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I am really excited to reveal something that’s been in the works for a while – my new brand and online home, barbtoyama.com!
Why the change?
I wanted to be more transparent to you, my client. I ask you to trust me and let me into your family life, to see and record how you connect with each other. I feel that trust has a better foundation when you understand who I am. I’m really not a company – I’m simply an artist. So I invite you to please come visit my new online home and learn about how I can create art for you, and I hope you’ll introduce yourself too!
It’s so fun to observe the dynamics that are unique to each family I photograph. Most all-boy families are packed with action, no surprise there. What I loved in this family was the sweet, affectionate moments they would sneak in between all the action and fun – a quick touch, a smile, a lingering hug. Hang on to these moments, parents, childhood is fleeting. Something I’m sure this mom of tweens is all too aware of. Here are a few of my favorite moments with this family.
I’m so glad I got to connect with this sweet family. They deserved their Maui vacation so much, after a streak of bad luck that first postponed their trip and then almost made them have to cancel again! But they made it here and I was so happy for them. Only fitting that we celebrated with a family photo session, which as usual was one part session and 9 parts fun 🙂
A little photo story of a Maui surprise proposal on the stormiest of days.
Brian had perfectly planned out his proposal to Chloe, including a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean, live ukulele music, and dinner with her family afterwards. Unbeknownst to Chloe, they would happen to be “early” to the planned family dinner and go for a nice walk, which was to turn into the happiest surprise of her life. What Brian couldn’t plan was the weather, but this is Hawaii so who worries about the weather, right?
I knew we had a tropical storm headed our way but hoped it would hold out til later that night. Planning to photograph the proposal ninja style hidden behind a hedge, I headed to Kapalua early under promising blue skies. I arrived just in time for a downpour to start, and watched the parking lot empty out as masses of people were fleeing off the beach. Well, at least we wouldn’t have to worry about an audience during the proposal…
Eventually the rain stopped, but the wind was blowing like crazy and storm clouds were hanging low in the sky. Wondering how he’d get her to take a walk in this kind of weather, I headed to my hiding spot, where I met the ukulele player, and shortly after, low and behold, here they come walking along the ocean front path.
I’m so glad Chloe was spontaneous enough to agree to a walk in tropical storm conditions! I’m sure it will be an engagement to remember… needless to say with the sky threatening to unleash on us, we opted for a sunnier evening for the actual engagement session.
Big congratulations Brian and Chloe!
Wow, brand new blog. Seems like the possibilities are endless…
I want this blog to become a place of creativity and conversation. Where you can come and ask questions, be inspired by photography and words, exchange ideas, and maybe get to know me a little better since for many I’m too far a away to meet in person. Well, I better get started!