Pet and Owner Photography in Tokyo | Heike and her Maltese Dog, Blanche

As a pet photographer living in the outskirts of Tokyo, I know there are many animal-friendly places. Yoyogi Park is one of them and an ideal place to schedule a pet and owner photography session.

At Yoyogi Gyeon, you can have a stroll around the park, bring your favorite pet or enjoy free performances from people dressed in 1950s attire who would dance or sing.

Outdoor Pet and Owner Portrait by the Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
Blanche expecting treats from her mama

Yoyogi Park has risen interest to me because of two main things: 1950s rock fans who gather there on Sundays and the pets and pets’ outfits. As a photographer, I am always looking for exciting things. Trust me, Tokyo doesn’t lack in events.

Although pets in Yoyogi Park are mostly dogs, they are more special than anywhere else. Here I have seen the first time in 2014 so many dogs’ outfits that I even didn’t know they existed. If you think a pair of jeans for your dog will suffice, there are also hairstyles to consider as well as hair dye.

Pet and owner: portraits for everyone

Before I take you to a different direction on this article, I shall remember why I was there last time, and that was because Heike and I had scheduled an outdoor photography session, together with her pet, a beautiful Maltese named Blanche.

Pet and owner photography by Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur in Yoyogi Park, Japan.
Loving interaction between the dog Blanche and her human



On the day before the photo session, Blanche has visited a pet salon where she had her hair groomed, nails trimmed, and all the rest of the regular care needed to look at her best. Taking care of a fluffy thing like mud is not as simple as it sounds, because Blanche’s hair color is what the name suggests: white. (Blanche in French means white 🙂 )

Animal portrait taken at Yoyogi Park by the pet photographer Cristian Bucur in Tokyo.
Blanche, a white Maltese dog

Although I have never asked Heike to do this, it is an excellent tip to groom your best friend before scheduling a pet photography session. Taking care of your dog shouldn’t happen only before a shoot with a professional photographer, that’s a given I suppose 🙂

Outdoor Portrait of the german Goldsmith and Jewelry Maker Heike Albertsmeier by Cristian Bucur Photographer in Tokyo Metropolitan Area

Heike is a German National living in Tokyo. She works here as an entrepreneur being a Goldsmith and jewelry maker. As you may have guessed, she lives together with her dog Blanche, a Maltese, her best, and only coworker. 🙂

On the day of the shoot, we met nearby Yoyogi Park entrance. On our way to the photoshoot spots, she was kind enough to share information about her work and life in Tokyo, the challenges, and the good stuff she had already experienced in Japan. I was very thankful she had shared quite a bit of information. Hopefully, that will help me in the future in my entrepreneurship adventure as a professional photographer working in Tokyo and Yokohama.

Maltese dog portrait taken at Yoyogi Park by the pet photographer Cristian Bucur in Tokyo.
Look at these eyes, this dog is a beauty!


From the beginning, I fell in love with Blanche. She is a natural poser in front of the camera. As you can see, her eyes make anyone to meltdown in a heart bit. Making Blanche’s portraits was easy enough because Heike had trained her fluffy Maltese well, and her responsiveness to commands was impressive for a small dog. It would be great to see Blanche in my Tatami Studio for a pet session too. I must say, I love photographing pets in studio settings because it allows me to focus on their personality using controlled lighting setups. And of course, there are fewer distractions.

Because the photo session in Yoyogi Park was about the bond between Heike and her little white Maltese, I had to stay focused and ready to capture any exciting interaction between them.

Pet Photography at Yoyogi Park by the Professional Photographer Cristian Bucur in Tokyo.
Heike and her dog admiring the lake at Yoyogi Gyoen

Taking Heike’s portraits was rather easy and a total joy, as she is a successful and perfect-looking woman. She’s an entrepreneur in the jewelry industry, and I can bet it isn’t easy, but what comes easy these days?

Outdoor portrait taken in Yoyogi Park by the Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
One of the Heike’s portraits I took that day in Yoyogi Park.

The entire photoshoot went on like a simple walk in the park, with stops here and there for more photos, listening to Heike’s life stories in Japan. It felt like I was there for me to enjoy a great time spent in the park.

Outdoor Pet and Owner Portrait by the Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
One of the images I like the most from that day. A superb portrait of both Heike and her dog.

Being a portrait photographer comes in with great opportunities to meet new people and find inspiring stories. It is no wonder why I have in my logo the association between my name and “Frame Your Life Stories.” I genuinely believe that it will tell a story whenever I make a portrait, be it for a human or a pet.

If you are living in Japan and need to hire a pet photographer, all you have to do is contact me to schedule a photography session. The photoshoot can take place outdoors anywhere in Tokyo or at my home studio in Yokohama.




Cristian Bucur Photography- Frame Your Life Stories goes beyond just a logo; it is my personal belief as a photographer.

Cristian Bucur Photography- Frame Your Life Stories goes beyond just a logo; it is personal my belief as a photographer transformed in a beautiful logo.
Cristian Bucur Photography’s Logo on a black background.





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