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Japan Wedding Photography : A 10-year Tokyo Anniversary…

June 26, 2014
26 Jun 2014

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire.” ~ Jeremy Taylor

An anniversary love story to get lost in today…beautifully celebrated in Tokyo. A dress that still fits perfectly & time to reconnect and reflect on 10 magical years together. As a couple again…the family at home. Just them. In a place poignant & meaningful, a brief escape. Eyes only for each other, even with the maddening crowds of Tokyo in Spring, we just adored our time with this lovely, lovely couple. We had a fabulous time all over the city from day to night, visiting icons & finding secluded locations, all fused with endless laughter!! Blossoms to bright lights & romance ramped up…it was such a delight to witness this kind of relationship & be part of remembering another milestone in their spectacular love story… Read more

37 Frames : A Tokyo Post-Bridal…in 3 beautiful acts…

June 24, 2014
24 Jun 2014

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” ~ Stephanie Perkins

A beautiful love story already in the making to feature today. A Post-Wedding experience scheduled a few years after the big date. The perfect time to fall in love all over again, wear the dress one more time and continue telling the story in the photos they dreamed of. And what better time to do it than in the heart of Spring. Rabia & Phillip, stole our hearts as they took on Tokyo in a trio of acts. With that stunning gown, under tunnels of blossoms, it was time to reconnect again and just take time to be together. Then criss-crossing across town to where they live, work & play. Their neighborhood, in their town. It was a beautifully casual & lovely afternoon aglow with gorgeous light, before the finale high above the city…The perfect ending to another day in their spectacular story… Read more

Tokyo Engagement Photographers : A Tsukiji Start & a Kimono Story

June 2, 2014
02 Jun 2014

“I’m not making art, I’m making sushi.” Masaharu Morimoto

A one-of-a-kind Engagement Session to share today. One so quintessentially Japanese – we just adored every minute. With such a favorite & fun couple. Up for anything & everything. We’re going in reverse. We actually photographed their beautiful wedding first, with their engagement session scheduled a few days afterwards due to timing. And it couldn’t have been more perfect. As we reminisced and made new memories at the same time. Once upon a time Craig & Mai met in a sushi shop. So for their Engagement Session there was just no other place to start than at the start, yes, in Tsukiji. In the heart of Tokyo, some might say the heart of Japan. And we must issue a HUGE DISCLAMER – we are not the reason tourists aren’t allowed to run amok through the sprawling market… we did ask permission for everything we got up to (even the tuna headshot – allll Craig’s idea!!!)… and honestly we were encouraged at almost every step by the Tsukiji guys… And at the end, well of course, a sushi breakfast awaited… So fresh & delish – for we all had to fuel up for the next delightful chapter. In Kimono. A massive thunderstorm concluded just as the dressing was completed and Craig & Mai ventured into another kind of Japanese world. One just for them… to be together, celebrating a transcontinental love, a marriage of cultures & their story – past, present & future. And for us it was just dream to photograph – there is something just so special & fascinating about the kimono, it is never lost on us & we remain spellbound. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much Craig & Mai… we simply had such an extraordinary time – and you know there is so much more to come. Read more

Hokkaido Pre-wedding Photography : From the mountains to the sea…

May 30, 2014
30 May 2014

“Nature never goes out of style.” ~Anonymous

A Pre-Wedding experience like none other to share today. Once that spans mountains, oceans, cliffs, sunsets, idyllic nature with a dash of snow all in search for just one small thing. To live & love under the fleeting Cherry Blossoms. That’s all they wanted. The essence of Japan. And with their mid-May dates in mind the only place we might have a chance to find any was Hokkaido. And so we made a plan. From Vietnam, they flew to Hong Kong to pick up the divine wedding gown. And then we all collided at the very north of Japan for a beautiful adventure…which unfolded effortlessly with one breathtaking landscape after another. And every kind of weather in between. The hunt was on for the blossoms. Hokkaido features the yamazakura (mountain blossoms) which are beautiful for sure but we were looking for the somei yoshino…and we finally found a perfect wild grove. Hidden. Set back from the road. With no one around for miles…a world away from sharing their beauty with millions as is usual during the peak season down south. It was extraordinary.

Starring just the loveliest of couples, Jimmy & Ly. Time for them just to be…to tell their story & create an odyssey of memories none of us will ever forget. Jimmy & Ly thank you for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was all a dream & just so fabulous. You were both a joy to be with & we so appreciate you just going with us…Can you climb up there? Yes! Will you go to the top of that hill? Sure! Now run down it. Here we come! And quickly get out of the car & chase sunset. On it! They did it all & more… We are truly grateful to have such amazing clients…

Endless thanks to Trace for her spectacular driving & mad skills to find the light & chase down the sun. And thank you, thank you to our wonderful Hair & Make-up Artist Aya who created masterpieces everywhere from car parks, to cliff-tops, seaside shanty towns, among the stunning blossoms & deep in the snow… Hokkaido dreaming today… Read more

37 Frames : A Tokyo Snow Storm love story…

May 2, 2014
02 May 2014

“With luck, it might even snow for us.” ~ Haruki Murakami

Happy Friday!!! Thank you to everyone for the lovely emails & support after our Junebug Interview. We just LOVE you all!! It’s getting warmer here in Tokyo and with Golden Week just ahead of us it’s the perfect time to feature an epic anniversary session from this past February. Remember that snow storm that dumped 20+cm of snow on Tokyo? Well…yes, of course we were out shooting in the middle of it.  A Tokyo Snow Storm love story… Our beautiful couple, pilots, celebrating 10 extraordinary years had only ONE possible date to do this. And that was their date. February 8th, 2014. There’s snow and then there’s SNOW. And Tokyo turned it ON. So we all just went with it and Ginny & Yancey were amazing…most likely freezing, but simply so lovely to work & be with. There will never be another experience like this. Tokyo was a dream even in gale force winds…from Roppongi, to Zozoji with a quick stop at the fabulous Desert Rose to dry off and then to the finale in Ginza – like we’ve never seen it before…No cars, not many people & snow, snow, snow. For there was a surprise at the end, months in the planning that came in that iconic blue box with that red ribbon on top, outside that famous storefront. Congratulations Yancey & Ginny. We are wishing you both a lifetime of moments as magical as our time together… Read more

Kyoto Engagement & Pre-Wedding : Two Cultures – One Heart

April 22, 2014
22 Apr 2014

“The world is its own magic.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki

Aloha!!! We are currently in Hawaii for a gorgeous multi-day wedding we have all been dreaming of for more than a year. Yohko & Vijay…we just adore you. And we love that your story with us started in Japan and has crisscrossed continents, oceans & cultures. That your magical celebration is almost here is beyond exciting. We are just so delighted to document your epic (Stereo!!) love & share in this with your family & treasured friends here in Hawaii. So it’s just the time to feature the Engagement session from late last year – a tale of cities, love & dovetailing traditions.

We were thrilled to receive one of just 6 Silver Distinctions & above from WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) for Yohko & Vijay’s Engagement album in the prestigious 16×20 Print,  Album & Filmmaking Competition earlier this year… from thousands of entries from around the world. The WPPI International Awards of Excellence are the most prestigious of all awards in our wedding & portrait industry. So to say that we are beyond honoured is a complete understatement. The winners gallery is HERE if you’d like to take a look. Yohko & Vijay, we can never thank you enough for just being a dream to collaborate with. Your story wrote itself…

We collided in Kyoto for an extraordinary experience showcasing Yohko’s Japanese heritage & Vijay’s Indian one. A complete departure from their US home…The prelude for a life together. On an early winters day. First in Kimono. In the quaint cobbled streets of Gion Shirakawa, willows & an age-old shrine the canvas. Then a transformation to Sari. A celebration of him. With her. Complete soul mates. And then their full moon appeared (sigh…they celebrate a “moonaversary” every month…). We waited & waited & waited. And finally under a cloudy December sky it materialized for the sweetest, briefest time. Ephemeral. The ever-present anchor to their story. Their history already in the making. But we weren’t quite finished…we took on the night some more and then connected a few days later in Tokyo for the finale. More Sari in the city, bright lights & a dazzling Ginza (with some snow from us!!!) the perfect stage. We simply cannot wait for what’s next… Read more

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