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Bali Engagement Photography – Leanne & Aron

July 18, 2016
18 Jul 2016

“When I follow my heart I wake up in Bali…”

We simply couldn’t resist posting this beautiful feature today… We have so much to share but this story has so many chapters we just couldn’t wait. Bali…sigh…we are just back from a magical experience, with just the loveliest couple & their people. Wait til you see the wedding… it’s coming. We promise. It was everything & more than we could imagine. But before the big day we took a few hours to explore Ubud, the heart of the island, brimming with culture & so much soul. From sublime waterfalls, to the iconic rice terraces, to tranquil walks down palm lined back roads & the most incredible of wedding venues, an epic canvas to get lost in. Bali has it all. And coconuts & cocktails, which is just about all we need. Then you throw in a stunning bride & all her incredible designs and it is truly a playground. Lia & Aron thank you for such a love-filled, fun-filled, step-filled frolic. You are so stuck with us. Another prelude to your most amazing tale… Wild, wild horses, couldn’t drag us away.

(See more of Lia’s fabulous designs at Tokyo Kaleidoscope ) Read more

A Tokyo Wedding Story…

May 4, 2016
04 May 2016

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.” – Lilly Pulitzer

Japan in any season is sublime…but there’s something about the seasons within the seasons that is just so spectacular. And one of our favorites… is the season of green…when nature explodes in the freshest of colors, one of our very favorite palettes. So it was the most beautiful backdrop for this lovely post-wedding story. In a quintessential Japanese garden, with bridges, teahouses, sweet nooks & cranny’s, some last blooms and all that green…A very special Tokyo morning together with a deluge of rain at the end, a wonderful team, a darling couple and stunning kimonos, so overwhelming beautiful. The very best way to start a honeymoon and a lifetime of love, happiness & stories… Read more

A Tokyo Spring Engagement Story

April 26, 2016
26 Apr 2016

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” ~ David Viscott

Love & the blossoms. Our very favorite time of year for a Spring Engagement Story. And when all the elements collide it’s something truly special & once-in-a-lifetime. And with early spring blossoms in bloom, in almost every hue, it was a perfect day…Taking in Tokyo, taking in Spring, taking in love & life…Thank you Laura & Jason for a beautiful experience so full of love & laughter and a beautiful finale right in the heart of town. Much love to you both for your upcoming wedding & beyond… Read more

Kyoto Pre-Wedding & Engagement Photographers : A Sakura Love Story

April 17, 2016
17 Apr 2016

“Every spring is the only spring — a perpetual astonishment.” ~ Ellis Peters

Kyoto. Spring. Blossoms. Sakura. Breathtaking. A sublime canvas for a Pre-Wedding Story. And it truly was a remarkable day, so long in the planning with the loveliest, most darling couple. We are truly so lucky to connect with such a beautiful people… It was a spectacular start with a sprinkling of rain. Kyoto sparkled in the early, early morning. And from then we were all awash all day, with blossoms simply everywhere we went. It doesn’t get more Spring than this, more iconic, more Japan, more drenched in blossoms and love and simply joy. It was endless smiles and happiness all day from our fabulous team. And even with the tremendous crowds (which believe us were there in droves…) Claire & Kenneth were in their own world. A day just for them, from gowns, to kimono, to twilight in the backstreets, in the floating world with blossoms that Kyoto reveals for just the shortest, sweetest time… Read more

Kyoto Engagement Photographers : A Spring Story

April 14, 2016
14 Apr 2016

“Between our two lives there is also the life of the cherry blossom.” ~ Matsuo Basho
Kyoto is always unforgettable and takes you someplace else, lost in time and history and story. And it’s always, always the perfect canvas for a love story. Perhaps none more lovely than this one. It started with an Engagement Session amid the icons – bamboo grooves, centuries old structures & those delicate blossoms just here for the shortest, sweetest time. Time together before the wedding the very next day which we’ll feature soon – a truly spectacular affair – in this ever remarkable world… Read more

A Los Angeles Engagement Story

March 28, 2016
28 Mar 2016

“For the entire world, Los Angeles is a city of dreams…” Barry Sanders

While Spring explodes around us right now in Tokyo we’re still California dreaming of a perfect LA kind of day. Which was just the setting for this lovely March Engagement Session. Late Winter sunshine, a beautiful couple and a day drenched in story and falling in love some more. All ahead of their gorgeous Napa Wedding this June. LA has it all, the most perfect canvas…From that iconic UCLA campus, to the glorious Arboretum…Santa Monica & the beach beckons anytime, but made more spectacular in the afternoon light, with a finale under those amazing lamps. A most perfect prelude…and we are star struck for more… Read more

A Kyoto Pre-Wedding & Engagement Story

March 20, 2016
20 Mar 2016

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”
– E.E. Cummings

An epic, Japanesque Pre-Wedding to start 2016… in again, one of our very favorite places… Kyoto is always calling. This time in winter. And for sure it was freezing… but love & laughter kept us all more than warm. From the ever peaceful zen bamboo forest to the quintessential backstreets. It’s the perfect place to roam, get lost and found & fall in love even more. A story that writes itself, made even more special with just the most beautiful couple. With those stunning gowns, an iconic garden, streams of light, early blossoms and all the moments in between, it had everything a wedding story prelude needs…

Photographed by Tracey & Dee. Second-shooter, Yoshihiro Hirose.  Hair & Make-up by Misako Deegan. Read more

Hong Kong Engagement – KC & Josh

November 11, 2015
11 Nov 2015

“The drama, the charm and the beauty of Hong Kong is all here-just as is its breathless energy.” ~ Nury Vittachi

We are firmly in Japan for the last couple of weeks left in 2015 & fully into our peak Fall season. Such a stunning time of year here. While Fall explodes around us we venture back to Summer in Hong Kong and a quick Engagement Session just before KC & Josh’s epic Four Season’s Hong Kong Wedding. We had just a little time together before the main event to take in the spectacular city views that are just sooooo HK, get lost in the hustle and bustle and then go round and round and round for a shot we conceptualized together…Such a beautiful experience with equally beautiful people. Thank you truly for just going with everything…it’s a night we won’t soon forget… To love and iconic Ferris Wheels… Read more

Okinawa Pre-wedding & Engagement Photography

November 9, 2015
09 Nov 2015

“As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love.” ~ Unknown

Japan is a land of contrasts. From iconic mountains, to the concrete, extraordinary cities with so many pockets of beauty. We adore it all. The spectacular forests, the cultural assets, the coastlines, the nature & UNESCO sites…But there’s one place we are always waiting to get back to & we haven’t explored nearly enough…Okinawa. It has it all…more or less. Pristine beaches, vibrant culture and stunning natural beauty. So it was such a joy to be part of Akane & Kiyo’s Pre-wedding Story in preparation for their beautiful upcoming November Wedding (we are truly excited for!!). While Tokyo endured incredible deluges, we had nothing but blue skies down south…Palm trees in the breeze and an azure sea…We had a fabulous day together. As is often the case in Okinawa Bridal companies plan the wedding attire part of the day & there can be many restrictions on bringing in outside photographers, but this company kindly allowed us to come in to photograph as well (& we are so grateful). We did have to work around their photographer (great guy but of course not ideal), and their plan (no control of location or timing), but that makes it all even more of a challenge. And despite this we all had a wonderful time, working the light, going rogue when we could (the company kindly let us run away here & there) and making the very most of our time together to tell a story of soulmates with a love of the sea. Akane & Kiyo, thank you truly for an exquisite trip & a darling chapter in your story. We simply cannot wait for what’s next…

We are still Okinawa dreaming… happily we will return several times in 2016 as part of our Pre-Wedding Schedule (all the info is HERE). Until then just like they say down south…we will…’go & come back’ (行じ、めんしぇーびり). Read more

Tokyo By Night – Engagement Photography

October 27, 2015
27 Oct 2015

“Open your heart and take us in,
Love — love and me.”
~W.E. Henley

An early Fall Tokyo Story to share today. One of our favorite kinds of experiences, an iconic “I Love Tokyo” Session. And we truly do love this chaotic, breathless, bustling canvas that is Tokyo. The perfect playground to get lost in. And we love it even more when our clients opt to take on the city from day to night. Featuring quiet moments to fall in love some more, combined with the hustle & bustle of the magnificent urban sprawl, the dazzling bright lights, referential signage and all those moments in between, which make Japan, well…so very Japan. Such a beautiful warm day, with a truly lovely couple. Stopping traffic in that stunning hot pink Cheongsam. It was a joy from start to finish, amid skylines & drenched in sunbeams with an evening finale under the train tracks… Read more