I finally got a chance to do a winter photo shoot last January. We finally got a good downpour of snow, and to tell you the truth, it was so much snow that the government declared state of emergency for days. Regardless of what happened, it was really beautiful, and we really enjoyed doing this set. I was wearing a total of four layers of kimono, and water boots, but it was still cold. Thank you to my dear friend Archimedes Belardo for providing me this set and the parasol. Click here to continue reading “Winter Kimono Photo Shoot”…May 5th, 2012
It was fall, and I hope we were able to catch the beauty of this season in the stills. We went to Cochrane Memorial Park in the city of Yelm, with the ducks still in the midst of migrating. We were hoping to catch some of them on camera. I found it very surreal to see the very colorful assortment of leaves as they fell on the ground while we went about our work. You could see pathways lined with the leaves, like delightful Persian carpets.
For this kimono photo shoot, it took me a lot more time to do my hair and put on my kimono than it did to actually take the photos. LOL. The kimono set and the fan were provided by Mr. Archimedes Gavina Belardo, shipped from the Philippines to my house here in the United States. Considering the long journey this set made — it actually started its journey all the way from Japan — I thought it would only be fitting if I tried my best to give it a good photo shoot. With the colors of this one, I thought it would be nice to use for the season of fall. It was my very first fall in my two years of residence in this country, because I usually spend this time of year in the Philippines. Without further ado, here is my fall kimono photoset. Hope you guys like it.^_^ Click here to continue reading “Fall Kimono Photo Shoot”…January 31st, 2012
It’s Spring, and the cherry blossoms are beautiful, amidst the very dreary weather the past weeks. They don’t last a long time, so despite the very drizzly day, we decided to go out, and take advantage of their presence before they are gone for the season. Braving the rain and being the very otaku-hearted people that we are, we went out to immortalize the very Japanese-ish scenes around the town and in Olympia.
During my last visit to the Philippines in November, I met up with Japanese culture enthusiast Archie Gavina Belardo, a mainstay and often exhibitor at local bazaars and conventions selling authentic Japanese merchandise. To my surprise, he presented me with kimonos. I wore one of them for this photoshoot.^_^
Just to test out the lighting, we took a couple of shots near the neighbor’s fence. Can you tell?
This shot was taken at South Puget Sound Community College, after which we headed to the quaint Yashiro Japanese Garden, where the rest of the following shots were taken.^_^ Click here to continue reading “Spring Cherry Blossom Kimono Photoshoot”…April 26th, 2011