I have been neglecting my blog again and all the wonderful shoots I’ve done. I’m a terrible blogger sometimes; I do all the prep work, plan and do the shoots, do post-production and then leave the draft posts sitting on my WordPress account for months. I really don’t know why I do it. It’s not like writing the accompanying paragraphs to this shoot is the hardest thing, but who knows what goes on in my head sometimes.
So let’s talk about this shoot. This was done back in April! Back when we actually had the cherry blossom trees in full bloom! This shoot is the start of a series of shoots I’ve got planned where 3 of them have been produced already and more could possibly be planned all revolving around a Japanese theme. Anyone who follows my blog for a while probably realises that I love all things oriental, Chinese especially, so instead of doing the usual Chinese-inspired shoot I thought I’d do a series of Japanese ones instead.
This is the first of the series and it focuses on the cherry blossom trees and how significant they are to Japanese culture and art. In fairness, who doesn’t love those beautiful pink florals in springtime. I had originally planned to do a cherry blossom shoot a few years ago in Regent’s Park (found here if you’re interested) but it somehow didn’t quite work out that way when I actually went to the location on the day of the shoot. They had just recently massively trimmed down the cherry blossom trees on the main road and the ones inside the park were too small and their blossoms too little to really do the shoot justice.
So when it came around to trying again a few years later, I knew I needed a better location and better trees to do the shoot. Anyone who knows anything about cherry blossoms knows that you actually have a very short window where they are at their most beautiful, when they’ve opened their blooms, but not fallen to the ground yet because of strong winds. In London that window of opportunity is literally like a week or two. But thankfully i managed to pull it off this time around and I chose an outfit to compliment the pink of the blooms and highlight my Japanese theme too.
The outfit is practically all ASOS and I love how these platform wedges are all over the shops because they really remind me of the traditional Japanese sandals worn by the women. Though I hated them after an hour, because despite the fact that they’re flat, I kept falling over in them. Seriously, how do I manage these things?
Either way, I hope you enjoy this seriously delayed shoot of mine. The wait for the next one won’t be as long, I promise!