Nakashima Shashinkan relaunches in Kagoshima, offering newborn and maternity photo shoots

PUBLISHED Jan 18, 2023

Newborn Photography by Nakashima Shashinkan

January marks six months since the relaunch of the photography studio Nakashima Shashinkan (Phone: 099-294-3424) in Honmyocho, Kagoshima City.

The studio was established in 1984 by Kagoshima-born photographer Seikou Nakashima. In the past 40 years, he has captured people’s life stages in photographs, including yearbooks for kindergartens and schools, Shichi-Go-San rites, coming-of-age ceremonies, weddings, and other events. Some families have asked Nakashima to photograph them throughout two or three generations.

Currently, Nakashima runs the studio with Kosuke, the second generation of the family. Kosuke has worked as a professional photographer in Tokyo for advertisements, magazines, and celebrity photo shoots. In December 2021, he launched STUDIO n TOKYO NEWBORN, a newborn photography service in Tokyo, wishing to “capture the mystery of birth.” To start the service, he attended seminars and schools to learn how to treat newborns, pose them, and swaddle them.

Last August, Kosuke returned to Kagoshima to offer the same service and renewed the studio’s sets and equipment. He also focused on props for photo shoots and added fabrics and baskets made in other countries. Nakashima’s younger sister and others assist with styling. A new nursing room was also added so that mothers and babies could feel comfortable.

Three plans are available for newborn photography, depending on the number of shots: Light, Basic, and Premium. In December, they began offering maternity photos to capture the beauty of pregnancy and offer a discount on photography fees when booked in combination with a newborn photo shoot.

In conjunction with the relaunch, the studio also launched an Instagram and LINE business account. The studio is currently offering an early-bird discount plan for those who book graduation photos by the end of February.

Kosuke currently bases himself in Kagoshima and Tokyo and travels to Tokyo a few times a month. For newborn photography, he says, “Our strength is that we have a well-designed lighting system and adjust the light to suit the subject. In the future, I would like to expand into the fields of on-location bridal photography, fashion photography, and beauty photography so that I can offer advertising and magazine-style photos in Kagoshima, just like the ones I shoot in Tokyo.”

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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