lifestyle

Hong Kong Family Session

It is always an honour and pleasure to photograph a returning customer, Bernice and her family was the first client when I moved to Hong Kong few years ago. Now after 4 years they contacted me again for another family photo session when I was there last month. We spent first half of the shoot in the park near Kennedy Town then roaming around around the neighbour. Valerie is turning 5 and she now has a little brother, Damian.

Valerie’s favourite bunny doll also came to the shoot. That bunny was with her since she was born and never left her sight ever since. Now the bunny is shared between the her and Damian, but sometimes things could get little chaotic over the bunny doll between them.

Cherry Blossom Family Session

You can never get enough of the splendid sakura (cherry blossom) season in Japan, every year from March to April tens of thousands of travelers fly to Japan to experience this amazing scenery all over the nation.
My recent session, the family was from Moscow, Russia, they traveled to Tokyo and wanted to have their family photos taken with the sakura, we picked our location at Shinjuku Gyoen, and it was an absolutely beautiful afternoon. We all had such a great time roaming around the park. Their daughter Sasha was just so photogenic and I almost couldn’t put my camera down. After the park we quickly walked over to the busy shopping district nearby and finished our session there.

If you are interested booking my lifestyle family photography service, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or the session could be purchased as a gift and send to someone you care about.

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.

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.

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.

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.