What’s the Story?
We settle in a traditional house tucked in the cramped alleyways of Kyoto where we await our precious guest—one of the few remaining geisha. With the help of a translator, you’ll get to know who she really is and chronicle her life before and after she dons her mask. Experience a photo shoot workshop with a hint of documentary photography.
What We’ll Shoot
This workshop is a full-on photo shoot with an authentic geisha for a model. We will provide studio gear such as LED lights and reflectors and instruct you on its usage while also making the most of available natural light. You will your learn how to set your camera and compose the photographs, but importantly you will be coached on how to work with your subject to tell a story through your photographs.
Where We’ll Explore
We’ve scouted Kyoto and selected the best stage for our model: an authentic tea house known as Tan’an. This pavilion withstood the test of time and still stands amidst the modern buildings of the city center. It was donated to the Kyoto National Museum by a rich benefactor in 1958. The quaint building is packed with original fixtures such as tea making utensils, ‘washi’ paper windows and gold folding screens—a playground for photographers!
How Does it Work?
- 10:00 Pickup at your hotel
- 10:15 – 11:15 Prepare the shooting location and get prepared for the shoot
- 11:15 – 11:40 Meet the geisha and get to know her with casual chat
- 11:40 – 12:30 First shoot without make-up
- 12:45 – 15:00 Lunch break
- 15:15 – 15:50 Second shoot with make-up
- 16:00 Finish