The Resurrecting Dreams Project

For the first time since the foundation of Melbourne, and since the last pandemic, will we see the building and rebuilding of the small business sector in Melbourne city. I want to photograph – visually document – this process. This project is the opposite to David H Wells documentary project, Foreclosed Dreams: Foreclosures Across America (2008 to present). In contrast, Resurrecting Dreams will be the visual story of how small business begin, build, and succeed; a positivistic view.

Since Melbourne’s foundation in 1835 to February 2020, businesses have built the city into a vibrant, confident, and wonderful place. Melbourne was home to many amazing cafes, vibrant nightlife, unique fashion stores, fantastic bars, and brilliant sport life and allied health businesses. The coronavirus (COVID-19 or SARS CoV2) was persistent and dangerous, which necessitated citywide lockdowns, social isolation, and physical distancing to protect the vulnerable and reduce virus transmission. Consequently, a lot of the small business sector in the CBD was decimated in the eight months of these lockdowns in Melbourne. In November 2020, we achieved zero community transmissions, but at great expense economically, societally, personally, psychologically. As of January 2021, there are a myriad of vacant and available street level business spaces – and opportunities.

I have photographed small businesses in Japan doing their thing. Since I’ve moved back to Australia in 2019, I myself have to rebuild my own photographic business, and I’m learning how to do that for this city. I’m curious about how new small business owners plan, create, build, trade, struggle, and succeed. I want to show the resurrection of the dreams of small business owners and help celebrate their wins. Their wins are the real “trickle down” in the city economy. Their success means employment of many of the city’s people.

How you can help; contact me if…

  • You’re opening your own business. Let me photograph that process (even if you’re still in the looking-at-real estate options stage)
  • You know someone starting their own business
  • You’re a real estate agent for landlord: let me in to photograph the empty space
  • You want to help fund this project
  • You what to help exhibit this project (funding or other support needed)
  • You want to see it published in your outlet (funding needed)
  • You want to use the photos to tell the story for your brand (funding needed)

Model call: Outdoor clothing Melbourne Vic #ModelCall

Outdoor clothing modelling

I have an expression of interest from a client, and so I need to research options.

Who am I?  Andrew is a commercial photographer who has been based in Japan for nearly 15 years. For family reasons he’s returned and is re-establishing his business his business in Australia. You can see his old website at JapanesePhotos.Asia, his Model Mayhem account, Instagram, and Twitter for more background on him.

Who: We need both male and female models who have an interest and history of outdoor activities. Yes, you can suggest a friend to work with; we will consider their portfolio. Ultimately, the client makes the final approval of who we can work with.

What: The job is to model outdoor clothing and some equipment. If you have not done fashion modelling before, please research some suitable poses.

Pay: We need to know what your fees are on a per hour and on a per day basis. We are not looking for the cheapest models, but the most suitable, I just need to present options and cost approximations to the client. I usually pay from about $25/hr or $100 a day, but this usually depends on the job and the clients’ budget.

Portfolio: To present the best case to the client, we need a few things:

  • Your online portfolio (usually your Instagram or Model Mayhem account is fine). We assume that portfolios that include outdoor activities may be viewed more favourably.
  • Your per hour / per day payment expectations.
  • If you’re ok with sharing behind the scenes images of the shoot on your social media account, and if you’re ok to share many of the final images on your social media account too.
  • Your clothing sizes (for shirts, jackets, trousers, shoes – Aust size & cm); height, waist, bust, chest, hat/head sizes.
  • Availability (we prefer weekdays, but weekends might be possible)
  • (emailing a pdf with a sample of photos and the above responses will make it a lot easier for us)

Where: The shoot will be done in a National Park or similar place near Melbourne or the Yarra Ranges. Transport may be provided from either Epping or a convenient nearby train station. If we shoot in a National Park, we may be limited on the number of vehicles we are allowed in, so it is ok to have a friend drop you off and pick you up again.

When: mid July (probably on weekdays), TBA. The shoot may be timed for when you (the models) are available.

Makeup: Please do your own, a makeup artist probably won’t be approved by the client. Please don’t do high fashion or glamour, but suitable for outdoor & camping type of activities.

Accommodation: If this is a multi-day shoot, none is provided this time, so you will need to return to your home each day, which will probably be after sunset. We suggest to have a friend pick you up as you may be too tired to drive safely near the end of the day.

Wear: Most clothing will be provided. Please bring your own warm clothes for comfort in between shoots. We strongly suggest thermal underclothes (especially v-neck). It is possible that thermal underclothing may be provided, tbc. Please ask and confirm this closer to the time of the shoot.

Food & bring: Main meals (probably only lunch) will be provided, but please bring your own drinks and snacks. Portable battery charger for your phone with cables. Your own makeup supplies. A book or your music to help recharge and reset in rest periods.

Liability: Travel Photos PtyLtd and the client will consider you as a sub-contractor. Which means you need to be responsible for your own public liability insurance, your own health insurance, and so forth.

Final note:  Andrew and Travel Photos PtyLtd prefer to work with people we know. If we can do this shoot, there is a higher probability we will work together again.

Updates: This page was last updated on 10th July.

25th July 2019:  The client has put back the the shoot due to other projects being prioritised. Further updates will come when the shoot can be scheduled.

Mt Hakone volcanic activity

In March 2018 I visited Mt Hakone when family came to Japan to visit. One of the places we went to was the Mt Fuji area. We went to Lake Ashi on one of those touristy pirate ship cruises. We then went on a cable car up to the Mt Hakone caldera visitor centre. While there, we saw lots of warning signs, including ones that said that if sirens went off, we should evacuate the mountain immediately. However, the lines for the cable cars were really long, and that was just a normal, and not even considering people were finishing the day and were all coming down off the mountain yet.

Looking into the crater of the Mt Hakone volcano. More images available for sale at the stock library.
The Mt Hakone volcano at level 1 alert, which means access to the crater is possible because of no current tremor activity

Mt Fuji and Mt Hakone both are considered active volcanoes, just no recent activity that would prevent people from building a visitor’s centre and tourist industry. It was reported that on Saturday the 18th May there were no tremors on Mt Hakone. However, by Sunday 9am there were 21 (Japan Times), and a further 24 through the day. The Japan Meteorological Bureau announced that they closed access to the visitor centre and raised the alert level from 1 to 2, on a scale of 5. Level 1 means “Potential for increased activity”, and they put warning signs everywhere and evacuation sirens. Level 2 is “Do not approach the crater”, Level 3 is “Do not approach the volcano, Level 4 is “Prepare to evacuate the area”, and Level 5 is of course “Run like you’re Samuel L Jackson in a disaster movie” (JMA). At time of writing, not all parts of the JMA English website had been properly updated, but here is the detailed page:

The last time Mt Hakone is thought to have erupted was some time in the 12th or 13th centuries. The alert level was last raised to 3 in 2015. These images and more are available for sale at

Looking into the crater at Mt Hakone volcano. More images available for sale at the stock library.
The Mt Hakone volcano at level 1 alert, which means access to the crater is possible because of no current tremor activity

Sponsor a Maiko shoot

I don’t quite know how, but I was suddenly and accidentally offered the opportunity to do a photo shoot with maiko. Maiko are not geishas, but are like geisha apprentices. I’ve been on the look out for just this opportunity ever since I arrived in Kyoto in March this year… in fact, for the last few years I’d been looking for the opportunity. Now I have it.

A geisha and attendants preparing ahead of guests arrival
A geisha and attendants preparing ahead of guests arrival

As you know, geishas and maiko are very expensive. I am looking for a sponsor to help. The shoot is scheduled for the 2nd June (a Sunday), and I’ll have a few hours with them. The photos I get will be used by me for my own company use and promotional activities. However, any sponsors will have exclusive commercial use of them. If I get more than one sponsor, each will get a proportionate share of unique photos. This is of course important for maintaining a unique visual and aesthetic for your use.

Importantly, the Rugby World Cup is hosted in Japan very soon, and Tokyo 2020 Olympics are coming up, so now is the time to get your visuals ready ahead of that. Contact me for more information.

Free Travel Portrait Sessions

For a limited time only (at least until 31st May 2019), we will offer free portrait sessions to any travellers in Kyoto. Simply contact us.

An American woman in a beautiful kimono under the cherry blossoms in Gion Kyoto
An American woman in a beautiful kimono under the cherry blossoms in Gion Kyoto

Conditions: It’s super easy.

  1. First, follow us on Instagram.
  2. Arrange a meeting time/place: Contact us.
  3. Meet us in either Gion or Yasaka Shrine
  4. We do the shoot for one hour (it’s a short simple shoot)
  5. We’ll quickly process the best of the bunch
  6. Send you a download link (or use AirDrop right away)
  7. Post our pictures on your Instagram tagging us in, and mentioning good things about us in your comments

What we will do is shoot for an hour. Together, we’ll go to a cafe or other convenient place, and while you wait we select and quickly process some key photos. Our cameras are bluetooth and wifi enabled, and we carry our iPads with us anyway. A link to a folder with your folders will be emailed to you. Maximum of 8 websized photos will be sent.

Paid for upgrades will include

  • A higher quality shoot for better photos
  • Prints or a photo book made and delivered to you
  • Extra time or locations
  • More photos delivered
  • Full print-sized digital files (web-sized files print badly)
  • Other full upgrades are possible, please see Portraits for more information.
Lam, a Taipei-based American model in Ximen shopping district in Taipei.
Lam, a Taipei-based American model in Ximen shopping district in Taipei.

Workshops & Education

For the first time we’re going to start offering photography workshop courses. We’ve been asked a few times before to host beginner photography workshops, but because of time, we haven’t been able to follow through with that. Now, we can. We’re in Kyoto, and it’s the perfect place to help traveller photographers improve their game. There will be four main options:

  • Beginner Workshops
  • Intermediate Workshops
  • Mixed-levels Workshops
  • Special Skills (based on a specific theme or skill set)
  • Private tutorials

Full details are at:

Cherry blossoms in Gion Kyoto. Model: Brooke; Photographer: Andrew.
Cherry blossoms in Gion Kyoto. Model: Brooke; Photographer: Andrew.

All workshops will assume participants have a modern digital DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lens. Some Canon point and shoot cameras have easy to use Manual settings, and so these are often suitable too.

Beginner Workshops will assume that the participants have just got the camera out of the box from the store that very day (hopefully the day before). The focus will be to get participants aware of key concepts of shutter speed, aperture, iso, and white balance.

Intermediate Workshops are currently not offered. However, we will host two different special skills workshops instead.

Mixed-level Workshop Walk: Kimono portraits. Is an opportunity for everyone from post-beginner to intermediate level to learn how to use travel scenes, exotic environments, and local context to make next-level photographs. Currently, we’re organsing and searching for models who will wear a kimono and pose for us in Gion, so that there is a two-fold purpose, one to get great Japanesque photographs; and two, to learn environmental portrait photography.

Special Skills is a short introduction to a very specific genre of photography. Typically a theoretical explanation is given, basic demonstration, and guided practice is given. Currently in Kyoto, we will practice night photography.

More details and booking via: Contact us for more bookings.

Yasakusa Shrine Nishiromon Gate at night.
The main entrance to Yasaka Shrine at night

Model Call for Kyoto

  • What: Portrait sessions for workshops for photography enthusiasts
  • Where: Gion, Kyoto
  • When: Most mornings, from 7.15 to 9.30am, Monday’s, Wednesdays, and Fridays until early June 2019 (may resume from March to June 2020). These are held early to avoid tourist crowds and the heat.
  • Paid: Yes (contact us for details)
  • Who: Preference for Japanese models, but not essential
  • What: Pose in a kimono for portraits in Gion. You might also be asked to give advice to workshop attendees on how to communicate with models/portrait subjects
  • Clothing: You should have access to and ability to put on a kimono. We can provide help getting access to kimonos if needed. Have own health insurances, and having own business insurance is recommended.
  • Makeup: Please do your own makeup and hair
  • More info: Here is the info the prospective participants are expecting:
  • This Page May be updated without notice.


Model call
Model call

FB required announcement

In case you’re confused as to why the FaceBook Page name appears wrong (we are not wanting to do false advertising), here is a repeat of a post we made on the 31st Oct 2018 ( ), when we first tried to update the name of this FaceBook Page. We have been having problems with FB not wanting to reflect the change in company name from JapanesePhotos.Asia to Travel Photos Pty Ltd, our legally registered business name (TravelPhotos.Asia is our trading name and web address, easy to remember, right?)

Also, FYI, you can still find as at:

Here’s a boring graphic to demonstrate the same visual information is being shared across platforms (ok, may be we’re getting cynical now out of frustration with FB)

A boring graphic to demonstrate the change in company names.

— End of required but boring announcement —

Newsletter January 2019

Welcome to 2019; it’s great to see your smiling face (I’m imaging what you might look like, so help me by smiling at this).

Move to Melbourne 

Many new challenges and opportunities are open this year. I will be on the road, but essentially relocating to Melbourne Australia, but of course I’m very willing to fly to whatever Asian destination you need me at. If you’ve been following my Instagram feed, you’ll have seen that I’ve been to the snow in the Japan alps, and obviously, I’m looking for any excuse to go back. Currently itinerary is basically this, though I’m still happy to travel to anywhere you need me to be:

  • Now to 11th Feb: Nagoya Japan
  • 15th Feb to 2nd Mar: Melbourne Aust (for cityscape and street photography)
  • 5th to 11th Mar: Taipei Taiwan (for cityscape and street photography)
  • 13th to 24th Mar
  • 25th Mar to 7th June: Kyoto Japan (travel, city, and street photography in cherry blossom season)
  • June and onwards: Undecided / Melbourne Aust
  • Schedule & travel updates:

If there’s anything I can do to help your company, please reply to this email.

Spring and Tokyo 2020 Olympics Preparation

Late March and early April is forecast to be peak cherry blossom (sakura) season in Kyoto and Tokyo. The Cherry blossom season is typically just one week long, it’s a holiday period and so most places tend to be very insanely crowded. If your company needs me to supply Spring in Kyoto and Tokyo photos ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, book me now; it’s really important to schedule very soon, so I can prioritise you. Tell me what type of photos you need, and possible uses you’ll need them for.

Views and scenes in Kyoto during Spring cherry blossom season.


I’m searching around for short term photography jobs in Taiwan and other places in Asia. If there’s something I can help you with, let me know asap so I can plan better. Finally, I’m back into learning Chinese, and I’ve got a good teacher who is concentrating on making my pronunciation intelligible (imagine me blushing).

My favourite Pair of Diadoras in Gifu Castle Park, Japan.


In the next five months I’ll be travelling to Melbourne Australia, Taipei Taiwan, Kyoto Japan, and other places around those cities. I am looking for sponsorship for this. I am wanting to show products for various brands at these international locations. I’ve reached out to some companies and got some positive responses so far. However, I’m hoping to get in touch with one of the Diadora marketing teams. I’m hoping that you might know someone, who knows someone who can help me. Diadora is a personal sentimental favourite sports-casual shoe brand from Italy. I have some of their shoes, and I’d love to provide them with lots of my photos to help them market more. Alternatively, if you know of another company that is interested in receiving international photos, please help us get in touch with each other.


I’ve said before that I don’t have much experience in dealing with the North American and European clients beyond stock photography, but I do know that having a physical portfolio is important. I have a one that I would like to send to you with pre-addressed return labels; please reply to this email because I’d like to send it to you. Any feedback would be appreciated, but importantly I hope that you can get a feel for the quality of my work, and I hope that you can see the value in hiring me for an assignment for your projects.

Andrew Blyth showing his portfolio
Andrew Blyth showing his portfolio

Social responsibility

I’ve said before that I have a socially responsible business. I make monthly donations to Tree Nation, who help offset my carbon emissions and help me try to be as carbon-neutral as possible. With your help, I’d like to contribute more. Either, become your own direct supporters of Tree Nation, or sponsor me to photograph and share environment-related stories.

Travel & helping you

Finally, I am available for commercial and editorial photography projects anywhere in Asia. With my passport I am able to stay in almost any country for as long as the project requires. I have professional equipment, and am focused on getting the job done, despite difficulties and problems that might arise. I have abilities in Japanese, and a bit in Korean and Mandarin. I also know how to pickup enough survival language for other countries, and I have lots of experience working with non-native speakers of English. I can find and organise the right people to help with the job at hand. To learn more about my company see TravelPhotos.Asia, and contact me here.

I am currently organising as much of my 2019 schedule as I can. If you can, get in touch now, so I can prioritise you. I hope to hear from you soon. Look out for my next newsletter in early February.

I wish you a great 2019,