I recently heard from Michael. He wrote:
My wife Kaelyn and I will be visiting Tokyo in mid-January and would love to have some vacation photography taken! We had a pre-wedding photoshoot before getting married and really had a lot much fun with that. This is our one year anniversary trip and we'd love to have another, similar portrait experience in Japan.
Regarding our "perfect session," we really don't have that much of an idea. We are interested in a bit of an extended session with you. Could you recommend a location where we can get multiple different types of shots in?
We are comfortable going with whatever you think would be visually interesting and are pretty easy-going. We love your work and hope you have some availability.
I was in Lalibela, Ethiopia when I received Michael's inquiry. Over the next couple of days, the internet went in and out. But, thanks to the internet gods, Micheal and I managed to plan an anniversary portrait session for the day after my return from Ethiopia.
We decided on a street-style session in Shinjuku, one of Tokyo's most popular neighborhoods. As Kaelyn and Micheal had seen some of my work from previous sessions in Shinjuku, they wanted to take a similar route visiting Omoide Yokocho, the backstreets of Kabukicho, and the infamous Golden Gai.
I was more than willing to take the couple of a similar path that I had offered previous clients. But I wanted Michael and Kaelyn to know that I would be creating custom images for them (I did not want to simple recreate another client's session). Micheal and Kaelyn were more than happy with that caveat.
I loved Kaelyn and Michael the minute I met them. Not only were they on time, they were dressed like Tokyo locals. Before our session began, we chatted a bit. I learned about their backstory (they met at a dance studio in New York City), where their anniversary trip had taken them, and that Kaelyn had just broken her tailbone a few days earlier on her first run down a ski hill here in Japan.
Wait... What? You read that right. Kaelyn had a broken tailbone. I checked to see if the couple still wanted to move forward with the session. To my surprise, Micheal and Kaelyn were keen to roll on as planned. I was impressed with how badass Kaelyn was and was shocked that the pair hadn't cancelled the session.
We decided then and there that we would make our time together as relaxed as possible. We would ensure that any posed portraits wouldn't be pain inducing and that we would work very, very slowly.
For the next ninety minutes, Kaelyn (bless her) and Micheal were the perfect clients. We had a great time meandering through the streets of Shinjuku, laughing and making fun of ourselves along the way. In the end, it was an amazing January afternoon as a couples photographer in Tokyo, Japan.
Are you planning a pre-wedding, vacation, or anniversary portrait shoot in Tokyo, throughout Japan, or beyond? If so, I would be honored to work with you to create the perfect couples portrait session. Reach out today to learn more about my session offerings for couples or to reserve your date.
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