Plans don’t always work out the way we want it. I hate that. But there’s always some interesting thing to learn from or a story to take home at the end of it… and I love that!
The pre-wedding session of Boywin and Novita was filled with great plans. We talked about everything from the get-go up to the tiniest little details. We were going to go to Japan and take some great shots in Tokyo and Kyoto. We listed down the places we wanted to go to and as we talked, I could already see the slideshow of great images playing in my head. I was excited and I couldn’t wait to see all our plans unfold. I got a handsome groom with a great smile, a beautiful bride-to-be, and Japan… nothing could go wrong, right?
Wrong. Unfortunately, on the day of the shoot, Mother Nature decided to turn her back against us. It rained heavily all day long. And as if that wasn’t enough to bring us down, we were stuck with a careless cab driver who couldn’t seem to understand a word we were saying, got us lost, and almost left us in the middle of God-knows-where! I’m not going to lie to you… I almost lost it right then. Especially when he was ushering us out of the car to take pictures in the heavy rain! I mean, drizzle I can do (I think I made some of my money shots with light rain!), but heavy rain? That couldn’t be good for any of us! We were far behind schedule as it was and I felt like I haven’t achieved anything. I was frustrated.
I remember struggling - inhaling and exhaling - just to keep it all together. Then I glanced at Boywin. He kept calm and called it a day. He suggested we end the shoot in Tokyo and just head for Kyoto on the bullet train. We rushed to the station, lugging all our luggages, and we barely made it in time for the Shinkansen to Kyoto. Just a minute late and we would have missed the train entirely. Imagine just what a day that would have been then.
It was close to midnight when we arrived in Kyoto. I couldn’t wait to get in bed and forget about the day. But, of course, we just had to get lost there too! We knew the address but somehow, we couldn’t find the hotel. Fortunately, after only a short while of wandering around, we finally got into our warm beds.
That day took such a toll on us that we didn’t have very much expectations the next day. We got up really early - despite being tired - to get to the Arashiyama Bamboo forest. Then, we just strolled around the city and shot wherever we liked. We found a spot with a big Sakura tree and shot there. We found a puppy and got her into the frame too. But in the midst of those shoots, things started to grow comfortable. We began to forget everything we experienced the day before and slowly, we began to really enjoy the photo session. We rushed back to Tokyo on the train that afternoon. I guess you could say that we want to make up for the time we lost the day before.
As you can probably guess, our plans didn’t quite unfold the way we had hoped. The schedule was tight, the travel time between Tokyo and Kyoto and back again was pretty crazy, and that driver… I’m sure we never planned on him. However, in everything we have been through together during those two days, never once did I hear Boywin or Novita complain about the shoot. Not even when they were exhausted or upset. Instead, by the end of the session, Novita said, “These pictures will last forever and I’m glad that there’s a great story to be told behind all of it.”
I’ve got to admit that I heaved a huge sigh of relief when I heard her say that. I’m glad that even through everything unfavorable, there’s something to be grateful for. Thank you, Boywin and Novita, for teaching me that even the best laid-out plans might not work out sometimes, but it’s still okay if we don’t let it bring us down. Thank you for trusting me to your photographer and for your friendship. I will never forget our story from Tokyo to Kyoto and back again.
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