Photo Experience

Making New Connections: Kensho

Photos taken on January 11, 2017

Nao and the model he was photographing

Nao and the model he was photographing

So it all started when I was walking on Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. I saw a photographer, probably around my age, directing his model for what seems to be a photoshoot. I mean like, I knew what they were doing cause I was like yooooo I do the same thing LOL. So I just approached him with my camera, and asked to take a photograph of him and the person he was shooting. We went to the formalities, and his name was Nao. After, we chatted for a bit, and he did not know much English. Also, I did not know a lick of Japanese. BUT. Google Translate was our friend. We ended up trading contacts after swapping those Instagram handles. And boom! Got a connect (and the start of a beautiful new international friendship hehe)! Which brings me to Kensho. I was able to meet with Kensho through Nao, as a few days after we met, we linked up again, and he introduced us.

Introducing, Kensho.

Introducing, Kensho.

So from the get go, Kensho was like, LITTTTTT. His style was on point, and definitely someone very interesting to photograph. The dude wore a padlock, and has his patches safety pinned onto his jean jacket.

Here I was, hanging out with two Tokyo locals, photographing such a character, and I was just blessed. I came to Japan knowing no one, and ended up befriending these guys who I know I'd link up with again once I visit.

With this photoshoot, I really tried to play with different color themes:

Being in Japan, I was not only inspired in style, but also on my photography. Through meeting with Nao, he showed me some of his photographer inspirations, and I was inspired too! Hanging out with locals in Japan, walking the streets of Harajuku, it's an experience I'll always keep in the back of my mind. We would just walk, and they'd be speaking and Japanese, and I'd just smile along with them LOL. But I'm real glad that photography has gotten me connected with strangers, now friends. This photoshoot really helped add another layer of photography that I felt I always lacked.

So if I wanted you to take something from this, I'd say to get out of your comfort zone, and go out there, and meet some people. And I mean anywhere! Even here back home. I think the greatest people you can meet, are just out there walking the same streets you do. Go for it!

Catching Up: Tiffany Chan

Photos taken on February 18, 2017

Okay so, trying to get on some kind of track with this blog, but let me just get right to it! For today's edition of Photoshoot Experience (ugh I really don't like that name but I'm not sure what to call it yet), here is Tiffany Chan! (@teachans)

Twas a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the location we shot at was Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Once Tiff and I met up, she got right into the conversation of "Should I wear this, or this?!" Immediately after, we got right to, "WELL HEY! IT'S BEEN A WHILE!" Hah!

Before actually shooting we just walked around the park, and scouted for some nice spots to shoot. I'm still in the process of trying to be more creative with my portraits, so I really really tried to look hard to see where these photographs can go, without being too typical.

But within walking and talking, it was such a pleasure to be able to catch up with Tiff! It's been sometime since we've last hung out and chatted for more than ten minutes, so honestly, very refreshing! 

Now let me get on with the experience.. IT WAS SO FUN OMG. LOL. I'm telling you, Tiff's a goof. Like a good goof of course LOLOL. But I'm a goof too, so naturally, our conversations and jokes were on point. Like freshly sharpened pencil point. All of the cheesy un funny jokes, I'm all about it! Every laugh in these photos are 100 percent genuine. The beauty in joy, am I right??

When I mentioned that the weather was beautiful earlier, I mean seriously.. Warm weather, minimal wind, clear blue skies, and the sun just shining its AWESOME RAYS. It all the more added to the experience.

After the photoshoot, we ended up hanging out and grabbing dinner at Miso Ramen in Jersey City. It was cool to show Tiff my hometown 😎😎😎. Jersey City's lit. 

I guess the most precious part of the day was really just catching up again. Last time we chilled, we were in totally different walks and seasons of our lives. Now it's cool to kind of reflect how our lives have changed over time, and look forward to how much more improvement and building we'll be doing. And the Ramen was amazing omgomgomg. Still got nothing on Japan though LOL.

So Ima just encourage you to think of someone you've been meaning to catch up with, and MAKE THOSE PLANS. Tiff and I had planned to meet and shoot like back in November and December but we never actually talked about a specific day to do so! SO DO IT. Cause catching up is always refreshing.

First Impressions: Kaila J. Lim

Photos taken on December 15, 2016

To start off my Photoshoot Experience or whatever I wanna call it later, I'd like to introduce Kaila! (@kailajlim

It was a super cold day, below freezing, and originally, we had planned to shoot in the city! We had planned to go to Roosevelt Park. But the day before that Thursday, it was already cold.. And I just wasn't feeling it LOL. So we decided to shoot indoors somewhere. Kaila suggested we go to Palisades Mall! Somewhere up north from me around Nyack. I don't know. It's not my neck of the woods 😅.

So back to photoshoot day: Getting to know Kaila, I found her to be a very strong, confident, empowered type of person. She projects, and she's quite formal.  From my first impression, she seemed to me like she had a very "go-getter" mindset. This is something that inspires me personally cause I really gotta work on that. To be assertive and all that! The beauty in her photos definitely match her personality. Just by her dreams and goals, it's clearly evident that she's ambitious. Which is great! Having big dreams is a quality I really appreciate in people.

One day, you'll have Kaila giving a commencement speech at her Alma Mater at Rutgers New Brunswick! I believe it.

Kaila is of Native American - Korean descent. Off the bat, she's had some unique experiences through her heritages growing up. In my own perspective, it was so enlightening to hear her story. Honestly one of a kind. If you ever get the chance, you should definitely ask her about it. You'll learn something new.

In getting to know each other and sharing our stories, we at at Johnny Rockets! We went over those lifestyle bloggers who get sponsored by companies to just do use their product, go to their place, etc. So we did our own version LOL. Gotta strategically place your meal and drinks in the frame riiiiiight on the sweet spot. So go get your burger fix at Johnny Rockets! Build your own burger, or simply get the original classic burger! Don't forget to get a shake with that too. Can't go wrong with that! - Okay end fake sponsorship 😜

But really though, how do you look this good eating a burger?! Well now we all know that it's possible LOL.



Photographing in the mall had its challenges. I'm not too great at finding locations indoors. But Kaila, shooting Kaila, it was much easier. She's just so natural in front of the camera, beautiful and straight up stylish. She actually bought that top and skirt that day! After scouting the mall for places to shoot in her first outfit, we also did a little bit of shopping too. Shoutout to HM ~ Changing to her second outfit, it was an optimal time to shoot where the golden sun shines right at the carousel. I think the highlight from that day's shoot was shooting on that carousel. It was only a 5 minute ride, so we got right to shooting a bunch of photos, and I also ended up shooting a video which will be right below at the end of this post! Be sure to check it out!  

I usually avoid spinny rides, but the photos and videos were worth it.

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Just beginning will make the conditions perfect. After all, thinking too long about something something is often the reason it never gets done. - Kaila J. Lim

This photo is one that I'm proud to present. With a large Christmas tree behind Kaila, it was perfect with her red top. The woman you see in this photo has a story. She has big dreams and goals for herself. Like everyone I photograph, I'm very proud to share a little bit about her.