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37 Frames – WPPI 2015

February 19, 2015
19 Feb 2015

“If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much.” Steve Jobs

WPPI starts NEXT WEEK! WPPI is an educational and networking experience like no other in our industry.  We know there educational opportunities everywhere you turn these days for photographers, but WPPI has always been something quite different, unique, for us.

15,000 photographers and filmmakers, the most prestigious print & filmmaking competition, over 100 of the industry’s best educators, an enormous tradeshow with amazing companies – inspiration, motivation, education, networking and learning opportunities literally everywhere. There’s something for everyone at WPPI, whether beginner and starting out, or a long-time professional, there is truly something for us all.  The photography industry moves so quickly, keeping up with technology, new trends and techniques… and things can be so overwhelmingly busy with clients and work, that to make time for our own professional development can be difficult. But to continue learning and growing and seeing what’s happening in other parts of the world, there’s nothing more valuable. And nothing more important in this rapidly changing industry. As Steve Jobs said in the quote above “you have to not look back too much.”  WPPI is always about looking forward for us here at 37 Frames. Read more

Junebug Weddings : Best of the Best Weddings 2014

January 15, 2015
15 Jan 2015

Wow. Just wow.  We are beyond thrilled to have TWO 37 Frames images in the prestigious Junebug Weddings Best of the Best 2014 Wedding Collection. What an incredible start to the year…

From thousands & thousands  of contributions worldwide, 60+ countries, meticulously curated and judged by a panel  including Susan Stripling, Jeff Newsome, and Cole Roberts and Jakob Granqvist from Nordica Photography, along with the Junebug Editorial Team. Thank you judges!! And thank you JUNEBUG! Out of all the awards & accolades this one (Junebug BOTB) is so special & poignant as it embraces so many genres of photography & world class photographers. It is truly the one collection we dream of being in each year. Being able to showcase our Japanese and destination weddings via this medium & amongst such a caliber of talent is equally overwhelming.

So just a little on the backstory on our photos…The top image was taken at the new Andaz Hotel Toranomon Hills featuring our beautiful bride Junko.  Many people ask us about language and barriers and this is a great example of how photography transcends those language barriers. Just letting the day and moments unfold without any direction.

The second image taken at Emi and Yoshinori’s beautiful Japanese ceremony at Tokyo’s most iconic shrine – Meiji Jingu. The ceremony and ritual always so special to be a part of and something that we never take for granted.

After a whirlwind start to the year with a stunning wedding on Sydney Harbor last week, we’re now in the US for the next month & cannot wait for this spectacular year ahead…Best of the best…So much more soon…. Read more

37 Frames: Best of the Best Engagement Photos for 2014!

May 21, 2014
21 May 2014

We are delighted to announce our inclusion on the Junebug Weddings Best of the Best Engagement Photos for 2014!!

Out of more than 5000 contributions worldwide, 60+ countries, we have made their prestigious top 50 list, meticulously curated by the Junebug Editorial team. And out of all the awards & accolades this one is so special & poignant as it embraces so many genres of photography & world class photographers. It is truly the one list we dream of being on. Being able to showcase our work & Japan via this medium & amongst such a caliber of talent is equally overwhelming & humbling. Being featured among some of our all-time favorite photographers & mentors from NY to Paris to San Francisco to Brazil …. and all points in between is simply astonishing for us.

We honestly just go our own way here in Tokyo, so that our work is recognized on a world stage blows us away… Made all the more special knowing the daily frustrations & barriers we often encounter photographing & working in this endlessly fascinating country we have all collided in – Japan. That we are the only photographers in Japan on the Junebug World’s Best Photographers Guide is also something we are so proud of. We just adore everything Junebug represents & are beyond excited to be recognized on both the Best of the Best Engagement Photos for 2014 as well as the Best of the Best Wedding Photos for 2012 & with Honorable Mentions in 2013.

But on to the image…taken in Hawaii in April for the amazing multi-day wedding of Yohko & Vijay (HERE & HERE). We had already connected to photograph part 1 of their beautiful Engagement experience in Kyoto in December, and met up for part 2 of their engagement shoot a few days before the Hawaiian celebrations at aptly named Magic Island… among the palm trees, drenched in love… Much love & many thanks to you both for just going with us on this one…

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WPPI 2013 Photographers Ignite – We’re BACK….

February 18, 2013
18 Feb 2013

We’re BACK! MGM Grand Las Vegas March 12! Kevin Kubota’s Photographers Ignite!! We present to you “Chasing the Light – Life Inspired by Light, the Endless Pursuit to be lighter & trying to make light of it all…” Sharing the stage with some of our favourite superstars Melissa & Jerry Ghionis, Julieanne Kost, Karen Seifert, Craig Strong and so many more… Join us Tuesday, March 12, as us and this year’s crop of presenters will entertain, educate, and motivate you. Be there or be square! (not our 80’s reference… but we love it…. as it’s hip to be square).

来月ラスベガスで開催されるWPPI 2013で再びスピーカーとして招かれることになり、とってもわくわくしています。 Kevin KubotaさんのPhotographer’s Ignite。只今プレゼンの準備中。待ち遠しい~!!

Photographers Ignite 2013


There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave.  The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.  ~ Dale Carnegie


37 Frames : A Nashville Love Story

October 13, 2011
13 Oct 2011

“You miss a 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky

Barely a week has gone by since we undertook the opportunity of a lifetime. Between that, the hopeless jetlag and the fact that we did make it to Dollywood, we are just starting to process it all. We are weary and elated and have much to share on our experiences being mentored and “what the flashed” by the most fabulous celebrity photography duo… Bob and Dawn Davis.  We simply adore you. And we miss you so very, very much.

Thank you so much for the most incredible real wedding experience. To shoot alongside you for 3 days of this Southern extravaganza, to tap into your incredible knowledge and expertise has us both humbled, at a loss for words (truly…) and both more confident, completely overwhelmed and amazed by your generosity of spirit and the passion you have for your craft and industry. We survived Nashville, and Nashvegas survived us. Probably, barely. And certainly the streets in the US are safer for our return to the RIGHT side of the road.

I was planning on keeping this little touch base blog post briefly to about 2 paragraphs.  Am sure I will fail miserably as there is so much in our hearts and so much thanks to give and so many photos to post very soon. Goodness, Dawn, you know you had me at that tree before we had even explored the stunning and historic Cedarwood Antebellum Mansion.  The location, the venues, the details, the techniques, the people… All were simply epic. It was heavenly. Honestly it was all so worth it at the end of Day 1, following a golden row boat ride and a pillow fight in the paddock and that back-lighting shoot. Way before the wedding bells, you both took us to another level of this compelling photo journey. And especially, in light of all that has transpired this year, we are forever grateful. Always.

Bob and Dawn…you radiate light, love and utter fabulousness.

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37 Frames : 2011 International Photography Awards

September 1, 2011
01 Sep 2011

“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.” ~ Vince Lombardi

Some good news to share as we are firmly typhoon watching/photo editing today. Congratulations to Trace who received 2 Honorable Mentions at the 2011 International Photography Awards. Over 8,000 submissions from 90 countries. So very exciting. So very proud. Yes this was a big entry…

Here’s some background:

The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non- professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today.

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June 20, 2011
20 Jun 2011


The “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (Px3) is a global photography contest which strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. We’ve entered previously with success in the non-professional division. This year, with all that has happened, we had completely forgotten all about it. Not even on the radar. Then right at the deadline we were reminded and very quickly decided to enter a few images, with a purpose. A purpose to create if possible a global dialogue and ongoing awareness of the situation in Japan. This time round we had to enter the staggeringly intimidating professional categories.

We received word last week that all our images had made it to the official Jury Selection. Which we were delighted enough about. For several reasons. For starters the Jury looks like this (and these are just a few of the many, many judges):

  • Alice Gabriner:  World Picture Editor | National Geographic
  • Carol Johnson:  Curator of Photography Library of Congress | D.C.
  • Daphne Angles:  Photo Editor | NY Times | Paris
  • Jerome Huffer:  Photo Editor | Paris Match | Paris
  • Miriam Leuchter:  Editor | Popular Photography | New York

Px3 asks each judge to use the same criteria when reviewing the photographs: originality, creativity, excellence of execution, and overall impact. The Jury consists of high profile photographers, curators, magazine editors. Yep. So that was scary enough.

Then there was the issue of the subject matter. And exactly which images to enter. This was very tough. But ultimately we decided to go with some of our most poignant imagery from Tohoku. Simply because nothing else seemed as relevant right now.

We are always very, very mindful to be true to our artistic and personal integrity and in no way use our work, especially in this case in Tohoku, as a platform for personal gain. Our intention from the get go has always been, in this most extreme of situations, to keep Tohoku always in our hearts and do what we can to create ongoing awareness within Japan and the international community beyond. It was our verdant hope to fulfill the later in this case.

We had word on Saturday that we received a silver medal  and an honorable mention. We are very moved. Particularly in this world of desensitization just a little over 100 days on. Even for a short time, our images gave some, on the opposite side of the world, pause to reflect and remember. And that is the point. Honestly our Tohoku imagery is perhaps not even near our best work. We know that. But it is and will probably always remain our most emotional and raw. And as painful and as private and as agonizing as it was and continues to be for those still living through it, we feel in this case, the old rules of desensitivity shouldn’t apply. And so we shared.

The Silver Medal was in the Press Feature Story, the HM in the Press General Story. Both these entries were submitted as series. A series entry consists of two to five photographs that share the same theme or concept and tell a story. All images in a series must be strong as work is judged as a whole and not individually.

Seems like we were not alone in entering. A list of all the entrants by country can be found here. Take a moment to get lost in, to explore to be inspired and astounded by some simply incredible imagery. PX3 is here.. CameraArts Magazine says the “Px3 is Europe’s biggest and most prestigious photography competition”.

Here are the official press releases. We have no one to release them to… so we are releasing them to you.  It’s a way to release the release.  Release it to the world. What a release…

It’s nice to have a release…


Who wants to come to Paris with us for the show?

37 Frames : WPPI International Photography Competition

January 24, 2011
24 Jan 2011

“I’ll take any trophy. I don’t  care what it says on it.” ~ Mary-Louise Parker

In the middle of the aftermath of the Brisbane Floods; somewhere between furniture removal and clean-up we heard some lovely, very surprising, much-needed good news. A superfecta of sorts in the Landscape category at the WPPI 2010 International Photography Competition. It was totally unexpected and our very first time to enter, and with the caliber of entries the main point was just to be in it. And give it a go. Not even expecting an AE. But with a first, second, third and an Accolade of Excellence we were shocked and awed and it shut us up, ohhhh, for a good 2 minutes. But then just as quickly the focus was back on helping neighbors and becoming one with the mud and we are just getting around to sharing the news now. We were reminded when the press releases rolled in. Take a squiz.

WPPI Awards 2010

Here are the pics. You may have seen them before…

2010 WPPI Competition - 37 Frames

Our passion for landscapes and travel photography pushing through into the world of Weddings and Portraits.  So looking forward to seeing the Print Competition Hall of Fame in Las Vegas next month to be inspired by the leaders of our industry.  Vegas baby. She’ll be so happy we’re back after the limousine fiasco of 2004. Very excited to attend the WPPI Awards Reception at the MGM – our industry’s Oscars.  Not sure about the red carpet – and not sure about the frocks – Trace is still threatening track suits. And come on, we’ve just heard Nigel Barker of AMNTM fame will be attending and shooting at the Sony Fashion Show. Hilarious. Planning the bump-in now. Before that we’re hopeful of a winter landscape adventure somewhere near Yosemite. If flights and snow flurries allow. And if we can get a room at the El Mono Motel & Latte Da Coffee Café – trying saying that more than once…seriously. Until then it’s firmly back to the workflow and planning, meetings and beautiful clients. And Monday.

37 Frames : Canon Creative Asia Photography Awards

January 20, 2011
20 Jan 2011

“Nothing is real if you don’t believe in who you are.” Rocky Balboa, Rocky III

Time for a bit of better news. Before that, thank you truly to everyone for the overwhelming response via emails, calls and FB messages to yesterday’s flood post. We had record hits here on the blog and feel it is the very least we can do to share our images and experiences of this terrific disaster. Extreme weather conditions continue in Queensland and other parts of Australia and our thoughts are still firmly with all the victims and those suffering the horrific effects and aftermath of the clean-up. We encourage everyone to feel free to share our post with friends, family and colleagues and to download (by right-clicking) any flood photos you may wish to have.

So today onto a little better news, always moving forward, trying something new. Over the holiday break we had word that we received 6 Bronze Awards in the Canon Creative Asia Photography Awards. The inaugural contest. Not too bad to begin with out of 1600 images. One of Trace’s photos was chosen in the top 25 of her category and was judged live in the finals yesterday.

Top 25 finalists - engagement

It was such a learning curve and we have learnt – ALOT. Very happy to make it to the podes. Tough but very thrilled to be involved. More happy news to follow!

Creative Asia Awards - 37 Frames