Not since Jason Lee have I found a father who could capture childhood is such a sweet and genuine way. Osaka, Japan-based photographer/web designer Hideaki Hamada shoots his curiously cute boys, Haru and Mina, as they make their way through life.

This very proud father has been shooting his sons since they were born. (The older son, Haru, is now five and the younger son, Mina, is now three.) For multiple reasons, he chose to document their lives and share these personal moments with the world. "I want to take photographs of my sons so that they will be able to feel something when they grow up," he tells us. "These photos will be like gifts to my family in the future.

"I think that digital pictures as materials are more fragile than prints, but expressions on the monitor or online have endless possibilities. It connects people...all around the world."

Modern Family Portrait

Hideaki Hamada's website and Flickr
via [Cup of Joe]
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  • @Darrell-haha! You are so right!
  • these are beautiful. i especially love the boy with the guitar. now wouldn't it be great if he becomes a famous musician? his first cd cover or concert poster already has a great image taken by his father!
  • These are so cute!!!
  • These are just too precious! Such a wonderful idea to document each moment like that! I'm thinking about doing that with my children someday haha thanks for sharing Alice! :)
  • "It connects people - all around the world."

    It sure does!!! Amazing shots!!
  • I LOVE these pictures. These boys are beyond adorable and I love the styling, the lighting and the sense of joy that really jumps from each image. I want to get each outfit for my own 2 year old, and the bowl hair cut never looked so relevant and appropriate! I especially love the shot with the undies. Coming from a mom of 2 toddlers, I can't get enough of these!
  • Sweet and wonderful, just wonderful.
  • OMG!! These are AWESOME, especially love the last pic! Thanks for sharing, Alice! ;)
  • So cute
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