Having been surrounded by Kimono culture her whole life as her family successfully managed a Kimono business for decades in Tokyo, Masami moved with her husband and family to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994. At first, she worked as a full-time mother, concentrating her efforts on raising her two sons. As they were growing, Masami also dedicated herself to the art of Kimono dressing, becoming certified in 2011. Soon she began volunteering as a Kimono dresser at cultural events, such as at the Millbrae Japanese Festival, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Japanese Cultural Day at Hidden Villa in Los Altos. Her passion for spreading the beauty of the Japanese Kimono and culture lead her to form a Kimono business along with two partners. After a number of years, she established her own company, KIMONO by Kamino, in 2018. Through KIMONO BY Kamino, Masami organizes and stages photo sessions for clients to commemorate themselves celebrating weddings and traditional Japanese occasions, such as 7-5-3, Shichi-go-san and the Coming of Age, Seijinshiki. In her spare time, Masami likes practicing yoga, cooking, and reading.
Faye Dawdy & Tom Dawdy
Faye and Tom Dawdy have been in business since 1977. They are experienced professional photographers servicing primarily the San Francisco Peninsula. Both have degrees from Degree the Professional Photographers of America, Faye her Craftsman Degree and Tom his Master of Craftsman. Additionally, they each are lifetime members of the Professional Photographers of America. They have traveled around the U.S. and also Chile and Sweden teaching photography to aspiring professional photographers and have had numerous articles published in professional photography journals. Faye and Tom are engaged members of community organizations, the variety of which attests to their broad concerns—from the Sister City Commission in Millbrae, the Millbrae Historical Association and Millbrae Community TV, to the Rotary Club, and the Strides for Life Colon Cancer Foundation, as well as One Hit Away. They enjoy participating in the Bay Area’s multi-cultural riches and, when not working, like spending quality time with their large family period.
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