So, what is Tsum Tsum? Tsum Tsum, meaning "Stack Stack" in Japanese, is the latest explosion of cute and cuddly plush soft toys to be sold at the Japanese Disney Stores. The idea is that these small plushes can be stacked on top of one another to create limitless combinations of great mountains of adorable furry Disney friends that simply ooze cuteness! [Tsum Tsum Central]
I’m so, so excited to introduce you, Marcia Kimie, a photographer of soft toy particularly to Tsum Tsum. I love following her beautiful, fun and gorgeous images on Instragram. Here’s a short online interview. So, let’s meet this inspirational photographer, shall we?
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Marcia Kimie, 29 years old, and I’m from Brazil. Many people don’t believe when I say that because I am of Japanese heritage. But I swear I’m Brazilian, born and raised! I graduated in Fashion Marketing and Journalism. I have worked as a stylist and a fashion reporter in websites and magazines for 10 years. Today, I’m a Digital Marketing Consultant. In my free time I love reading, watching movies, going out with my boyfriend / friends and, of course, photography.
2. How would you describe your style?
Nowadays, I’m more a tomboy girl. I love to mix girly and boyish pieces, like wear dress and sneakers. But, in general, I think I don’t have just one style. Some days I’m basic, some days I’m fashion… It depends on what I’m doing that day.
3. What was your inspiration for Tsum Tsum?
I always scroll through Instagram, looking for new accounts, creative people, lovely photos. One day the idea just popped into my head… Why don’t I create an inspiring profile? There are so many awesome toy arts and pets’ Instagrammers that motivated me to start shooting my Tsum Tsum collection and create @ItsTsumTsum account.
4. How long have you been doing?
I posted the first @ItsTsumTsum photo on November, 2015, but I got my first (in fact, more than one!) Tsum Tsum one year earlier when I travelled to California.
5. What camera do you use?
Canon T3 Rebel, a semi-pro camera.
6. What advice would you give if someone is interested to do this?
Regardless of what kind of photographer you aspire to be: schedule and organize your posts. How often will you update your account? What type of photos will be posted? Will you need some prop or special background for your photos? Another thing is to be original. It’s totally fine to get references and inspirations, but do not copy other people’s work.
7. If you could share one photography tip? What would you like to share?
Lighting is an important element in photo composition. So, try to shoot during the day, in natural light, especially if you use a smartphone. That’s a way to create a great and a more professional looking feed.