Utsukushī kazoku means beautiful family in Japanese. 美しい家族 That is exactly what this family is… beautiful. They are so sweet and I enjoyed every minute of our session together. I think they enjoyed themselves too. We had a gorgeous sunset session in true Okinawan style with sugar cane fields and beaches. Most of the island you will see this setting.
I wasn’t super keen on the idea of coming back to Okinawa. I had many other plans in my head and dreams. The last year I had time to prepare myself for island living again. I can honestly say I am so happy we came back. It is a gorgeous island with so much culture. So much love, peace and relaxation. I feel refreshed here and rejuvenated. This family helped me feel that way with my photography again. Alive and ready to come back with a bang! I felt my creativity coming back out and I loved it!

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xoxo Kristi

  • Jenny - wow! beautiful family, beautiful location!!

  • Kristi James - Thank you so much.

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Black and White, there is so much to say, yet so little to say about it. Its one of my favorite things to think of when taking a photograph. I will sometimes intentionally shoot knowing I want it black and white. Black and white images evoke so much emotion. So much depth. Its wonderful for storytelling. It makes my photographer senses tingle. I am in love with these I have taken over the month. Professional work and my perfectly imperfect life at home. Its been a rough month at home. The kids are back in school and they have been fighting me tooth and nail to get their homework done, fighting and being naughty. Even though we struggle with that, I love each minute with them. I have been so blessed to work with such amazing people this month. Some absolutely beautiful ladies, some adorable babies and handsome couples. I’d say I have a pretty amazing life.

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xoxo Kristi

  • Alicia Quintanar - I LOVE LOVE your conversions! Great work :)

  • Lauren Nygard - These are all stunning, but I love the two, fun boys who are sharing a large t-shirt! How cute!!

  • Kristina Ingersoll - Perfect.

  • nicole gulick - your black & white images are seriously magical! love the depth and contrast and the feelings they evoke! so gorgeous!

  • Shannon santana - You have always been, and always will be my favorite photographer. Not only is it because you are my best friend, but because you are so incredibly talented and passionate with your work! You have an eye that many do not. An eye that can capture an image before it’s even taken. Amazing, as always!! And don’t you know it is absolutely necessary to do homework with water wings?? She kills me!

  • Kristi James - I love you!! I miss you! I want my friend here with me in Okinawa. And Kayli.. well she’s interesting ha ha And she was mad at me.

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