Portrait Photography Today | Tokyo

A while back, Daria and I planned to meet at Tokyo Station and explore the area for an outdoor portrait photography session. If you wonder who Daria is, she describes herself as “Siberian girl in Japan,” and you can follow her blog on Instagram @2dadadadashh, where she posts photos from her trips and experiences. 

Outdoor portrait by Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
Portrait of Daria while playing in the light breeze on the terrace.

As you probably know, the station has a lot of history dating back to 1914, if I’m not wrong. Hey, don’t jump to Google, this is a photography article after all 😉.

After meeting Daria in front of the Tokyo Station, we went to a nearby terrace on the 6th floor, which gave us a beautiful view of the station building and the surrounding area. If you plan to visit the station and wonder what else is in the area, well, there is the Imperial Palace too, only a couple of minutes away.

Outdoor portrait by Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
Daria against the skyline.

Now, let’s go back to the terrace we’ve been to, which has a beautiful design and is “fiercely guarded” that no one steps on the grass part of it… which I did touch with my backpack. 😉 For what is worth, 5 seconds later, the guard who came to me to explain that it is not allowed to leave my bag on the grass was friendly and overly polite. In this regard, I must say that I have never been to a country that is so polite, hat’s off! (And now try to imagine me trying to bow properly like a Japanese).

After moving my backpack off of the grass, I continued photographing Daria, and all went smoothly. Because she lives in Japan way before me, she turned into an impromptu tour guide, and we took off towards the Nihonbashi Area. As a local photographer who lives in Tokyo, I have a lot to learn about places because this city, as I said in other blog posts, is enormous. One step at a time and I’ll eventually conquer it.

Available light portrait by Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
Doesn’t she looks beautiful?

On our way, we stopped in different places to make some street shots against the skyline in downtown. We had so much fun as Daria is a very cheerful person who smiles and plays with her hair all the time. She had made my work so smooth behind the camera as her portrait photographer.

Woman's portrait by Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
Underground portrait using the artificial light available there.

While crossing a street using an underpass, I saw this beautiful photograph, which turned out to be one of the selected photos that Daria handpicked all by herself from the proofs.

After not so long, we reached Nihonbashi, which is one of the most famous places for Instagram photos in Tokyo. We spent a little while chatting about different things we see and experience living in Land of the Rising Sun. Time had passed so fast, especially for me, as I love making images.

Portrait taken in Nihonbashi by Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
Portrait in Nihonbashi; this is one of the most chased places by Instagramers.

We concluded the portrait session in the Nihonbashi area, which is in the city center. We split in opposite directions to take the subways we needed, and I returned to my home in Yokohama. It is of notoriety that this big metropolis has many public transportation options, and only after using it can one understand how vast it is.

Keep an eye on your favorite photographer in Japan because, as already promised in other blog posts, the news will follow with the same topic, my photography experiences. I should probably hurry up and write them down as soon as possible after the photoshoot sessions so I can remember all details. 🙂

Black and white portrait at sunset by Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
Daria; pictured outdoors using natural sunset light.

If you plan to visit Japan or already live here and need a local professional photographer based in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, press here to contact me and talk about what you would like for your next portrait session. I would be delighted to help you.

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