7 Best Cherry Blossom Photoshoot Spots in Kyoto & Nara, Japan

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If you know me or follow me on insta, you probably know I've been visiting Japan during the cherry blossom season in the past years for personal travel and photoshoots. Both times I was lucky enough to experience full bloom in Kyoto and Nara, two of the oldest and most beautiful cities with countless temples and beautifully curated cherry blossom trees.

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I've spent days in both cities ticking off the list of best cherry blossom viewing spots and have discovered my very own favorite places. Some of them you can see in Yiting & Chen's engagement session in Nara last year, but I have so many more to share. So today I'll be sharing:

 

my favorite spots for shooting cherry blossom sessions in Kyoto and nara

 

 

#1 Hirano Shrine, Kyoto

The moment I stepped inside the park I was overwhelmed by the fact that my sight was completed filled with cherry blossoms. Though the park is very popular among locals and tourists, you'll be able to find a quieter corner which makes it perfect for photoshoots.

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#2 Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama is a whole different area than the center of Kyoto. Most people visit it for the famous bamboo forest, but I'll recommend the streets and random corners with traditional Japanese houses. It's one of my favorite places for pre-wedding photoshoots because it has so much potential. I can create different scenes with the traditional streets, backyards with cherry blossom trees, mountains full of greenery, tea houses, temples...

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#3 Nara Park, Nara

Perhaps the most iconic photo you've seen of Nara is taken at Nara Park with the charming deers underneath the cherry blossom trees. My heart literally melt the first time I was there. Personally I find Nara much more suitable for photoshoots compared to Kyoto, because again it's less crowded, and the deers allow for lots of natural interaction which is always a great way to bring out genuine emotion. If you are an animal lover and have a soft spot for these adorable creatures, definitely go for Nara park!

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#4 Yasui Konpiragū, Kyoto

A small temple not too far from Gion area. What makes it different is the shape of the cherry blossom trees here. The low branches makes for interesting framing and composition. 

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#6 Nanzen-ji, Kyoto

I went to Nanzen-ji on an raining day. This place is spacious including several temples and traditional gardens. Due to time limits I was only able to see one of them (Nanzenin), but it was so worth it. The combination of gray, pink and off-white looks so wonderful photos.

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#7 Random streets where you see pinkness. Everywhere

This seems like a lame recommendation but it's so true. Some of my best photos were shot wandering around or transporting from one location to the next. Cherry blossom is literally everywhere in Japan - it's nearly impossible to visit all the recommended spots you can find on the internet and miss out the opportunity to discover your own. Of course when it comes to work, I have a bunch of starred coordinates in my Google map to ensure we'll get the best results, but it's always nice to go on an adventure together and create something one of a kind.

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Fine art film wedding photographer Europe CHYMO & MORE (http://c

This year I'll be in Japan again from September to October. Get in touch here if you are interested in a shoot with me or email me directly at chymomore@gmail.com.

Looking forward to meeting you! 

Xx Chymo

 

Intimate Paris Elopement | Lin & Shimin

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Lin and Shimin are a sweet and loving couple coming from Hong Kong. The groom Shimin used to live in Paris when he was doing a study exchange program year back. Since then Paris remains his favourite place, and when he and Lin got engaged, they knew immediately Paris would be the perfect location. It means the world for him to bring her back and show her the city that forever has his heart. 
Although it wasn’t possible for them to officially wed in Paris, Shimin and Lin took the chance and arranged for an intimate elopement on top of Montmartre. In front of church Sacré-Cœur overlooking Paris, they held hands and shared vows for each other. The rest of the day we took photos around Paris at some of the most iconic places: Pont Alexandre III, river side of the Seine, Pont de Bir-Hakeim and finished at the the bride’s favourite café Shakespeare & Company. It was a day full of emotional and intimate celebration of their love.

 

This Paris elopement was published on Magnolia Rouge.

 

Shimin & Lin's Parisian elopement in Montmartre, Pont Alexandre III and the Seine

 

 

Wabi-sabi perfect imperfection bridal editorial

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Back in spring, just after coming back from Japan all inspired, I pulled together this editorial shoot in collaboration with redwhitebluepink and did something completely different. It is such an important project for me personally- from selecting the props, styling, to implementing a vision in my head into something tangible... I felt like everything came to make sense after this. I've become more aware of my own aesthetic, the subjects that truly speaks to me, and the artistic direction I'd love to follow.

 

Featured on Wedding Sparrow

 

 

A little introduction to the story:

"Wabi-sabi" is a Japanese term representing an aesthetics centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. A beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. 

From my travels and experiences in Japan, I was very much inspired by the understated and natural beauty in the Japanese design. Garden covered with moss, bamboo and cobblestones; walls faded with age; tea bowls in rustic and humble shapes. Things are all refined and thoughtfully arranged, but at the same time very organic and imperfect purposely. It is appreciation of natural forms and the organic, flawed beauty from the imperfection.
ith a color palette of black/white, dark gray, wooden and hint of pale pink, Susanne from
Redwhitebluepink reated 2 ikebana arrangements and table settings that celebrate motion and atural forms of the materials. Bridie from The Little North Sea Studi designed amazing stationery combing abstract painted marks, scripts that almost look like Japanese characters and some clean texts. 
e had two looks using a veil nd a headpiece rom SIBO Designs nd gowns from Unielle Couture. The fine lace and handmade crystal beads compliments other imperfect elements perfectly. 

 

The awesome team: 

Concept & Photographer: CHYMO & MORE Photography | Film lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Styling & Floral Design: Redwhitebluepink | Stationery & Calligraphy: The Little North Sea Studio | Gowns: Unielle Couture | Veil & headpiece: SIBO Designs | Venue: Landgoed Clingendael | Hair & Makeup: Zaheera Chitanie | Model: Suzannah Cunnington