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.
This family wanted the natural light on a cold afternoon. So we wrapped up warm and took photos in the wintery weather. Luckily the little chappy was very accommodating and the session was over quickly so we could return to our homes before the rain.
Ok, so this cute little dachshund is not called Womble, but he does look like one. We made friends after the owner gave me one of his favourite treats to pass on. Bribery sometimes works after all.
For this shoot we used a combination of natural light and a small LED. The model knew just what to do with only a little direction. The photos show off her natural beauty.
The forecast for this day was rain and clouds, but we got beautiful autumn sunshine. I was also lucky to meet these two young ladies who knew how to hold themselves with style. Their intelligence and charm shine through for all to see. It was a pleasure to meet you all...including the person hiding.
I am not sure why I was asked to take this young man's photo as he was quite capable of directing himself. It was his choice to take a photo while climbing the tree and on the climbing frame. His favourite saying, "One more try?" In the end I gave him the camera and he took our photograph saying, "Look at the camera please?"
I decided to add a few landscapes here. If you would like a print, contact me using the form and I can make an art print for you. There are a variety of styles to choose from.
The final entry for today and someone who wanted photos with neighbours, friends, and maybe more. For someone who says she hates getting her photo taken, she really takes a stunning photo.
Little Mister Bop-On-The-Nose is a little bigger but just as happy. He and his family came for a second session and he was fascinated with the yellow flowers. That's fine, they make great photos...thanks autumn!
Today is a catch up on my blog day for sure. Here is a family who had their first photo shoot in the local park. They were a little nervous at first but soon relaxed. The warmth in the family shines through and their smiles light up each shot.
This week I had the pleasure of taking photos of this beautiful mum and her son. He was more interested in the flowers and leaves than my camera, but with the help of a spare camera to play with we managed to get some lovely shots. Autumn is my favourite season in Japan, such lovely colours.