Looking out my window, I notice that the plum blossoms beginning to fade. Anyone who has lived in Japan for any significant amount of time knows what this means. When the plum blossoms drop, it is officially spring. In just another week or two, the more anticipated sakura blossoms will come out. The cherry trees usually burst at the end of March and all of Japan will celebrate the coming of another year.
I love the change of seasons. It doesn't matter which season I am leaving behind or which season I am greeting, the change signifies movement. I adore how the weather actually shows us that it is time to move on, to shake things up.
As I look out at the last of the plum blossoms, I think back to a family portrait session I had this past fall with the Markowitz family. I was so happy to hear from Chalice and her family right before the end of the fall portrait season. The family wanted to squeeze in a last minute portrait shoot before winter came.
Just like the plum blossoms signify the end of winter, fall's end is also shown by the trees.
When the yellow ginko leaves are ablaze, you know you have reached the end of the fall. The ginkos are always the last to go and, when they do fall sometime in mid-December, you know winter is looming right around the corner. But, winter hadn't yet come and the crisp fall air was still perfect for portraits.
I met the Markowitz family right outside of Chidorigafuchi and we leisurely strolled through the picturesque gardens, stopping here and there to make a portrait and to admire the last of the fall foliage.
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Who Is Andrew Faulk?
Tokyo photographer Andrew Faulk specializes in portrait, editorial, event, and commercial photography assignments. With over a decade of experience living and working in Asia, he works with individuals, families, publications, and corporations to create timeless images under any deadline. His work is frequently featured in a variety of international travel and lifestyle publications. He is a husband, father, and lover of fried food.