Our Tokyo Maternity Shoot with Flytographer

Typically, when Mike and I travel together, the only shots we manage to take of ourselves are lopsided selfies. They are cute and all, but not necessarily frame-worthy. So I decided our trip to Japan, our last big trip together before baby makes three, needed to be different.

soggy selfie in Miyajima

Windy in Nagasaki

Enter Flytographer.

I first learned about Flytographer from my friends Chris and Tawny of Captain and Clark. They did a lovely couples shoot in Ljubljana awhile back, and then a maternity shoot in Maui recently. Although I hate posing for photos, I loved this idea: professional photos in a foreign location.

The concept is pretty unique: they connect you with a vetted photographer in the city of your choice, so you can get perfectly posed pictures on your vacation. Just think of the possibilities. An engagement shoot in your hometown is nice, but what about an engagement shoot on the streets of Barcelona?

With this baby bump just starting to show, of course we had to opt for a maternity shoot in Tokyo. Based on ability and aesthetics we were connected with Izumi, a lovely and experienced photographer. We were also given a list of suggested shoot locations to choose from. The shoot was to be an hour long, and we ended up choosing Hibiya Park and the area around Marunouchi. We talked a little bit about the aesthetic we were going for and where to meet, it was all very straightforward.

The shoot itself was fun and easy, and luckily took place on the nicest weather day we probably had our entire trip. The locations were beautiful and, while I could have used a bit more direction on what to do and where to put my hands (I never know where to put my hands), it was a quick and painless experience.

Less than a week later we got the pictures back (our package included 30 digital photos), and they are pretty gorgeous! Tell me what you think (Warning: sappiness ahead):

All of our travel memories will last a lifetime, but good pictures make those memories so much more vivid. For once, it was nice to have some really nice shots to capture this special moment on a special trip.

Flytographer is available in over 175 countries, and they offer a wide range of packages and pricing. They also do surprise proposal photography (which I recommend from personal experience). Check out their site for lots of interesting ideas.

Disclosure: Flytographer offered me a free photo shoot in return for a review.

11 Responses to Our Tokyo Maternity Shoot with Flytographer

  1. Kate June 13, 2016 at 5:19 AM #

    Great photos! What a fantastic idea to create such beautiful memories!

  2. Pandaonavespa June 13, 2016 at 6:34 AM #

    O goooosh! How lovely! Congratulation guys!!


  3. Xplorato June 13, 2016 at 8:56 AM #

    Beautiful photos 🙂 your love was shining through and wow i can’t wait to have one of my own 🙂

  4. Brianna June 13, 2016 at 9:32 AM #

    This is great! My husband and I are celebrating our first anniversary in Sydney later this year. This could be a great idea for us!

  5. wanderfreeblog June 13, 2016 at 10:16 AM #

    Great pictures! they really capture your happiness!

  6. Rease June 13, 2016 at 12:14 PM #

    I love the one of Mike kissing your hand!

    • Steph June 13, 2016 at 1:34 PM #

      I think he was trying to make me laugh- photoshoots make me so nervous and stiff!

  7. Erin June 13, 2016 at 2:08 PM #

    Beautiful photos!!!

  8. Jess Carey June 13, 2016 at 7:50 PM #

    Gorgeous shots 🙂 I came across Flytographer too, but hadn’t heard of anyone with personal experience with them until now – good to know it all went smoothly and you enjoyed your experience with them! And you have some beautiful shots to remember this time by 🙂

  9. June 18, 2016 at 5:09 PM #

    This is like my dream partner shoot. Time to pack up the future husband and get to Tokyo!

  10. Emily June 18, 2016 at 9:04 PM #

    Such a good idea I hope I can travel like u guys for the next ten years of my twenties! Just started my blog

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