Studio Photographer in Tokyo | Branding Session for a Singer

Nothing makes me happier as a studio photographer than to receive an inquiry for a branding portrait sessions to create stunning images. Creating portraits for the fantastic singer Catherine Forte was a great, fun shoot, which was very productive. 


The shoot had the purpose of creating the cover for Catherine’s song, First Dance, which I absolutely love—scroll down to hit the play button to listen to her singing while going through the article! (I’m proud to say that I have also produced the cover for her latest song Tanlines 😎) 

In this blog post, you will be reading about the following:

Photographer in Tokyo
Print screen from Catherine’s Forte website.

Studio photographer, 45 minutes away from Shibuya

My home studio is located 45 minutes away from the busiest and most known crossing in the world, Shibuya. Although it’s small, it’s cozy and has all the gear I need as a studio photographer to create extraordinary, beautiful images. I can’t be more proud of it.

Although a studio environment is a controlled one, it, in fact, is limitless when it comes to the results a studio photographer can achieve. Moving a light even only a couple of centimeters can make a dramatic difference. A studio really is a paradise for any photographer. Of course, studio photography presents its own challenges, like everything else in life.

As a studio photographer, before any of my shoots, I almost always drink a coffee. Sometimes it’s not possible, because my clients are PETS-as in real animals. 🥰🥰🥰 

Without thinking of it, I now realize I have quite an entire process I follow before each shoot. Contact me now so you can experience it first hand.

Studio portrait for a musician
Studio portrait of the singer Catherine Forte, used as a song cover for First Dance by the Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur

Below, you can hear the song First Dance. Bravo Catherine Forte, you’ve done a great job! Looking forward to hearing this live, whenever that will be possible!

First Dance

Studio photography for a talented singer-songwriter

I believe Catherine has found me using social media quite some time now. I have photographed her for the first time during the debut show she had in downtown Tokyo in a venue named Mame Romantic (Haretara Sora ni Mame Maite). Shortly after, she contacted me to produce the image for her song cover.

Nothing could have made me happier than a shoot in my home studio. During the studio shoot, Catherine has changed a few outfits, trying different looks. That was very important from the creation point of view, because we both had options. It was probably one of the lessons we both learned from even during the shoot: better be overprepared, rather than sorry later.

Studio portrait for a musician
Studio portrait for the musician Catherine Forte by the Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur

Catherine produces her songs with Drew Chammas(aka DruLoop), a San Diego music producer.

You can join the Catherine Forte Newsletter on catherineforte.com to keep in touch with her musical journey, which is away from Japan in the USA due to the worldwide pandemic. Make sure to follow her on YouTubeFacebookInstagram

You can read more about her in one of my previous articles by clicking down below.

If you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear from you. As a photographer, I always like to listen to an excellent story to serve me as inspiration for my next studio shoot. In all honesty, these days, I don’t want to be shooting anywhere but in my home studio. Outside is way too hot now in Japan.

Are you looking for hiring a studio photographer in Tokyo? It is nothing more straightforward to do than clicking here to let me know what your project is and how I may help you.

I always like to take on new challenges and become every day a better studio photographer, improving and taking my photography to the next level.

Studio portrait for a musician
Studio portrait for the musician Catherine Forte by the Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
Studio portrait for a musician
Studio portrait for the musician Catherine Forte by the Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
Studio portrait for a musician
Studio portrait for the musician Catherine Forte by the Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
Studio portrait for a musician
Studio portrait for the musician Catherine Forte by the Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
Studio portrait for a musician
Studio portrait for the musician Catherine Forte by the Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur
Studio portrait for a musician
Studio portrait for the musician Catherine Forte by the Tokyo Photographer Cristian Bucur

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