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Tokyo Cherry Blossoms for the happy Googlers

Yesterday one of the stops here in Tokyo was a popular park near Shinjuku station where thousands of people were gathered to see the cherry blossoms and have pic-nics.

About the couple
Jennifer and Tipp work for Google and are doing a sort of exchange in Tokyo for the year but will be back by the end of the year for their wedding in the Bay Area.

About the picture
I was doing a lot of my typical close up shots when Jennifer challenged me to try getting a shot that had tons of a tree. Well that proved difficult for a few reasons... the major one was that almost every tree was swarmed by dozens of visitors and doing a wide angle meant much more chance of getting someone else in it. I even thought it'd be impossible at first... but I kept searching for something. I took a bunch of other pictures with an attempt to get something but I didn't enjoy the style of the picture and this one happened because the clients didn't walk to the place I was thinking to try next. Well it was a great thing because when I saw where they were standing I knew in an instant the type of shot that would work... and it was nothing like I thought when I was originally given the challenge and perhaps nothing like they had envisioned. But it certainly tells the story of the cherry blossoms and puts them right in the thick of things.

I think the moral of the story is that it's alright to let your clients give ideas and take them and roll with the challenge. Hopefully they are challenges and not specific requests because that can be pretty limiting to creativity. Don't give up too easy... I might have thought the challenge pretty impossible given the circumstances but the only thing I really needed was to be more creative. Good thing I was able to stumble upon the solution.



More photoshoots around the world
Yes I'm excited to do a few more out of the country photo-shoots this year and I'm hoping lots more come my way. I don't charge for wedding travel so this is a real possibility.
Now engagements is a different story.
Because the location and the time of the year was so enticing I was willing to schedule in this trip to do the engagements at no extra cost but that of covering my expenses. Part of that was because it was later notice and I didn't have anything scheduled between two saturday weddings anyway. It was a lot of traveling to get here and it was a long photo-shoot that would make the most in shape person pretty tired but it was very very fulfilling and fun.

Editing on a laptop
it sucks... I miss my big screen which helps me really know and trust just how well it's edited. But oh well... it's a small price to pay.
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Beautiful photo, would love to see the rest
 
Oh my! Another magical shot!

 
Lower left a little distracting though.
 
what a great shot! I think all the cherry blossoms frame it beautifully. They're very lucky to be able to have a picture like this to look back on years from now.
 
Scott, I dig this shot just as I dig much of your work, but I'm curious about the close-up blossoms in the lower left. They represent a very strong visual element element and I wonder whether it doesn't pull too much attention away from the couple. I probably would have cropped vertically for this, even though it would lose much of that great sky-and-branches combo in the upper left. Either way, though, I'd be interested in hearing your take on it.
 
Greg good question... When it's cropped in fb highlight mode I like the panoramic look without much of the ground but because of the right side not the left.
 
Thank you for this story behind the shot. It's good to know that also pros can still get challenged by some requests ;)
 
wonderfull,glorious and pretty feeling sensibl,so legendary.
 
nice! Bottom left is a little distracting for me personally.
 
It's beautiful! Nice work getting that shot!
 
how did you know cherry blossoms are my favorite? :)
 
I love the blossoms here. Great job getting them all in the shot!
 
The cherry trees in Tokyo. Brings back lots of good memories. ^_^
 
Lovely image +Scott Jarvie , and great meeting you during your visit here - only wish I could have spent more time seeing you in action! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your Japan shots, particularly Nakameguro! ;)
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