Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tokyo Engagement Photography: Joyce & Phu

I had an absolutely wonderful time shooting for Joyce and Phu on a sunny, perfect Tokyo afternoon. These two went all out and prepared two sets of outfits: yukatas (a light type of kimono worn in summer, especially during summer festivals in Japan) and Eeyore & Pooh costumes! Wow, this makes them totally cool in my book :) I just love how relaxed and at-ease this session felt, thanks to their great attitudes and willingness to just have fun. Joyce and Phu, thank you so much for a lovely afternoon! A huge congratulations to the two of you, and I wish you all the happiness in the world!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tokyo Portrait Photography: Kathryn & Ben

Kathryn and Ben were the most wonderful people to work with, and so much fun to photograph. The first location they chose was a cemetery. Awesome, right? :) Really, the area was peaceful and quiet, a nice oasis from the rush and bustle of central Tokyo; we even came across a few lasting blossoms. It was an honor for me to accompany Kathryn and Ben as we took a stroll through some memorable places for them. Seeing how comfortable they are with each other and how radiant in love they are... you could easily tell that it filled me with joy too, if you saw how widely I was smiling from behind the camera. Kathryn, Ben, I'm so glad to have met you both. Thank you so much for everything!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tokyo Family Photography: Blossoms with the Family

The other day, I had the pleasure of shooting some photos for Preeti's family against the later-blooming spring flowers. It was a gorgeous, mild and sunny afternoon, almost hot, and the kind of clear day that kids can't help running around at top speed. Here are just a few shots from their session. Lately, it's sunny every day in Tokyo, and I'm loving spring so much!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tokyo Portrait Photography: Kristina Magdalinskaya

It was lovely shooting with Kristina, who just arrived in Tokyo from the Ukraine not long ago. When I asked what Japanese food she's had so far, she told me that she's tried some onigiri. Hopefully sushi and sashimi are to follow :) When I set out to meet her, the day was overcast with splatterings of rain.. but after we met up, the clouds parted slightly to give us some glowy afternoon light. I'm happy to have worked with Kristina on her first photoshoot in Japan. Thank you, Kristina!

Please do check out Kristina's fashion blog here.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tokyo Cosplay Photography: Howl's Moving Castle

When Christina told me that she was working on the costume for Howl from the Studio Ghibli film Howl's Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城) and planning to finish it in time for cherry blossom season, I was ecstatic. Having rewatched the movie not long ago (for possibly the fifth time; it's my favorite Ghibli film!), the magic of this story and the charm of Howl were still fresh on my mind. When we met up on this beautiful sunny day and Christina unveiled the costume she made - unbelievably gorgeous. She is so talented!! Not only did we have an unexpected field of yellow flowers and still-blooming cherry blossoms, the sunset light decided to be amazing for us. It was such a wonderful experience working together with Christina to bring the character of Howl to life. (She did all the hard work, really!)

Be sure to check out Christina's other work on her Tumblr blog, Twitter, and Facebook!

Howl / Makeup / Costume: Mousseron