Keiko’s inspiration comes from nature. Many of her childhood weekends and summers were spent exploring the forests and quarries of rural Vermont. This experience made a lasting impression on her and has always influenced her work.
In 1998 Keiko apprenticed under her father, who owned Niwa Studio Inc., an established jewelry photography studio in Manhattan. She learned all the nuances of studio photography and how to see light in a whole new way. She photographed for designers such as Mikimoto and Rolex.
In 2008, after years of still life work Keiko decided to try her hand at weddings and portraits. Her eye for beauty established a wedding photography business that was rewarding and enjoyable. Weddings naturally led to maternity and baby shoots. Photographing newborns became her focus and her joy. Her beautiful images attracted clients such as the Deniro and Yurman families.
Keiko began to feel the pull of nature in 2014. She decided to learn digital painting at that time and combined her photography with her new painting skills to create the work you see in this portfolio.
This work was inspired by photographs Keiko took in Vermont, Upstate NY and at the artists current residence in Brooklyn.