Ever since I started my adventure with studio photography in Tokyo, I had excellent experiences during my home studio portrait sessions. The images I have created so far are incredible, and I fall in love with the studio lighting process time and time again.
Technically, my tatami home studio is in Yokohama, only a couple of kilometers after crossing Tama River, if you were to come from downtown Japan’s capital. Plans include renting out a generous space for a photography studio in Tokyo, closer to downtown’s swarm.
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- Magic studio photography featuring a traditional Mexican outfit
- Studio photography at home in a tatami room
Magic studio photography featuring a traditional Mexican outfit
Right before the studio shoot, Eduardo and I had shared ideas over a coffee about professional portrait photography and his love for it. He is a Mexican student in Japan, saying about himself:
“Practicing photography to become professional sharing a little bit of Tokyo’s lifestyle.”Eduardo Cortes Morales
Having a conversation with someone who understands and is actively doing photography in Tokyo is always a blessing. Always cheerful and never-ending talks about possible studio portrait lighting setups could have continued forever, but we didn’t forget he was in my home studio for a different reason.
Even before seeing the traditional Mexican outfit, I was sure the session would result in very interesting and natural studio portraits. The play with various facial expressions fit well with the Mexican Cowboy outfit Eduardo had proudly worn.
As you can see, the Mexican hat is fantastic and a perfect looking prop for studio photography. And also a heavyweight and massive thing to wear in daily life. I’m not sure if it was only this particular hat that was so heavy or one of its characteristics.
The shirt he was wearing was also a unique traditional design showing the richness of the Mexican culture. I always feel inspired by people respecting and promoting their roots, even thousands of kilometers away from their home country.
Having the chance to live in foreign countries in the past nine years, I value even more the cultural differences I could discover over time. I feel very fortunate to have my home studio to make creative and documentary portraits. As we all know, traveling at the moment is not possible in most countries, and I have to thank Eduardo for showing me a little bit of Mexico, a country I have never visited before, although I very much wish to see it in the future.
Studio photography at home in a tatami room
The idea of doing studio photography and having a space dedicated for it came from my desire to make a different kind of pet portraits of my dog, and Yorkshire Terrier. Read here more about that.
As always, one thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was doing portrait photography in my home studio. Studying photography on my own has taught me probably more than I was studying in school. I am a relentless photographer who always wants to improve with a sincere belief that my best photograph will be tomorrow. You can read about myself here, explaining why I love photography and where it all started.
Japanese summers also have a significant impact on my studio photography. Trying to avoid the heat is one reason I spend a lot of time testing all kinds of studio lighting setups, helping to learn and understand the light. For those who don’t know, the word photography’s etymology has Greek roots, comprised of two words, photos- and -graphé, which means drawing with light.
As you may have already figured out, photography is all about light. Light, light, light; without it, photography as we generally know it today it wouldn’t have existed.
Are you looking for studio photography services in Tokyo? Look no further and contact me today to schedule a portrait session in my home studio. For your convenience, I can visit your office or your favorite outdoor place.