This was the first spring the O'Connor family had been in Tokyo to see the sakura for a decade. Considering this, Mark wanted to make this spring extra special by treating his wife Kaori to a family portrait session as a birthday gift. I got to work and created Kaori a custom made an e-gift certificate. Mark let me know that she was thrilled and eager to schedule our session.
For years the O'Connor family have lived outside of Japan. But now, with a son and new opportunities in Tokyo, the O'Connors decided it was time to move back "home." Luckily, the O'Connors made it back to Japan at the perfect time of the year. Tokyo is a special place during the early spring (late March). The pink and white sakura blossoms are just starting to bloom. The air is still crisp. For many, this part of spring is a signal of rebirth and new beginnings. For sure, this time is an auspicious one for the O'Connor's return to Japan.
Since the cherry blossoms were not yet roaring, we decided to head to Shinjuku Gyoen, one of my favorite private parks in Tokyo. We would have a stroll, see the sakura beginning to bloom, and celebrate both Kaori's birthday and the O'Connor family's return to Japan.
In the end, our plan was perfect. We created a wealth of imagery that would serve as a birthday gift for Kaori. But more, the images are a document of a forward transition for the O'Connor family. I was honored to take part.
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