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Tokyo Engagement Photography – Lanie & Howel

September 21, 2015
21 Sep 2015

“Fog is rain that whispers.” ~ Olivia Dresher

This was one of those experiences where there’s magic. Due to our schedule & theirs we only had one day as a window to plan Lanie & Howel’s Tokyo Engagement session, ahead of their Kariuzawa destination wedding next year. One day. Between us arriving in Tokyo from one of our destination weddings and them having to leave Tokyo to fly home. And while we LOVE the rain when it comes right at the end of a wedding or session (for some sparkle!!), we don’t love torrential downpours as much – for both our gear & client comfort. But we just had one afternoon. Morning was fine – yay! And then the rain came, and came and came. And we met under dark swollen skies but somehow we all knew it would be ok. We were all ready and would embrace anything. Yet miraculously the rain eased (a little) just after we started and the day gave us mist and sprinkles of light. We had the spectacular grounds of one of our favourite historic shrines to ourselves. To explore, to fall in love a bit more, to relish in life & nature and to tell a simply beautiful love story with two gorgeous people – inside and out. And if that wasn’t enough we coupled it with an evening finale in Ginza and a chance encounter with a Crystal exhibition… Another magical day in Tokyo.

Lanie & Howel asked for a more commercial style shoot rather than our more well known emotional, photojournalistic style (with a fashion edge). We all met the challenge and had an amazing afternoon playing and experimenting with new looks and styles while keeping to our 37 Frames roots in light and color. Always light and color. Lanie & Howel, thank you truly for going with all our ideas and being so fearless/stunning all day. You were spectacular to work with and we simply cannot wait for what’s next… Read more

Japan Engagement Photography – I Love Tokyo

September 19, 2015
19 Sep 2015

“Love passionately, adventure often…” ~ Unknown

We love Tokyo. It’s a given. So when our clients select our ‘I Iove Tokyo’ experience we know it’s going to be one fabulous collaboration. Here’s a little peek into a late Spring session with a gorgeous couple in town from Estonia. From referential Japan, to secluded, intimate moments, the city sparked from day to night. Which ended in the pulse of Tokyo, that most famous crossing and all the mish-mash of backstreets we adore, with, yes, just a little splash of color and a whole lot of LOVE… Read more

Tokyo Japan Engagement Photos : Shinjuku

September 18, 2015
18 Sep 2015

“Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.” ~ Japanese Proverb

A quintessential Tokyo Engagement Session to feature today. Summertime, in the city. Shinjuku, a vibrant hub, with dazzling contrasts. The very perfect playground for our gorgeous couple (and Pro-baseball player as well) to tell their Tokyo Story. From the treasured National Park and all her pockets of beauty to bustling crossings, subways & cluttered, secret lane-ways. It was a session filled with love, laughter, discovery and all things only-in-Japan. Just the way we adore it… Read more

Tokyo Engagement & Pre-Wedding – Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

August 18, 2015
18 Aug 2015

“Love is the shortest distance between hearts.” ~ Anonymous

Tokyo. It became their half way meeting point. When their relationship was so very long distance. So it was the perfect place, the only place to revel & celebrate in their love story before their wedding next year. It was an absolute delight to take on the city with Fei & Lawrence. Just so beautiful as we explored Tokyo in the summer & that gorgeous summer light. From parks & promenades to moments on the train, remembering all those hellos & just as many goodbyes. And most importantly what it took to get here. And then we took on the night, with Fei absolutely stunning in that spectacular gown – starting at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. The glittering streets of Nihonbashi never looked more magical. We wish you both endless more days together as happy as this one & can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful, love-filled experience. Read more

Villa Amor Wedding – Sayulita, Mexico : Sabrina & Rick (Part 1)

July 17, 2015
17 Jul 2015

“Yo tengo esa costumbre de pensar en ti, cuando hablan de amor.”

“I have this habit of thinking of you, when they talk about love.” ~ Unknown

July has been one of our most magical and busiest months ever…and it all started in Mexico. Hola! A land far, far away with the most incredible couple Sabrina & Rick, their amazing “people” and the kind of destination wedding we dream about in a Villa of Love. Really. Sayulita, a darling seaside village, was the perfect setting for their July 4th wedding. Heat and all. And so the day before we explored the streets, taking in the morning together. Time to just to be…to wander, to reflect, to take in the moments, the colors & light & to fall in love a little bit more. And of course to get completely drenched on a hidden beach waiting just for us. It was the perfect prelude for everything to come, ending the day with a fabulous rehearsal dinner under the stars, memories we will not soon forget & endlessly breathtaking sunsets. Just the most beautiful, beautiful people, who came to us from more beautiful people. We remain humbled and in awe how the world connects us. And that we get to tell these kind of stories & see how people live, love & celebrate is never, ever lost on us. So many new amigos, so much amor… Read more

San Francisco Engagement Photography – Sabrina & Rick

July 4, 2015
04 Jul 2015

“San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth.”~William Saroyan

Hola!! It’s Wedding week in beautiful Mexico and the perfect time to share the Engagement session that started the story as we get ready to celebrate Sabrina & Rick. It’s a little bit Grey’s Anatomy and a whole lot of love and passion. Utter soulmates, we all connected last year in Hawaii (LOVE YOU Yohko & Vijay)…so when their engagement was announced and they contacted us to see if we were available we were SOOOO THERE already. Truly 2 of the most beautiful people ever…We had the chance to reunite in one of our most favorite cities –  San Francisco – for their Engagement Session earlier this year. We were so up for anything. And so were they. It was an epic day, full of laughter, love, the odd nudist (we’re in San Fran after all…) & quesadillas we would fly anywhere for…The ultimate prelude for everything to come. Day to night. Full of amor…and if this is just the beginning we are totally spellbound for what is to come… Read more

Tokyo Engagement Photography – Leanne & Aron

June 10, 2015
10 Jun 2015

“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” ~ Franklin P. Jones

A beautiful, whirlwind Engagement session to feature today (in less than 20mins)… In a stunning Japanese house, tucked away in Tokyo. We adore these 2, Lia & Aron, and have loved being part of their Japanese celebrations (more on that soon) and next year their epic Bali Wedding… Perfect soulmates in every way & beautiful, talented friends as well. So excited for everything to come… Magic exists… Read more

Shinjuku-Gyoen Sakura Engagement Photography – Ami & Yasuhiro

May 25, 2015
25 May 2015

“It is at the edge of a petal that love waits.” ~ William Carlos Williams   

A sakura drenched way to start the week, as we relive spring while we head firmly into summer. Just before their beautiful April wedding we had a whirlwind 30 minutes together under the blossoms to celebrate life & love…Ami & Yasuhiro it was all a dream, with the blossoms a spectacular prelude for everything to come… Read more

Guam Engagement Photography – Mary & Ray

May 4, 2015
04 May 2015

“Hu guiaya hao” ~ I love you  – in Chamorro…

Summer dreaming… as we feature the pre-show to our recent beautiful Guam wedding. A windswept engagement session off the beaten island track – high in the southern rolling hills, down on secluded beaches & finishing in our very favorite coconut tree grove. A sprinkling of rain to start an epic few days with Mary & Ray in the Mariana Islands… we had so been waiting for this… all colliding here for the celebrations on this island they call home. It was beyond an honor to be asked to document their very special celebrations and just the perfect chance to connect before the big day… romantic & real & drenched in fun & love… all things perfectly Guam. Read more

Kyoto Pre-Wedding : Yajie & Ananth

May 3, 2015
03 May 2015

Even in Kyoto-
hearing the cuckoo’s cry-
I long for Kyoto. ~Basho

Happy Golden Week!! We are just back to Tokyo again after a whirlwind 4 months…what an amazing ride 2015 has been as we’ve had the privilege of being part of so many extraordinary stories…And here’s a beautiful Pre-Wedding…again from one of our favorites soul places…Kyoto. Spring in the air and love just about everywhere as we had an epic experience all over the city. With Yajie & Ananth. Featuring 5 dress changes, truly reflecting their story & heritage. It was such a joy planning all this. From a very, very early morning in the iconic bamboo groves of Arashiyama (= NO PEOPLE!!) to those quintessential Gion cobbled streets, shrines, temples and a very unexpected chance to photograph in an historic Ryokan…It was a dream day for all us, so much laughter & fun…with some magical rain to end. Just the kind of finale we adore. Many thanks to our lovely 37 Frames support team (associate photographer Yoshiro Hirose, fabulous Hair & Make-up by Aya & MK Taxi for literally getting us all over the ancient captial). And our wonderful couple Yajie & Ananth. We always say we are only ever as good as our clients & you were both exceptional. We are wishing you much, much happiness as your love story continues… Read more