I’ve shot a few wedding ceremonies and ‘shots about town’ for Norwegian couples visiting Tokyo to get hitched in the Norwegian embassy. Every time has been immense fun. Did somebody once say Scandi-wegians were boring? If so, shame on you whoever you were. Couldn’t be farther from the truth.
The experience of shooting with Marianne and Halvor was unique though… partly because we weren’t sure if we would have an embassy for them to get married in. In the wake of the March 11th quake, tsunami and radiation scares, the Norwegian embassy had moved south to Kobe and it was only a day or two before their wedding-day that Marrianne and Halvor got word that operations would be resumed in Tokyo.
It’s always great to meet people one has been corresponding with on the email for ages but because of events in between [and the to and fro of emails relating to the general well-being of Japan and Tokyo, post-quake] it was especially nice to meet Marianne and her fiancee.
Over to Marianne….
“Our wedding day in Tokyo started on the 45th floor at the Park Hyatt where we got ready for the big day. Met Alfie at the hotel and we took a taxi to the Norwegian Embassy for the wedding ceremony where he took some great situation photos from the ceremony….”
It’s a great room but the lighting isn’t amazing and the ceremony is over really quick. Blink and you’d miss it, seriously.
Marianne again: “Then we took the metro to the other side of the city, to Ueno Park. Have some really funny shoots from the metro! “
We do indeed… check the gallery for one or two of them. Always fun shooting on the metro with a couple decked-out in their wedding-day finery. Never fails to draw a few stares and pretty much every time I’ve done it, the willing interaction of fellow passengers.
“We wanted some different weddings photos from Tokyo and we really got that!”
Nice. Always good when a plan comes together and a lot of that plan is having a good feeling for what parts of Tokyo are going to suit each couple’s taste and sensibility.
“A mix of cool and funny as well as more classical shoots with a Japanese touch! A big thank you to Alfie for a great memory, both with regards to the photos and the experience itself.”
Result. I was pleased too, especially with the shots in Ameyoko and around Okachimachi Station.
Weddings are a one-time thing; get it wrong and you can’t repeat it just for the camera. The great thing about doing shoots like this one with Marianne and Halvor is that I also get the buzz of showing two people some of my favourite spots in Tokyo. Then we get to make some fun shots in them.
Here’s a gallery of some of my faves. Shot with the Nikon D700 [with 50mm f/1.2 Ai, 75-150mm f/3.5 E, 80-200mm f/2.8 ED IF and 20mm f/3.5 AiS] and the Mamiya 645 AFDii [with Zeiss 180mm f/2.8 and Mamiya 80mm f/2.8 AF]. All just slightly tweaked RAW files. No Photoshop whatsoever. I’m doing a little of that for them tomorrow night, on 25 of their faves. I’ll post some here.
If you are visiting Tokyo to get married or just want some nice characterful portraits in Tokyo, drop me a line and I’d be happy to sort you out with a quote for the shoot.