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Kyoto Engagement & Pre-Wedding : Pirjo & Vladimir

April 14, 2015
14 Apr 2015

“In springtime, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion or kisses whizzing by your head.” – Emma Racine deFleur

What a whirlwind Spring so far, that has quite literally taken us all over this beautiful world. We finally find ourselves back in Tokyo. Taking time to breathe in the last of the blossoms before we head off again this weekend…for a very special wedding. So just the perfect time to get back to our blog and share some of our recent (and not so recent…haha….we have so many stories still to feature from 2014…) But fast forward to early Spring this March, in one of our soul places…Kyoto. Just before the blossoms and the teaming crowds. We connected with Pirjo & Vladimir. Celebrating their love from Finland to Japan and all points in between…We had a gorgeous afternoon together in pockets of sun. From some of our favorite back streets to icons. A love affair remembered amid an extraordinary backdrop (and just a few early blossoms for luck). Wishing you both much love & happiness & endless travels together… Read more

San Francisco Engagement Photography – Doris & Yi-Ren

February 25, 2015
25 Feb 2015

“My San Francisco on her seven hills is smiling, beside an opalescent sunset sea.” ~ George Caldwell, 1919

We’re back in the US again for work… and beyond excited for WPPI to start later this week. The very perfect time to share a recent Engagement Session from beautifully iconic San Francisco. One of the very best things when flying in for our destination weddings and engagements is what we always say… seeing the way people love and celebrate around the world. But it’s also the endlessly stunning backdrops that keep us inspired and constantly creatively stimulated. And San Francisco always, always delivers…endless inspiration everywhere you look. We are so thrilled to be part of telling Doris & Yi-Ren’s Wedding Story later this year. Our day together was just so very SF, taking in some of the City by the Bay’s most favorite & loved locations, a world away from their busy, busy lives & just the loveliest opportunity to have time together before their spectacular day. From cable cars, to stunning views, gorgeous golden hour and lighting up the night – the day & their love story just unfolded so effortlessly. Throw in some extraordinary hot chocolates at the end and we were beyond hooked! Read more

I LOVE Tokyo – Tina & Steve

December 16, 2014
16 Dec 2014

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” ~ Lao Tzu

A beautifully fun & fabulous way to start the week starring Tina & Steve. A November romp through Tokyo where there gorgeous story started once upon a time…before their epic wedding this past weekend in Taiwan (CONGRATULATIONS!!!!).We couldn’t have been more excited to connect & plan. So when the day finally arrived it was bliss from start to sparkly finish as we took on the city together. Embracing the modern, the old & all that is this incredible town. Retracing where they first met at Aoyama Gakuin, their favorite Tokyo hangouts, visiting icons & just celebrating this most darling couple – so meant to be, so in love & total, hopeless soulmates. We were completely overwhelmed by their delightful hearts & spirit (& LOVED all the family support!!!). And when that Red Dress came out in the middle of Ginza, we were all spellbound & it was traffic stopping for sure. Big sigh….But more that it was real & heartfelt & absolutely playful – just so THEM. A perfect I Love Tokyo experience… Read more

Guam Engagement Photographers : Vany & Brian

November 21, 2014
21 Nov 2014

“If you want to know how much I love you,count the waves”. ~ Anonymous

Sometimes people come along that leave you spellbound & speechless With a kindness & warmth that is so overwhelmingly unexpected & real. Making us even more grateful for this amazing creative life & journey. Meet Vany & Brian. We just connected via email. They booked us from Shanghai for their intimate Guam wedding, a couple of emails & one skype and we collided in the western Pacific. It was just so easy & beautiful, effortless in every sense & we can never thank them enough for such a moving experience as their entire family just embraced us. We will feature their magical (rainy) wedding soon. But before then we had a little time the morning before for a quick windswept Engagement Shoot – on the island, stormy & dramatic skies, tropical gardens, rocky outposts & sandy beaches just the perfect backdrops to celebrate this long-time 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

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 Pre-Wedding & Engagement : ‘Falling’ for Tokyo

March 10, 2014
10 Mar 2014

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ~ Jim Bishop

A beautiful, head-over-heels Tokyo Pre-Wedding & Engagement experience to feature today. From the road. Between internet connections. We’ve had a life-changing week here in the US with WPPI now an extraordinary blur & so much to share once we’re back in the office next week. For now we fall in love with Tokyo all over again. This time with our gorgeous couple Sharon & Kyo. From Singapore. Perfect soul mates, we already adored from all our planning together. And when their late November date rolled around we just had the most fabulous fall day together. From floating high over the city to frolicking in the foliage of dreams, we then took on the city after dark. We are beyond thrilled the album we created from our time together received a much coveted Silver Award in the Engagement Album Category of the prestigious WPPI 16×20 Print  & Album Competition last week. Will post the album in full in the coming weeks. Time now to “Fall” in Love again… Read more