Moe Notsu

"I always wanted to be in art field, but I was afraid about the future. What if I can't find a job or what if I am not good at creating things ''

A natural born artist Moe Notsu won Pasadena chalk art competition first prize for two consecutive years. Pasadena Chalk festival is the largest street art festival in the world where more than 600 artists participate every year. If you are lucky enough to see these street murals from a bird eye view, it seemed like wonderland of creative minds. Moe was introduced to Chalk festival in 2009 by her friend who also participated as mural artist. She instantly fell in love with street painting. When I first came across Moe Notsu's chalk art of Albert Einstein's in 2012, it felt like Einstein was going to come out live and sticks his tongue out to cheer up the crowd.

Moe was born and raised in Shimane, Japan. She developed her interest in art early when she saw her grandfather's painting who was actually an accountant in a bank. After high school, she came to USA in 2007 to study in Communication. It did not take too long to switch her major to Graphic Design when she saw her friends were following their passion. Chalk art festival is the stepping stone to take her passion to the next level.

When we asked her which one is her favorite painting, she instantly answered in her soft Japanese accent “Painting with hands. My boyfriend Tetsuji Ueda and some best friends helped me to create that art work. It’s very special to me”. She likes to paint portrait and abstract subject. “I could combine every emotions and characters in abstract paint. "  Now she is working her way to have a solo exhibition in Los Angeles. 

Here are some of her artworks :


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Imane & Othman

Meet Othman and Imane, a classy elegant Moroccan couple with lots of energy. They met through mutual friend in a Moroccan party organized by Imane. Since then they are inseparable. They have recently got married in Casablanca.  The most important part of the shooting was lots of candid moments. When we asked them to pose their expressions, were so real that it looked like they just fall in love yesterday.Because of their enthusiasm, we chose to shoot their engagement at two different locations. Imane's first preference was Venice beach. 

Beside many popular activities in Venice, it's also known for its canals. Cement pathway, wooden bridge and vintage looking houses are the main attractions of these canals. We had to borrow (steal more precisely) couple of flowers from the neighborhood to create some special moments. Imane looked absolutely stunning with traditional Moroccan dress.  

For second day we chose most spectacular semi hidden shoreline along the coast - El Matador Beach. Crashing waves, small rock formation and sunset are just too perfect for a romantic engagement beach photo shoot. We guided the couple to draw a heart shape on the sand so that we could capture them from the bird eye view. This place has so much potential that moment you think you are you done; you have to make a U-TURN to capture that last shot. Sometime you don’t have to look no further to create some candid moments when the couple has something to play with. Couple had lots of fun moments playing with a soccer ball!

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Casandra & Andrew

It was mid April in Los Angeles. We head down to Griffith park to shoot this lovely couple, Casandra and Andrew along with their beautiful family.  Casandra was 4 months old pregnant. When I requested her we need to hike a little hill so that we could create a soft box using natural light, She gave us a big  YES ! smile.  Since she is a aspiring make-up artist, posing for the photoshoot is second nature for her.

.. Millions thanks to Casandra and Andrew ..

Warm light with smooth backdrop is divine for a photographer. As we climbed up to the hill we were bombard by harsh sun light since it was middle of the day. Finally we found a suitable spot underneath a tree where sun was poking through the leaves and with the help of a reflector we were able to expose the couple.