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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