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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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
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.