Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A World of Color

 

Koshigaya Laketown (越谷レイクタウン). A humongous shopping mall and outlet located in Saitama prefecture (next to Tokyo), the most spacious I've ever seen in Japan. It's so big, even the train station there is named after the mall. The place is jam-packed with clothing stores, food courts, supermarkets, a pet store, a movie theater... anything you could possibly need. Although I've seen plenty of department stores in Tokyo, endlessly stretching malls like these are still a rarity to me. It reminds me of the Great Mall in Milpitas that I used to visit back in California, except larger.

I first experienced Koshigaya Laketown a few years back, when my friends took me there.
Since then, I've gone back a few more times to fully explore it from corner to corner.


 

It's still cold in Tokyo, but I'm beginning to get excited since the air shows signs of warming up. It feels as though it's been a long, long winter. I've been braving the cold and winds on weekends to do photoshoots, but I'm sure it will be so much more comfortable to shoot once spring finally rolls around.

 

Sometimes, I find myself breathless with the sense of time flying and flying, only wishing I could ask it to please stop for a while. Like mornings before work, the soft light filtering in through the curtains, warm blankets wrapped around me. Just wishing the clock would freeze for a moment, and if I close my eyes, a minute can sometimes feel like an hour.

 

Do you ever regret, wonder why things aren't turning out the way you want, and dig a hole of unhappiness and burrow your way in until everything turns gray? It could be at a particularly bad point in your life. It could be something that seems to stretch on and on for ages, and you feel powerless to change it. You could feel so out of place, a fish out of water, a dandelion under the lawn mower on a perfectly manicured lawn. 

If you're feeling this way right now, let me tell you.
It's not wrong to feel this way, to be who you are. Feeling sorrow, pain, frustration... all of that makes us human. But time... time is so precious, too precious to waste away seconds of it buried in unhappiness, if you can do anything about it. Because honestly, you can.
You are the one in charge of your own feelings. 
You can always change how you look at a situation or how you deal with something, and make things better for yourself.

 

I've always been quite a sensitive person, and I used to have a not-so-good temper. If someone said something that made me feel offended or hurt, I would instantly take it extremely personally and withdraw into myself, boiling with anger on the inside. It would take me a while to come back to normal, after which I would be pretty exhausted from all the inner raging and dark thoughts. Not to mention all the time wasted during which I could have done any number of things: watch a movie, work on photography or music, go explore somewhere new, and (most importantly, of course) eat some delicious food.  

But these days, I think I'm growing up a little. When I start to get angry or frustrated about something or someone, I try to pause and take a step back. Ask myself what's *really* the problem and why I'm feeling this badly. Try to imagine what would happen if I go on spiraling down into my hole of self-despair, and if I would really like to do that. Then I take a deep breath, and tell myself to relax.
Sometimes it works, other times it doesn't. But what's good is that I'm now more aware of myself, and I'm trying to be in control of what I feel. Because who doesn't want to feel happy? And if you want to, why the heck shouldn't you be allowed to? It's only when your dark and angry feelings start running away with you like a wild horse, that you lose the capacity to feel positive things.

 

 I do love laughing and chatting with people close to me, but in general I guess I'm more of a serious person, and always tended to take things too seriously. But my realization about how fast time passes by has definitely helped with that. I just don't have forever to sit around harrumphing and scowling when I feel like someone has done me wrong. Even if they did, I have plenty of other things I can do and try. So many ways to live and be alive. I can't help getting in a bad mood or feeling angry sometimes, but I hope it will be less and less, as I learn to exhale and offer a smile instead of battling frown with deeper frown.

I saw this poster while riding the train the other day. I can't remember the exact words, but it went something like this:
"Even if you live until 80, there are 29,200 days in your lifetime.
 How do you want to spend your next ones?"

Those words really hit home with me. I mean, wow. If you put it like that, there are so freakin few days left. Even 29,200 days sounds like nothing. To some, I expect it may sound too long. But for me, it's just not enough... there is so much I want to do.
So to make the days that I have not amount to nothing, I'm doing my best.
To learn. Laugh. Love. Live.

 

 Let's fill this world with color, spread the sounds of music, continue growing and learning. Even if you feel at a dead end, there must always be a way. Fall down and cry, but stand up and forgive again. Love again. Dream big, huge even. But also, don't forget to give thanks for what you have now.

Thank you. Thank you for everything.



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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Komayu & Junpei





 

 It was a challenge, but also so much fun to shoot both Komayu and Junpei (from the last two blog posts) in some two-person photos. Up to now, I've been doing mostly single-person photoshoots, and I found it much more difficult shooting two people at once. There's so much more to take in and be aware of, the expressions and body language of both people, whether they are in synch with each other. I definitely want more experience on this front, and I eventually want to try doing some more photoshoots of couples, possibly even wedding-related shoots. (If you or anyone you know need couple photos, do let me know :) 
I just love the magic of the connection between two people, the unsaid communication through gestures and motions, eye contact. 
Komayu and Junpei did such a great job for me, a huge thank you to you two!!

Models: Junpei (SOS Model Agency)
                                                                  Komayu (Bellona Model Agency)


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Komayu








 

Here is part two of three from the two-person shoot! 
Along with Junpei from the previous blog post, I had the chance to photoshoot with this lovely girl, Komayu. Her gentle and sweet personality easily showed through in each shot. I really appreciated her willingness to think of ideas together, and how well she got along with Junpei too. Komayu also had a strong attention to details; she noticed me admiring the flowers about to bloom in the park, and immediately recommended an ikebana event to me. 
Thank you so much, Komayu! It was truly wonderful creating these photos with you.

Please stay tuned for the final part three!

Model: Komayu (Bellona Model Agency)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Junpei







This is part one of three, in a wonderful photoshoot with the charming Junpei and one other model (whom you will meet in the next blog post, so stay tuned)! 

Junpei was really a cheerful and enthusiastic person, and I was so encouraged by the fact that he actually wanted to speak English and improve. I've been shooting mostly foreigners/English-speaking models until recently, when I wanted to give myself a challenge and shoot with Japanese models too (hey.. I am in Japan aren't I!). I'm still a bit nervous with expressing myself fully and directing the models in Japanese, but both of the models I did the photoshoot with on this day were extremely nice and understanding. Plus, Junpei was so prepared with plenty of different outfits! While I was shooting the other lovely model, he was off on the side quickly whipping out another outfit and had changed into it as soon as I turned back around. What a pro :) 
Junpei, thank you very much for this fun photoshoot!

Part two and Part three soon to come!

Model: Junpei (SOS Model Agency)


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yuki

 

Sometimes, you need a little peace and stillness away from the bustle of everyday life. A quiet moment in the afternoon, surrounded by trees. Water flowing slowly by beneath the bridge. Thoughts swirling gently in the air like smoke.

 

 Hidden among the leaves, sometimes you find an answer or two.

 

The sun's glow can wash away your worries for the moment.

 

 If you let yourself, there is so much to be discovered.
About everything around you, and about yourself.


 

Thank you very much, Yuki, for this short but lovely photoshoot! I especially liked how Yuki was quite adept at being perfectly natural with herself throughout the shoot. Without really caring much about the camera, she hummed a little to herself and seemed to float off in her own thoughts at times. All that made her smile in this last shot all the more genuine and sparkling. 

As for me, I'm about fed up with this freezing cold! Now that we're at the end of February and almost heading into March, I'm expectantly waiting for warm weather and plenty of blossoms ahead. Of course you will be seeing plenty of those blossoms in this blog, if I can help it! I guess I'm just a warm weather kid... can't help it perhaps, since I was born in June. 
How is it where you are? Do you love the exciting iciness of winter, or much more prefer warm-weathered days?

Model: Yuki (Bellona Model Agency)


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Maiden in the Forest

 

These photos are from a shoot I did with Anastasia earlier this month. What a gorgeous girl. Such wonderfully natural poses and expressions, and she was so enthusiastic and willing to work together on ideas for these shots. I'm totally happy with how these pictures turned out. I hope you enjoy looking at them too!



 

 This must be one of my favorite shots of the day.
And also, this set below... just loved it.


 








Model: Anastasia (axelle model management)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Noemie

 

I'm happy to present these photos from a photoshoot I did with Noemie a while back!




 
 



 


 


 

 

 I'm very excited to finally share this photoshoot with you guys! (Due to work and then suddenly getting sick, I've been a bit behind on posting my shoots >_<) This photoshoot with Noemie is one of my favorites so far. The warm midday sunlight, the fantastic styling choices by Noemie, and of course the gorgeous girl herself - everything made it such a joy to shoot this set. I even brought along some bubbles that I picked up at the store the other day on a sudden inspiration, and asked Noemie if she would try them out for the photoshoot. I couldn't be happier with the results! We ended up with quite a few great bubble-blowing shots :) but I especially liked the two that I posted above. 

A huge thanks to Noemie for braving the cold, coming along to the photoshoot with so many wonderful clothing pieces, and looking absolutely lovely! I'm so happy I had the chance to shoot with her, and I feel like I'm further developing my photography style, little by little. 

Thank you also for reading this entry! If you enjoy my work, I would truly appreciate it if you could spread the word by tweeting, sharing on Facebook, or simply passing my blog link along :) 
Also, I'm always looking for more chances to do photoshoots and improve my photography skills, so if you or anyone you know are interested in having me shoot some photos for you, please do contact me !

この前、モデルのノエミさんと撮影をしましたが、とっても楽しかったです!今まで一番良かった撮影の一つになりましたね。昼ごろの暖かい日差しと、ノエミさんが選んだ素敵な洋服と、彼女の表情と雰囲気。。すべて素晴らしかったです。私がシャボン玉セットを買って、「撮影で使ったら面白いんじゃないかな!」って思いながら撮影に持ってきたんだけど、ノエミさんが使ってくれて嬉しかった(^^) 素敵なシャボン玉ショットをいっぱい撮りましたが、上に載せた2枚が一番好きかも!

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