As I spent my last day on Okinawa I felt an overwhelmingly stong sense of gratitude towards the Okinawan culture and people. I am so thankful that they wrapped their arms around my family and let us in. I have never lived amongst a culture that was so free with their smiles. With their singsong greetings and personable character, I can say there was never a day that I did not feel welcomed. I have fallen in love with the fact that they drive outside of the lines and that high heels go with every outfit and outing. I will cherish this culture forever. I know that it has changed me. Changed me for the better.
Connections. To me a truly authentic expeience relies on connection. The connections I made with people on this island have moved me and will stay with me and my family forever. To each one of you, friends and clients alike, I thank you. Thank you for embellishing my time on Okinawa with giggles of laughter and loving support. I am forever moved by your kindness and steadfast loyalty. As we move forward, know in the deepest way how much you are still a part of me. I look forward to staying in touch and sharing the years to come with each of you.
The world is small. That is what I have learned living half a world from home. There is no place that is ever too far away. So please, my wish for you and I, is to stay connected.
As I say goodbye to an incredible culture, friends, and clients I give to you a little something to thank you. My most memorable and favorite thing to photograph while living in Japan were the Geisha’s. My family and I had the pleasure of capturing them while in Kyoto. So from my heart to yours… a 5×7 storyboard of some of my most cherished Geisha captures. Please feel free to save this image to your computer (click on the image and it will open a new page) and print yourself a 5×7.
***Legal must do….this image is allowed to be downloaded to a personal computer and printed at a 5×7 print size or smaller for HOME USE only. Larger prints are NOT AUTHORIZED. You may not sell, reproduce, share or complete any other use without the written consent of Serena Nicole Studios. Unwarranted use of this image constitutes a very large legal fine…so please be nice…it is a gift afterall. By downloading this image you agree to all terms.
In other, much more Serena-like words, print it out and hang it on your fridge or even frame it on your coffee table…and let it serve as a sweet reminder of your days in the beautiful country of Japan – Serena Nicole style.
If you can not get the image to download – you can visit this link and it should work for you :
I do not like good-byes…so this is just a see you soon! See you on the web, or in my email box, or maybe in Europe, or even in ten years!!! Just looking forward to when I get to see you again.