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Kyoto Engagement Photography : Early Spring Blossoms

April 16, 2014
16 Apr 2014

“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.” ~ Algernon Charles Swinburne

The fleeting blossoms are a breathtaking memory right now. Palm trees swaying in the breeze (ok, trade winds!!!) are our current view. We find ourselves in Hawaii, beautifully excited about our upcoming multi-day wedding. It will be a celebration of cultures. Much like today’s featured Engagement Session from March in Kyoto (with the wedding to share very soon). Tomoko & Stephen, a collision of cultures; Japan, Korea, Australia. We had some time together before their elegant Kobe wedding to explore the ancient capital & the traditional side of Japan. In the cobbled Kyoto streets, with a few super early Sakura in bloom & the striking plums on show. Whisked away from their everyday life to one of Kimonos (a family heirloom), and all the trimmings. It was a delightfully reserved, quiet & sweet experience.  Time for them to just be. And share this adventure together (and for our driver to point out an array of randomly fabulous historical facts…). Read more

Tokyo Engagement Photography : Yoyogi Park Snow Day

April 7, 2014
07 Apr 2014

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” ~Vista M. Kelly

We are in blossom bliss, with endlessly beautiful weddings, sessions & experiences coloring our days & weeks. With Spring firmly here of course it’s just the right time to take a trip back to Winter. With a dreamy engagement session in the snow. In the heart of Tokyo at iconic Yoyogi Park, like we’ve never seen it before. With Emi & Yoshinori. Just before their gorgeous Tokyo Wedding. Time to collide & tell their lovely story amid snowflakes & flurries & yes, a few snowballs. Read more

37 Frames : Cherry Blossom Pre-Wedding Tokyo + Tokyo Disneyland

April 4, 2014
04 Apr 2014

“It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”  ~ Mark Twain

Tokyo is a showcase of blossoms. Absolutely everywhere. An incredible sight that lasts ever-so briefly. So in homage to “hanami” we feature a recent darling Pre-Wedding experience. With Irene & Eric. From Taiwan. Of epic proportions. We had so been waiting for this one & had loved all the planning, spanning continents. From their dream location in dazzling Marunochi, the hunt for some early blossoms was on…and we found them…Sigh. After a peaceful morning surrounded by iconic gardens we raced across town to discover a mass of early pink blooms. Just right for dancing under and taking in the city. The perfect canvas for their story. Just the 2 of them (& their most fabulous of entourage of Bridesmaids). And if all that wasn’t enough their story ended with much fanfare & merriment at the happiest place in earth…A once-in-a-lifetime kind of day… Read more

Japan Pre-Wedding & Engagement – Oirase Gorge and Lake Towada

February 13, 2014
13 Feb 2014

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~ Albert Einstein

Life… sharing a poignant full circle today. It was only a few years ago we were in Tohoku unbelievably documenting one of the worst natural disasters in history. Never imagining a time we would ever be back telling life’s most beautiful stories. And yet here we are. At the onset of a glorious fall. At the request of our couple in one of the most stunning World Heritage UNESCO listed areas we’ve had the chance to explore…glorious Towada-ko & Oriase Gorge. A delightful Japan Pre-Wedding & engagement experience bursting with color, extraordinary, breathtaking nature, with love as the canvas… Read more

37 Frames : Their Tokyo Story…

October 9, 2013
09 Oct 2013

“Mine is the night, with all her stars.”  ~ Edward Young

Tokyo transforms from day to night like no other city. And when the sun goes down and the lights come up it’s always time to take on the city for a Tokyo by Night experience. And today’s featured post is with some of our favorite people – on the whole planet – who make us laugh and love life LOADS. It’s always a MARVELOUS time whenever we’re together (a signature adjective if you know our leading man). So for our night on the town (with the kids at home this time) we celebrate them. Here. Right now. As a couple. In this amazing city. Home for however long. It’s where we are now and just the time to remember it. We went from towering skyscrapers floating over icons (thanks for that very special sneaky access), to the calm waterfront, to quiet shrines just waiting for us to wander by. It was beautifully memorable and yes, a riot of course (case in point…the dip shot with the classic EN face – we had to allow one…) and in the end just so perfectly, wonderfully them. And we adored every single minute. In this mad, dazzling, non-stop fabulous city that is Tokyo, where worlds & lives collide. Read more

Tokyo Engagement Photographers : Mariko & Shogo – The Shibuya Crossing Engagement…

October 4, 2013
04 Oct 2013

 “Hello… I live here!” ~ Carrie, Sex & The City.

October. And it’s our season of Love, like no other. Our busiest month of weddings ever and we are just so excited, honored and yes, hopelessly giddy to be part of all these stories. This weekend brings us a double wedding and next week and the week after…you get the picture and we simply cannot wait. So in preparation we always love to tell a little prelude, a teaser, in an engagement session. In a place, at a time that’s relevant to our beautiful couples. A chance for us all to connect and collide before the blur of the big day. And today it is Mariko & Shogo. Starring on that most iconic of crossings. Shibuya. A place they spent time crafting their own story. So on a Wednesday night in late September in peak hour we took to the streets. And it was just them and the lights and the romance that is Tokyo. A 24 hour non-stop parade of life. Which stood still, just for a while, just for them… Read more

Destination Photographers : The San Francisco Sessions – Marian & Ado

September 10, 2013
10 Sep 2013

“The more you love, the more love you have to give. It’s the only feeling we have which is infinite…” ~ Christina Westover

San Francisco. With two of our all-time favourite people. Ever. You might remember Marian (from Marian Bader Photography) came to Tokyo this year in May as a 37 Frames Associate Photographer to team shoot Yurie & Chris’ stunning wedding with Dee.  We were in San Francisco for work before WPPI and were thrilled to be able to squeeze in some time for a session with Marian and her fabulous husband Ado.  Up at Marin Headlands we took in the sunset and waited for twilight to float over the one & only iconic Golden Gate Bridge. These two only had eyes for each other. It was beautiful, real & so love-filled – and made us want to make sure we book in for professional photos in each spectacular city we travel to – in addition to the selfies!!  San Francisco has only one drawback - ’tis hard to leave. ~ Rudyard Kipling Read more

Tokyo Engagement Photographers : Yuka & Sam

June 12, 2013
12 Jun 2013

“Quel night.” ~ Breakfast at Tiffany’s

LOVE. Literally. Yuka & Sam certainly don’t need any signs to indicate just how head-over-heels-in LOVE they are.  It is SO clear. Right from the get go. Beautiful soul mates. So perfect for each other. This was going to be one love-fueled engagement session with the countdown so ON for their end of July dreamy wedding. And we couldn’t wait to get the story started. With Yuka’s background in Wedding Planning, she is our ideal bride. With her overflowing bridal folder, she knows what she wants and we so love that. An inspired vision and canvas.  So for the E-Session we started off with the literal version & a romp in the park & and ended up where it all began, in the iconic Ginza streets. Outside that one and only store, where in late December last year Sam dropped to his knee and proposed. Little turquoise box in hand. We simply had to go back. And here are the highlights…so in love, so Tokyo, so Yuka & Sam… Read more

Tokyo Photographers : Sakura Love & the Pink High Heels…

May 15, 2013
15 May 2013

“Breathe in, hold it hold it
Go on, begin…”
Toby Lightman – Holding a Heart…

Inhale. Exhale. We are getting ready for our biggest 2 weeks of the year. How it happened that next week would be THE week is a mystery…But we are so ready and simply cannot wait. And taking it all in and always grateful. 4 weddings in 3 days and the biggest event of the Tokyo social calendar in the middle. Our couples all so gorgeous, all so different. Each wedding distinctive. From an intimate garden affair in Nagano with 4 languages, to a harbor-side celebration, then the glamour of an epic Ritz Wedding, with a 007-inspired marriage to end it all. We LOVE what we do…and we never know what is next. Plus there’s the biggest night of the year to mix things up…We’re back in the ring again…not our regular  (& preferred…) Tiffany versions but a for-real Boxing Ring. The Ginja Ninjas & Executive Fight Night are back at the Grand Hyatt next Friday 5/24 and 37 Frames is on board as a sponsor again. (Here’s what happened last time.)  Cannot wait to see the results of the effort to transform and put yourself wayyyyyy out there. Of course, on the back-end of it all is weeks/months of work but so worth it. And we couldn’t do it without some incredible help as we get ready to fly in our all-star international team to assist us. Yes, we’re always moving forward. Anu, Marian, Em we cannot wait to see you all!!! Big deep breaths.

So while that’s all out there waiting we’re currently day-dreaming. Lost in blossoms again and the company of a simply dazzling couple we have so loved connecting with. So romantic, so real, so in love. And so in pink heels. Elana & Eric you had us months ago…but then spring came and we had our 30 minute whirlwind session together and it was fabulous. A little slice of life. In heels. The two of you, simply a canvas for magic. And this is just the start of the story…the intro…There will be more…in HEELS please!!! Thank you both for an enchanting experience…as breathtaking as the blossoms. Breathe in. Breathe out. Read more

Tokyo Engagement Photographers : Anna & Daniel

May 8, 2013
08 May 2013

“When in doubt wear red.” ~ Bill Blass

A sizzling Tokyo Engagement session to share today. So in love. And just so gorgeous. It was beautiful to connect and take time to celebrate a love story which began in Tokyo and now spans oceans and continents. Amid blossoms, icons and some of our favorite locations. Springtime in Japan. A perfect time to be in love. And a beautiful diversion from the enormous workflow we are dealing with currently. But alwaysalwaysalways loving every minute of it and so grateful for all our fabulous clients & 37 family. We are now Fully Booked for all of MAY/JUNE. But please do still contact us for any inquires in case of last minute cancellations or weekday availability: Our next available appointments in Tokyo start in August, with October-December looking very full already. We are so excited to see everyone for our UK/Europe Photo Stories! London and Paris are looking beautifully busy. And between all that we have our next 37 Frames 1-Day Photography Workshop coming up in Tokyo, Sunday, June 16th. The last one before Summer…the perfect time to put into practice the camera you’ve been longing to get a handle on and tell your own stories. All the details are HERE and we expect it will fill up quickly…

And now back to being young, and in love and in Tokyo. Full of life & energy. And in a killer red dress… Read more