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About Us

We are Ippei & Janine Photography (also known with our occasional collaborator Sam Spicer, as Spicer & Naoi Photography), based in Tokyo since 2006. In the last few years we have photographed over 400 couples, families and individuals. Ippei is Japanese, originally from right here in Tokyo; and Janine is Australian, originally from lovely Melbourne. We found each other whilst living in Amsterdam. 🙂

We specialize in cinematic style portrait and lifestyle photography capturing Couples and Families, for occasions such as Weddings, Engagements, Proposals, Maternity, Newborn, and “Just Because”, in addition to running Photo Tours to assist clients in exploring and documenting regional off-the-beaten-path areas of Japan*. It is a pleasure for us to get to know our clients, and to create emotionally charged images that tell their unique stories in an artistic and timeless way. We believe that the best photos are real-life natural moments that simply make you smile when you look back on them. We closely cater to our clients’ expectations, so that no two photo sessions from client to client will look the same. Our sessions are often held outdoors (in Tokyo and beyond), as we believe natural light delivers an un-staged, candid, real-life feel. If you think we might be a good match to create your visual memories, please contact us.

Our photography has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, National Geographic Traveller, Vanity Fair, Le Figaro, The Times, The Guardian, The Age, Lonely Planet Magazine, Condé Nast, etc. Our photography has been featured in dozens of advertisements for brands all over the world such as American Express, Visa, Wells Fargo, Canon, NTT Docomo, Qantas Airlines, Jetstar, All Nippon Airlines, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Etihad Airways, Softbank, Kodak, T-Mobile, Expedia, Booking.com, Bloomberg, Procter & Gamble, Eizo, etc.

*Oh hey there again! We are really passionate about travel and exploration, and have a few websites to encourage others to get out there and explore Japan.  🙂
One website features the many wonderful islands of Japan, and the other features outdoor day trips from Tokyo. Please, go explore!

We also produce photography for commercial clients with a focus on strengthening their brand or conveying a story in an artistic way.
If you think you have a photography or communication project which we could help you with, please contact us.

Tokyo photographers - Ippei and Janine Photography
Ippei Naoi (直井一平)

My favourite time of the day to take a photograph is when you just start feeling like drinking a beer, when the sun is touching the horizon. I like the lushness of nature, full of positive thriving life. Even the lushness of a small temple in Tokyo can excite me, not necessarily my favourite Iriomote rainforest. Born and bred in Tokyo, I love the quiet calm pockets inside the big bustling city as well as lively local places where you can really see life happening in front of you. I love to feel and capture happy moments, that can remind people of their happiness again and again, creating storytelling photos to reflect the depth of what is being captured.

Ippei is a Getty Images on-trend photographer 2018 (one of four selected talents worldwide), and his work has been published in international magazines and publications such as National Geographic and Vanity Fair, among others.

Janine Vleugel Naoi

A Melbourne girl originally (my day truly starts with the event of a double café latte), growing up surrounded by beach and fresh air, Tokyo, by contrast, quickly found its way into my heart. I love Tokyo’s contrasting elements and cosmopolitan atmosphere, paired with the rich culture of Japan. I am drawn to cities with small streets filled with cafés, restaurants, boutiques, and an atmosphere that you can almost touch, but just as much I love getting out of the city into nature. I am drawn to anything visual that puts a smile on my face. I like to compose images as best I can, while trying to capture the atmosphere, emotion and the moment as candidly as possible.

Janine’s work has been published in international magazines and publications such as Lonely Planet Magazine and National Geographic Traveller, among others.

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