Duy & Faiza | Urban Tokyo Session

I just realized that I haven't shared the images from one of my favorite sessions ever, like ever! :)

While the husband was meeting and learning from other jugglers at the annual Japan Juggling Festival, I as a photographer enjoyed Tokyo by taking pictures. So so many amazing and interesting subjects in Tokyo! Been there for four (or maybe five) times, but it just feels never enough. Maybe this is the sign that we need to go back to any US military Base in Japan, esp the one near Tokyo, ex: Yokota or Zama. LOL

Anyway, I met Duy and Faiza, who came from Fussa area, at the Harajuku station. As always, the area was insanely packed! 

After Faiza changed her outfit to a beautiful Saree, we headed to Meiji Shrine as our first location. Well, it's of course also crowded, we somehow managed to get some empty spots for pictures, though! :)

We just couldn't leave Harajuku without taking a few quick pictures at the Harajuku street, of course!!

We, then, moved to our second location...
The most famous crossing in the world, SHIBUYA CROSSING! Say whaaaaat???! :)

Before we took pictures, Faiza told me that they are going to do the Mari Cart after the photoshoot. They basically are going to drive a cart around Tokyo in a costume! Oh my!!
I of course begged to tag along with them to the Mari Cart place!

I mean.....

I mean.....

I'll blog about the Mari Cart later! You definitely don't want to miss it! :)

Anyway, it was such a fun day with Duy and Faiza! I hope they enjoyed their time with me, and most of all like their pictures! :)

Cheers,
Nizar

Sastri & Rio | Lamaran

I've known Sastri for about 7 years. We first met at one of Indonesian traveling communities, she was at the college that time, and now.. 7 years later, Sastri has her dream job, an aspiring travel journalist :)

Last Saturday, I had a pleasure to capture her "lamaran" day. It's a pretty day; Sastri, Rio (Sastri's fiance), and their family looked happy, and I definitely could feel the love around :)

Lamaran Nikah is literally translated marriage proposal. In Indonesia, a marriage proposal is not only between the man and the woman; it includes their both whole big family. The day of the marriage proposal, two family meet (usually at the soon-to-be bride's house), and introduce each person in the family, either they are attend the proposal or not. After introduce each other, the soon-to-be groom will ask formally to the soon-to-be bride (and her parents) whether she accepts his offer to marry him or not. Most likely at this point the soon-to-be bride will say YES! In lamaran, both family have set the time of tunangan (the engagement day) and the wedding day.

Here are sneakpeek of Sastri & Rio's portraits on their Lamaran Day..

Loving the make up!

Loving the make up!

This is the time when Sastri finally said, "Ok now I'm nervous.." LOL

This is the time when Sastri finally said, "Ok now I'm nervous.."
LOL

Few portraits of both Sastri & Rio...

Don't they look lovely in their Javanese attire??

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind." - William Shakespeare

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind."
- William Shakespeare

I'm so sad that I won't be able to attend their wedding day, yet I hope everything goes well until their big day!

Cheers,
Nizar

Aulia & Guntur | Prewedding Session in Bali, Indonesia

Aulia has booked three months before my visit to my home country, Indonesia. Our original location was in Jakarta, but then Aulia changed her mind when she knew I'll be in Bali for 10 days.

We did their session at three different locations: Aftertaste Coffee & Breakfast (a cute little brunch restaurant owned by my cousin, which actually the decision to choose this location was a last minute thing :) thanks to my dear cousin and her husband), Pandawa Beach, and a random Balinese door (I asked them to do few shots here - I meant, you can find the cafes and the beaches anywhere, but that Balinese door only available in Bali).

Below are only FEW  (from tons) pictures I got for Aulia & Guntur's session.

Aren't they gorgeous??? Those were taken at the Aftertaste Coffee & Breakfast. Now onto those in Pandawa Beach, shall we?!

Yep, be jealous! :) And finally, the last few shots from our last **random** location.. :)

I really can't choose my fav (there are more pictures that I don't post here, btw!), and now you know why! :) 

Anyway, I hope you like them as much as I do!

Matur suksma!***


Cheers,
Nizar


***Matur suksma means THANK YOU in Balinese language


MUA: Vivi Make-Up & Hair Do
Aulia's dress at the beach: Belsbee
 

Tim - Ciara | Engagement Session

I started my 2016 with a lovely engagement session of Ciara and Tim.

Two beautiful people and a beautiful Kintai Bridge as its background make A LOOOOT of amazing pictures. 

These are some images of their session.

Cheers,
Nizar

The Litvins | Couples

Actually, Ashleigh booked this session for the cherry blossom season, but being part of a military family it's not a surprise that Ashleigh needed to reschedule this session as Rob was away.

Well, they finally had their session this Fall, yep.. two seasons later :)

This session also was the last session they had in Iwakuni as they are back in the States now.

I wish them nothing but the best! 

Here are some of my fav from their session! :)

Nizar