Recently, Tokyo Airbnb experiences have really taken off with personal photography services. Essentially, how these work is that you pay for the experience and choose the date and time you would like to meet up. I thought this was a really cool idea, so I took a photowalk with Kenta at TokyoGenic around Shibuya to see what it would be like. I often travel alone, so I don’t really have a lot of pictures of myself in Japan, and as someone who enjoys photography, I thought this would be a great opportunity to see how a professional photographer works!
I booked my session and Kenta sent a confirmation message through Airbnb right away confirming the details and where we would meet. When the day came, he informed me what he was wearing so that he’d be easy to find, and thankfully, he was! There was another patron along on this trip (Airbnb experiences operate with the philosophy of getting to meet new people), and we got along great as he was also from America and in the same field of work as I am. We left Hachiko, our meeting point, and Kenta took us across the famous Shibuya crossing and through nooks and crannies that I’ve never seen before despite many times in Shibuya previously.
As a pretty shy person, I initially had some jitters about meeting up alone with strangers, but I can’t say enough positive things about Kenta as a person. His English was perfectly fluent having spent years studying in America, and he was so knowledgable about so many parts of Shibuya’s culture that I had no idea about.
I don’t consider myself much of a natural in front of the camera, but Kenta was wonderful about guiding my pose and encouraging me when something looked good in a shot. He would often show me the camera after a set of shots so that I could see in realtime how things were turning out. For more examples of his work, check out the TokyoGenic website! I’ll definitely consider doing another shoot with Kenta in the future, and I can’t recommend him enough. Thank you Kenta for your kindness and beautiful work.