Tokyo Vacation Photographer | Solo portraits Camilla

Tokyo is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Japan, which gathers millions of tourists every year. Hiring a private vacation photographer to capture your dream journey is one of the best ways to ensure you have the perfect photographs to share with your family and friends.

Being a solo traveler is always a great way to discover the world and make life long memories, but it has its downsides. There is no one around to take photographs of you. To solve this issue, you can contact me to book your vacation photography session anywhere in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area and beyond. Living in Japan allowed me to learn many tips and tricks about the local landmarks and the best locations for perfect images.

Vacation Photography. Portrait of a solo traveler at Hie Shrine by Cristian Bucur Photographer in Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Portrait of a solo traveler at Hie Shrine, Tokyo

A while back, Camilla sent me an e-mail asking details to hire me as her local photographer in Tokyo. Camilla is originally from Italy, and she loves traveling the world. Japan, too, is one of the countries where she did many vacations over the years. Italians have a lot of love for the Land of the Rising Sun; this is why I met Marco Ferri, a fantastic artist living here.

Camilla is an Italian woman who has lived abroad for almost 15 years between London, Barcelona, and briefly Tokyo in 2017th, working and experiencing the world, one day at a time. 

Vacation photograph for Camilla surrounded by the red torii gates at Hie Shrine in downtown Tokyo, portrait by Cristian Bucur Photographer in Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Camilla surrounded by the red torii gates at Hie Shrine in downtown Tokyo

She loves traveling, getting to know new cultures and languages. As you probably have guessed already, Japanese culture is very addictive, and people fall in love with it. After all, there is no other country where people are so very polite that even the most polite westerner, by comparison, will look like he’s a few years short in learning good manners. At least I don’t know of another country.

After getting in contact with Camilla and finding out what she wanted from her photoshoot, as her private vacation photographer, I decided to start the session at Hie Shrine. There I took a few beautiful portraits of her with the well-known iconically red torii gates in the background. The truth is people visit Japan for this kind of unique place and, of course, capture such amazing memories forever.

The torii gates tunnel are starting at the bottom of the stairs and go up the hill where the beautiful and famous Hie Shrine stays.

The “competition” of these torii gates are in Kyoto at Fushimi Inari Shrine (for which I’ll have to visit Kyoto for the second time), but that means an over 2 hour ride with Shinkansen, thus a notable extra expense. Hie Shrine makes for a very compelling place to visit without having to go outside the metropolis.

Going back to the photoshoot, I started taking photos of Camilla from the bottom of the stairs and made our way up, taking turns with the myriad of visitors that were there that day. A good tip here is to get to Hie Shrine as early as possible if you intend to take lots of photos that will not look crowded with tourists. Once we arrived up on top of the hill, there were a couple of photoshoots for weddings happening, so we had to wait “our turn” for the right spots.

Vacation photograph of Camilla, at the top of the red torii gates at Hie Shrine in downtown, portrait by Cristian Bucur Photographer in Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Camilla at the top of the red torii gates at Hie Shrine.

There is a certain etiquette for worshiping at temples throughout Japan (for which I don’t excel in applying, especially if I’m there to work as a professional photographer). It consists of three main steps if I don’t count the money donation as well- this can be as little as ¥1.

First of all, for the first step, one needs to bow twice, followed by a second step consisting of a soft clap of the hands- also done twice.

The 3rd step is the closing one making a deep bow slowly.

Travel photography. The main building of the the Hie Shrine, photographed by Cristian Bucur Photographer in Tokyo Metropolitan Area
The main building of the the Hie Shrine

Doing these steps may seem meaningless for westerners, but think of it like going to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (Vatican City) and make a cross, something very natural. In any case, experimenting with these simple three steps will give you a nice feeling.

Another custom step is to wash your hands before visiting the main shrine (as seen below), which has the meaning of cleaning both the body and mind. This custom is an excellent opportunity for me to make yet another great photo to document your trip.

Travel Photograph showing how to wash the hands, a ritual before visiting a shrine in Japan by Cristian Bucur Photographer in Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Washing hands, a ritual before visiting a shrine in Japan

After taking the shots needed around His Shrine, we decided to walk instead of taking a subway to Zojoji Temple. The temple and Shiba Park are near the Radio Tower.

The way from one place to another lasted for a little longer than 20 minutes, but coffee to go might have intervened to raise the blood sugar and caffeine intake. 🙂

Shiba Park is the perfect place to get exquisite portraits with a unique background, The Tokyo Tower. The park has a fantastic vibe, filled up with people enjoying the great weather and having a picnic.

Person admiring the Zojoji Temple with the Tokyo Tower in the Background photo by Cristian Bucur Photographer in Tokyo Metropolitan Area.
Camilla admiring the Zojoji Temple with the Tokyo Tower in the Background.





Hopping that I gained your attention and trust, it would make me very happy if you press the contact button down bellow and book your photography session with me as your vacation photographer in Tokyo or beyond, throughout Japan.





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