A year and a half ago I attended a photography workshop in Yokohama (you can read about that here) and met a phenomenal local photographer by the name of Alfie. Since then I've been able to attend a few workshops/photo walks he's hosted and learned a ton! This weekend he hosted a very informal walk with a few models along a river that was full of sakura trees. I had to rearrange my schedule and drag my butt out of bed after a long night of pub crawling but it was totally worth it. I had a great day, met some great new photographers, and came home with some images I'm pretty happy with!
The scenery was breathtaking!
Hanami is a Japanese tradition of enjoying the sakura dating back to the 700's and usually includes friends/family, food and booze. They even sell specialty sakura sake and snack for the occasion.
There were people of all walks of life out enjoying the day.
These women were adorable and so incredibly friendly
These little girls were trying to catch sakura that the wind was blowing off the trees.
The models were great.
Shinyong was stunning as usual. These are two of my favorites from the day!