Japanese photographer Nagano Toyokazu has been taking photos of his daughter Kanna since the day she was born. At first Toyakazu was just taking photos to capture family memories, but fast forward three years later, and the duo is now a Flickr sensation. Toyokazu's Flickr followers had the privilege of watching Kanna grow up over the past few years, and in an email interview with NPR Tovakazu explains "When I started, I was taking photos with a camera in order to keep family memories, but I now take photos to create family memories." Tovakazu's newest collection titled 'Photogenic Princess,' is a series of shots taken of Kanna wearing various costumes and acting out hilarious scenes. Not only does this series capture the delightful personality of a young girl, but also tells a heart-warming story of the special relationship between a father and daughter.
The process for making these magic moments a reality goes like this, Toyakazu comes up with a concept, he then creates outfits and props for Kanna to wear and use. After the prep work is complete the duo hit the streets, and by streets we mean an industrial looking road that has been renamed by Toyakazu’s Flickr followers as “magic road.”
Prior to Photogenic Princess Toyakazu’s first addition of Kanna’s adventures were captured in an ongoing series called “My Daughter Kanna,” that was previously featured on Life magazine’s tumbler feed. In addition to pictures of just Kanna, Toyakazu has many more charming family photos on his Flickr page. It was hard for us not to fall in love with these two at first sight, and we are pretty certain you’ll feel exactly the same way.
All images © Nagano Toyokazu