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Tokyo Photographer Earns Certification

Aoyama, Tokyo, March 10, 2021 Tia Haygood of TOPTIA Photography in Aoyama, Tokyo has earned the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Tia earned this destination after completing an intensive program that measures her artistic and technical competence. Professional Photographers of America currently recognize fewer than 2,500 CPPs. “It was something I wanted to achieve for over 4 years now. […]

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Cherry Blossoms Carry More Memories Than You Think

Pink Season, or Cherry Blossom Season, is my favorite season! Granted I don’t have any pink-colored notebooks, bags or clothing but I really like stepping outside to enjoy the soft blue sky juxtaposed with the equally soft pink cherry blossom trees. EVERYWHERE! Of course there will be many party-goers enjoying there store-bought or hand made bentos with friends and family but the real joy for […]

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Capturing Jaime

A New Year and New Studio Surprisingly, January is not a very popular time to photograph headshots nor portraits (no pandemic withstanding). It’s cold and while the Tokyo illuminations images are absolutely spectacular, they often aren’t practical to use all year round. This time of year, I would be covering events such as Japanese Shinenkais or New Year Parties for companies wanting a great start […]

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Masked girls praying at Japanese shrine.

Shichi-go-san, Autumn & COVID

2020 was my fourth year shooting Shichi-go-san sessions with seven, five and three year-old children and their families. Japanese, international or bi-cultural children present themselves in kimonos to their local priests at a Japanese shrine. There, families watch as the priest blesses each child as they progress to the next stage of a long and healthy life. What struck me about 2020 was how diligent […]

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