As a Japan-based wedding photographer, the recent reopening of the country’s borders has brought renewed excitement for exploring and capturing the beauty of Tokyo through my lens. While it’s understandable that many clients request photos in popular tourist spots like Shibuya and Harajuku, I strive to showcase the city’s depth and character beyond these well-known landmarks.
Tokyo is a city where past, present, and future seamlessly blend together, and I find myself constantly drawn to its gritty, raw, and nostalgic side streets, as well as its clean and chic neighborhoods. Whether it’s capturing the vibrant street art or the charming atmosphere of an izakaya, this city never ceases to amaze me with its endless possibilities for creative expression. As a wedding photographer in Tokyo, it’s essential to showcase the city’s wide range of locations to potential clients.
As a wedding photographer, there’s a certain degree of secrecy in the industry when it comes to sharing techniques and locations. We all have our tricks up our sleeves to gain an edge over the competition, and famous photographers often charge exorbitant fees to teach these skills. One of the most critical skills for any photographer is the ability to scout the perfect location. It’s a process that requires a lot of research, attention to detail, and a keen eye for aesthetics.
I’ve spent countless hours researching different locations on Google Earth, carefully curating and judging which places are worth the effort of visiting. But as a result, photographers naturally tend to keep their “secret” locations to themselves to maintain a sense of exclusivity and integrity in their work.
I’ve been contemplating whether to create a collective public database of locations, including the ones I’ve researched, and it’s a decision that raises many questions. Is accessibility more important than preventing overcrowding? Is competition more important than building community? Would it be beneficial for the creative process if photographers shared their locations and inspired one another?
These are difficult questions that each photographer must answer for themselves, but the pros of building a community and collaborating with others outweigh the cons—a pool of ideas from photographers of different and diverse backgrounds. By making a collaborative database open to all, we can collectively pick new perspectives from each other and give a fresh perspective on the hidden gems of Tokyo that I’ve come to know and love.
I invite everyone who reads this to chime in and give ideas on how we can improve this database!
If you want to add your own location here is the google form link:
You’ve prepared everything you needed for your much-awaited wedding day. The catering, the venue, the guests - everything! Except for your official photographer. You might think that any photographer can do it since they’re JUST taking a photo. Well, you’re making a huge mistake.
A professional Photographer’s job isn’t that easy. It’s not just about taking photos. It’s about capturing the emotion felt at the exact moment the photo is taken. The angle where the subjects can express their genuine emotions through the photo. Of course, mastery of the technical aspect such as the lighting, angle, etc. Everything that I’ve just mentioned - you can’t get from an amateur photographer. So, are you convinced? No? Well, here’s a deep dive on the exact benefits that you can get if you hire a professional wedding photographer:
Camera Equipment Knowledge and Expertise
Sure anybody can buy a DSLR or an expensive camera, however, only the accomplished experts can use it to its maximum capacity. You need to enlist the help of a professional wedding photographer because they’re the EXPERTS because of their aptitude for using the equipment and completely use it to its full potential. An amateur wedding photographer can amaze you with their set-up of expensive cameras, lenses, etc. Of course, the hardware is as important as the individuals behind them, but the greatest photos are attributed to the person taking them, not the hardware they used. We suggest you get a professional wedding photographer that has state-of-the-art equipment while having the skills to back them up.
Every photographer has their style with regards to taking and editing photos to come up with the perfect image. However, not all styles fit a specific kind of vision. A professional wedding photographer will know how to work around your vision and expertise. Knowing which style works best for the result that the client wants is tantamount to being a GREAT wedding photographer.
An amateur would most likely not be able to deliver the kind of results you want since they have limited styles to work with. Asking for a portfolio and aligning with your wedding photographer is important. It sets your expectations as the client while also communicating with the photographer what you want. It’s a matter of them finding ways on how to make your vision come to life and it’s your job to find the photographer that matches the style that you want.
The above-mentioned were all about your professional wedding photographer having the proper skill set to get the job done. However, another benefit that you can have if you hire a professional wedding photographer is their years of experience working in the industry. Experiencing any kind of mishap or hiccups that could happen during the shoot is what makes photographers grow since they have to work around those hiccups to still give their clients the desired result.
This makes professional wedding photographers as reliable as you can imagine. No matter what kind of hiccup you experience, you can be sure to rely on the photographer to find a solution to the problem and continue with a smooth process of documenting and memorializing your important day.
You Get More Than What You Pay for With Thinking Chair Studios
Of course, everything that we’ve highlighted above is for one simple reason - to help you find the best professional wedding photographers in the Philippines! Thinking Chair Studios is here to help you memorialize and capture one of the most important days of your lives. We are a small team of photographers molded by creativity and innovation where their passion lies in creating uniquely personal and emotion-filled photos. Their work makes you understand who you are and how you see yourself.
Sit down, think, be creative, visualize, and let us turn your ideas into reality. That’s what Thinking Chair Studios is all about and that’s the reputation we have with all of our clients. Oftentimes, reality is so far from what we envision, but we at Thinking Chair Studios do not believe in this. Don’t believe us? Check out our portfolio and listen to the stories that all the photos are trying to tell.
Photography - one of the best ways to capture your special moment and memorialize it forever. You can display the photo in your albums or frames, or you can even have it enlarged and made into a wall piece at your beloved house.
Anything and everything can be safely stored in the beauty of photographs which is why it’s more of a tradition or a requirement for soon-to-be-married couples to have their photoshoot BEFORE the wedding which is more commonly known as a “pre-wedding photoshoot”. However, much like most things in life, your pre-wedding photoshoot needs an ample amount of preparation for it to live up to your expectations. With that said, here’s an ultimate guide to help your plan and prepare for your pre-wedding photoshoot!
What is a Pre-Wedding Photoshoot?
Before we get into the guide, you first have to know what a pre-wedding photoshoot is. A pre-wedding shoot, also known as a prenup photoshoot or engagement photoshoot, is a photography session that typically happens a couple of months before the supposed wedding day. In spite of the fact that pre-wedding shoots have become a need for most soon-to-be-married couples, a great number of them still go through the whole debate on whether they should do it or not. From a practical standpoint, some people regard a pre-wedding photoshoot as a waste of money and is basically useless, however, we at Thinking Chair Studios beg to differ.
One of the best effects that having a pre-wedding photoshoot brings is it makes the couple a little bit closer to the photographer at the shoot. This is especially important if the same photographer will be taking the photos at the couple’s wedding day. Why? Because, for the couple, they’ll feel more comfortable with the photographer’s shooting style and will be able to come up with more natural, genuine shots. Meanwhile, for the photographer, the pre-wedding photoshoot enables them to understand the couple a little bit better, finding out about the couple’s style; do they have a more serious, quiet personality or a fun and quirky one? All of these can make or break the quality of photos that the photographer takes since a deeper understanding of the couple enables the photographer to plan in advance and prepare a more suitable atmosphere for your wedding day photos.
Your Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Checklist
One of the requirements for a photo to be regarded as “great” is when it is able to perfectly capture the emotions of the subjects and if it is able to encapsulate the subject’s story inside it. Concepts are one of the best ways for photographers to tell a story. However, the problem with having concepts is it’s difficult for most to come up with an original and unique concept that only they could use. This is why we’ve prepared some of the most creative wedding photography ideas to inspire you!
Galleries, landmarks, and well-known tourist spots have their own excellent charms that will light up your pre-wedding photograph collection, as having famous places as settings can bring more life and various types of sentiments to your pre-wedding pictures.
There are many locations to choose from, but at the end of the day, it’s the couple that decides this ultimately. Would you like the shoot to happen in a garden? Or maybe the beach? Or if you’re adventurous, maybe you’d want the shoot to happen on top of a mountain. Basically, there are a variety of choices for you to choose from and knowing & choosing the location you’re happy with will make your wedding more unique and memorable for both of you.
Lastly, you’ll be needing the couple - the stars of the photoshoot to be there ON TIME. Being able to stick to your schedules lets you have more control over the shoot and will also enable you to be ready for any unexpected variables that may come up. A sudden change in weather? This could be avoided if you’ve followed the schedule and started on time. Unexpected events can happen and not being ready for it is one of the biggest failures a photographer can do.
The Dos of Pre-Wedding Photography
Above all else, the most significant action that a couple should take is PREPARING. Have a plan for every little thing for the shoot - the location, the attire, the photographer, the concept, the time, the schedule. EVERYTHING. One piece of advice - coordinate with your pre-wedding photographer. It helps take a load off and will also help you think of ideas.
It is important for you to plan everything ahead of time. There are horror stories where couples and their photographers decided that ample preparation wasn’t needed. What happened? The photoshoot was a failure. There’s nothing wrong with being prepared. This enables you to avoid mistakes from thinking on the spot, having the vision on what you want the photos to look like, and you’ll have photos that you can be proud of. All of these things come from thoroughly prepare (or lack thereof) so do your part!
Do: Time the Shoot Perfectly
As mentioned above, having a schedule and sticking to it saves you a lot of trouble. You also have to decide on the best date and time for the photoshoot. It shouldn’t be that far-off from your wedding day but it also shouldn’t be that near. Photographers also have to refine the photos they took and this takes time. Scheduling the photoshoot near your wedding day is just putting unnecessary pressure on the photographer to finish the refinement as soon as possible. Then again, don’t do the shoot excessively far off from the wedding date so your visitors will likewise feel the fervor paving the way to your big day.
Upon the set date and time of your shoot, pick the MOST ideal time to do the shoot. Again, you need to coordinate your photographer - especially if your photoshoot location is somewhere outdoors. The photographer will know what time delivers the most ideal lighting for your shoot, as it will decide the vibe and feel of the photos. Remember to likewise plan regarding the weather as well since that also changes quite unexpectedly.
The Don’ts of Pre-Wedding Photography
Don’t: Let Impulse Control You
Try not to let adrenaline and nerves lead you to make bad decisions such as a sudden change of hair color, haircut, or some questionable clothing choices. In your photos, you don’t need to be someone else you’re not. You just need to be you. You don’t need to make drastic choices to look good in photos.
Don’t: Forget to Talk to Your Partner
Lastly, this is the thing that one of the couples forget. You are not alone in the photoshoot. Your partner is there with you, so asking them what they would like the shoot to look like is important. Ensuring that you and your partner are in agreement for the concept and location for the photoshoot is tantamount to a successful shoot. Having a photo subject that is irked or irritated is a massive challenge for photographers since the desired emotion cannot be felt through the subjects. So, always communicated with your partner