I’ve been really busy of late so it was nice to get out of the city for  a few days recently, including an overnight stay in Nikko. 15cms of snow overnight was a nice surprise, too.

This year has been pretty busy so far, which is nice. My wife started full-time work again recently so our opportunities to get away have been limited.

We recently had to visit Fukushima, to pay respects at my father-in-law’s grave on the one-year anniversary of his death. We spent a couple of days in our home town in Fukushima and planned an overnighter in Nikko, on the way back to Tokyo.

We spent a few hours wandering some of the shrines there and overnight there was a surprise drop of about 15cms of snow; pretty rare to get so much in one night, so close to the end of March.

It was a pleasant surprise for us and gave myself and Joe a chance to get out for a walk around the same shrines myself, my wife and Charlie had explored the day before.

I’ll throw some shots of the shrines etc on here soon, in a different article.

For now, though, here are a few shots I took of the kids over the weekend – in Fukushima and Nikko. All shot using my Hasselblad H4D-40. The one of Ami by the statue in my wife’s old school, and the one of Charlie flying on the broomstick, were both lit using one small Nikon speedlight in an Elinchrom PortaLite softbox.

If you want any portraits shooting of your children, I take commissions and you can contact me using the contact page. Thanks.