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Japan is one of the most photogenic countries in the world, from its world heritage cuisine to their landmarks, professional and casual photographers have showcased some amazing works of art. Have you ever looked at your smartphone camera and DSLR camera and wondered, how can I take better photos?

TopTia Photography is once again partnering with Transformations with Jayne Nakata for our second photo retreat! Six to eight ladies can come together with cameras -or smartphones- of their choice. We’ll spend a two day- one night retreat in the relaxing town of Iwaki, Fukushima to learn photography tips such as:


  • Understanding your camera
  • Understanding your smartphone’s portrait mode
  • Taking better photos of your children & friends
  • Taking better photos of delicious dishes at restaurants
  • Develop a photographer’s eye


Capture Kyoto at Fushimi Inari Shrine
A bit of street photography
DSLR and Mirror-less cameras are welcome!
One of our light painting photos







Smartphones are also welcome!
Mentoring and tips given every step of the way










We not only want to explore photography this weekend but also make this experience special for our participants and not only show ladies photography tips but also offer women a chance to step away from their busy work and family lives to enjoy this two day, one night retreat to relax. This includes:

  • Staying at a traditional Japanese Ryokan
  • Enjoying a nice onsen, natural hot springs bath
  • Networking with other like-minded ladies
  • Have spring portraits taken while enjoying a kimono experience
  • Drawing with lights after dinner
  • Wine, wine and more wine!


Take a look at the accommodations of Ryokan Koito:


Here is our tentative schedule!

Day 1
10:00- 10:15   Arrive to Iwaki, Yumoto Station

10:20-11:30    “Learning your Camera” quick tutorial while foot bathing *Bring a hand towel!

12:00-13:30    Lunch and food photography

14:00-16:00   Photo Walk at Miyukiyama Park. Learning and practicing portrait and non-portrait photographs. Critiques at local cafe over coffee/tea

16:15-18:00    Check in to Ryokan Koito + Free time

18:30-20:00  Dinner

20:15-20:45   Light Painting

21:00~            End of Day 1 + Free time


Day 2
8:00-9:00      Breakfast

10:00-12:00   Local kimono club dresses ladies into kimonos for individual and group portrait session

12:00-13:00   Bento lunch at Ryokan Koite in Kimono

13:00-15:30    Ladies change clothes and begin to pack for home. If time, short photo walk around  Onsen Jinja Shrine

16:00~             End of Day 2, return to Yumoto Station


Check out testimonials from the ladies of 2017’s Capture Kyoto retreat:







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Spaces are limited,  join us for a fantastic weekend! For more information fill out our comment box.

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