With the clouds rolling in we managed to get a few super shots of this couple and their super cute puppy. Meet Boris, one of the best behaved dogs ever…Oh…and his humans.
This young family were very active, but a few cuddles and lollies improved everyone’s mood. Changing from a planned outside shoot to an inside one due to the weather didn’t dampen the smiles in the end.
Now I have defloofed myself and my equipment, here are two gorgeous cats. We are not sure if they are Maine Coons or Norwegian Forest Cats. I am going to plump for the latter. So here are two gorgeous fluffy Norwegian Forest cats, misplaced in a Japanese traditional house with no forest in sight :-)
On a recent trip to Japan I was asked to take some photos at AiRoute Studio. The studio is based in a couple of buildings on the edge of Tokyo. Each room has been prepared in a different style from dark and dangerous, to cute and flowery. It is perfect for capturing cosplay images. The website and staff only operate and understand Japanese, but with the assistance of Google. Nothing is impossible and this young lady had one of her bucket list items well and truly crossed off.
Tasks - Take photos of a child playing in a local park, try to get a lovely smile, take a cheeky photo of the statue, capture the parents also with a smile, eat cake! Well, I did everything apart from the cake as someone ate it all.
This young man had his special day and wore his hakama during the official month, but he did a rerun for me and the camera. That way we got the whole shrine to ourselves on a warm bright day. It made him a little hot, but he was a real gentleman.
What a lovely couple, the weather did not dampen their smiles. Here they are making a bold announcement for their upcoming special day. Make sure you “Save The Date”.
Here are some black and white versions of some of the shots from today. I think they bring a whole new feel to the shots. It is something to think about, colour or black and white...or splurge and do both.
Today I had the pleasure of photographing this six day old bundle of yawns, cries and burps. Once fed and swaddled she was a perfect little poser. Her room was perfectly set up for wider shots and I hope she does indeed get to dream big.
Despite what it looks like on this blog, I have been busy. For this shoot I was asked to take photos in a semi-secret location. After a walking for a while we arrived at this abandoned stately home which had previously been used as a hospital. It was perfect for the cosplay the model wanted to do. It was my first time doing this type of photography but I thoroughly enjoyed it and the results aren’t bad if I do say so myself.
At short notice I was asked to be the photographer at an LGBTQ event. It was a lot of fun, no stress, no formal hats. Due to the nature of the event I have to be very selective with the example photos I am posting here.
On a very hot July day, I went with this lovely family to a shrine in Tokyo to experience a summer festival. With a real feel of 40 degrees we were melting in the sun and shade. We cooled down with shaved ice, fans, and a delicious sushi lunch.
While on a photo shoot I saw these beautiful cats prowling around. I could not resist taking some photos. See, I do like cats!
I was asked to take a new portrait for a local author and translator. We tried a few environments and lighting situations and voila! These were her favourite shots. In fact, while writing this post I saw one of the shots was already being used on a website, success. You can buy some of her associated books here.
This pair of smiling people seems to be my most regular models. Here they are with the cherry blossoms and of course their smiles. It was a very smiley day :-)
The very first post on this website's blog was this gentleman and his violin. He is back now in a different season with a new violin. The wood used in the tailpiece, chin rest and heart-shaped pegs on this violin is actually from the cherry tree. If you want to learn to play the violin, you can reach him at his own website http://colemanviolin.com/
I have met this family before and they are always looking at the nature around them. So it came as no surprise that they wanted photos with the cherry blossoms. It was a surprise that they all managed to stay still for the camera :-)
It took a while to get some of these lovely people to smile, but once they did...they didn't stop. What a lovely morning we had in the sun, surrounded by blossoms and playing with friends.
These lively youngsters and their parents were great models and helpers today. Taking a few moments away from friends and play, they managed to stay still for a little time to enjoy the cherry blossoms.
One of my favourite couples decided to have a Japanese day to celebrate the cherry blossom season. And why not make use of the bamboo as well? We found a place away from the crowd and had our own hanami party.