It was a perfect spring day shooting beautiful Hinako among the cherry blossoms.  Enjoy the pictures!

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During my stay in Vegas for the WPPI Conference and Expo, I had the good opportunity to go on a photo shoot with Nik Pekridis.  Nik is a successful wedding photographer from Greece.  He also loves to teach and on this photo shoot, Nik’s teaching mojo was on!  We shot at several locations on The Strip.  The students learned a lot as Nik showed us how to look for the light and harness it, even the harsh mid-day light.  Nik was an open book as he answered our questions.

Understanding light is a necessary skill for the photographer and if you want training in this area, why not take a Nik Pekridis workshop?  You can also check out a society that he runs called Photo Wedding Stories (PWS) .  According to Nik, “PWS was created by wedding photographers to enable continued education and training within the industry to enlighten and inspire it’s members and together take the industry to higher heights. PWS bring together the very best talents of today from around the world as guest presenters to offer very exciting, up to date and highly inspirational seminars and workshops internationally.”

Thanks, Nik, for sharing and spending an afternoon with us.

Thank you also to our models for the day: Kaitlin Castor and Nathen Bortalini.

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Mai wanted to have her picture taken in her kimono.  How can I refuse when you have someone as beautiful as Mai and a kimono that is just exquisite!  Her kimono is special to her because it was made by her grandmother.  Mai, thank you for allowing me to take beautiful pictures of you in your beautiful kimono.  And enjoy the slideshow at the end!

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It was a cold winter day but it didn’t stop Kota and Megumi from enjoying a beautiful maternity shoot on the Hibikino campus.  I had a great time taking their pictures.  I was also captivated as they shared their experiences of having lived and worked in Morocco.  They are certainly ready to settle down and are looking forward to parenthood.  Kota and Megumi, congratulations!  I’m looking forward to seeing the birth of your first child.

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Anne and I have been blessed to have the great friendship that we have with the Hirose family.  I can’t count the number of times they have had us over to have a meal or just hang out.  We are very thankful for them.

I suppose you could say it has become a bit of a tradition to take a quick photo shoot of their family  a day or two after the new year.  They use the photo(s) for their New Year’s Day postcard which they send to family and friends.  This year was indeed a “quick” photo shoot as they had just 10 minutes of shooting before rushing off to spend the holidays with relatives.  We managed to take some shots of this beautiful family.  I just love their energy and infectious laughter!

Hirose Family New Year's Day Shoot

Hirose Family New Year's Day Shoot

Hirose Family New Year's Day Shoot

Hirose Family New Year's Day Shoot

Hirose Family New Year's Day Shoot

Hirose Family New Year's Day Shoot

Hirose Family New Year's Day Shoot

Hirose Family New Year's Day Shoot

Hirose Family New Year's Day Shoot

Happy New Year

Our first family picture of 2013. No Christmas snow but it snowed on January 1st!

This was a fun and casual fall shoot with Wakana. My wife, Anne, came along to assist.  Wakana was a pleasure to work with as the afternoon was filled with great pictures and great conversation.  Thanks, Wakana!  Be sure to watch the slideshow at the end.

We ended our time shooting on The University of Kitakyushu campus.

Location: Seitanomori Park, Kitakyushu, Japan

Hair and Makeup: Hair Design ZELO

Earl and I used to play hoops back in the day.  It was great to reconnect with him and to meet his beautiful fiancee, Irene.  They chose the Adler Planetarium for our session.  The Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan formed a perfect backdrop for a fun and great session.  Earl and Irene are such a gorgeous couple as you’ll see from these images.  They made it too easy for me!  Congrats again, you two, and thank you for letting me capture your engagement session.

Don’t forget the watch the slideshow at the end!  Change the setting to 720pHD on the bottom right corner for a better viewing experience.

Also, you can view the entire collection on my facebook page: http://on.fb.me/V44bHx

Congratulations to Miya and Aya on their first wedding anniversary.  They are also expecting a baby boy next January.  We are so excited for you both!