Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tokyo Maternity Photography: Lise & Steven

After the sweltering heat of mid-August, the past week has been a surprising and welcome breath of fresh air with cooler temperatures and - could it be?! - the scent of autumn in the air. It has been raining on and off throughout the week, but the day cleared up beautifully and stayed cool for this maternity photography session with Lise and Steven. We took a walk in the park as the sun sank low on the horizon, and lights in the city began to glow on. Here are a few of my favorites from the session. Lise, Steven, thank you so much. It was an absolute joy to take these photos for you!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tokyo Fashion Photography: Niya Berii

Here are a few shots from today's photoshoot with fashion designer, Nylon blogger and student Niya Berii. After growing up in Shanghai, Niya made the decision to move to Japan after graduating high school. She studies fashion design in Tokyo, and has even launched her own brand, called "Rebel Planet". I really enjoyed shooting with Niya and working with her enigmatic style and atmosphere. Thank you so much, Niya!

Please check out her websites here: Niya Berii Nylon Blog / Twitter / Instagram

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Published in August 2014 Jetstar Japan & UO Magazine

Today, I'd like to share two recent publications in which my work appears. The first is Jetstar Japan Magazine, in which I did a portrait photoshoot for the lovely President of Jetstar Japan, Ms. Miyuki Suzuki. Here the image was used for her welcome message at the opening of the magazine. It was an honor to meet Ms. Suzuki and shoot a few photos for her in the midst of her busy schedule.

Message from the President of Jetstar Japan, Ms. Miyuki Suzuki
The original photo - the weather was being very unstable with some sudden rain, so we did part of the shooting inside at a quiet bookstore.

The second publication is UO Magazine (Hong Kong Express Airways). Samantha of Letters Impromptu accompanied me all the way to Osaka and absolutely shone as the model for this shoot. I really want to thank her for all of her hard work and resilience even under very unexpected conditions. It was a valuable learning experience for me!
Inside spread of UO Magazine, featuring Samantha of Letters Impromptu.
Original photo - it's hard to tell from Samantha's cool and relaxed expression that it was boiling hot in Osaka that day!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tokyo Fashion Photography: City Stripes

Shinjuku will always be one of my favorite places in Tokyo. From the first year I arrived in Japan, I was coming to this area often for work, as well as on days off to spend time browsing the English books section of Kinokuniya Bookstore. Always bustling with people, Shinjuku somehow made me feel safe and relaxed compared to the crowds of Shibuya. Here's a quick photoshoot on the streets of Shinjuku with Samantha. Please check out her blog at Letters Impromptu for the rest of the photos and outfit details here!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tokyo Fashion Photography: Nylon Blogger Tammy

It was a pleasure to meet up with Tammy the other day for a brief shoot in Omotesando. Coming from Fukuoka to study in Tokyo, Tammy has a quirky and confident style that she writes about over at her Nylon blog. The day was very gusty and the noontime sun was hot, but we found a few interesting backdrops and nice lighting to create the following photos. Please check out Tammy's blog for more photos later!

Tammy, thank you for shooting together! :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tokyo Portrait Photography: Noemie & Go

Loved doing this quick shoot the other day with awesome and talented models Go and Noemie (also an actress; check out her blog for more info and updates!). Each of them has a different atmosphere, yet they fit together so naturally and gave off such a great sense of fun! I'm really glad we got to meet up to shoot a few photos, and can't wait to meet up again :) Thank you so much, Noemie and Go!

Models: Noemie Nakai and Go Kamada

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tokyo Fashion Blogger: Letters Impromptu x Alma Chains

I did a recent shooting with Samantha of Letters Impromptu and her collaboration with Alma Chains, in my favorite kind of late afternoon light. I'm learning to use the slightly wide-angled 35mm lens for portraits lately, and it's interesting how I've progressed from mainly shooting portraits on 85mm, to falling in love with 50mm, and now really being impressed with 35mm as well. It takes a while for me to get used to each new lens, but what I love about 35mm is that it captures more of the atmosphere and background for each image, telling more of a story.

Check out the rest of the photos at Samantha's blog here!