It is constantly in front of our lenses…opportunities to witness the human experience. Always emotional, joyful, poignant, moving, motivating, and relevant, it opens the window to our soul. It touches the very heart of our existence, love.

When you see it you know it’s real and it makes you want to have as much of it in your life as possible.

Generations of the Obata Family have been making certain to educate and inform their family of their past, present and future by gathering regularly every two years or so to honor their heritage and insure that their love will continue in perpetuity.

Everything about the family has true meaning. It starts with the family seal. Three distinct legs that represent the full circle of life of the Nisei, Sansei and Yonsei generations. All part of the tradition that supports the foundation of this amazing lineage.

An extended portrait session complete with tons of Obata family interaction, which included plenty of laughter and some tears provided a great kick-off for the event. Family members both young and old clearly embraced being part of the celebration.

After dinner, this very talented and diverse group then put on a presentation that opened with a with an astounding violin solo. Various members of the family then spoke about their heritage from their origins in Japan through the war, internment camps through present day. An inspiring hula dance and monologue also provided insight to the family’s abundant talent.

The family matriarch Tomi spoke from her heart all day long and inspired all present. She truly understands the meaning of life.

The event wound down with a traditional lily lighting ceremony held at the pool that symbolized strength, hope and future.

We really did not want this day to end. We met so many wonderful people with such passion for life, and were honored to have the opportunity to shoot the event.

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