Imagine leading a classroom of 25 kids, no older than six, to summit the peak of Mt. Fuji. I had my doubts that this would be possible, until Yukari shared her story with me. Being a teacher in a town just outside of Tokyo, she jumped on this challenge to get children to experience the great outdoors. It took some convincing with parents (and herself) that this was a great idea. And sure enough, every single kid made it up to the summit proving that children are much stronger than they appear.
To capture a radiant spirit like Yukari, we went down to the heart of Yosemite for a portrait session. There's no better way to wrap up 2017 than this beautiful shoot in one of the most amazing places on earth.
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." - John Muir