Jeff and I love shooting Day After sessions. These are post-wedding shoots that typically happen a few days or even weeks after the couple’s wedding. There’s a level of comfort and ease there, and a carefree excitement that comes with having the wedding preparations completely behind them now, and being giddy newlyweds who are madly in love.
We met up with Mark and Melissa in Kyoto just a week after their wedding, and it was perfect. Japan has always been special to us since the first time we went there for a wedding back in 2012 with our then 4 month old son. Going back was every bit as amazing as the first time we went, and we were happy to explore a bit more of Kyoto with these two for a short while.
Arashiyama, in particular, was so beautiful it almost hurt, and if I wasn’t excitedly shooting these two, I think I would have stood in the middle of the Bamboo Forest and maybe cried a little bit. There’s nothing quite like it. We went there around 7:30am, which means we all woke up before sunrise. There are very few things worth waking up for before the sun comes up. There’s love, there’s light, and then there’s this place. It was so quiet and tranquil and peaceful, and I could hear my heart slowing down to a kind of calm I only usually get when I’m by the sea.
Then we took them to a couple of little streets where Jeff and I went before, where we stopped to take pictures and talk about how much we wanted to shoot a couple there, and we couldn’t be happier it was Mark and Melissa we returned there with. We were having the time of our lives and seriously didn’t want to stop shooting. Missing Japan and these two.