We spent our Holy Week back in my one of my favorite countries, Japan. This time we explored Tokyo. Though we didn’t have a rigid itinerary, we made the most of our vacation by having our family photos taken by a professional photographer.
Honestly, I’m the type who would take tons of photos whenever we’re in a different place whether local or international, even before social media happened (you know the time when mobile phones had cameras and digital cameras were a thing? I’ve been snapping away!) All the more when I had kids, I could not not take photos. I know moms can relate to me. Di baaaa? Taking picutures is part of traveling, especially when you immerse yourself in a different culture. Though I have my mirrorless camera with me, I still decided to book a photographer to have our photos taken.
We love traveling with my sister & parents in law. And I’m glad they’re always game to do these vacation shoots with us. I saw from my friend Kelly Medina that he had a shoot with his friends while they were in Macau. So I got in touch with their photographer, Harris Tsam. Though he’s based in Hong Kong, luckily he was in Japan the same time we were.
I wasn’t able to the do my research as to where I want to have our photos taken so I let Harris recommend Asakusa. We met there at 10 in the morning on a Sunday. The temple was filled with tourists but we managed to get lovely shots.
Sunglasses twinning with my favorite girl.
My kids with their favorite Angkong and Ahma.
My boys having their photo taken.
And then my girl Gabbie & I decided to join in.
All girls photo.
We all know where Juro got his kulit from.
Did Chozuya / Temizuya and Harris captured it. Basically people use this to “purify” themselves with water before going inside the Temple or Shrine.
My Sakura, my baby girl. We managed to catch the few remaining cherry blossoms around Asakusa.
Basically how Juro is 90% of the time. This little ball of energy challenges me in more ways than one.
In between takes there’s candid moments.
How we wish traveling with kids feels like. Heehee.
Seconds before a group of tourist swarm towards us.
Of course there’s couple shots.
Walking around the stalls with my baby girl.
I was all smiles up until she decided she’s tired and wanted a rickshaw ride. Hahahuhu. Meanwhile check out Juro behind who’s busy fidgeting something from his mouth. ?
Initially we plan on going to Shibuya to get that famous pedestrian shot. But my parents-in-law wanted to stay & go around Asakusa. I always was okay not having our photo taken there (because I somewhat have agoraphobia). Luckily, the pedestrian crossing right in front of Kaminarimon (the gate entering Asakusa temple).
It may not be as crowded as the famous Shibuya crossing (thank God!) but aesthetically it looks the same to me. ?
Then there was a moment that we were the only ones crossing. Nice shot Harris!
I highly recommend you book a photographer when you travel to a place you love with your family or friends. It’s a good way to preserve the memory that comes with being in a new or unfamiliar place with the people that matters most. Writing another post about our Tokyo adventure soon! ?