I arrived a few minutes early at our pre-determined meeting spot. I'm always early as the thought of a client having to wait on me is the stuff of my professional nightmares (seriously, I fret about it). Upon arrival, immediately noticed J&K. They had shown up moments before and seeing them prompted a wave of shame within me. But, I was also filled with hope for humanity knowing that are others in who still value punctuality.
After a gregarious greeting, we chatted a bit about our session. I wanted to learn more about J&K's artistic tastes. They were, of course, familiar with my work and were able to articulate that they wanted a set of images that was "conservatively artistic." J&K didn't want the overly cheesy set of maternity photos that we have all seen on Pinterest. But, the expecting couple didn't want me to go completely rogue (which I love to do) and deliver over 100 monochrome images full of motion-blur and double exposures. I knew exactly what they meant and, with a good idea of what J&K had in mind for their product, we started our portrait session.
We headed into one of my favorite spots in western Tokyo and strolled towards a section of the location that I knew would be great for maternity portraits. As always, the location was empty, an incredibly rare treat anywhere near the Japanese capital. I was happy to see that the sakura were still in bloom and was excited to utilize the cherry trees in some of our images.
I spent 90 minutes with J&K, the perfect amount of time to create a massive collection of imagery that will serve as a reminder of this special time in their lives. I had a blast with J&K and haven't laughed so much during a portrait session in a long, long time. Being around the couple reminded me of the time, years ago, when my wife and I were expecting our son.
My time with J&K was wonderful, a perfect spring afternoon during a spring that is anything but perfect. I was honored to be hired as J&K's portrait photographer and wish them nothing but luck as they enter the new chapter in their relationship as a family.
Are you expecting a new family member? If so, I would be honored to serve you. Whether you are located in Tokyo or beyond, contact me today to begin discussion your custom maternity session.
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