We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaori Suzuki and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaori, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
My main focus in photography is to highlight the most positive qualities of my subjects and express them with a specific lighting approach and attention to composition details. I really enjoy the process of shaping the image and bringing the best out of the person or product I am photographing until I get to the point where these qualities are best captured, and I can deliver a photo that energizes everyone involved in the shoot.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am inspired to bring the best out of the person and any subject I photograph, highlighting their most engaging qualities. I am most proud of Johnny Depp requesting Warner Brothers to invite me to photograph him for a film promotion in Italy. I was also very excited to do a photo assignment in Jordan and to ancient Roman sites while seeing Jordanian culture for the first time. I have had many challenges and I believe the most important lesson is always focussing on shooting the best photos I can without compromising in the face of any obstacles. I also want to encourage any female photographers and artists to believe in themselves and pursue their art with positivity and dedication.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles has an excellent range of wonderful things to see and experience from the beaches to the mountains and deserts. I would start on the coasts, starting with the numerous beaches in Malibu while taking in the Getty Villa Museum, head inland via the mountain roads to hike in the Santa Monica mountains, and end with an urban visual experience in the downtown area and see LACMA and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my shout out to my mother. My father passed away when I was 3 years old, and she worked very hard to raise myself and my younger sister as a single parent. She worked hard and served as a role model of how to live positively in the face of challenges while always staying dedicated to her own pursuit of painting. My mother encouraged us to follow our passions.