A Japanese Dad’s Imaginative Conceptual Portraits of His 4-Year-Old Daughter


Japanese photographer Nagano Toyokazu is a dad much like all dads in that he loves his daughters, Miu and Kanna. Unlike most, however, he’s managed to get his daughters a good bit of attention through his imaginative and cute photography ideas.

Kanna in particular has taken to the camera, and in addition to her part in the Kiss Me Please Project photo series, she now has her very own series title simply My Daughter Kanna.

All of the photo are taken in the same location, and show Kanna dressed up in some creative get-up or another, usually screaming at the top of her lungs by the looks of it. Sometimes she’s a punk rocker flipping off the camera (we’re not kidding), sometimes a samurai and other times a guitar player, but she’s always adorable:















There are many more cute photos of Kanna, her sister and the entire Nagano family over on the photographer’s Flickr stream here.

If you follow that link you’ll find more photos of 4-year-old Kanna stealing the show on that old deserted road, in addition to the aforementioned Kiss Me Please Project series and other random cute photographs that should put a smile on your face and help you end hump day on a high note.

(via Laughing Squid)

Image credits: Photographs by Nagano Toyokazu and used with permission.

  • Tommy Sar

    Many of my fond memories of my late father was him taking me places to take pictures of me such as the Cherry Spoon Bridge at the Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis. While he was not as skilled or creative as Toyokazu-san, his love and passion for photography rubbed off on me.

    This is a great project that I’m sure the girls will forever remember.

  • Syuaip

    whoaaa too much cuteness i can’t handle this =)
    btw that Panda photo was the photo shown during flickr latest maintenance

  • lucas

    i wonder what the test of time will do to all that VSCO. hope you archived the RAWs for the long term!

  • Patrick

    He actually shot these on a medium format film I think

  • lucas


  • Anthony Neo Taylor

    The kamen rider picture made me squeal a little bit.

  • Patrick

    Yes actually.
    “PENTAX67(90㎜/f5.6)×kodak PORTRA400″

    I doubt you care but I was just letting you know. Grow up.

  • Norshan Nusi

    Yes, Henshin!

  • Norshan Nusi

    I remember his picture was featured on Flickr a long time ago…

  • Photog

    You’ve just made the best compliment to VSCO

  • radiancedeluxe

    hmmmm… medium format scans being mistaken for VSCO… is that a complement to VSCO or a charge against hybrid processing/sRGB scanning???? either way, interesting.

  • frank mckenna

    These pictures are hilariously adorable. I think he found an creative and fun way to capture the personality of his daughter. Well done.

  • angntr

    seems he likes this road :)

  • Pat Teglia

    Pretty sure the panda one is still used by Flickr on their “Something went wrong” page, or maybe the 404 page, just saw it a couple of days ago.

  • Rudy Bega

    The photos are great, but what’ i’m really impressed by is how he got his 4-year-old to actually pose for these! My little ones never want to cooperate for stuff like this. :-)

  • Maki Koyama

    A little editorial… “Toyokazu” would be his given name and “Nagano”, his surname. So the penultimate para would be more appropriate to say “entire Nagano family”. Maki (< my given name)

  • MaddieB

    I loved the concept and the way the girls were portrayed. However, I think that with another light, softer, and a background that didn’t distract the attention, the photo shoot would have been superb!

  • Syuaip

    the panda is all over Flickr again today…