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Cost-share product shoot on 13th November

Japan has a great reputation for quality products and manufacturing; have your products appeal enhanced by being seen in Japan. Give your product an international feel, and a look that seems accepted and normalised in Japan. On the 13th (and may be 14th) November 2017, my skilled models, makeup artists (mua), and I, hope to shoot a bunch of products like yours. However, we have only limited spaces available. Contact us now if you’re interested.

A cost-sharing shoot is where we have the location, scene, models, and MUA, but need a group of companies to supply the products and the funds to pay for the location, models, mua and me. This means, you share the cost of a shoot, which normally starts at about USD$2000 (AUD$2600), but you save lots of money (about 90% of the cost). This is ideal for small companies, startups, and low-cost products. We cannot do any “explicit” or illegal products.

Photo shoot services for lifestyle and product placement for social media.

Photo shoot services for lifestyle and product placement for social media.

 

The scene: Inside a traditional Japanese (or modern style house, TBC), with a young female adult model. If stretched financial goals are achieved, then we can include a male or another female model. These extra models may be mixed-race or expats.

Theme: Lifestyle & product placement.

Photos intended for: Social media, Amazon, your website, billboards, fliers, brochures, your Kickstarter or other crowd-fund-sourcing page, advertising materials, anywhere.

Getting set up for a shoot in an old style Japanese house in Yokohama.

Getting set up for a shoot in an old style Japanese house in Yokohama. (Photo taken on iPad)

 

Photo licence: World wide, unlimited-time, unlimited prints, non-transferable (cannot be given to other companies to use, except for media-promotional uses).

Benefits: Low-cost semi-exclusive shoot. You get ten web-sized and ten full-sized photos, and two videos of about 5 to 10 seconds each (intended for Instagram use). Photos will be delivered in jpg, and videos in avi, mp4, or mpg formats. Your product will appear international and normalised in an authentic domestic scene. Japan has a reputation for excellence and quality products, have yours associated with this.

Makeup artist preparing a model for a lifestyle shoot in an old-style Japanese home.

Makeup artist preparing a model for a lifestyle shoot in an old-style Japanese home.

 

Buy-in: Early-bird sponsors (the first ten): USD$200 (AUD$260; which is only 10% of the normal price of a similar style shoot, ie: a 90% discount) per product (maximum five similar models or prototypes of an item). Second group (next 10): USD$250 (AUD$315), and then the third group: $300 (AUD$380). Limited spaces. We are considering using KickStarter, and so pledges & payments may be available via Kickstarter soon; otherwise we will accept PayPal, for more information contact us.

Currency:  I am Australian, and my PayPal account is Australian, and so the currency for this campaign needs to be based on the Australian dollar. For referential purposes, equivalents are posted in US dollars based on the conversion rate on 19th August. Models and makeup artists will be paid in Japanese yen.

 


 

What kinds of products?  Anything (that’s legal). Example: cosmetics, shampoos, watches, books, bags, cups, Kickstarter prototypes, clothes, small electronics, small furniture, sports items, whatever.

Where: A house in Nagoya or Yokohama in Japan, which will be similar to the samples on this page.

Deadlines & schedule: (current plan)

  • Pledge by: Monday 2nd October 2017 (via KickStarter).
  • Final decisions of:  Participating models and location.
  • Payments by: Friday 6th October (or automatically executed by Kickstarter on or soon after the 2nd October), mail your products asap.
  • Products to arrive by: Friday 3rd November (Japan time)
  • Shoot date: 13th November (Japan time).
  • First photos of some products shown on social media: Day of shoot.
  • Photo deliveries: One to five weeks after shoot (post-processing takes some time)

What will the money pay for? The model(s), makeup artist, shoot assistant, me. Our time, cost of materials, transport, minor props, post-processing, other shoot related incidentals. If stretch goals are achieved, then a second model can help. If further stretch goals are achieved then additional models may be required, and a second shoot day.


 

What will happen: Once the shoot is confirmed to go ahead, we will email you with postage details, and shoot related questions. After confirmation, cancellation is not possible, and so immediately send your products with any artistic shoot suggestions. We will try to follow your shoot suggestions the best we can, but may not be able to use the scene to recreate precisely what you describe. We will of course do our best to deliver high quality photographs that you will want to use. We also hope that you will be so pleased that you will want to tell your friends about us, and use our services again.

During the shoot we will try to show your products in the most naturalistic of settings. We want to avoid kitsch, unnatural, and forced poses; so each shoot will take a little bit of time to plan and prepare, and shoot. After the shoot day(s), there will be thousands of photos for us to process. We will select the best looking photos of your product, process them (with minimal adjustments), and send them to you at the earliest possible time.

Postage of items/products: The items must arrive by the deadline before the shoot. If the items fail to arrive on time they will be returned unopened and we will not be held responsible for delivery delays. Refunds cannot be issued. Also, tell us if the items/products you sent need to be returned after the shoot; bear in mind that you will pay for return postage. The product(s) must arrive by the 3rd November, so that we can organise and plan. It’s strongly advised that you post early, in case there are delays or issues in the shipping process. Any customs fees must be paid by you. We cannot be responsible for products seized by customs authorities; please confirm the legality of your product in Japan before backing this project. Additional customs and delivery charges must be settled by bank or PayPal transfer.

Sample product shoot. A young lady at Sensoji Temple with iconic lantern and Tokyo Skytree Tower in the background.

Sample product shoot. A young lady at Sensoji Temple with iconic lantern and Tokyo Skytree Tower in the background.

 

Social media & additional promotion: If requested, your products will be shown on JapanesePhotos.Asia Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr accounts; also on our blog. Send us links to your website and the social media accounts you want in the descriptions or comments. We’ll also follow you, and include your @accountname if possible. The model may also include his/her name and may also share it in his/her account (depends on the model’s own pre-existing contracts). In most cases, JapanesePhotos.Asia will keep the photos on display in our social media feed and will be persistent.

Delivering the photos:  This will be done via the cloud. You will get a link and password, and so you can download them all. First deliveries will be within 24 hours, and most will be completed in one to five weeks after the shoot.

Finally, we will be very grateful for your support in this project, and we hope you will be pleased with the results.

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr, and this blog for updates.

Who is doing this? The worker bees doing this for you are:

  • Photographer & chief organiser: Andrew
  • Models:  Eri, Chiaki, or Miyu.
  • Makeup artist: Ksara
  • Shoot assistant:  (depends if funds are available)

 


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Summer theme product shoot

What:  Have your product shot with model in a summer theme photo shoot. Use the photos to promote your products on your social media and else where. We can share the photos on our social media accounts too.

Costs and funding details: http://bit.ly/2v2yeKI. The money raised will pay for the models and makeup artist’s time, theirs and my transport, and other incidentals. For the two shoots, it will cost about USD$2000 equivalent. Actually, our PayPal and GoFundMe accounts are linked to the Australian Dollar (currency of Andrew’s receiving account for international transfers), so don’t be surprised when this crops up.
Benefits: You don’t need to spend USD$1000 or $2000 for an exclusive photo shoot, instead, you can cost share. Minimum contribution is AUD$100 gets you five different photos (full and web-sized, total 10). AUD$200 gets you ten different photos (two sizes, total 20). AUD$300 gets you fifteen different photos (two sizes, total 30), and so forth.
Best for:  These shoots are great for start up companies needing high quality photos with an exotic atmosphere. This gives your product an international / global look, making you seem bigger than you are.
Current possible shoot dates:  7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th August
Locations:
  1. Indoors in a Japanese home in Tokyo
  2. At the beach, in either Chiba or Izu Peninsula near Tokyo
Model(s): Not yet confirmed, but will be young Japanese women, and may be men (it is very difficult to find male Japanese models). Here are some of the models we’ve worked with in the past: http://ablyth.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Models/C0000quDQSfYbu8k.
Guarantees:  As you know, all projects have risks. However, we do have a track record of delivering and for quality. See for yourself here our photo library hosted on PhotoShelter.
What to do:
  1. Get in contact.
  2. Send money (we’ll send you details how)
  3. Send the product (we’ll tell you where)
  4. Tell us your social media accounts so that we can post and link the posts to you.
  5. We’ll shoot the product(s) with a model, process the images, post to social media
  6. We’ll send you both full-sized and web-sized photos for your unlimited use
More details to come.

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Model Call for Tokyo & Yokohama for summer themed shoot

Updated: 2nd Aug.

Wanted:

  1. (found) Models. Men, women, young, old, whatever.
  2. URGENTLY need a Makeup artist (do makeup, create a look suitable for scenes, assist the model, and some help with flashes)

Theme: Japanese summer. Shoot 1 “At home”,  Shoot 2 “Girl in Tokyo”, Shoot 3 “At the beach”.

When: all day, 8th August 2017.

Where: This is only open to models & MUA already in Japan.

Shoot 1, Indoors, 8th Aug: At a traditional style Japanese house, near central Yokahama.

Shoot 2, Street, 4th Aug: Will be a street shoot around Akihabara. (cancelled)

Shoot 3, Beach, 7th or 8th Aug: May be (depending on budget):    (cancelled)

 



Shadows.

 

Why: 1. Actually, I’m not normally available to shoot in summer in Japan, and so I have this big gap in my photo library. Also, I really don’t know what to shoot, and so I need some practice and a chance to experiment with a summer theme. 2. Some of these will be sample-photos to call for sponsors for future shoots. 3. Product placement shoot (if sponsors can be found in time).

Paid: For the right model & mua, yes I will pay.

What to wear: Summer fashion themes. Strictly, no brand names, no logos, and no copyrighted designs. This will be a low-budget shoot, and so you will need to use your own wardrobe.

Shoot 1: Normal comfortable clothing (not old unfashionable things)

Shoot 2: Something that looks good, but can still look nice in 10 years.

Shoot 3: Swimsuit(s), beach/summer shawl, hat, sunglasses, flip-flops, towel. (You will need to get into the water).

If you have another idea, please tell me.

Other: A model release needs to be signed, and you cannot have exclusive contract restrictions for too many products.

More info: My standard model call (en) and モデル求人, 日本語 (jp), contact me and I can send the draft shoot plan.

 



Young Japanese lady.

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Summer #coupon! Get 40% off instant download photos!

Just for this summer, get the biggest coupon offer we’ve ever released! Get 40% off any photo download purchase made via my PhotoShelter portfolio. Offer valid until the 31st August 2017, with a USD$25 minimum purchase, unlimited use.

Coupon code:  SUMMER2017

How to use the coupon:  https://japanesephotos.asia/blog/2017/07/24/how-bloggers-can-get-discounts-for-instant-photo-downloads/

The offer may be cancelled any time if abuse is apparent.

A young Japanese lady in Asakusa and Sensoji Temple, Tokyo. Galleries: Miyu, and Tokyo.

A young Japanese lady in Asakusa and Sensoji Temple, Tokyo. Galleries: Miyu, and Tokyo. A young Japanese lady in Asakusa and Sensoji Temple, Tokyo. Gallery: http://ablyth.photoshelter.com/gallery/Miyu/G0000icZgc.Msf1o/C0000quDQSfYbu8kA young Japanese lady in Asakusa and Sensoji Temple, Tokyo.

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Summer theme photos #ModelCall in #Nagoya #名古屋

Wanted: Models. Men, women, young, old, whatever.

Theme: Japanese summer.

When: Summer (Any time now to mid-September), but contact me as soon as possible, so I can fix my schedule.

Where: Mostly Nagoya (Sakae, Shin-Sakae, Higashiyama Botanic Gardens, Tsurumai Park, or even Shin-Maiko on the Meitetsu Line), but I may also do a trip to Tokyo and Kyoto. For travelling models, look at my Nagoya, Kyoto, and Tokyo pages for ideas.

 



Young Japanese lady at Sensoji Temple with Tokyo Skytree in the background.

 

Why: Actually, I’m not normally available to shoot in summer in Japan, and so I have this big gap in my portfolio. Also, I really don’t know what to shoot, and so I need some practice and a chance to experiment with a summer theme.

Paid: For the right model, yes I can pay. Otherwise, TFP (Trade for photos), which is perfect for models wanting their first photos for their portfolios, for professional models wanting shots for their Instagram feed, and creative models & MUA wanting help on a project.

What: I’d prefer to show typical Japanese summer themes like fireworks, festivals, but also water and sea. However, I’d be happy to hear your ideas and creatively plan a shoot together.

What to wear: Depends on the theme and creative style we can plan. If a summer festival, then a yukata would be great. If in the city, then summer fashion themes. If you have another idea, please tell me.

More info: My standard model call (en) and モデル求人, 日本語 (jp).

 



Young American lady leaving a restaurant in Nagoya, Japan.

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How bloggers can get discounts for instant photo downloads

Yes, you can:

  1. Use coupons for discounts.
  2. Instantly download photos.

You can, but no you don’t have to wait for me to answer emails, offer quotes, await your reply for which photos you want, pay a USD$10 order surcharge, and wait for me to email the photos. Also, remember I’m in the Japan timezone, and so there are the delays caused by wake-sleep patterns of you and I.

It’s quicker, cheaper, and easier to purchase via my PhotoShelter portfolio. Here are the steps:

1. Choose the photo, click “Buy”

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

 

2. Bloggers, teachers, and private individuals choose “Personal Use”

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

 

3. Choose your size. These days most images look better at a larger size of about 800 to 1000px, but eventually that will soon be too small. Think long term, be safe and avoid the old and dowdy look of having images that will be too small. So, most people will choose the 1500px option.

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

 

4. Continue shopping. Usually, there is a minimum purchase requirement, and so you might need to purchase at least one more image.

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

 

5. Check out. Once you’ve got your second purchase, click “Check Out”

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

 

6. Coupon Code?  Under Order Summary, click on “Coupon Code?” and enter the code here. Then click “Check Out” again. Look here for any current coupon campaigns.

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

 

7. Order Summary & confirmation. Click on the “I have read the blah blah blah”. Here you will see the total price. You also have two options. 1. Use PayPal, or 2. Use your credit card using the secure PayPal system. I do not see or store any of your credit card information, ensuring good security for you.

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

How to purchase and get discounts at my PhotoShelter portfolio.

 

8. PayPal will take you from here. I’ll admit that I don’t remember what happens next, but I assume after the PayPal process, you will be directed back to a page and a button that says “Download” for the ones you just purchased. I do see some details of website activities, and so I can help if you come unstuck somewhere. If you have have any problems, please contact me.

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Coming of Age Day in Japan


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Hong Kong model Sabrina visiting Meiji Shrine in Tokyo during the Coming of Age Day in Japan. The Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi) is celebrated annually on the second Monday in January by only young adults who have recently turned twenty years of age. They return to their high school to attend ceremonies, and then go to shrines and temples to pray for their futures. Typically the guys wear a nice suit; the same one they would wear for job interviews, but the ladies dress up in kimonos.

Unfortunate for the young ladies who chose too come to Meiji Shrine, there were hordes of tourists, photographers, and Sabrina and I waiting to harangue them into photos and selfies. It was almost masochistic the attention these ladies received from almost everyone there. Anyway, with the ladies pictured above we were nice and respectful. In fact, they were happy to talk to a Hong Kong model, were pleased with the photos I took, and then asked me to take exactly the same ones with their own camera. Because they did us a favour, I was happy to oblige.

It was great working with Sabrina, I hope she had a great time in Tokyo. Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2kpZFbj. Also see other photos from this collection at the Sabrina gallery on my PhotoShelter portfolio.

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