Photo studio "Kids and Kara" in Kawasaki City
As the name suggests, it is a photo studio where you can leave wonderful memories according to anniversaries such as Shichigosan and Newborn photos.
This time, we asked Ms. Shinobu Imai, the representative of "Children and Kamera" who is active as a photographer, about how her hobby became her job and what drives her diverse activities.
“Originally, my hobby was photography and I had a single-lens reflex camera, which I used to photograph my children. At the time when many people had digital cameras, it was probably rare to have a single-lens reflex camera that could take a wide variety of shots. One day, when I took a picture of a friend's child with an SLR camera, my friend was very happy, which made me want to learn more about cameras and make him happy."
Shinobu-san talked about how she got started with cameras. He still feels that way today, and says that making someone happy is the driving force behind his activities.
When he was studying cameras, he still didn't think about working with cameras in the future.
“It was really just an extension of my hobby. At the time, there were no schools where I could take my child to school, so I studied by myself. One day, an entrepreneur asked me to take a profile picture, and he advised me to get paid to take the picture. By receiving compensation, I felt a sense of responsibility that I had to shoot the right thing, and gradually started working as a photographer.”
Shinobu learned camera skills by herself while raising her children, and then started working. While producing results, I also cherished the time I spent with my family. Gradually, his family began to understand his work.
"I never thought it was hard! It's really fun," said Shinobu-san with a smile. Therefore, it is a person who wants to support.
It seems that this "enjoyment" is what Shinobu-san values in his work.
“Have fun and do what you like. This is something that I value in common in all my work. We value creating worldviews.”
That feeling can be felt in the studio as well. A lot of dried flowers and accessories are lined up in the studio with soft light. For adults, the stylish and extraordinary studio is irresistibly happy, and for children, it is an exciting playground that is different from the usual.
In addition, photo sessions are held according to the season, and original decorations appear for birthday photography, so there is something new every time you go.
There are only pictures of children playing happily and natural expressions that are not decorated. Shinobu's expression, which is drawn out because it is a space full of "likes", is adorable, and when you look at it, you can't help but smile.
Shinobu, who is active as a photographer, actually has two other activities.
One is a camera lecturer!
Lessons can be taken both face-to-face and online. There are more than 300 mother photographers nationwide who learned the techniques from Shinobu!
In addition to lessons for those aiming to become photographers, there are also lessons for moms who want to take better pictures of their children.
A book packed with lesson content has also been published.
"I wanted to create a book that could be used as a textbook when teaching lessons, so I created a book full of know-how." has a lot of tips on how to take good pictures of children.
Books are also available online.
The other is the representative of an organization called [mama-on!].
[mama-on!] is a group that supports moms who work hard in Miyamae-ku and Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki. Moms in action “Mama On members” publish a free paper once a year and hold events while “supporting moms who take a step forward”.
“Especially in the last few years, I have heard that there are no opportunities for mothers to get together at ward offices, etc., and that they are having trouble making friends with mothers. I would be happy if you could enjoy raising children,” says Shinobu.
You can check the activities of mama-on! on Instagram.
Shinobu has many faces as a photographer, a camera instructor, and a representative of an organization that supports the activities of mothers. All activities share the same thought, and the driving force is “I want to make mothers happy as much as I can”. In order to do that, I think he taught me first of all that it is important to enjoy yourself.
“My First Mama Camera 365-day Shooting Dictionary” (Mile Staff)
"First clip-on strobe" (Genkosha)
"Photo tricks that make you look nice" (Mdn)
"Hana Recipe" (Nihon Shashin Kikaku)
"What is this?" (momo book)
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