for our next adventure in Key West, FL! Also, talk about an EPIC sunset for this session :) 

Margot & Blake

My last official photo session in Japan was with two great friends at my all time favorite temple to take photographs.  These two are leaving Japan shortly after we do so they wanted to make sure they got some fun Japanese themed photos.  What a wonderful last Japan session <3 Oh how I am going to miss these beautiful locations. 

Raven & Conrad

Raven and Conrad are just the cutest! They wanted to make sure they got some Japan themed photos before I moved.  We had such a fun time exploring my favorite park.  Not only does this park have the perfect Japanese feeling locations but it has a beautiful lake and greenery which made for some more intimate photographs.  I always enjoy photographing friends and I am so glad I was able to fit them in before our departure from Japan.

2016, It's a Wrap!

Wow! Where do I even begin to explain how amazing 2016 was! In 2015, I packed up my whole life I had created in California, drove across the country to get married in Virginia, and then jumped on a plane to move to Japan just two days after saying our "I do's." It was a flurry of life changing events in less than a month. As excited as I was, I was also terrified about what I was going to do with my life and if I would be forced to give up my passion of photography.  In Los Angeles, I had an incredible job with a world-renowned photographer and his wife in the Hollywood Hills (who I consider to be family) and had my own business photographing families, real estate and still-life. I could only hope that I would have the opportunity to pursue my passion and career all the way across the Pacific Ocean in Japan. I thought I would get lucky and have a handful of photo sessions during my year living in Atsugi, but boy, oh boy 2016 proved me wrong in so many (good) ways! I can't believe how blessed I have been to be a part of so many different people's lives and memories this year. To be able to continue with my photography is more than I could ever ask for (extra thanks to my wonderful husband for his never-ending support).  Most of all, thank you so much to all my new friends. I am so grateful for all of you, and will always cherish the amazing photo memories we have created together.  It hurts my heart to be leaving Japan, but I'm looking forward to our next adventure and the opportunity to photograph many more beautiful moments in sunny Key West!

Petra & Craig Sayonara

Oh My Gosh! This sayonara session was a blast! I met Petra at an art paint night in Tokyo and she recently contacted me to take photos of her and her husband.  They are moving back to the states later this month and wanted to get some photos of them two in Japan.  They had a fantastic idea of getting some early morning photos at Meiji Shrine in Shibuya and man oh man..... that early morning light is to die for! It was also a major bonus to have no people in our photos :) I mean seriously, how magical are these shrine photos!?! It makes me never want to leave Japan! We then took an afternoon stroll through the Ginza to get some photographs of them on the crowded street (which is closed off to car traffic on Saturdays and Sundays). We even managed to run into some angels on the street ;) oh Japan! The juxtaposition of these two scenes truly captures what one can experience when living here in Japan. Thank you Petra and Craig for a fabulous morning (it was so worth getting up at 6:00AM) and afternoon getting to know each other and taking beautiful photos together <3 

Q&A with Rachele Frickey Photography

I've been looking forward to meeting Rachele Frickey ever since I moved to Atsugi and saw her beautiful photos on FB.  I think it's super important to get to know other photographers around you to share ideas, questions, collaborate etc.  When I found this fabulous location I had to not only share it with others (pin is on my FB page because it is amazing! ) but had to get some photos of my own, especially since Travis and I are leaving Japan in a little over a month!  I was so excited that Rachele was free on a Saturday to meet Travis and I at this local temple. Check out some of the  gorgeous photos by Rachele >>>>.  

Below is a fun Q&A with Rachele and if you live in the Atusgi/Zama area I would definitely recommend hiring her to record your life moments <3 (LOVE her answer to #4). 

1. Being in the military we all travel a lot, so where did you grow up? Ohio. Go Buckeyes! O-H…

2. When did you start getting interested in photography? I’ve always liked something about taking photos but after having children it became a true passion!

3. What is your favorite part about being a photographer in Japan? The culture. I love everything about the Japanese architecture and culture! I also enjoy being about to capture such an awesome time in the fellow military families lives being stationed here!

4. What would you recommend every person should have/hire a photographer for? A documentary session! I would personally recommend every family hire a photographer to spend a few hours hanging out and photographing them in their real life. See your lives as they are, take a trip to your favorite ice cream parlor, bake cookies, or even hanging out at your local park. You in your day, how you live. Every family has a story worth telling.

5. Quickly describe a common photo session with you: I strive to provide an experience that my clients will always remember. I want them to feel comfortable and natural with me, but most importantly to have fun!

6. Photo advice for the average person wanting to take a good photo? Lighting. Always be aware of your light source. Pay attention to how the light is interacting with the scene and the subject. Is it highlighting an area or casting interesting shadows.These are things you can utilize to make an ordinary photo extraordinary. 

7. Just for fun, what is your favorite quote? Oh, man!! I have a few!!

 "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air." -Emerson,

"How people treat you is their karma; How you react is yours." -Wayne Dyer,  

"Train your mind to see the good in every situation. Creativity is not a completion." - Autumn SkyHall

Photos  © Rachele Frickey Photography 2016.

To see more of her photographs check out: http://rachelefrickeyphotography.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/RacheleFrickeyPhotography/ 

Lindsay & Greg

Lindsay was one of the first friends I met in Japan and has been a life saver on more then one occasion throughout my year and a half living here.  She is seriously one of the kindest people I know and I have to say her and Greg are the cutest!  Couples are so much fun to photograph because when you have 60 minutes together, with a camera and conversations, they start to loosen up and I get to capture those intimate moments between two people who love each other (eeeek it makes my heart so happy!).  Photographing friends is even more fun because that friendship and connection has already been developed so they tend to be more comfortable in front of me (and the camera).  We had a lovely afternoon taking photos at my favorite temple.  I am so happy these two will now have photos that represent the many great memories of living in this beautiful country.