Who is Behind?

As a portrait photographer based in Kyoto (an also serving Osaka, Nara, Kobe, etc), I'm perhaps best known for my authentic and timeless photography. Light, texture, mood, composition, anticipation, and emotion are the elements that I'll use to create your inspiring images. In terms of approach, I'll photograph you, your family, and/or your friends in a way that reflects the natural nuances and uniqueness that is your experience in Japan.

You might find it interesting that I spent the first 8 years of my professional career as a student at Kyoto University. I traveled the country and abroad photographing disadvantaged farmers in faraway lands, covered conferences and international meetings of deans and presidents of Kyoto uni, covered breaking news and always worked tirelessly to create interesting images from ordinary happenings. In fact, during those early years as a professional, I covered hundreds of photo assignments and created hundreds of thousands of photographs.

I left the academic life in 2015 but those experiences provided me with unparalleled insight into how to tell a story—your story. And as part of that tale, I'll create unique and visually inspiring images where you and your loved ones will always look your best. I'll be there to photograph and anticipate both planned and unplanned moments—from the obvious to the subtle. Diligence and observance will be my bywords as I create images that will make you laugh, sigh, and cry—photographs that you'll cherish for years to come. This is my commitment. I'd love to photograph you while wandering in the nicest places in this beautiful country.

If you plan to come to Kyoto (or anywhere else), and you're looking for a photographer devoted to capturing your real story, I hope that you'll consider me. I'd love nothing more than to photograph your experiences and I hope to meet you soon.


Contact me today to share your vision for your photos with me. Based in Kyoto, Japan. I’ll travel wherever you want in the world to photograph your experiences.





Choose the photo session that best suits your dreams.


I'll help you choose the best date, location, mood and ambience for the photoshoot.


It will be relaxed and done in a beautiful Japanese environment.

Photo Curation

I'll help to select, organize and refine the best images to provide the best service possible.


Rapport after the reservation was very smooth, and I was relieved to hear this answer about my questions and respond clearly about what to do in case of rain. While talking about various things on the day, I was able to relax and release any tension so we had the shoot in a natural way while receiving suggestions for poses. I really enjoyed the shooting time, and I am very grateful that the photos are all very nice. I'm really thankful to you! (Translated from Japanese)

Xenia Monzon, Japan

Our tour with Javier was honestly one of the best [Photo] tours I have ever taken in all of my travels across the globe.

Ian Pak, Syosset, New York

Javi was an exceptional photographer for our family shoot in Osaka. He knew the area very well and was able to catch great shots in some hidden areas. We received our pictures quickly and were so impressed by the quality. He caught our 1-year-old daughter smiling in so many shots. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a personable and professional photographer in Japan. He also spoke English fluently.

Laura, New York, United States

Excellent experience with Javier, makes you feel in a space of trust conducive to the best photos. Professionalism and kindness in one place. We liked the photos too much and in general, I highly recommend him. Super recommended! (translated from Spanish)

Ana Luna

Let's see what beautiful memories we can create.

Feel free to message me no matter how clear or not your idea is—I can help you develop a concept or an itinerary for any scale of shoot, project, or curated trip. If possible, please also provide me with the specific date you have in mind for the photoshoot. Let’s get started. We’ll figure it out.

I'm looking forward to talking with you.