The O’Connell Family :: Okinawa Family Photographer

This post is LONG overdue!  I love this family 🙂  They were so much fun to shoot!  Beautiful faces and great personalities!  We headed to the Courtney Bowl (soccer fields) first.  This family spends a lot of time at a number of sports events!  Then we headed to this bright blue building right outside of my base for some fun pictures! 🙂  That’s when this family really shined!

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Kailie+Nate+Rocky+Zanpa = Love.

I think the theme of May is, “I wish I knew you earlier!”  Summertime is PCS season here on Okinawa and at most military bases.  I seem to meet a ton of awesome people right before they leave the island!  It kinda shows you how long I’ve been here – 3.5 years this summer.  Way too many awesome people that I’ve had to say goodbye to.

This particular couple, Kailie and Nate, go to my church (Koza Baptist Church), and they’re some of those awesome people!  They asked me to take pictures at Cape Zanpa where Nate proposed.  I had so much fun, except for the part where I got up on a wall to take pictures of the family on the edge of the cliff.  Um, have I ever told you, I’M afraid of heights, but I’m even more afraid of people near high places.  Plus, the doggies were getting SO close to the edge!  I was freaking out!!!  Anyway, I really enjoyed this shoot, and I hope you do too!  🙂

My most daring photo!

Alex :: Class of 2012 :: Okinawa Senior Portrait Photographer

I am so behind on all of my blog posts.  Ya know, life happens and for me it always happens all at once!  I am getting myself in gear to update my blog and website.  Hopefully, I can get it all done before we move back to the States!  🙂

Here are a few photos from Alex’s Senior photo shoot.  Isn’t he a handsome young man?  He’s headed off to college in the Fall, and I know there are great things waiting for him.  We took these photos at a local bull-fighting ring and castle ruins park, right next to where I live!  Pretty amazing, right?

 

Jenny+Justin+Bump = Love. :: Okinawa Maternity Portrait Photographer

First off, I have to tell you that this photoshoot was impromptu!  Meaning that we had set out to do it in the afternoon, but Okinawa’s weather had a different idea.  The rain started up so we decided to reschedule for the following day.  However, an issue arose.  We were hungry.  Thankfully Jenny and Justin are friends so we headed down to Macaroni Grill and had some dinner.  Afterwards, we walk outside, and it’s GORGEOUS.  The light just looked crisp.  I remembered a place to go take pictures, thanks to my friend, Michele (son – Shawn).  Here’s a few of my faves from our scheduled/nonscheduled/postponed, but not shoot 🙂

 

J+G+H^3 = Love.

I have a ton of favorite families, basically every family I meet is my favorite family 🙂  Here’s one of my most recent favorite families!  We had our session a few weeks ago, and it was SO COLD!  Everyone was a trooper, especially the kids…well except the little girl.  She was so happy to run around without a sweater!  These are a few of my favorite shots.

 

 

Project 365+1 :: Day 69 :: “Swing!”

I so love my mister 🙂  He took me to the driving range (my first time) and taught me how to swing a real golf club (not a mini golf club ;)).  He was so patient and sweet about it.  Then he got down in the grass and took some pictures of me swinging!  Gosh, I miss him!  It’s probably one of my favorite dates that we’ve ever had…right along side our first date – bowling in Oceanside!

Project 365+1 :: Day 60 :: “Sunbathing”

Okay, so it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted ANYTHING!  My hubby was about to leave for a bit, and it was so nice to take a break and spend some time with him.  Then, the sadness/missing him syndrome kicked in, and I just didn’t want to be ON a computer.  I wanted to be curled up with a blanket, reading.  I still miss him like crazy, and it hasn’t even been a week!  I can’t wait til next week when I find my routine again 🙂 plus I have some non-365 photos to share with you all!

Alright, here’s Mr. Chaos, my bulldog.  He loves to sit like this, but mostly lay out, in the sun.  It’s a rare sunny, breezy day for Okinawa, so he was taking it in!  He also looks that way 85% of the time.

Project 365+1 :: Day 59 :: “Innocence”

I LOVE candid shots 🙂  This little angel is the sweetest little girl I’ve ever met!  🙂  I’ve also been blessed to watch her grow up from a newborn to a toddler!  I can’t believe how fast that first year goes, and I’m even MORE blessed that I get to learn from my friends about motherhood.  It will definitely be a ride, but I will learn to cherish every moment.  One day!  🙂

Project 365+1 :: Day 41 :: “Surprise”

Well, I uploaded this picture a LONG time ago, which was really not that long ago.  It’s NOW DAy 57, and I saw that I was missing my post.  Hello! Melissa!!  SO HELLO WORLD!  Here is Day 41!  Can I say that I am a little upset that now my days are all funky 😦  Oh my organized little mind.

A little note about these flowers.  My hubby randomly surprised me one day with a cute bouquet of flowers 🙂  They were so pretty and smelled really nice!

Project 365+1 :: Day 48 :: “Motion”

I had an assignment for my photography class to capture motion.  Welp!  Here it is 🙂  Havoc is such an expressive dog, and I love taking pictures of him.  However, he will NOT sit still for me.  I have to really work at it to get him to stop moving.  Thankfully for this assignment he was supposed to move, and I was to do all the work!  Believe me, it was hard work with a manual focus lens.  YAY.  Thankfully that isn’t an issue now since I got the Nikon D7000.  SO EXCITED.  Even more excited that I didn’t have to wait for it to come in the mail or to come off of Backorder.  It was in stock AT the BX which is even more shocking! 🙂