An essential part of the media and promotions pack for any actor is a portfolio of decent portraits. Back in summer of 2018, I was approached by Tokyo-based actor, Kohei Sonoda to produce a set of location portraits.
First part of any shoot is scouting the locations and as I now Tokyo well, I have a few favourite spots for shooting portraits.
On my recommendation we decided to shoot in Asakusabashi, which has some quaint backstreets, a few cool bridges and some great afternoon light.
There are certain bits of gear I’m never without on a portrait shoot. For the Hasselblad that would be an 80mm f/2.8 lens. For my Nikon the 135mm f/2 DC, a 35mm f/1.2 for the more ‘environmental portraits’ and something long. Knowing Asakusabashi well, especially it’s main street underneath the railway tracks, I knew that the 300mm f/4 would give us some great cinematic shots.
We did a three hour session, which was plenty of time to move around all the spots we wanted to shoot in, have a few drink breaks (as it was hot) and take things at a sensible pace.
Kohei was very happy with the spread of shots we got.
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