Bosley

Bosley is gentle, lovely, chill and stylish handsome little furry friend. This shoot was a birthday gift package, I’ve got an email last week saying she wanted to book me a session as a gift to her friend here in Tokyo. We went back and forth emailing trying to figure out details and finally fixed out location at Yoyogi Park. if you haven’t been, Yoyogi Park is located next to Meiji Shrine, it became a public park in 1967, after serving as the site for the 1964 Olympic Village, when the Summer Games were held in Tokyo. The park is really popular, especially on Sundays that family and friends can get together having picnic, yoga practice, jogging, hobbyist gathering, it is also great park to enjoy the cherry blossom during spring season. Also, park is super dog friendly and that’s the reason we’d chosen there to shoot.

We arrived in the morning when there were less busy, Bosley had already dressed up in his Supreme sweatshirt and ready to go. We walked around took shots here and there and stopped by a cheery blossom tree and did a glamour shot in front, it was such a blast. Bosley was quite easy going and effortless to work with, one small dog treat would do the trick.

If you are interested in my pet photography service for your four legged friend, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or the session could be purchased as a gift and send to someone you care about.

Long John

Every dog has a story. Long John is missing one eye, what had caused him losing one eye was unknown, he was also abandoned and left on the street, but he got lucky because if he would have picked up by Tokyo’s animal control division his chances of survival would be in doubt. People in Japan are not too fond adopting animals, specially don’t want an adult dog even if they have a chance to adopt one. They want to get a dog when it is still young because of their cuteness. It is arduous to convince the public to adopt abandoned pets, but things have improved slightly in recent years and it still has a long way to go.

His new owner now is a lady and she has taken a really good care of him. Long John may seem like a shy little Dachshund specially to people, but he is absolutely photogenic in front of the camera.

Surfing in Japan

Kamakura, the city has many historical and cultural sites and draws visitors from all over the world annually. Shrines, temples, big buddha, the beautiful nature, and also a very popular destination for surfers.

Surfing will make its debut in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The contest site for the 2020 Games is going be at Tsurigasaki Beach located about 60 miles outside of Tokyo in Chiba Prefecture.

Lulu

Her name is Lulu she was a senior dog. 
Lulu’s owner contacted and asked me to do a photo session for her old dog because she thought she would feel regretful when one day Lulu was no longer with the family and she didn’t any good pictures.
Months after the session, Lulu went to sleep and never woke up again. I later received an email from her owner and thanked me saying how immensely grateful she was because Lulu had a photo session and now they could hang the pictures in the living room.

Year of the pig

It was my first time taking photos for pig and definitely not an easy models to work with, they are loud, chaotic, love chewing my camera bags LOL, but adorable at the same time. Also I am interested working with animals more often from now on, this was a good opportunity for me.

On top of that, it's the year of pig, let's give them a big applause as they deserve some beautiful pictures.

Mochi making

Japanese traditional mochi making, they turn sticky rice into soft and chewy mochi by pounding and flipping it. It is absolutely a great family, friends gathering party. I was invited to friends house and experienced the tradition.

Stranger portrait - 1

Very once in a while I would do some stranger portrait, but I must say I am still not comfortable walking up to stranger and ask them for photos, I guess the reason is rather simple, we all afraid being turned down, what if they say no? what if they just walk away from me without even saying a word? Many many times I have all these assumptions pop inside my head, so I stopped.

Weeks I saw a video from Jamie Windsor talking about asking stranger for photos and I thought, maybe I should recalibrate my thinking and step forward and doing it, at the end of the day, if the answer is “No”

So I was in Shibuya walking around after my photo shoot and I said to myself, I must do one stranger portrait today, so I started to hunt. To be honest, I felt like I was a stalker checking out people around me, and I missed quite a few chances because I didn’t enough guts. Finally I saw an old man walking with his wife, the reason I picked him was because his long beard. Then I approached with courage and asked him if I could take a portrait of him, and lucky me he said Yes! So we did a super quick portrait. They were French living in Canada, traveling to Japan for vacation. Wife told me he’d like to style his beard everyday before going out. One thing I didn’t get was his name, because I was a bit nervous so completely forgot about it.

After shoot was done I felt like I was accomplished a huge task, later that night when I was editing the photos and I looked at it and was like, “Yeah, I could do that, it wasn’t too hard.” My stranger portrait will continue of course and I am aiming 50 strangers in 2019, will see.

The sisters

The adorable sisters Lily and Momo, they both live in Hokkaido with their mother, but occasionally will come to Tokyo to see their father because he works here. They have been thinking about doing the family session for a log time but just never found the right time. Until lately we finally got a chance to get together and do the session.

They picked Kitasenju to do the session because that’s where the sisters were born and the parents like to have photos to cherish the memory of their beloved neighbourhood.

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Proposal in Tokyo

Lately I’ve been doing quite a few proposal photography in Tokyo and specially inside the beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen. Although it was rather a short 30 minutes photo session, Andrew and I spoke over the phone along with the Flytographer team week ago to plan out this once in a life time moment. On the shoot day we Whatsapp each other to make sure everything was going to be on schedule…So we all arrived to the designated spot and Andrew gave me a cue then I started shooting, everything went well and smooth. These are the priceless moment that we will never forget. Congratulations to Andrew and Monica again.

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Travel back to Tokyo

It’s always feeling funny to take pictures for another photographer, specially in the same genre, travelled from Salt Lake City, Utah, Caitie Lockhart is a professional wedding photographer. She was actually attended middle school and high school in Tokyo, she lived in Roppongi and Kichijoji. It was her first time back in 10 years and it’s her husband's first time visiting. Since she is a professional photographer and always hated that she’s never in any of her vacation photos. So she booked a session via Flytographer to capture her and her husband Nick in Tokyo.

Session was taken place in her “hood” Kichijoji, it sure did bring up some good old memories.

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