Tag - kimono photo shoot

「撮影」Accidental Icon – Style knows no limits

When I discovered “Accidental Icon” Lyn Slater on Instagram I was instantly hooked! This sense of style, the coolness yet smart choice of words. On social media I’d describe her in one word: “GOALS!” Perhaps with a flexed muscle emoji behind. 「アクシデンタル・アイコン」リン・スレーター(Lyn Slater)さんをインスタで発見した瞬間、大好きになっちゃいました。 そのスタイル、そのかっこよさ、そして、その表現力。 彼女のことを一言で表現すれば、「目標」(がんばる筋肉ポーズの絵文字付で)。 We need more positive and powerful women who don’t care about society’s limitations when it comes to fashion. I am sure many people would love to dress more bold if it wasn’t for the fear of what their surroundings [...]

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「着物撮影ニューヨーク」Kimono photo shoots in NYC

For my duration in New York I also organized some fun kimono photo shoots with the city as a back drop. The first shoot was with the personality Candy Ken who is a singer and model with a strong message for gender equalization and freedom of expressing yourself. He loves Hello Kitty and pink items and strives to draw attention in order to spread a positive message worldwide. Although he doesn’t live in New York our schedules magically matched up and [...]

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「彼岸花撮影」Kimono x Red Spider Lily

In September the red spider lily is blooming in Japan. Since I started setting up photo shoots I dreamt of creating beautiful visuals with this mystical flower. Here the Higanbana (彼岸花) is associated with farewell and death. Probably also due to the flowers having been planted close to cemeteries. They are poisonous so animals don’t get near them. Often seen near rice or vegetable fields they act as a natural fence. 9月に彼岸花(又は曼珠沙華)は綺麗に咲きますね。すごく不思議な花でいつか着物に合わせて撮影できるといいな〜って思ってました。気持ち的に花が突然咲き始めて・・バタバタしながらロケーション、モデルさんと撮影者も無事に決めた。 真っ赤の花のコントラストになる白色に決めて、完璧のモデルさんを決定した: 花ノ本以津輝 パフォーマンスバンド「破天航路」のメンバーで子供の頃から日本舞踊をやっている方です。そして良く白塗りと着物で踊るので、お陰様で今回の作品はとても絵になりました。 場所としては川越の近くにある有名な巾着田にしました。数年前に行ったことがあって、ロケハンの時間もなくて・・ 最近はよくPRをやってきたそうで、当日のお客数で大変びっくりした(笑)それで撮影は無理と思ってたけど、人の流れに合わせたらなんとか大丈夫でした。皆さんもとても優しくて、たまに待ってくれましたし。 逆に白塗り美人を見て喜んでた方々も多くいらっしゃいました。本当にありがとうございます! Not too far out from Tokyo (close to Kawagoe, Saitama) is [...]

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「撮影」Dirndl vs. Kimono Photoshoot

A few weeks back I had another fun photo shoot with a more complex theme and location. Also I upped the number of models to two! 最近、面白い撮影を考えてみました。今回は、少し深い意味の着物撮影で、モデルさんは二人で! Dirndl vs. Kimono Photoshoot ディルンドル vs 着物 As the name suggests it actually was no competition yet I came up with this idea inspired by the ever boiling “cultural appropriation” topic in the U.S. Although it almost never happened, I did get called out on social media that I should not wear kimono as I am not [...]

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「着物撮影in渋谷」Shibuya Kimono Photoshoot

A while back I got an enquiry from a super talented photographer named Saq Imtiaz, who shoots a lot for VOGUE in Paris as well. He was briefly in Tokyo and we squeezed in a two-outfit Kimono shoot even he barely slept for a week. Before the shoot I was out hunting for locations but actually on the day, the photographers schedule was really tight so we only could manage to shoot at the (a little too generic but famous) Shibuya [...]

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「レトロ着物撮影」Kimono flapper girl photo shoot

Before the ones in Kyoto, I actually had my first own produced kimono photo shoot last December. The idea occurred to me after my friend and I visited a private open house exhibit in October 2016. It was a stunning house, previously owned by a photographer named Nakamura. It had been well preserved in its old style including the interior. It felt like if I had travelled back in time. The family even allowed us to browse through albums of the [...]

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