AWPA得獎攝影師專訪 : Yoshihiro Hirose
Maybe I am the first Japanese wedding photographer who got inspirations from International competition and International master photographers. And I got an excellence award of AsiaWPA as the first Japanese wedding photographer. 10 years before, I didn’t have any interest in photography.But after having, I’m doing hard study and hard practice everyday.
Of course I’m working so hard. So I got some excellence awards and a 3rd place of an AsiaWPA competition. I have so big thanks to AsiaWPA, And Thank you so much, my mentors. Especially Tracey Taylor and Dee Green. I love fine art style Pre-wedding photography and wedding photo journalism. My clients can feel values and good experiences from my photography.
A: What are your reasons for becoming a photographer?
Y: I love a creation and seeing beautiful object. So, I thought, I’d love to create THE BEAUTIFUL, and I became a wedding photographer.
A: What are your views regarding photography competitions, and what have your gained from that?
Y: Wedding photographer should try photography competitions. Of course, It’s so important to get customer’s satisfactions. But we should know others, and improve our selves. For it, we should try competitions.
A: What are your tips regarding posing when shooting bride & groom together photos?
Y: My tips are the couple’s stories. Because I think it’s better for couples to do posing natural. So I’d love to make a natural and emotional atmospheres and moods. For it, it’s important to know the couple’s stories. A: How do you maintain your passion in photography? Y: Thinking about my clients. And thinking that want to be better and better.
A: Please share about your thought process when shooting your AWPA award-winning photos (please attach the photos too).
Y: About Image 1
I couldn’t expect this situation. But I felt the couples and all the guests enjoy this moment. So I thought I want to capture this moment and atmosphere as one photo. Image 1 About 2 I love this location. So first of all, I found good background. Then I checked the lighting. Finally I made a natural and emotional posing for the couple.
About Image 3
This also my lovely location. The couple is from Taiwan, So I think I want to capture the moment that the couple is in the Japanese traditional old town.
A: During post-processing, how do you decide on which feel and colour tone to use?
Y: image 4
I made the green color carefully. And It’s so important for me to make natural skin color. Totally I love the natural.
A: Any new shooting style you would like to try? Any new methods or new shooting location that you would like to explore?
Y: Of course!! If It’s possible, I wanna try everything!! And I love a shooting on new location. Now I hope to shoot in Southeast Asia more!!
A: How do you get your inspiration?
Y: Everyday I’m checking so many photos by websites, some SNS, some competition’s gallery. Actually I can’t use any language fluently, of course except Japanese, but I can do seeing photos and get so many inspirations. Of course, magazines, movies, and so many tools give me so many inspirations.
A: Which photographer(s) inspires you most?
Y: Tracey Tailor and Dee Green, the directors of 37 frames photography, always give me so many inspirations.
A: What are your plans for the future?
Y: I want to spend my life in Southeast Asia as a destination wedding photographer. But I want to give a good impact for photographers in Japanese new generations too. A: What do you feel you need to improve or learn more? Y: Everything!! As long as I am a photographer, I think, I can’t stop study and practice forever.
A: What has been your biggest challenge so far during photo shooting?
Y: A commercial shooting in Okinawa. We walked to the shooting point with so many gears for a hour in a rainy day, The way is in a mountain. So it was so hard but the location was so amazing. Of course I got nice images.
A: Apart from wedding photography, any other photography area(s) that you are also interested in exploring?
Y: I wanna go to Cambodia again to shoot for children. Because, when I was middle of 20’s, I went there for volunteer work at a orphanage and shoot for children. It was so big experience for me. A: Any best tips for other fellow or new photographers? Y: Study,Practice, and work hard.
A: What do you think your clients value most about you or your work?
Y: There is a few photographer in Japan who won international competitions. I am the one. And I have Japanese OMOTENASHI mind. Clients will feel value my photography with OMOTENASHI mind. A: What is your source of creativity? Y: Mentors, magazines, and movies.
A: Let us know your most unforgettable shoot (please attach an example).
Y: Sorry. I can’t choose it. All shooting and all clients are my big treasure, and I can’t forget all.