Rained Out In Meguro
Just like always, I arrived in downtown Tokyo early for my family portrait session. The Nagy family and I planned for several weeks to have an afternoon filled with sunshine and street photography. But as I exited the train at Shibuya Station, I knew that we would have to abort the plan. It was raining cats and dogs.
Being early for shoots always has advantages. I get the chance to again scout the location, prepare myself mentally for the session and, if I am lucky, find a little cafe for a cup of coffee to get my engine running properly. But with the rain blowing sideways, I could do little more than hold an umbrella over my head and gear bag. I found a bridge to stand under and waited for the time to pass.
As I waited, I thought about how family photography is such a tricky business. Every family has different expectations for their photographs. Some want to be documented, some posed. Some families simply want me to focus on the kids. When you compound this understanding with monkey wrench rain, a photographer really does have to be ready for a seemingly never ending list of possibilities. All you can really do is trust that you have been hired for your photographic vision and that your client trusts your judgement. With an obvious change of plans on the horizon, I was eager to see how this family shoot would turn out.
At shoot time, I made my way to the Nagy's downtown home and knocked on the door. The two Nagy boys, Xavier and Zander greeted me quickly and Stephen and Lisa were quickly behind them. After a brief chat, the Nagys and I decided to forgo our outdoor plans in the streets of Meguro to stay indoors where it was nice and dry. I simply asked for the family to do what they would normally do on a rainy day.
For the next ninety minutes, I worked around the family as they played Monopoly, ran up and down the stairs, bounced on beds and snuggled on the couch. While it wasn't the shoot we originally planned, the afternoon with the Nagys was just as productive photographically.
Thank you Nagy family for a great family portrait session!
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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.