Friday, May 31, 2013

Hayato




 

Here are a few select photos from a shoot I did with Hayato! It was fun exchanging ideas and going in search of interesting backgrounds to use. Hayato mostly gave me and the camera some quite cool looks, but I caught the rare burst of a smile in the first photo, after handing him a rock and saying it looked great! I hope I can learn more ways to bring out the personality of models and help them let their guard down, since it's so much more exciting to me when capturing those spontaneous moments and unplanned expressions. 

The weather's slowly warming up these days in Tokyo, and the humidity level is starting to creep up as well. A hint of the rainy season is rising in the atmosphere... everything feels so nostalgic to me around this time of year, since late summer is when I first arrived in Japan.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Floral Escape







 

 Model: Ariel
Hair & Makeup Artist: Maiko

For this late afternoon photoshoot with the gorgeous Ariel, whom I've had the pleasure of shooting with once before during cherry blossom season, we teamed up with makeup artist Maiko to create this feminine yet confident look. Maiko helped create emphasis on Ariel's eyes, adding warm colors and a purple shade that matched Ariel's dress. The Tokyo afternoon light illuminated everything, adding a lovely glow that I wish I had more chances to catch. Ariel, Maiko, thank you so much for working with me on this shoot! I really enjoyed it and love the outcome :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tokyo Wedding Photographer | Hitomi & Chris

 

Last month, I had the honor of shooting Chris and Hitomi's beautiful wedding party at Stellato in Shirokanedai. It was truly a joy for me to be a part of this very special event, and I was happy to be able to participate from the preparations in the early afternoon until the party finished in the evening. Hitomi and Chris are both such wonderful people, and both of them are deeply in touch with music, which made being their photographer that day all the more meaningful. Having the chance to hear them sing together, talk about their hopes and goals for the future... I was very much moved and inspired by their continuous hard work, courage, and optimism.

Hitomi and Chris, thank you again for having me at your wedding party! I absolutely loved taking photos for you both and can't wait to see you again :)













They are such a beautiful and happy couple!





Much love to you, Hitomi and Chris!! <3
I wish you all the happiness and success that the following years can bring! :)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Natsuki

 

 Natsuki was such a fun and cool person, so easy to talk to and get along with during this photoshoot. I especially appreciated her relaxed manner and honest personality. Especially standing out to me was a special story that Natsuki told about her childhood days. She was once taking a walk through the woods, and came across a gathering of many, many butterflies, all clumped together and moving. Curious, she came closer and closer to see why they were gathering, expecting (as an excited little kid would) that they were gathering around some flowers or something pretty... and she finally realized that they were all gathered around...! 
A mound of poop.

So I hope this story was not too inappropriate for this blog. But it just goes to show what an awesome person Natsuki is, telling me that kind of story on our first meeting! :)




 

 Natsuki, thank you so much for doing this photoshoot with me! I had a lovely time :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tokyo Engagement Photographer | Claire & Jeff in Shibuya

 

Claire and Jeff were just so much fun and wonderful people to work with. This is part two of their engagement photoshoot in Tokyo, and this time they chose the vivid and energetic Shibuya as a backdrop! Although we were really hoping for it to be a clear evening, it ended up raining... but Claire and Jeff still did an amazing job! I would even say that the rain added to the unique atmosphere and memorability of the evening. Thanks to their upbeat and positive attitude, the shoot went very smoothly and turned out to be super fun! I just couldn't help grinning and awwing all the way through :) I'm sure you'll understand how I felt after you see the below! 

Claire and Jeff - I had a fantastic time working with you, and thank you so much for everything!

 

At the big intersection in Shibuya, as all the pedestrians were passing by in their respective directions. I just have to say that my girly romantic heart jumped out of my chest at this point :)



 

 These two are just too awesome.

 




 

 I really love the intimacy and spontaneity of couple and engagement shoots like this one. It leaves so much room for creativity, showing off the true personality of each person, rather than forced poses and being hectic and stressed... just two people in love, making memories to bring with them on the journey forward. It makes me so happy, and I can't wait to do more engagement photography in Tokyo. Claire and Jeff, thank you so much!!


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tokyo Fashion Photography | Deborah in Ginza







You may remember that I did this photoshoot with Deborah a while back. This time, we created a completely different mood with some night backgrounds in Ginza. It was a lot of fun shooting these photos together and coming up with different ideas. Thank you, Deborah! Looking forward to our next shoot :)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Nostalgic Shinjuku





One of the places I have frequented most ever since I started living in Tokyo, Shinjuku also provides something to do at any time of day or night. While the Shinjuku area has some of the most metropolitan, advanced-looking towers and cityscapes in Tokyo, you can also find some side streets and paths like the ones above. Although I most often go to Shinjuku for the bookstore, it is also great for other shopping, delicious ramen shops, and live houses. It takes quite a long time to walk around the entire station, passing by the various exits... I used to get very lost trying to from one place to another within Shinjuku station. Now I think I have a better idea of where everything is (with the added support of Google maps!), and each direction seems to have its unique personality. Shibuya is nice too, but Shinjuku has a different sort of energy that I think I feel more comfortable with.