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By Andrew Blyth
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This KickStarter funding campaign is a bit different. Send us your products or prototypes, we photograph them, and you get high quality photos for your own crowd funding campaigns.

Japan has a great reputation for quality products and manufacturing; have your products' appeal enhanced by being seen in Japan. Give your product an international feel, and a look that seems accepted and normalised in Japan. Use these photos in your social media campaigns, packaging, and more. On the 12th, 13th, or 14th November 2017, my skilled models, makeup artists (mua), and I, will shoot a bunch of products like yours, and take some extra photos of the models in a Japanese house. However, for products we have only limited spaces available.

A cost-sharing shoot is where we have the location, scene, models, and MUA, but need a group of companies to supply the products and the funds to pay for the location, models, mua and me. This means, you share the cost of a shoot, which normally starts at about USD$2000 (AUD$2600), but you save lots of money (about 90% of the cost). This is ideal for small companies, startups, and low-cost products. We cannot do any adult or illegal products. Private message us before pledging, as it is better to confirm that we can shoot your product.

Imagine your product here
Imagine your product here

The scene: Inside a traditional Japanese (or modern style house, TBC), with a young female adult model. If stretched financial goals are achieved, then we can include a male or another female model. These extra models may be mixed-race or expats.

Theme: Lifestyle, candid, & product placement.

Photos intended for: Social media, Amazon, your website, billboards, fliers, brochures, your Kickstarter or other crowd-fund-sourcing page, advertising materials, anywhere.

Makeup artist preparing Eri, our model
Makeup artist preparing Eri, our model

Benefits: Low-cost semi-exclusive shoot. You get ten web-sized and ten full-sized photos, and two videos of about 5 to 10 seconds each (intended for Instagram or B-roll use). Photos will be delivered in jpg, and videos in avi, mp4, or mpg formats. Your product will appear international and normalised in an authentic domestic scene. Japan has a reputation for excellence and quality products, have yours associated with this.

Photo licence: World wide, unlimited-time, unlimited prints, non-transferable (cannot be given to other companies to use, except for media-promotional uses).

Buy-in: Early-bird sponsors (the first ten): AUD$260 (about USD$200; which is only 10% of the normal price of a similar style shoot, ie: a 90% discount) per product/item. Second group (next 10): AUD$315 (about USD$250), and then the third group: AUD$380 (about USD$300). Limited spaces. If you have two or more products/items/prototypes, please pledge for two or more. Pledges & payments will be available via Kickstarter only.

Currency:  I am Australian, and my bank accounts are Australian, and so the currency for this campaign needs to be based on the Australian dollar. For referential purposes, equivalents are posted in US dollars based on the conversion rate on 19th August. Models and makeup artists will be paid in Japanese yen.

Eri, our model, interacting with something that could be your product
Eri, our model, interacting with something that could be your product

What kinds of products? Anything (that's legal). Example: cosmetics, shampoos, watches, books, bags, cups, Kickstarter prototypes, clothes, small electronics, small furniture, sports items, whatever. Bare in mind, we won't be doing an outdoor shoot.

Legal: All items must be legal and legal in Japan too. Japan Customs usually restrict imports of seeds and nuts, and adds tariffs to electronic items. Prohibited items, more info.

Where: A house in Nagoya or Yokohama in Japan, which will be similar to the samples on this page.

Deadlines & schedule: (current plan)

  • Pledge by: Monday 6th October 2017.
  • Final decisions of participating models and location: 7th October.
  • Survey & info email send to backers: 7th October.
  • Payments by: Friday 6th October (or automatically executed by Kickstarter on or soon after the 7th October), mail your products asap.
  • Products to arrive by: Friday 3rd November close of business (Japan time)
  • Shoot date: 12th or 13th November (and may be 14th Nov; Japan time).
  • First photos of some products shown on our social media: Day of shoot.
  • Photo deliveries: One to five weeks after shoot (post-processing takes some time). Preference given to Early Bird, Group 2, Group 3, and Random Photos backers in that order. We hope to begin deliveries within days of the shoot, but have promised a December delivery deadline just to give ourselves leeway.

What will the money pay for? The model(s), makeup artist, shoot assistant, me (the photographer). Our time, cost of materials, transport, minor/supporting props, post-processing, and other shoot related incidentals. If stretch goals are achieved (filling up groups two and three), then a second model can help. If further stretch goals are achieved then additional models may be required, and a second shoot day.

Model interacting with a product (in this case, an ice block)
Model interacting with a product (in this case, an ice block)

What will happen: Once the shoot is confirmed to go ahead (6th October), we will email you with postage details, and shoot related questions. After confirmation, cancellation and refunds are not possible, and so immediately send your products with any artistic shoot suggestions. We will try to follow your shoot suggestions the best we can, but may not be able to use the scene to recreate precisely what you describe. We will of course do our best to deliver high quality photographs that you will want to use. We also hope that you will be so pleased that you will want to tell your friends about us, and use our services again.

During the shoot we will try to show your products in the most naturalistic of settings. We want to avoid kitsch, unnatural, and forced poses; so each shoot will take a little bit of time to plan and prepare, and shoot. After the shoot day(s), there will be thousands of photos for us to process. We will select the best looking photos of your product, process them (with minimal adjustments), and send them to you at the earliest possible time.

Postage of items/products: The items must arrive by the deadline before the shoot. If the items fail to arrive on time they will be returned unopened; furthermore we will not be held responsible for delivery delays. Refunds cannot be issued. Also, tell us if the items/products you sent need to be returned after the shoot; bear in mind that you will pay for return postage. The product(s) must arrive by the 3rd November, so that we can organise and plan. It's strongly advised that you post early, in case there are delays or issues in the shipping process. Any customs fees must be paid by you. We cannot be responsible for products seized by customs authorities; please confirm the legality of your product in Japan before backing this project. Additional customs and delivery charges must be settled by bank or PayPal transfer.

Social media & additional promotion: If requested, your products will be shown on JapanesePhotos.Asia Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr accounts; also on our blog. Send us links to your website and the social media accounts you want in the descriptions or comments. We'll also follow you, and include your @accountname if possible. The model may also include his/her name and may also share it in his/her account (depends on the model's own pre-existing contracts). In most cases, JapanesePhotos.Asia will keep the photos on display in our social media feed and will be persistent.

Delivering the photos: This will be done via the cloud. You will get a link and password, and so you can download them all. First deliveries will be within days, and most will be completed in one to five weeks after the shoot.

Finally, we will be very grateful for your support in this project, and we hope you will be pleased with the results.

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr, and the JapanesePhotos.Asia blog and here on KickStarter for updates.

Who is doing this? The worker bees doing this for you are:

  • Photographer & chief organiser: Andrew
  • Makeup artist: Ksara
  • Models: Eri, Chiaki, or Miyu (most likely Eri).
  • Shoot assistant: (depends if funds are available)
Andrew (photographer), Ksara (MUA), & Eri (model)
Andrew (photographer), Ksara (MUA), & Eri (model)

 

Risks and challenges

All projects have risks and challenges, and this is no different. However, the risks are considerably lower than some other ambitious projects. Firstly, models and makeup artists may suddenly be unavailable. I have managed shoots before and have always had another model and makeup artist as backup or on standby. I prefer to work with people I've already worked with, so I know what they are like, and so I choose to work with people I know are reliable and sufficient quality. Consequently, I have three models available for this shoot, and two makeup artists. I think contingencies are well covered.
At the moment, my preference is to shoot in Nagoya Japan, as it is the most central and convenient city for me. However, if a suitable location cannot be locked in, then I can and will use a house I've already shot in, in Yokohama. That Yokohama house was used for the shoot that appears on this page. Locations will soon be scouted and bookings will soon be made.
As for the day of the shoot, the main issue will be getting people to the venue, which is usually not a problem with public transport.

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