About - studiomakishima

In Google do a search using this incomplete sentence "why are photographers so" and look at the suggested searches. "Why are photographers so: rude, arrogant, expensive, pretentious etc... Sadly I guess us photographers have a bad reputation.  It is hard to fathom why this is the case because when I speak for myself I love my job, in fact I wouldn't even call it a job because I love what I do so much.   I think my passion shines through in my work, if you love what you do it reflects in the quality of your work you produce.   Photography is a profession you choose not because it is the safe or logical thing to do, it is the career you choose because you are passion about it, and I think my passion, my love of creating work that meets and often times  exceeds my clients expectations is part of the joy I find in photography.  

I keep a low profile, I barely advertise, a majority of my work comes to me simply by word of mouth. I like this because people know exactly what they are getting when they come to me.  However, not all my customers are by word of mouth, occasionally  through serendipity clients discover me online often complaining later, "Why don't you advertise or promote your work, you could be much more successful, it was impossible to find you!"  Certainly I could advertise, but the repercussions of such would be that I would need to hire a full-time assistant, which I would have to pass off onto the client which then brings us back to that recommended Google search, "why are photographers so expensive?" .  

Quality is my signature and quality begins with consulting and then taking your vision and making it visual. Back in photo school 20 years ago I was that guy who would spend the whole day in a dark room getting just one perfect print.  Quality is even reflected in the equipment I use, and if the job requires it, I use my digital Hasselblad, the camera company to which I served as an ambassador in 2015.  Most likely if you are reading this you probably aren't coming to me via word-of-mouth, so give me a call or drop me a line and to answer the question lingering in the back of your head, quality doesn't always have to cost an arm and a leg.  However, I don't offer set package prices, every clients needs are different and I will give you what you want with a price you will like.   If you live in Tokyo or Japan and are looking for a photographer please give me a ring or drop me a line in the contact link above, I look forward to creating something that will make you smile.


If you would like to learn a bit more about me and some of the things I am up to, here are some links.

PhotoNext 2017

Hasselblad X1D Workshop

Bunka University Workshop

PhotoNext 2016

MeijiMura Workshop

Miniatures Project



                                         

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