Most parents want to do it and fail. Ishikawa, Japan-based photographer Toyokazu Nagano, on the other hand, manages to succeed. Wildly.
As sure as you know the lines on your own face, you know your child’s personality in all of its grand and spirited glory, but capturing it on film can be a challenge. Sure, the photos you take might accurately show their sweet dimples or deep brown eyes, but it can be tough to bring out their inner sparkle along with their outer beauty.
Nagano’s 4-year-old daughter Kanna is bursting with a cute-as-a-bug face and an even cuter personality, both of which he manages to lasso into each of his many photos of her in his ongoing Photogenic Princess series. In many of the photos, Kanna stands in the middle of the same empty road dressed in costume or using props to showcase her dazzling and dizzying character. She’s got a flair for the dramatic, with an endless personality and imagination adding to the delight of each shot. To make the photos even better, she’s in on the joke. All of them, in fact.
Take a look:
Photogenic Princess 1 of 16
Photos by Toyokazu Nagano
I Scream 2 of 16
Who needs 31 flavors when just 20 will do?
Respect to Stevie Wonder 3 of 16
My cherie amour, lovely as a summer day.
Photogenic Charming Figure 4 of 16
Pick a winner.
Rocky 5 of 16
It's the eye of the tiger.
A Chorus of Frogs 6 of 16
All together now.
do re mi fa so la ti do 7 of 16
Let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.
Freeze! Hands Up! 8 of 16
Punk Rock 9 of 16
What song is it you wanna hear?
Fish Story 10 of 16
"If you want to be a different fish, jump out of school." — Don Van Vliet
Dreams Come True Together 11 of 16
They're playing our song.
A Hard Study 12 of 16
"A good book has no ending." — Robert Frost
It's even better when read with a helmet.
String Telephone 13 of 16
Can you hear me now?
Stalker 14 of 16
Single white female meets a brace of ducks.
Firefighter 15 of 16
Too hot to handle.
Jaws 16 of 16
Don't go in the water.
All images used with permission from Toyokazu Nagano
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