This is a portrait of my beautiful mother when she was 22 years old.  A 'Couture' portrait where she had a professional make-over and got to wear her favorite kimono.  A portrait that was unknowingly treasured by my late grandmother her entire life. It crossed the Pacific Ocean to return to my mother one week when I was visiting them in Toronto, Canada where my mother now lives.  We opened this portrait together, my mother and I and shared tears, stories and laughter. A truly special moment that reminded me why I love to do what I do.  This portrait survived and was found after so many years, one of the many reasons why I prefer products to digital files.  My mother and I were so thankful for reasons beyond measure.  I now have this portrait and will as my grandmother did, continue to treasure this priceless portrait for the rest of my life...

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