Why I am passionate about photography

I honestly believe in this: There are only two things that truly last in our lives - the people whom we love and the photographs that we captured to cherish our memories. My family traveled often in my childhood. From age 6 to 14, we lived in South Korea, Switzerland, the Philippines, Germany, and lastly, in the United States.  It's not that we were wealthy, we had to move to different countries since my parents were missionaries and were asked to complete different tasks at different times. Whenever they had to move, they discarded everything except few clothes and at 10 to 12 picture albums. Other things that we owned could not come with us. 

Of all the pictures that I saw in those albums, the pictures that stuck out were the pictures that were professionally taken by a photographer. It was a picture of me and my mom when we were briefly visiting my mom's friends in Japan when I was at around 2. The well lit and composed pictures that captured the moment when mom was so happy to see her first child grow was priceless. I'll post a few pictures when I get the chance to visit my parents' house again next month. 

I have witnessed and felt the importance of the pictures, and I want my clients to experience the joy I felt when looking at their photos of themselves and of their loved ones. I believe that the real celebrities are the everyday people like you, who are living, experiencing, and feeling life. And I want to capture them for you. 

Here are some of the pictures of my wife, Sun Shim. We had few hours left after she had finished her dance performance in NYC. 

When was the last time you were photographed professionally?

Mahder in My Studio

Mahder came to my studio!

She is my brother's coworker, and was actually aware of my work through him for few months. She took the courage to reach me out for a photo session. Such a nice young lady! From consultation to the end of my viewing session, she enjoyed the experience and the result. 

One thing that I really liked about her was her confidence. I took photographs of others for 7 years now, and I found that confident people brings the best photographs. Although, she did not know how to pose, because of her confidence I could guide her very easily. 

Here is the behind the scenes video. Check what she has to say about my service!

And here are few of the 25 photographs she purchased: 

 

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Contact me for consultation and let's book a shoot!

My number is 301-288-1348

My email is yusekiotaphotography@gmail.com

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May in my studio

May was my first client in my new studio! She came in with her sister with few selected dresses and outfits that she had. She was a bit nervous, since it was her first time getting a portrait done professionally. But, at the end of the photoshoot, she told me that she had fun and the results were great!

Through my experience of having done dozens of photoshoot sessions with a variety of personalities, there are common pain points that people have mentioned. The most common one is "I don't know how to pose". The goal of posing is to angle the body frame in a way that allows me to capture a specific part of my client's persona.

Here is the Behind the Scenes video: 

And here is what she had to say after the shoot: 

 

Contact me for a consultation. Would love to show what I can offer you!

My e-mail is: yusekiotaphotography@gmail.com

My number is: 301-288-1348

Yuseki Ota

 

ABOUT YUSEKI OTA PHOTOGRAPHY

Yuseki Ota (https://yusekiota.com) is a professional portrait photographer located in Rockville, MD. He brings a new experience for all of his clients through his beauty portrait photoshoot sessions. Book an appointment today!

Cool spots in one location to photograph in Washington, D.C.

Where to photograph cool portraits in D.C.

If you look up "top places to photograph on DC" on Google, you will get some results like these: 

The problem with these locations is that you have to be very quick at taking pictures, which could limit your creativity when photographing your clients or models. These locations are usually filled with tourists and local people enjoying their weekends. At times, there are security guards who will ask you to get permits before you shoot at certain locations.

An alternative place I recommend is this location: https://goo.gl/maps/2gbQsVj1eXP2

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On weekends, you can park near Blind Whino (the iconic Colorful Church in D.C.) for 2 hours free. Usually, the cops are there so it's a safe place to park.

1. After you park, you can definitely start taking pictures in front of Blind Whino, which is an iconic and colorful art club that used to be a church.

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You can either use the art club as a background or do a close-up shot with the fences that are around it. Here's how I did it: 

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2. Next, there is a nice soccer/ baseball field that you can use. The field is fresh, and the filed paints and color of the grass are so vibrant. This spot will be ideal if you have to photograph a person with cool street wear that is also colorful. You can also use the benches near the field; they are clean and new.

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Here's what I did with the bench on the side: 

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3. Finally, if you follow the direction as shown above on the map, you will go through a tunnel and arrive at an empty parking lot that looks like this: 

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I photographed multiple models here. The parking lot is usually empty during the weekends, and it is free access on weekends. I particularly love this area because of the cool light leak in between the bridges. I've made multiple timeless and spaceless pictures like these: 

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You can also use the surrounding area of the parking lot too. Streetwear look or a leather jacket look can suit well in these spots: 

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Here's what I did with them: 

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I hope this information helps you to create beautiful images!

Cheers, 

Yuseki 

 

ABOUT YUSEKI OTA PHOTOGRAPHY

Yuseki Ota (https://yusekiota.com) is a professional portrait photographer located in Rockville, MD. He brings a new experience for all of his clients through his beauty portrait photoshoot sessions. Book an appointment today!