Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tokyo Model Photography | Fernanda


 Model: Fernanda (axelle model management)

 Fernanda was such a sweet girl and wonderful to shoot with. Although she had just arrived in Japan a day or two ago, was jet lagged and not used to it here yet, she came out for this afternoon photoshoot on the streets of Tokyo. Now that's what I call a professional! Fernanda really gives off these beautiful expressions, and the way she places her body seems so effortless and light. It was really a joy to shoot with her, and an honor for this to be her first photoshoot in Tokyo!
Thank you very much, Fernanda!! I hope we get to shoot together again :)

Meghan also participated in this session, and her photos will be coming soon!

By the way, I changed a few elements of this blog today, and simplified the header. I've been wanting to update the layout for a while now, and I'm liking this new style a lot more at the moment. 

It's getting hotter in Tokyo, and today felt exactly like a summer day should - making me want some ice cream and to visit the beach. I can't believe June will be over soon! Today also marked my first mosquito bite of the year.. nooo. I heard some blood types they don't prefer to bite, but they seem to really have a preference for me.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mousseron as Kagami Taiga


Recently, I had the opportunity to do a photoshoot with the awesome Mousseron, who did an amazing portrayal of Kagami Taiga from Kuroko no Basuke. (火神大我、黒子のバスケ) 
I must be honest and admit I don't watch much anime these days (I used to! Honey and Clover, Death Note, Ouran High School Host Club... mmm good ol' days :), and so I wasn't familiar with this series or character. However, when I first stumbled across Mousseron's modeling and cosplay work, I was very drawn to her aura and way of expression. I'm so glad she responded and got together with me to create these photos!


A rainy evening in Tokyo.



Hmm, which one to pick...

Thank you so much for this photoshoot, Mousseron!! I had a wonderful time, and I can't wait to try more shoots together!

Check out Mousseron's links below:

World Cosplay:

Monday, June 24, 2013



Summer has arrived in Tokyo. I love it.

 There are still so many places to explore, so many things to see just nearby. Sometimes all it takes is the willingness to look.




Jellyfish!! :)


Such a Tokyo-like view. These huge residential towers along the waterfront.. the window lights dotting their surfaces and creating reflections in the rippling waves.


 Tokyo, sometimes you are so beautiful. 
A lot of the times, you are.


The beginning of summer always makes me happy. I took a bit of time off from photoshooting just to live, breathe, feel. Now I'm renewed and ready to go again. It's hard to strike a balance between your aspirations and your current state of living itself - rushing too much through everything tends to make you lose sight of all that could be gained just from taking it easy, taking things slow. Being able to relax and walk slowly - is that becoming something rare these days? It's all about efficiency, getting the next item done, reaching the next goal and the next. I am like this. But I'm starting to think it's not always good.. before you know it, time has flown by and you're not sure where it's all gone. I admire those who can throw everything into their goal and focus only on that. But personally, I think I need time to explore, put work out of my mind, and simply be who I am. Reconnect with the part of me that delighted in simple little things, as a child. Laugh for no reason, and find happiness in everyday things.

I don't want to wait to reach some destination before I can be happy.
Instead, I'd rather be excited and grateful for all the moments in the road I'm on already.
I'm sure the view will keep getting more and more beautiful as we go.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tokyo Portrait Photographer | Reflections of the Soul


Doing a photoshoot with Momo always gets my creative juices flowing! I had the most awesome time experimenting and creating these images together. This is one of my absolute favorite shoots so far. Momo, thank you so much for making it amazing!


 By the way, this beautiful lady will also be doing a live coming up soon! Check out her website above for more details and to reserve tickets. :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Taiwanese Tea Shop


Earlier this month, I had the chance to shoot with this lovely girl again! Tomoyou (or Yoo) first did a shoot with me on a bright weekend morning in a park, but this time we chose an urban setting in the evening, just as the sun set.


I was so excited to find this little alleyway together! So cool :)


 Tomoyou took me to this wonderful little Taiwanese tea shop after shooting. The tea was served in these delicate glass teapots and tiny glass cups. I've never been to this kind of place in Tokyo. It felt like a delightful new discovery, this store with a slightly mysterious aura about it.


 Yay for tea! Tomoyou is too cute :)
Thank you for hanging out and photoshooting with me!


Model: Yoo (Bellona Model Agency)

Roppongi, Tokyo


In the city, life rushes on.

Friday, June 14, 2013

A Fulfilling Day


 Today, I took a trip to Shinagawa to get my foreigner card finally updated to the new resident card. It's been almost a year already since the new system was set in place, but since the immigration office is only open during work hours and closes early at 4 PM, I never had time to actually make the trip (for a year!). There is the train ride to Shinagawa station, and then a bus ride from the station to the immigration office. It felt strange and yet familiar, seeing these sights again.


 The path in Shinagawa station leading toward the exit which has the immigration bureau bus stop. I always found these lined-up screens a bit fascinating.




Finally I was able to get my new card! Now we don't have to pay extra fees just to re-enter the country after taking a trip out of Japan, which is always good. I have long been feeling a bit confused about the new card and how to actually get it, but the process was much easier than I thought. You just need to bring along your old card, your passport, and a photo that will go on the new card (you can take one at a photo-taking booth which appears at almost any station). I'm so glad I finally got this over with.


In the evening, I was treated to a special dinner. It was one of the most delicious meals I've had so far! Not only was the taste exquisite, each dish was arranged almost like a piece of art. I felt even the temperature of each piece was carefully timed and controlled. Traditional Japanese food like this is definitely one of my very favorite things about Japan. The subtle flavors, nuances, and textures... simply amazing. 

Look at this little crab! Apparently these tiny things live in clear water and scramble away if you lift up large rocks.


 This fish is called ayu, and apparently it is caught by hooking another live ayu to a line and throwing it in the water. Wow, they attack each other ): This one was grilled and seasoned with a special kind of salt. The meat is incredibly soft and savory.


Unagi! I think it might be my first time having it in Japan. Furthermore, I've never eaten unagi with wasabi before. I usually avoid wasabi at all costs. But this restaurant always serves the most amazing wasabi, so I actually enjoy it! The sharp flavor of the wasabi brought out the sweet, melting texture and taste of the unagi amazingly well. Such a rare and wonderful treat.


 Ume-flavored somen! I absolutely love somen, and this was my first time to try ume somen. The texture of the thin noodles was perfect, chewy and not too soft. The small bowl was topped with shiso. Sooo good.


A calm and beautiful night in Tokyo.