Friday, September 27, 2013

Tokyo Portrait Photographer | A Tokyo Night with Michi


We met up near at the station exit just as dusk was starting to approach. It had been a while since our last shoot together, but Michi was looking lovely as always. After grabbing a few shots with the remaining daylight on the street, we entered a nearby Starbucks for a brief coffee break. The place was overflowing with customers, more than I had expected - and I remembered it was a 3-day weekend in Japan, so more people were out and about than usual. Rather than wait for a seat, we took our drinks out to the sidewalk outside and sat on the low stone wall, chatting and watching people pass.

This must be one of the things I love most about being a photographer. There's nothing better than being able to meet up and talk with people that I would never have been able to meet otherwise, to share our stories, talk about our lives. The art and the urge to create connects us, even from across huge distances.


As the sun continues to dim and the street lights glow brighter, we feel the chill of autumn in the air. So, summer is really over, isn't it? I'm a little sad by this, but filled with anticipation at the same time. The slightly cold air brings back whirls of nostalgia, memories of my first winter in Tokyo, scurrying from station to station on the way to different English classes I would teach. This winter will be so different. It is nice, this feeling of constant change.


Michi is gently illuminated by the city lights, her hair golden and swaying in the night wind. I didn't bring any flash equipment this night, but the ambient light is just enough to capture a feeling of this city, this Tokyo atmosphere wrapped around Michi.


Michi, thank you so much for shooting together again! I love these photos we created. And I know you will go far :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tokyo Portrait Photographer | Nic Liu


 This is a story I shot with currently Tokyo-based DJ, music producer and model, Nic. Originally from the UK, Nic is involved in various events as a DJ in Tokyo and is working on music projects as well. It was great to meet up and put together this shoot, and all the more interesting as a furry friend was tagging along!


 Thanks so much for shooting together, Nic! It was a lot of fun to capture the many different expressions and settings during this shoot. I'm wishing you the best with your projects and goals!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tokyo Kids - Official Guide to Tokyo With Kids


 Today, I would like to share with you all a wonderful resource for families in Tokyo: Tokyo Kids! This fantastic website and community was started up by Angela and Paula, who teamed up to create Tokyo Kids after not being able to find much information on kid-friendly activities and resources in Tokyo, especially in English. Although the website was founded early this year, it is already a fast-growing community gathering a large number of readers, as well as sponsors and partners. For families with children, it must be such a relief to come across Tokyo Kids and have such useful information all in one place!

The website includes posts on upcoming kid-friendly events in Tokyo, activities to do with kids such as crafts and cooking, and helpful information on services in Tokyo such as playgroups, babysitters, classes, and workshops. They also maintain active Twitter and Facebook pages where you can check the latest updates.

Here are just a few examples of their great content:


This snack looks delicious, and so much fun to make with kids!


What a fantastic idea and great way to recycle toilet rolls instead of simply tossing them!
Imagine the look on kids' faces when they see birds coming to feed at these handmade feeders!


Tokyo Kids is also running a family photo contest, and the winning family would become the next face of the Tokyo Kids flyer!

Also, Tokyo Kids has very kindly featured me in a spotlight here on their website! I'm happy to announce that we will be providing a special 10% discount on a family photoshoot session for those who sign up for the free Tokyo Kids email newsletter. This subscription would bring the latest updates at Tokyo Kids, as well as info on discounts and specials, directly to your email inbox. Check out the paint with stars spotlight here and sign up for the Tokyo Kids email subscription now to get your 10% off coupon for a family photoshoot! :)

I had the chance to meet up and speak with Tokyo Kids co-founder Angela recently (Angela, thank you so much for making the time to meet with me despite your busy schedule!), and I was so impressed by her passion and future plans for the website and community. As a parent in Tokyo, it can be so difficult to find information on events and activities for kids, child-friendly restaurants (that aren't smoky, etc), and especially good reliable resources for the international community. Not only for families with children in Tokyo, but for those planning to have children in the future, or even English teachers of children - I'm positive that many would find Tokyo Kids an essential asset.

Please check the following links to find out more about Tokyo Kids!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Nelson Babin-Coy at 渋谷 LOOP Annex 9/17


 The other night, I had the honor of shooting some photos for Nelson's live at Shibuya Loop Annex!
渋谷LOOP annexで行われたネルソンのライブを撮影させて頂きました~!


After our shoot last time, it was great to see Nelson again, and so wonderful to hear his music! It's been quite a while since I last heard his live. The venue was lovely, and Nelson's singing filled the room with a sense of warmth and passion. He is such a hardworking person, and it's inspiring to see that he's gotten so far here. I know he will only continue to gain more success! It makes me happy that we came from the same school, and I remember checking his Youtube videos after he arrived in Japan and I was still in California... and now being in the same place, as artists/creatives. Nelson really isn't afraid to think outside the box and go for new ideas, rather than simply following the masses. I'm so glad I had the chance to photoshoot his fantastic show! Thank you Nelson :)

Please check out Nelson's links and music below!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tokyo Engagement Photography: Mimei & Duncan


This photoshoot I took for Mimei and Duncan must be one of my all time favorites so far! It was just so wonderful to spend some time with them, and I'm so happy with how these photos all turned out. Although I did a photoshoot with them a while back, this one is even more special because 1. It wasn't raining for once!! :D, 2. this was a sort of engagement shoot, and 3. these two are just all around awesome and fun to be with. The weather was so perfect, nice and sunny with a hint of fall in the air.


Such power!!


All smiles :)


 The beautiful Mimei :) 本当に綺麗~☆


Duncan planking...for some reason.


 He seems to like trees!

I just loved capturing their expressions and the ways they interact with each other. It makes me so happy that these two talented and creative people found each other. And I'm happy that we could become friends.


 Lovely ballerinas!


 Mimei, Duncan, thank you both sooo very much for this amazing photoshoot and the wonderful time! I hope we can meet up again soon and talk more, and I'm always wishing for the very best for both of you. 
友達として応援してるから、頑張ってください☆ 本当にありがとう~!

Please check out their creative work at their websites below!

- a shared YouTube channel featuring both Mimei and Duncan making videos together!