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Anna Bella's Grandparents Visit Japan


Jenny and Matt asked me to spend an hour with them while Matt's parents were in town. Grandparent sessions are always a fun opportunity to create some beautiful pictures. I was thrilled for the chance!

We started out at a park near the Sodergrens' apartment in Nagoya.

Anna Bella loves the park, so this is always an easy way to make her feel comfortable and capture the grandparents interacting with their granddaughter.

Of course, at 2 years old, Anna Bella favors her mother, so she spent lots of time in her mother's arms. That's okay--I love to capture that bond as well.

Here Anna Bella shot me one of her killer glares, which I always love. Seriously, I love it.

Anna Bella runs from one thing to another on the playground, and she always has to stop at the water fountain...

...for a drink from the dog spout. Because why not?

Then of course, back to the swings.

This girl loves her blue swing. And I love the smiles I get from her and that she's started requesting that "Skye Mom" push her.

It was so fun to meet Matt's parents and get a little insight into how Matt came to be who he is. I enjoyed hearing stories about Matt as a little kid and seeing his love for his parents.

We walked back to the apartment when the rain started sprinkling us.

As usual, Anna Bella plopped herself into one of the lobby chairs as we entered the apartment building. Matt sat with her until Anna Bella demanded he remove himself--which was shortly after this picture was taken.

At home, Anna Bella relaxed and began to play as usual.

We had snack time...

She played while her grandparents chased her around a bit. Anna Bella ran circles around the apartment and giggled at everyone.

Grandpa chased her and got on the ground to play with her. The adults had some Sake and read books to AB--Matt and his mom even had a toy tea party. It was a lovely evening at the Sodergrens, and I'm glad we documented some of the time they had together. As expats we see our family so rarely, and I think Jenny and Matt were wise to capture those memories for Anna Bella to look back on in their photo book and remember Grandma and Grandpa Sodergren and their visit to Japan.

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