I laugh every time I look at this picture from Patricia and Alan’s lifestyle session in Tokyo! If you’d like to see the slide show from their session, shoot them an email.
Or, if you missed the preview slide show from my trip to Japan, click here. Lots more pictures from Patricia and Alan’s session!
I think it’s great that we were able to take some pictures in the school where their son went to kindergarten.
I knew this was going to be a fun session only minutes after I’d met this little boy. He was so interested in sharing his life with me!
I love that canvas of him on the wall in his room!
His little sister has one too! Those are so cute!
I’m so glad we were able to document her room in Tokyo and her crib. She probably won’t be in a crib all that much longer.
I didn’t get a chance to go to Tokyo Disneyland, but this family LOVES it there. There are various Mickey Mouse things all over the house.
I love this shot.
It is my goal to determine, one of these days, if laying on the floor playing with cars and trucks is truly a universal pasttime for 5-year-old boys.
You may remember this shot from my preview slide show. Their balcony had a really nice view of the city. I love the softness of the sky.
This is the building they lived in. I was walking by one night, coming back to Beth and Rich’s house from Savoy — the awesome pizza place that I love — and took this shot. I’m putting it in Kara and John’s gallery too. They lived in the same building!
It was super windy the day I hung out with Patricia and Alan, but we went up to their rooftop garden anyway. Those apartment buildings in the background are pretty tall by Tokyo standards. Because of the constant threat of earthquakes, there aren’t that many super-high-rise buildings there.
We didn’t stay on the roof very long. The security guard up there was totally freaking out at me in Japanese about it being too windy to be safe. I perfectly understood that she wanted us to leave, but playing the eager gaigin, or foreigner, helped me get a few nice shots in the few minutes we were permitted to stay. For example, I took that awesome bubble picture at the top of this post while we were on the roof. It’s one of my all-time favorite pictures!
He is such a handsome boy.
She is so cute!
See how windy it is?
Ahhh, back on the ground, we had some fun in the playground behind their apartment building.
I love getting shots of fathers playing with their children.
Children usually have the best time of all when their parents are paying total attention to them.
He loved to ride the bikes.
I’m not so sure he loved being turned upside down though.
That’s called drinking from the water fountain with GUSTO! I have a very distinct memory of drinking from the water fountain at my elementary school playground in Aiken, SC. I have so few pictures of me as a child. I would love to have a picture like this one of me or one of my brothers at the playground in Aiken.
This one was in the preview slide show. Love it!
I was in Japan around the time of the celebration of Children’s Day. Koinobori, or fish kites, are displayed all over the country in celebration of children. It’s so cool because the wind socks (sometimes known as carp or koi kites) are tied to something, usually a bamboo pole or high hook. When the wind catches them, the fish appear to be swimming.
One legend says that the reason koi were used was because koi have a way of leaping out of the water in an energetic show of courage, a metaphor for parents’ dreams for their children.
No lack of energy and courage here!
I got a lot of nice walking shots of this family. The cool thing about that is that I have learned that documenting a family’s neighborhood and favorite places to go in the town where they are living at the time of our shoot can be an important memory for everyone involved. There’s really no need to go out of our way to go some place “special,” especially if you live in a grand city like Tokyo!
He has such a beautiful smile.
This is one of my favorite of the walking shots. This is the street where they lived. I love the expressions on everyone’s faces.
I’d have that one framed for the office desk!
That one too!
You know, it’s true what they say about vending machines being on practically every street corner of Tokyo. I love this shot because it tells that story!
I just can’t get enough of his adorable smile!
This one was in the preview slide show too. It was Patricia’s idea to stop for a quick family shot under those lanterns by a restaurant. I love it!
One of the things I loved most about Japan was the kanji letters everywhere. The calligraphic letters are so beautiful. I can’t help wondering what some of the signs and graffiti that I’ve captured actually say. I hope I haven’t displayed anything rude or profane. Most of it is probably just boring stuff, like a special lunch deal or something.
This is Gonpache, aka “the ‘Kill Bill’ restaurant,” where I had dinner my first night in Japan. Patricia and Alan took me there too. The food was excellent both times! The Accidental Epicurean offers a nice review with lots of pictures of food. I don’t know why I didn’t think to take that many food pictures when I was in Japan. I guess I was too eager to eat it! Lesson learned! Next time I go some place with such interesting food, I’m taking pictures and keeping notes!
I did wander around and take pictures of the restaurant though. It’s really a cool place with that wrap-around 2nd floor seating.
We were there around 4 o’clock, long before the dinner rush would begin.
I absolutely love this window on the 2nd floor of Gonpache, from the light on the red wall to the texture in the panes of glass to the little splash of a napkin at the bottom. It’s cool!
Here’s a crop of the window to show how, because of the window panes, the trees outside look like a watercolor painting! Awesome! In case you’re in total disbelief of that water color effect, I have done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to this picture in photoshop. I mean, look how noisy it is — I didn’t even try reducing the grain. This picture is straight out of the camera. I love it!
Our waiter was pretty cool too. Doesn’t he look like, you know, sent over from Central Casting?
Can you see Patricia and Alan’s family in this picture? They’re all the way against the wall.
It was almost dark when we made it back to Robot Park near their apartment.
In their slide show, I used this picture in color. But I like the black and white because it draws attention to the emotion of the sweet hug and the expression on Patricia’s face. The color version makes me think more about the park and less about the emotion of the shot.
I love this one! Patricia — you look gorgeous!
Love this one too! Patricia said she really wanted a picture with both of the children, but children being children, and it being pretty close to bed time, this is the best we could do: a picture of each child with mom. I love them anyway. The kids would love to have a little framed one in their rooms!
Thank you so much, Patricia and Alan! I hope we meet again someday. I’d love to come to Singapore! (hint. hint.) It would be awesome to see you again and reminisce about Tokyo. We both may be far from Tokyo now, but there’s something special about that place that stays in your heart forever, don’t you think?
Be sure to check the blog for lots more Japan pictures to come, including my rainy day in Nikko pictures — some of my most beautiful photographs! I LOVE a rainy day!