Suzume No Namida
For The Dapifer
Model: Go Kamada (BARKinSTYLE Japan)
Hair and Makeup: Chiaki Tsuda chiakitsuda.com
Behind the Shoot
I had worked with Go Kamada before. I knew him to be quiet and reserved. But, I also knew him to be extremely kind and a talented model to boot. When Go approached me late in the summer to shoot, I was thrilled. After chatting with Go, we decided against shooting a single portrait, a one off. Instead, we decided to shoot a full fashion editorial.
Being fluent in Japanese and familiar with the Japanese side of the fashion industry in Tokyo, Go quickly pulled together a wonderful team. Zen, our stylist, was keen to jump on board. Chiaki Tsuda, an extremely talented make-up artist, was also happy to take part.
After scouting the perfect location on top of one of Tokyo's hotels and assembling a mood board for our team, I was ready to shoot.
A few days later, team met in Harajuku and we quickly made our way to the rooftop of the scouted hotel and began working. We got several sets wrapped before the hotel's security duty caught wind of our creative team. While the security guards were harsh in tone, at least they didn't call the coppers.
We took our party to the streets of Harajuku and finished our sets without any further problems. In the end, I was extremely satisfied with Suzume No Namida, my first full editorial with Go (but certainly not the last). Moreover, we were all stoked to see the summer editorial published in The Dapifer, a New York based fashion enterprise.
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Award winning photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Specializing in portrait photography, he shoots a variety of portraiture, editorial, event, and commercial photography assignments. Andy is a husband, father, and lover of fried food.