Who am I…

I’m from Japan and I’m currently living in Paris with my husband, 4 year old son and 6 year old dog. I used to live in Hawaii when I was 3 to 10 years old so I speak fluent English but I’m still working on my French…!
I have an older brother who is born exactly 1 year apart from me (my husband and I have the same birthday as well!). My parents are divorced and my father passed away 8 years ago. I had a very complicated childhood and relationship with both of my parents but I have always loved them very much.
I wanted to become a music video director in high school so I decided to study video editing where I learned a little bit about photography and design as well. After graduating from school, I started working at the biggest film/TV post production company in Japan. After that, I’ve started working in the fashion industry and worked my way up to becoming a buyer/director. I’ve also worked in finance and the tech field. I worked as a product manager in the last company where I met my husband and fell in love.
I started writing as soon as I got married and left my job and started taking photos of my family about 6 months after my son was born. I’ve always enjoyed taking photos and I’ve always had passion for art and fashion but I never thought photography and writing would become my career until… it happened. Becoming a mom gave me a new perspective on life and changed my life completely.
As a child, I’ve always been very energetic and creative. I loved to make clothes for myself and decorate my room. I’ve also loved to dance and sing to 80’s pop music like Michael Jackson and Madonna (I even had huge earrings and too much hair spray to go with it). I loved to fool around with my friends but I’ve always had a quiet side and also enjoyed spending time alone drawing or reading. (My parents owned a restaurant in Hawaii and after school I would just sit at one of the tables reading books for hours until it was bedtime and the book fair was one of my favorite events at school lol)
Normally, I’m very friendly and cheerful, but I’m also an introvert and an observer which helps me as a photographer and writer. I can be loud and energetic but I also need some quiet time alone.
If you want to find out more about me follow the link and scroll down past all the Japanese and you will find pictures of my life with both English and Japanese captions. The link.

The shoot, the photos…

I take directed documentary style photos. I love pure documentary/journalistic photos but I also do some directing (like asking clients for a pose) because over the years I learned that people can feel more relaxed and comfortable when I do a little bit of directing/leading here and there. But I try not to do too much of it so as to capture my clients’ personality and real natural moments in their life. Some photos can be posed and some not. Some people might be comfortable without any directing and I am completely fine with that.
For the shoot, I normally do a 4 hour session but I can also start from an hour to a whole day depending on my clients’ needs. My normal package comes with a 4 hour session because I think that that is the minimum duration to capture someone’s life.
I try to create a relaxed and casual atmosphere during the shoot so that my clients can stay relaxed and be themselves. I’m drawn to the simple things in life, intimacy and authentic emotions. I’m also drawn to flaws and imperfections because that is what makes us who we are. I also try to capture little moments that might slip by without anyone noticing if I didn’t photograph them.
 I do a little editing with the photos to give them a consistent look but I do not use Photoshop for dramatic effect or cosmetic enhancement. This is because as I have mentioned above, I am a firm believer that the "real self" with flaws and imperfections is the most beautiful and I see true value in the documentation of someone's life.

Why photography…

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory" -Dr. Seuss

Everything in life happens only once. When they are gone, they are gone forever. Photography allows you to revisit a specific moment over and over again. They give you tangible memories and they also allow you to share it with others. You get to pass it on, generation to generation. You can tell your children when they grow up “this is how much I loved you”. Your children can tell their children, “this is how much your grandparents loved me”. Photography allows you to capture authentic emotions and they tell the stories of your life.

And lastly…

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message! I will not bug you with tons of emails asking you to choose me. Even if you don’t know what you want or what you are looking for, even if you don’t choose me, I would be happy to help you capture the beautiful life that you have.

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