An Afternoon In Harajuku
I always get excited when a standard contact message shows up in my inbox. As soon as I see the words, "Contact Request" I know that I will have the chance to meet new people, explore Tokyo and make some great photos. That makes me happy, really happy.
Recently I received a message for Jennie and her boyfriend Peter. The two educational consultants were headed to Japan for a romantic vacation away from their native California. Before heading to Tokyo, Jennie and Peter wanted to book a casual couple's portrait session as part of their Japanese experience. I was more than happy to plan an afternoon in Tokyo for them.
My idea was to shoot throughout Harajuku, one of the most famous districts in Tokyo. By doing so, we could have an afternoon mixed with Japan's cultural heritage as well as the hustle and bustle of the city. We would base our shoot in the Meiji Shrine, a Shinto complex dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shōken. From there we would head to streets of Harajuku, known internationally as a center of Japanese youth culture and fashion. The two spots were not only close, but would give a diverse perspective of Tokyo in a short amount of time.
As planned, the couple and I met right next to the Meiji's iconic torii that marks the entrance of the shrine. We briefly chatted in the shade of the ancient trees and talked about our session ahead. With a clear plan, we meandered our way through the forest to the main yard of Meiji and spent some time within the Shinto complex casually making portraits and discussing life in Tokyo.
From there we headed out of the complex and into the belly of the beast. We walked past Chiyoda metro station and found our way down to Cat Street. For the next thirty minutes, we made the urban hub our portrait paradise.
Thank you Jennie and Peter for such a great afternoon out in Japan's capital. I was honored to be part of your trip! If you would like to schedule your very own afternoon in Tokyo, check out my work and then send me a message so that I can start planning a portrait session for you.
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Award winning photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Specializing in portrait photography, he shoots a variety of portraiture, editorial, and event, and commercial photography assignments. Andy is a husband, father, and lover of fried food.