Happy New Year 2023

January 10, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

kumasaka photography

Happy New Year, 2023!

Wishing you a wonderful New Year♡


As I prepare for the  New Year, I would like to reflect on the past year, 2022.  It was a huge year for me, filled with lots of challenges.  

Here are a few quick recaps of my 2022:

2022 Year in Review




2nd year as business

I have been a photographer for so many years, but 2022 was my 2nd year taking photos as a business.  It's been challenging and reached a plateau, but I enjoyed working on new things as well.



Family Photo Session

It was nice to see returning families and also new families last year.  I feel grateful for every family who trusts me with their memories.  

Rain season normally starts late September, but it was dry in September and early October!  It was nice to avoid rain, but hard to work with dry smoky air.    Please consider having a photo session this Summer, when we don't have to worry about the weather and also weekdays will be more available!

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Senior Photo Session

It was so fun to work with Seniors this summer and fall!  We had nice golden hour sessions.

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Kimono Photo Session

I had several kimono session, for shichigosan.  As I mentioned last year,  indoor photo session is now available, so as at rental studio in SE PDX. 

If you are interested in renting/dressing Kimono, hair/make, I can refer specialists to you.

I often work with Takako, who is renting and dressing Kimonos.  If you are interested in Shichigosan Photo Session, please see detailed information page and contact me (kumasaka.photography"at"gmail.com) .  For other Kimono ocassions, please see this page and let me know if you have any questions.


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Maternity and Newborn Photo Session

I enjoyed some Newborn and Maternity photo sessions this year!  

Maternity 2022

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Dancer's Photo Session

I was also busy with other kinds of photo sessions, I didn't have the chance to work on Dancer's Photo Session in 2022.  This is the only photo where I captured dancer's posing when I had family photo session (I actually LOVE how it turned out!!).  I am hoping to have some Dancer's Photo Session this year, I would especially love to try one at the studio!  



Charity and Events

This is the 2nd year to have a Mother's Day Photo Session Project, making donations to the non profit organization, Brest Friends, which supports breast cancer survivors.  Since 2021, I planned a Mother's Day Photo Session whose 50% of sales would be donated to Breast Friends.  After several Mother's Day Photo Session, I donated $146.28 for 2022, which is a not so big amount, but more than 2021!  I will have a Mother's Day Photo Session again this year in Spring.  Please stay tuned.

Charity 2022



Events 2022

Not many events this year, but I was able to capture music concert by Nozomi Music School, and holiday party event by JWPDX (Japanese Women in Portland).  Looking forward to capturing more events this year!


Music Concert by Nozomi Music School

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Holiday Party 2022 by JWPDX

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Studio Photo

I attended several workshops at Cobalt Studios PDX, and I have gained more confidence for studio photo session.

Last late fall, I worked with Tatami Music for his new album cover photos.  We had such a fun time, and photos turned out really great!  

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Artist Photo

I was so lucky to meet Mai Ide, who is an art student at PSU.  She asked me to capture her artwork for her portfolio last winter, and artist portrait for her website afterwards.  We have some common sense and so fun to work together!

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Wedding Photo

I feel honored to be asked to capture post-wedding session!  It was beautiful evening last fall and we had a fun time.

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Workshops and training

During slow season, spring and summer, I tried to attend several workshops, classes, and photo meet up to improve my skills and meet other professional photographers.  It was fun to work with models as well. I learned so much but photography is endless learning!  I also joined Oregon Professional Photographers Association.  I am looking forward to participate those kinds of meetups and events as many as I can to improve my skills this year!

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I will work on new technics and different types of photo shooting such as dancer's and arts, in addition I would love to meet many new people, not only clients but also photographers this year.

I hope this year is much better and more fun to come to all of you.  I am looking forward to capturing your smiles soon!

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