Is it time for tea?
When you go to Japan, you can ask is it time for tea? Our first stop was at an amazing tea house with all of the beautiful Japanese traditional elements. There was so much do see that I could have photographed her entire senior session in this one place.
I specifically told Virginia that wanted only wanted to photograph places that she loved. Since she was spending her senior year in Japan with her family, I knew that she would have some amazing places to go. I was right! And her family was nice enough to drive us from spot to spot. (Which is difficult in Japan because the tolls are insanely high. It’s almost not worth driving at all. Public transportation is so much more prolific.)
Everything was lush and green at the tea house. And of course I wanted to ask if it was time for tea, but I didn’t.
This bamboo garden right outside of the tea house was the most incredible thing. I felt at peace because the trees made me feel very grounded and comforted. Funny how trees can do that.
Downtown Kamakura (I think)
These shots were taken near a shopping area that is nothing like we have in the states. It’s like a market in a warehouse type building. I guess it was similar to Pike Place in Seattle. This wasn’t necessarily a big town, but it had all the big town benefits.
I loved that we could walk from the mall to the a garden area in just 5 minutes. There is something very very peaceful about Japan. Maybe it’s all the tea they consume. Doesn’t Virginia look peaceful in these images:
I loved this large boardwalk leading to the mall. For a place as busy as Japan I was shocked that I could capture these photos without many people in them! I thought the streets would be crowded all of the time. I guess it helped that this was a weekday.
Oops. I guess these got out of order because now we are back to tea house images. My goodness, do I love these.
Let’s talk about location for a second. Location is important and it’s not.
It is not important because I don’t care about the manicured grass, or the fountain. Those things don’t matter to me. The things that do matter are what the location says. What does a location say? It speaks volumes. It can say so much about who you are as a person. If you hope to live in a big city one day, then do your session in a big city (and constantly be thinking “I WILL live here one day!”). If you love be find quiet, serene places, let’s go to a field. It’s about YOU, not necessarily the location.
Think about traveling. Do you love it? Do you love to see new places? Is there a place that you call your “second home”? Have someplace that you have always wanted to go? Why not do a session there!?!? It will look amazing because it’s what YOU want. Destination senior sessions are the highlights of my year because I get to go on a journey with you!
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