We had the good fortune of connecting with Yuri Hasegawa and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Yuri, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am originally from Tokyo, Japan. Before I pursued my current career, professional photographer, I was a professional dancer / choreographer in Japan. I quit 9-5 job to pursued my passion. Growing up with traditional asian parents with the fact to make living being professional dancer was not easy path to do, quit 9-5 was big decision with big risk. Pressure was high too. I just worked harder, put all noise aside, many sacrifice to make. Just kept going. I was definitely lucky but also hungry & I made it.

This path definitely helped me to learn how much devotion Is the devotion to go where i want to go.
Also believing the instinct that I felt intuitively when I felt “the wave of life” is coming, and never miss its sign.

When I started pursue my 2nd career, it was late start that I knew I have to compete with people who’s been doing it for a long time like I did with my dance/choreograph career. I knew I have to work even harder. I had constant frustration towards the time I can’t get enough, but also it kept pushing me.
I knew exactly how much of hard work and commitment needs to be done. Since then I’ve been just keep going & for now, I’m really enjoying this life journey.

My big issue has been Language and culture barriers. I started my 2nd career in the USA. which its culture is totally different including the way of “business”, its mentality, etc, all of it.
I had to start from the scratch that is so different it took (is taking) long time to learn and I “practice” everyday, to let go my nature -Japanese culture naturally run in my blood/born and raised with it but switch and think in “American” way.
From many errors & mistakes, I am very aware of my limitation and very clear where and when I need to get help from Native English Speaker. That’s something I need to run business.

All these life path, I couldn’t make it to where I am now without all supports and helps from friends and family and feeling it more than ever.
Going thru 2020 – Pandemic – Quarantine alone, It gave me the chance to look back, re-evaluate life. I’m sure most of the people went thru also. Now, going back to what I love to do, started having human connection again, I feel so grateful. Just can’t thanks enough for everything.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Los Angele Based freelance commercial / advertisement / editorial photographer who’s specialized in Portrait, reportage and lifestyle, photograph from “real people” to “familiar face”. Sometimes, places, spaces that I consider it’s also part of portrait. I love Environment portrait,- photograph people in their living/working space which really excited me.
Also when I see any animal, I’d love to photograph them together.

I am always intrigued by “process” rather than “final result”. This applies to how I approach to the project, also what I draw into.

I see “the challenges” as part of the “process” that meant to be happen in the right timing in our life for our growth by something beyond our control.
There’s time during the process that my insecurity pop up that I’m not sure I’m ready or fear for the failure.
But once I remember reason why I get these challenges including fighting with my own insecurity and fear, it IS the part of the plan from the “universe” and whatever the result would be, the process will grow me up because it’s needed and that’s why it’s given.

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.
couple of trail/ hiking spots in Santa Monica Mountain. // 3 x pho restaurants // Couple of different taco trucks // Get some boba drink from different tea places // some dim sum places to try out // Coast Road trip to the Northern CA. // lacma – Moma – Broad //

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My sister, parents to support me all the way. Coral Von Zumwalt, one of my mentor.
Rachel Goldman who guided me thru when I started.
Dominic Disaia who also help me since the day 1.

And everybody who gave me amazing opportunities, help and give advices

Website: www.yurihasegawa.com

Instagram: yurihasegawaphoto

Linkedin: Yuri Hasegawa

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