From the stylist Xenia: The shoot I’m sharing today is a portrait session for the newly engaged couple, Sam & Ami. Living in Japan, they traveled to England for a family visit. The country has always been special to them, especially for Sam, whose heritage rests in both England and Japan. I allowed the morning sequence to unfold quite naturally for the couple, with lazy moments spent in bed, discussing travel plans for England, sharing inspiration, and enjoying each other.
Sam and Ami had described their relationship as effortless, joyful, and a little bit silly. So I wanted to bring those elements in as well, and gave them a chance to cook breakfast and play around a bit. I used tea as a connective element between these two great cultures – so opposite and so special in many respects. Tea is a universal way to share slow, meaningful moments in the morning. It is a ritual that can bring people together, and a way to express the affection and care for a partner.
I have always been attracted to authentic and honest imagery. My problem was grasping how to integrate that type of imagery into the wedding world. Upon discovering the Loom approach, I was instantly drawn towards the raw emotions and honesty captured in the images; and thanks to If I Made, I was able to learn from the best of the best — Ginny Au. This shoot was one of my first steps towards the work that I want to bring into the industry. It is inspired me to expand my visions into other new and exciting aspects of my work.