Shopping in Kyoto: Gigi and Eric Buy a Kimono
Serious seriously silly, that is -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Serious
seriously silly, that is

New (to me) friends Eric and Gigi, seen the other day in Unexpectedly Snowy Photoshoot at the Joshokoji Temple, wanted to pick up a kimono before returning to San Francisco, and I got to tag along.

A friend brought them to a small shop in central Kyoto named W'Atelier ENYA (縁家)...

W'Atelier ENYA (縁家) -- W'Atelier ENYA (縁家) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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W'Atelier ENYA (縁家)

First was Gigi's turn, and she quickly zeroed in on one to try...

W'Atelier ENYA (縁家) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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I don't know why kimono need to be so complex, but even most Japanese don't know how to put one on themselves.

Gigi tried various kimono....

Helping Hand(s) -- W'Atelier ENYA (縁家) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Helping Hand(s)
Bolts the variety of stuff they had was amazing for such a small location -- W'Atelier ENYA (縁家) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bolts
the variety of stuff they had was amazing for such a small location

Gigi's first instinct was apparently correct, because she had to return to the original green one to try again...

Surprisingly Well how a black western turtleneck goes with a traditional Japanese kimono -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Surprisingly Well
how a black western turtleneck goes with a traditional Japanese kimono
Photo Op Gigi peeks out of the front of the store while Eric captures her image in medium-format glory -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo Op
Gigi peeks out of the front of the store while Eric captures her image in medium-format glory
Inspecting the Results -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Inspecting the Results

She decided to buy that one, so got fitted for all the various accouterments a kimono requires, starting with an under-robe kind of thing that requires its own myriad of knots to complete...

In Capable Hands as opposed to Gigi's incapable hands (but knowing her even as little as I do, I suspect they won't remain incapable for long) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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In Capable Hands
as opposed to Gigi's incapable hands
(but knowing her even as little as I do, I suspect they won't remain incapable for long)
Picture Perfect posing for Eric -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Picture Perfect
posing for Eric
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Then it was Eric's turn. Kimono for men are a much more simple affair, and he had one picked out and put on before I knew it.

Harsh the fluorescent light just above him made for very harsh light -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Harsh
the fluorescent light just above him made for very harsh light

I believe it was his first time in a kimono, but a combination of confidence and being Asian made it look natural on him. Whenever I wear a kimono I feel like a tall white guy playing dress-up. Lipstick on a pig, and all that, you know.

Anyway, I had Eric move to the better light where Gigi had been posing. It's tough to get a real picture of Eric because he's always hamming it up if you point the camera at him. I suspect deep underlying insecurities (even worse than mine, if that's possible), which is probably why, like me, he's a photographer and not a model. 🙂

Lost in Thought or at least pretending to be -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lost in Thought
or at least pretending to be

He couldn't even pretend to hold a serious pose for more than a moment...

Real Eric -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Real Eric
“ Eric, Pretend You're a Tough -Guy Samurai ” -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Eric, Pretend You're a Tough-Guy Samurai

I wanted to get a picture of the two together, but stupidly didn't think about the light and put them back under the harsh fluorescent. The initial result was almost unusably blown out, but because I shoot raw, I can often recover from exposure mistakes, and eke something out:

Gigi and Eric -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Gigi and Eric

Eric is wearing a hat that I'd jokingly given him to wear (see the opening shot). It's made partially of kimono fabric, and seems to be targeted at a 20-something demographic, but he wore it with gusto and frankly I was surprised how good it looked on him.

Of course, with the camera on him he couldn't pretend to be serious for long, so as the photographer I needed to direct him. Having seen the fantastic Peter Hurley headshot video several times, I know the concepts, but I'm really bad at remembering and executing.

Still, I get lucky sometimes. I think I said Come on, guys, at least pretend you love each other...

Apparently No Pretending Necessary -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Apparently No Pretending Necessary

All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

(Hi Eric and Gigi…)
Both kimono suit them very well, great job!
I would add that Eric has a very distinct Kevin Spacey’s look when he’s playing the mean samurai 🙂

— comment by Damien on February 3rd, 2015 at 11:19pm JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Really pretty kimonos and photos. lovely.

— comment by nnkka on February 6th, 2015 at 8:09am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink
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