Behind the name
First off, I know what you're thinking: Who is (and how do you say) Mizue? Mizue, pronounced mee-zoo-eh, is my Japanese middle name. So, long story short, I am the Mizue of Mizue Photography.
When I first began taking on clients over five years ago, I didn't really think twice about my business name. For some reason I just knew that this was it. Loosely translated, 瑞 (mizu) means freshness, youth, or liveliness, and 恵 (e) refers to blessing or blessed. This works perfectly because each of my clients is a breath of fresh air that continually provides a youthful liveliness leaving me feeling blessed to be part of their lives. So, Mizue Photography it is.
For as long as I can remember I have either been in front of a camera or behind one. Growing up, I can vividly remember dreading to take annual (and sometimes semi-annual) photos with my sister and brother - it was just so stressful and uncomfortable. I had to wear dresses I didn't like and curl my hair (I can still taste the hairspray). Then we all had to smile and say cheese. All for a picture. Usually I got candy after. But that's beside the point.
Even as a child, I can recall my mom stressing to get us all ready and make sure we behaved. It doesn't have to be like this. Photo sessions can actually be a really fun time to enjoy with your family, and that is my mission.
Regardless of how painstaking the process was, I am now lucky enough to have pictures of my life starting at day one all the way up until I started documenting it myself. In high school I would have a little Canon point-and-shoot in my hand ready to snap a photo at any given moment. Shortly after I had my senior portraits taken in 2012, the photographer, who is now a good friend, taught me how to shoot in manual on a DSLR. Since then, my passion and knowledge for photography has only grown, and thus Mizue Photography was born.
Over the years I've realized that comfort is key. I aim to help you feel comfortable behind the camera. Our photoshoot will be a fun and memorable experience that we plan together and, because of that, you will takeaway tangible memories, complete with the real smiles and interactions that took place.
I am honored to serve families of all backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, and races. I would love to connect, so if you have any questions or just want to chat, please feel free to send me a note.
kelly mizue aoki
Behind the lens
When all is said and done, there is nothing more precious than memories - and nothing more beautiful than life itself. Together we will capture your world and all its beauty so that one day, you will be able to remember and appreciate the little things, feel the emotions, relive the smiles, hear the laughter, and bring on the tears.
No one takes photos to remember what someone looks like - we know that. We take photos so that we can remember how we feel. So that we can relive our most precious memories and be flooded with honest moments that tell our story.
Everyone has a story to tell. I am a photographer by trade, but a storyteller at heart. I connect with each of my clients and feel so honored to be a part of the most cherished parts of their lives. I love watching my clients grow and looking back at how far we’ve come. I can only imagine what that would mean for you. Everyone sees their world in a different light, my job is to paint a picture of your life with the light that you exude. When you look at your photos in the years to come, I want you to feel before you see.