This portrait of the maiko Mamehana with sakko (November 2010) was taken almost 2 years after the portrait of Makiko with sakko I posted last week, but the events of the day were much the same.
I photographed both Makiko and Mamehana dancing “Kurokami” first, since maiko and geisha only perform “Kurokami” in their last weeks as a maiko and their first weeks as a geiko.
I photographed the dance with strobes, and I wanted a different look and feel for the portraits. Only sunlight, diffusers, and reflectors were used. Although the portraits might look like the were taken indoors, they were actually taken outdoors, on the second-floor veranda of a teahouse. Those of you with my book Geisha & Maiko of Kyoto: Beauty, Art, & Dance can see the veranda in the photo of Kimina on page 50.