At the close of the year, the portrait season has wrapped up. I typically experience a long break between the autumn rush (when families, couples, and individuals want to capture the Japanese fall in all of its red-orange-yellow glory) and the spring madness (when clients keep their fingers crossed that photographers still have a plum or cherry blossom date left in their schedule). After the beginning of December, it is rare that I receive an inquiry for portraits in January or February. But, to my surprise, I heard from Akane right before I left Tokyo for Christmas holidays. She wrote:
Some of our friends just had a family photography session with you and we loved their results. I'm Japanese but my husband Nathan is from the UK. We have been living here in Tokyo for two years. We will probably go back to London in the future and would like a momento from Japan with our daughter who is now 6 months old.
I'm a journalist and would love some relaxed shots. I would like to give the session to my husband as a Christmas gift and am wondering what session slots you have available. I look forward to hearing from you.
I like receiving referral inquiries. If I have worked with someone's friends in the past, it is highly likely that I will enjoy working with the referred client (as people tend to befriend those that are similar to themselves).
Within a couple of days, Akane and I had worked out all of the details and I delivered a e-gift certificate that she could offer Nathan for his Christmas present. Shortly after the holidays, Akane let me know that Nathan was grateful for the gift and looked forward to our upcoming session. She also let me know that they would be bringing the the family dog along for the ride.
On the day of our mid-January appointment the air was crisp and the wind was whipping. Still, the sky was stunning (partly cloudy) and I knew that the winter light would be perfect for the session as long as the little one was in good spirits and could handle the cold.
I liked Nathan straight away. He was witty and was wearing an outfit that I would have chosen for myself. Akane was sweet and her temperament was immediately endearing. Last but not least, A (now 7 months) was precious and barely made a peep throughout the session. She was as cute as they come.
In the end, I couldn't have asked for a better time with the Beckwiths. Being around the family made me remember what is was like when my own son was just a little bundle in a coat. Throughout our portrait session, I felt nostalgic and tender (not a word that would readily be used to describe me). The session also reminded me why I love family portraiture so much and of the great privilege it is to serve clients in the early stages of their family's journey.
Are you considering a family portrait session in Tokyo, throughout Japan, or beyond? If so, I would be delighted to serve you. Contact me today to learn more about my family session offerings or to directly book your appointment.
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