I have taken a brief break from social media due to a family trip to Tokyo, Japan. I'm so excited to share a piece of who I am with you all. I guess you can say this is my formal introduction!
I spent 9 years of my life living in Tokyo. When we came up with the idea in March 2016 to take a family trip to Japan I was overjoyed. I'd get to share a bit of my childhood with my daughter Blakeley (18 months) and my husband Blaine. It was both of their first time to Japan. I was ecstatic that I would get to show them the wonderful culture of Japan, as well as the delicious food! We were fortunate enough to meet my parents in Tokyo and enjoy this trip together. My father is a native Japanese speaker, he was born and raised in Japan. It was amazing to see him so comfortable with the culture and language. We visited Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo and Hakone. It was bittersweet being back to the city that I had known for years of my life and called "home". We walked the routes I had done countless of times, eaten at places I ate throughout high school, it all brought back so many memories.
I learned something about myself through this trip. I met with a high school friend to catch up and when I shared that I had created my own photography business, she was not one bit surprised. She recalled that throughout school I was constantly documenting and behind the camera. I was taken back, because I myself had never made that connection that I was the "photographer" of the group. I now look back and see the natural passion I had towards photography. Sometimes it really takes reflection to see where your path has taken you.
I found myself taking video clips of our trip, I decided to throw together a video of all the fun places we visited! Videography is one of my newest passions and I just had so much fun putting this together. I hope you enjoy it!