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We are delighted to announce our 2017 Mini-Session Schedule. We are so excited to see everyone for a beautiful year in photos. This year we have 15 Mini-Session JAPAN dates (lots of extras!!). And some INTERNATIONAL options at well. At some amazing new & favorite locations that cover everything from traditional Japanese backdrops, incredible flowers & nature, shrines/temples, urban landscapes, cultural destinations and more. Plus a few opportunities to make a weekend trip away with your family/friends & combine it with a session – as we know how popular our Mt Fuji location was received. We are so happy to add on the extra dates this year, just as a MASSIVE thank you to all our wonderful clients & dear friends. For those lucky enough to secure a Collection please select your favorite locations/dates and send us an email to reserve: If sharing with friends/other families please do share this information and connect them with us as soon as possible.

Please view all the session inclusions and conditions below and note these sessions will fill-up quickly, especially in Spring & Fall. In the case that we are fully booked we will happily add you to our waiting list for any last minute cancellations.

Just a quick note on the Cherry Blossom dates:

Due to our 2017 Wedding & Destination Appointments (which fall on weekends) we can only offer Cherry Blossom sessions in the peak week on WEEKDAYS this year. We thank you so much for your kind understanding. We do know how popular these sessions are so in addition we have the beautiful double-blossom option at Shinjuku Gyoen on the weekend following as well as a new location to experience the stunning Kawazu-Zakura in Izu in early March (incredible plum blossoms mixed with the yellow blossoms). We are so looking forward to creating some beautiful stories amid the blooms!!

All dates are of course subject to change up to 2 weeks before, mainly due to our Wedding appointments. And of course an alternate date will be provided.

Email Dee at for all questions & inquiries.



February 18, Saturday – YUTENJI Temple

New for 2017! Yutenji – Temple. A complex of elegant, beautifully colored, wooden structures that reflect Japanese culture in all its age and beauty. Beautiful at anytime of year and in the heart of Tokyo, at Meguro.

March 5, Sunday – KAWAZU-ZAKURA

New for 2017! Experience the magic of the Kawazu-zakura. Stunning large pink blossoms contrast with breathtaking fields of yellow blossoms. Make a weekend of it and join us in Izu for the start of the blooming season! A 3 hour drive from Tokyo. More info here:

March 18, Saturday – YOKOHAMA

A most stunning skyline is the backdrop for this iconic location. On top of  a floating pier we take in the Yokohama views, overlooking the bay, with space and room to move. A great chapter in any Japan Story.

March 28, Tuesday – CHERRY BLOSSOMS (location central TOKYO TBD) EARLY AM ONLY NOW FULLY BOOKED (please contact us to go on the WAITING LIST)

Book in early to guarantee your spot. Ethereal and fleeting… Sakura season is one of our favorites. Just try to forget the 12 million people having parties around you. Please understand we cannot guarantee this will be the peak date but will do our best to find something!

April 5, Wednesday – CHERRY BLOSSOMS (location central TOKYO TBD) EARLY AM ONLY

Book in early to guarantee your spot. Ethereal and fleeting… Sakura season is one of our favorites. Just try to forget the 12 million people having parties around you. Please understand we cannot guarantee this will be the peak date but will do our best to find something!

April 9, Sunday – SHINJUKU GYOEN (Double Blossoms/Spring blooms)

One of our most favorite locations…The beautiful double blossoms (our favorite!!) should be out. Come join us drenched in flowers! We always have so many options here.

April 15, Saturday – KYOTO – Gion Shirakawa

Beautifully iconic, so Japan. Come join us in the heart of Kyoto, in the middle of the floating world for quintessential Japan images. Stunning architecture, meets willows, with a bridge and bubbling creek & there’s even a chance you may see a Maiko on her way to appointments (or at least some tourist dressed up!!!). It doesn’t get any more picturesque than this. Find us in one of our soul places…

April 22, Saturday – HITACHI SEASIDE PARK for the NEMOPHILA (2 hours drive to Ibaraki – Mirahashi Area)

New for 2017!  This year we’re heading to one of our favorite places, this time in Spring to view the STUNNING 4.5million nemophila (baby blue eyes). The hills are painted in blue!! A magical location for images. We advise leaving very early or even making a weekend of it. This is a kind of once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can see Google images HERE. It’s quite an incredible sight! And the website is here: 2 hours drive from Tokyo.

May 14, Sunday – GINZA

There’s nothing more Tokyo than strolling the Ginza streets amid the crowds and urban chaos that is Japan. Think storefronts, people, subways and more. The perfect place to tell your story in the city.

June 18, Sunday – NOMIZU-NO-TAKI, Chiba NOW FULLY BOOKED (please contact us to go on the WAITING LIST)

New for 2017! We discovered this incredible location last year and cannot wait to venture here some Japan stories. Think tunnels & light & water. Be prepared to get a little wet – the best photos take work – we’ll be walking in a stream, so go casual, barefoot for the shoot & make a weekend of it and stay in Chiba. You can see Google images HERE. 1 hour drive from Tokyo.

July 2, Sunday – LONDON, UK

While we’re in the UK for work we would love nothing more than to tell a slice of life in one of our favorite cities of the word. Tally ho, we’re on our way, think Big Ben, London Bridge, gardens, red-phone booths, cabs, the Queen…Get your Union Jack clothing ready…

July 29, Saturday – SUNSHINE COAST, Australia

While were in Australia for work we’re heading to one of our favorite coasts for beautiful beachy (albeit winter…) stories. Stunning shoreline, hinterland, dramatic scenery & more. Sunshine here we come…

August 5, Saturday – PERTH, Australia

While were in Australia for work we’re wondering wayyyyy across country to a favorite town…the one and only Perth. Think cityscapes, the beautiful Swan River, stunning beaches, the desert or even a stop at the Pinnacles.

September 3, Sunday – SAN FRANCISCO or LA

While were in the US for work we’re planning sessions in 2 of our all-time fave places…(we may be able to open a second date if there is a need). In LA it’s all beaches & stars, Hollywood & more. In San Fran we can take on the city and all it’s icons. Locations to be decided as we’re all California dreaming…

September 24, Sunday – NEZU NOW FULLY BOOKED (please contact us to go on the WAITING LIST)

Nezu Shrine, near Ueno Park is one of Japan’s oldest shrines, and one of its most attractive. Set in lush greenery, with ponds of carp, pathways that are tunnels of small shrine arches, and elegant, beautifully colored, wooden structures that reflect Japanese culture in all its age and beauty. The shrine is a beautiful location at any time of year.

October 8, Sunday – SHIBUYA CROSSING (am)

Th chaos & endless energy of iconic Shibuya Crossing beckons…again. It’s THE ONE location every wants & needs. So we’re heading back! Book in early for the best light & less crowds and make some memories on the scramble.

November 18, Saturday – LAKE KAWAGUCHI (one of the Fuji 5 Lakes) NOW FULLY BOOKED (please contact us to go on the WAITING LIST)

New for 2017! This beautiful location should be in the peak of Fall Colors and the Momiji Festival ON!! Make a weekend of it and stay Lakeside combined with a session celebrating Autumn in all it’s stunning glory. We’ll photograph under the leaves, as well as the nearby shore. We were there at the same time last year and it was spectacular, with the chance for a Mt Fuji backdrop if she is cooperative!! The maple leaves are lit-up at night as an added bonus if you do stay. 1.5 hours drive from Tokyo & a magical chapter in any Japan story.

November 26, Sunday – TOKYO MIDTOWN

This is our favorite Tokyo fall location by far. The colors are spectacular and there’s never too many people about. If you want Tokyo fall colors, this is the mini session to book.  This is also the last session for holiday-ready images. (Please note – the images from this mini session will be ready by December 20.)

December 2, Saturday – MT FUJI, on the shoreline of Lake Shoji NOW FULLY BOOKED (please contact us to go on the WAITING LIST)

The perfect ending to our year together!! Make another weekend of it, so your Japan story is complete with this most perfect of icons as our background. Of course, this all depends on the weather and clouds – but let’s go for it again! This year we are scheduling the sessions on Saturday afternoon 12pm-4pm, for the best light. So come on up & make some memories. There is accommodation 1 minute away, basic, but very Japanese and with hot springs as well. 2 hours drive from Tokyo.

Please NOTE for the DECEMBER 2 date at Mt Fuji images from this session will NOT be ready in time for the holidays and due to unpredictable weather & visibility may of course be postponed.


2017 Mini-Session FAQ

About 37 Frames Mini Sessions…

Mini-Sessions are a slice of life. As it is now. These sessions are designed to celebrate the seasons naturally & emotionally, casually & informally. We do not work from a shot list for these types of sessions. We have about 20 mins of shooting time (5mins to meet & discuss, 5 mins to wrap-up), which doesn’t really lend itself to a more formal kind of portraiture, straight to camera (which honestly is not our style).

Mini-Session Inclusions:

* 30 minute session
* 2 photographers: Trace + Dee and/or a 37 Frames Associate Photographer
* 5 high resolution jpeg files to share as you wish (no prints)
* Delivery via email
* Sneak Peek Slideshow of the session (the web-sized file)
* Basic touch-ups
* Private + Password protected online gallery for 5 days
* Upgrade + Custom products available

Investment ¥100,000


Session Details:

About 2 weeks prior to the session we will be in touch to confirm the session time. We will then send a PDF with all the relevant session details including access, advice on what to wear and other relevant details.

As the mini-sessions are a heavily discounted service we try to minimize the amount of correspondence, but of course for any urgent concerns contact us anytime.

Mini-Sessions are for a maximum of 5 people. If you have more than 5 in your group/familiy please do contact us to discuss.

Sessions may be shared between family & friends.

In case of rain we will contact you on the day of our session to discuss our options. In case of light rain we will definitely go ahead. Bring your umbrellas for some magic photo fun! Heavy rain will be problematic and again if that is the case we will be sure to contact you.

In case something comes up and you cannot make it please advise us as soon as possible either by email or phone. If you are late on the day, are lost or having trouble finding us please call us. Please keep in mind due to our schedule we may be unable to extend your session beyond the appointed time.



Within 2-3 weeks of your sessions a sneak peek will be emailed (in our peak seasons of Spring/Fall this may be slightly longer).

Then the gallery details will be forwarded. You will have a private, password protected gallery to choose your photos from. We will notify you of the log-in procedures and password etc by email.

The images in your gallery will have a light edit. After selection of images the Collection will be checked and if needed further edited and prepared for delivery.

Due to the heavily discounted nature of these sessions clients are asked to please choose the 5 photos within 1 week. After which extension fees will apply (¥1000 per day or ¥5000 per each additional week).

If you would like more than 5 images/your current collection we are happy to accommodate this.


The 2017 Upgrade pricing is:

per photo ¥5,000
+5 photos ¥17,500
+10 photos ¥30000
+25 photos ¥50,000
All Photos Custom quote

High-Res Sneak Peek Slideshow File ¥10,000yen


All-inclusive 2017 Collection Upgrade includes:

ALL the photos from the session in your online gallery, telling the story of the day (+100 photos)
Including complimentary High-Res Sneak Peek Slideshow File

Total investment: ¥85,000


Digital Artwork – starting at ¥7500 per hour.

After clients have approved their collection & remitted any additional upgrades the Collection is then prepared for email delivery.

Touch-ups & Editing: Color correction, skin correction, cropping, changing to black and white, minor distraction removal is included complimentary. Major Digital enhancements, including for example removing of people, swapping heads or people in shots, hair coloring etc are not included and considered major digital work (pricing for this starts at ¥7500 per hour). Thanks for your understanding.

Are RAW files available? No, we never include raw files in our collections. Clients book us for a reason for our style, experience and way of storytelling and the final edit is a large part of that process.

What should we wear? In your Session PDF emailed about 2 weeks prior to the session we will make some suggestions on what to wear/bring and how to prepare for the session. We generally recommend to come comfortable and wear what is a true reflection of you and your loved ones. Don’t over think it!


Again for any questions, inquiries please contact us at

We cannot wait to be part of your story in 2017!


Tracey & Dee