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  • Welcome to the website of wedding photographer Saavedra Photography (formerly known as Shang Chen Photography) Enjoy your stay, I'm glad to have you visit! I photograph couples who love life, each other, and express it through genuine, energetic personalities.

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One headshot, a million possibilities

In this digital age, people are increasingly using LinkedIn and other social media networks to recruit talent. Some people will choose not to have a headshot at all, others will use personal photographs. I really believe in the power of a headshot to convey the personality and characteristics you wish to present to the world.

Learn more about my headshots here and contact me to book!

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Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

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Japan Honeymoon (5 of 5) | The Art of Spirits

R and I have now been married a little over a year, that means I’ve been in NYC for more than a year as well. How time flies! With him, I feel fearless. He’s my best friend for life. Here’s a photo from Briana Moore Photography taken earlier this year in Central Park. I love you, see you very soon.

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Anyway, it’s a long time coming, but the last of our Japan honeymoon photos! First up is the shrine I’d been dreaming to photograph – a shrine on the famous Miyajima island off of Hiroshima

NYC photographer Saavedra Photography hiroshima miyajima gate 2 Japan Honeymoon (5 of 5) | The Art of Spirits

NYC photographer Saavedra Photography hiroshima miyajima gate 3 Japan Honeymoon (5 of 5) | The Art of Spirits

NYC photographer Saavedra Photography hiroshima miyajima gate 1 Japan Honeymoon (5 of 5) | The Art of Spirits

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More shrines in Tokyo

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Meiji shrine in Tokyo

NYC photographer Saavedra Photography tokyo shrines 1 Japan Honeymoon (5 of 5) | The Art of Spirits

A shrine in Kamakura

NYC photographer Saavedra Photography kamakura japan shrine trees Japan Honeymoon (5 of 5) | The Art of Spirits

Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto. One of Japan’s most famous shrines lined with thousands of torii

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Toshugu and Futarasan shrines in Nikko

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Don’t miss these related blog posts and links

0. Shang’s Japan Travel Guide (Google Doc) 

1. Japan Honeymoon (1 of 5) | The Art of War

2. Japan Honeymoon (2 of 5) | The Art of Peace

3. Japan Honeymoon (3 of 5) | The Art of Specialization

4. Japan Honeymoon (4 of 5) | The Art of Rain

5. Japan Honeymoon (5 of 5) | The Art of Spirits

Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

enjoyed this blog? make me smile and follow me on Facebook

Japan Honeymoon (4 of 5) | The Art of Rain

I can’t say that I liked rain on my honeymoon, but it’s a very big part of the climate and is the reason why the country is so beautiful. Many of the most beautiful images you see here are from my time at the Toshugu shrine in the city of Nikko, which was one of my favorite day trips of my honeymoon

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And we end each day with the blow drying of our shoes =)NYC photographer Saavedra Photography blowdrying clothes Japan Honeymoon (4 of 5) | The Art of Rain

Don’t miss these related blog posts and links

0. Shang’s Japan Travel Guide (Google Doc) 

1. Japan Honeymoon (1 of 5) | The Art of War

2. Japan Honeymoon (2 of 5) | The Art of Peace

3. Japan Honeymoon (3 of 5) | The Art of Specialization

4. Japan Honeymoon (4 of 5) | The Art of Rain

5. Japan Honeymoon (5 of 5) | The Art of Spirits

Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

enjoyed this blog? make me smile and follow me on Facebook

Japan Honeymoon (3 of 5) | The Art of Specialization

Picking up where I left off last month, here’s a collection of photographs under the theme of specialization. The Japanese are experts in this way – they tirelessly work at one particular craft or skill until they perfect it, elevating it to its highest level. These photographs show not only the skill and attention to detail, but as well as the overwhelming density of people within this country and their immediate access to the abundance of products as a result.

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I paid a visit to Tokyo’s venerable Tsukiji fish market

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This was the line mid-morning outside of Sushi Dai, one of the 2 most famous sushi restaurants at Tsukiji

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I chose a lesser known place for some fresh chirashi

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If you’re like me, you are fascinated by train travel. I had several opportunities to ride the bullet trains, known as the shinkansen
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Cheap food, great service, and descriptive signs are everywhere in the Japanese rail system

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In my free time away from my husband, I explored the Kyoto sake museum

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During my travels I encountered many funny animals, big and small, constructed and ediblw

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We fell in love with the waffles at Manneken

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We indulged in delicious soba noodles and other kinds of noodles wherever we went

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One of our favorite foods was okonomiyaki. I preferred the Hiroshima style where every delicious layer of this pancake / crepe / omelette from heaven is built separately. If you ever visit the okonomiyaki mura in Hiroshima (it’s one building of all okonomiyaki shops), I highly recommend going to Shinchan, which is the last stall on 2F. It’s one of the oldest and most established okonomiyaki stalls there

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NYC photographer Saavedra Photography hiroshima okonomiyaki mura shinchan 1 Japan Honeymoon (3 of 5) | The Art of Specialization

Just a simple okonomiyaki (we got the plain one without meat) completely filled us up for lunch for something like $10!

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In Osaka, we visited Mizuno for their okonomiyaki as well. Mizuno is located in one of the alley ways off of Dotonbori, which is a main thoroughfare that is all about food

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Mizuno specializes in Osaka style okonomiyaki, where most of the ingredients are mixed in the batter beforehand

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Okonomiyaki is traditionally eaten with a plum sauce

NYC photographer Saavedra Photography osaka mizuno okonomiyaki 2 Japan Honeymoon (3 of 5) | The Art of Specialization Another must-see in Osaka is the Kuromon Ichiba market. Go here early morning (8 – 9AM) for super fresh seafood, fruit juice, and other baked and grilled snacks

NYC photographer Saavedra Photography osaka kuromon ichiba 1 Japan Honeymoon (3 of 5) | The Art of Specialization

NYC photographer Saavedra Photography osaka kuromon ichiba 2 Japan Honeymoon (3 of 5) | The Art of Specialization
NYC photographer Saavedra Photography osaka kuromon ichiba 3 Japan Honeymoon (3 of 5) | The Art of Specialization We loved eating near dotonbori so much we returned for dinner

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NYC photographer Saavedra Photography osaka dotonbori 1 Japan Honeymoon (3 of 5) | The Art of Specialization
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Don’t miss these related blog posts and links

0. Shang’s Japan Travel Guide (Google Doc) 

1. Japan Honeymoon (1 of 5) | The Art of War

2. Japan Honeymoon (2 of 5) | The Art of Peace

3. Japan Honeymoon (3 of 5) | The Art of Specialization

4. Japan Honeymoon (4 of 5) | The Art of Rain

5. Japan Honeymoon (5 of 5) | The Art of Spirits

Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

enjoyed this blog? make me smile and follow me on Facebook for my latest work and announcements for special shoots and contests!