Authentic Japanese Sushi

Sendai, Japan

I would consider my self an avid fan of sushi. My husband on the other hand…well lets just say it was really hard to get him to steer away from chicken strips and fries. He was a trooper though when this plate was served to him when we ventured to Sendai City to visit family a few days into our honeymoon.  Sendai City is close to the sea so they are known for some of the best sushi in their region. It was a treat to be able to experience a Japanese cuisine with over a thousand year history and tradition.

One of my favorite things about sushi though is not just the taste, but the presentation.  Masters in Japan make each bite an experience of color, texture, and presentation on top of taste. Each piece we had was so unique and beautifully crafted! I had to snap a few shots before we dived in.

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Although Japan is the top of authentic Sushi, I believe the Tacoma & Seattle area does a pretty amazing job as well. I love living in a city that is so diverse in culture and nationalities. We often get to experience various cultures at our doorstep. I try to be a little adventurous, but I can never turn down a good tuna roll or sashimi. What’s your favorite roll/piece?

Valentines Day Mini Session at Hello Cupcake!

Tacoma, WA

On February 15 take your Valentine out for a sweet treat and a mini photo session!

SESSION DETAILS: 20 minute session for Couples & Families / 2 photographers / 20-30 images / Next Day Delivery / 12-4PM Time Slots / Where: Hello Cupcake / Cost:$125

To book a session, contact Hilary at or fill out a contact form here.

This is a PERFECT gift to surprise your valentine or for an adorable children’s shoot!  Don’t miss out on this once a year opportunity!

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Beauty of a Dream

“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” -Roman Payne


My husband and I are taking this next year to start working toward our dreams. Things that we believe we were created for, things we are passionate about and things that constantly dance in our imaginations. Yet, these dreams don’t come easy. We have learned more of the depths of sacrifice and that you really do have to give it everything to achieve them mixed in with a ton of faith. We will be jumping into a lot of nail biting opportunities soon and it is a wild ride. I am so excited and also tempted with a bit of human fear, but I wouldn’t want to be in any other place. We trust Jesus in this. A journey He is directing us.

Are there any hidden dreams in your life waiting to come to life? Share it here because sometimes the first step is just naming it.beauty_israel_church