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 lighting 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
Our shoot takes place in a historical house in the heart of Kyoto, known as Chionsha. The house has been in the hands of the same family for over 100 years, and its heritage shows in the elegant and weathered structure. The house makes for an excellent setting for our subject, who herself is a bridge between the traditional past and our modern present. We will a find a stimulating variety of shot concepts throughout Chionsha and use them to convey the beauty and elegance of our geisha.
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 – 11:30 Meet the geisha and get to know her with casual chat
- 11:30 – 12:30 First shoot without make-up
- 12:45 – 15:00 Lunch break
- 15:00 – 15:50 Second shoot with make-up
- 16:00 Finish