When new photographers are just getting started, they’ll typically go through the process of “finding themselves”; discovering which subjects they are drawn to and why. For myself, I found myself photographing anything BUT portraits. I would happily shoot landscapes, architecture, or street photos all day, but as soon as I found myself telling someone to smile for the camera, it all felt very one-dimensional and lifeless.
One of the most important lessons I have learned throughout my development as a professional photographer is how to capture what I refer to as a ”micro moment”. These are the tiny moments that exist between the time someone realizes that their photo is being taken, and before the subconscious impulse to pose for the camera takes over. In that instant, you can capture a genuine portrait of a person that highlights the true soul and character behind the smile. When I am out taking photographs in Tokyo, these are the moments I strive to capture.
Now that’s not to say that posed portraits aren’t important as well. When shooting engagement photos, couples portraits, or headshots for instance, of course you want your subject to look their best. However, there is an undeniable difference between a forced pose and something genuine. That’s why I always start my portrait sessions by first building a solid rapport with my clients.
Getting your photo taken can be awkward. I get it. That’s why some of the best portraits I’ve taken have been captured mid-conversation. A genuine laugh will beat out a fake smile every time.
What this all results in is a photograph that feels like more than a mere picture. A truly great photograph can tell the viewer a story, and I will always help to tell my clients’ stories the best way I possibly can. Contact me about booking your next photo shoot in Tokyo.