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Reviews for Kilakila Parnell - Tokyo Portrait Photographer

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"Amazing experience with Kilakila! So easy to work with and super mellow. Photos came out great. Tons of winners. You don't just pay for the photos, you pay for Kilakila's local knowledge of locations and the best times of day to photograph in those areas. It was a fun experience and we would 10 out of 10 hire Kilakila again whenever we return to Japan. Kilakila has native fluency in both English and Japanese which made the experience very easy. He is consummate professional obsessed with photography. Post photo session Kilakila was photographing (with their permission) random folk singers at a bar, sushi chefs, trading business cards along the way. You can tell he loves what he is doing. Kilakila was very helpful getting us into some more non-tourist area's giving us a more authentic Tokyo experience. It felt like something out of an Anthony Bourdain episode that we got to live in real life. Best money you will spend in Tokyo."

-A, March 2024

"I couldn't be happier with Kila Parnell who captured my moments. His friendly demeanour made the whole experience a joy, and his skillful direction ensured each shot felt natural and perfect. I felt a genuine connection throughout, and the results exceeded my expectations. If you want a photographer who not only takes amazing pictures but also adds a personal touch, I highly recommend him – truly a memorable experience! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"

-Michelle, February 2024

"It’s been great working with Kilakila, he’s been extremely helpful, his pictures turned out wonderfully and he’s been a joy to work with. Thanks again and hopefully see you in Japan next year!!"

-Rebecca, March 2024

"Kilakila is an amazing photographer. He is very professional and is so easy to work with. He really knows Tokyo inside and out and will provide you with the perfect locations to capture the best possible pictures. Just tell him what you would like to happen and then just let him do his thing. He goes above and beyond to make you happy and satisfied. Our family would highly recommend him. You won't be disappointed!"

The Henry Family, February 2024

"Kilakila Parnell, is an absolutely excellent photographer. We were on a school trip with several students and Board Members, man did he take care of us and capture shots that were absolutely memorable and amazing. Because of this, we will always have great memories of our stay in Japan. I highly recommend and suggest this photographer for events and photoshoots. Superb individual, professional and thoughtful about any requests."

-Miguel Solis, February 2024

"Kila did an amazing job photographing our family in Tokyo. We couldn't be happier! Thank you Kila!"

-Kelly, February 2024

"Had such an amazing time with Kila! He knows all the secret locations to shoot and is extremely knowledgable about lighting & angles. Kila is also great with kids - he captured my active daughter in her natural element (aka running around). The photos came out great and we couldn’t be happier! Mahalo Kila!"

-Chika, February 2024

"Working with Kila was a wonderful experience. He knew all the places to take the most amazing pictures. He was quick and efficient and creative. He made sure we were getting all the shots we wanted. Will recommend him and use him when I am back in Japan."

-Dana, February 2024

"Kilakila is an amazing photographer! From the initial message to book the shoot to the delivery of the photos, Kila was professional, courteous, responsive, and just really awesome. The day of the shoot Kila went above and beyond and toughed it out in the snow with us. Kila was so kind to us throughout the whole process and put a lot of care into making sure we felt comfortable and safe. The photos exceeded all our expectations and we highly recommend that you book Kila for a photoshoot in Tokyo! Thanks for everything Kila! You are so great at your craft and we are so happy to have crossed paths with you!"

-Joseph, February 2024

"Kila is an exceptional photographer. From pre-shoot coordination and communication to making clients feel comfortable and relaxed during the shoot to post-production turnaround, he was the ultimate professional. Warm and engaging, his generosity extended beyond the services of a simple photo session. He shared useful information on getting around Tokyo, best sights and sounds and insider travel tips. We highly recommend his services and look forward to working with him again in the future." 

-Qiana, February 2024

"Kila is a great photographer and such a professional. I would totally recommend having him as your photographer because of his outstanding quality when it comes to the results of his photos. He's really fun to be around, he made navigating Japan even safer than it already is and made my first trip to Japan super great :3. You're super cool Kila!!! Thank you for the amazing photos."

-Michelle, February 2024

"KilaKila was great and made the trip to Japan come to life with his creative photo taking of the kids during a school trip to Japan. Thank you KilaKila!"

-Cynthia, February 2024

"Kilakila was so amazing to work with. He knew the city and was very open to all ideas. I would highly recommend to book your next session with him!"

-Nadia, January 2024

"I chose Kilakila to photograph my surprise proposal during my trip in Japan. Could not have made a better decision! He is very enthusiastic, professional and welcoming. I recommend!"

-Morgane, February 2024

"What an absolute pleasure and honor to have our family photos captured by Kila. He was so understanding with our schedule, our location preferences, and overall vision. The communication before we arrived in Japan was punctual, helpful, and so professional. We have two young kids, and during our time together he was so patient, understanding and creative. I loved that he took candid and real photos of the reality of wrangling two toddlers, on top of the posed ones. When you work with Kila, you're getting a photographer, but also an insightful and great person to spend some time with!

Thank you Kila for capturing our first international trip as a family of four- we are indebted to your kindness, knowledge, and expertise."

-Lauren Songponnopachon, 2023

"Kila is truly a master at what he does. Professional, but also personal, he makes you feel very comfortable with the process of having your photo taken. My partner and I were blown away by the numerous places he lead us to take photos in the one area. 

The photos were also all so wonderful, with Kila providing the google drive link to them within a few days! Thank you Kila, this was a wonderful experience!"

-Liam Miller-Little, 2023

"Best professional photoshoot I've ever done. He gave great direction that helped me feel more comfortable in front of the camera. All of his shots were wonderful, too!"

-Jonathan Giannis, 2023

"Kila was absolutely fabulous to work with; he knows his locations inside out and got the perfect shot within minutes. He has the process down to a science while still treating it like an art. I am so pleased with the results!"

-Anna Modugno, 2023

"Kilakila is a professional, courteous, knowledgeable and above all talented photographer. He has a great knowledge of locations, local logistics and opportunities for beautiful shots. We had a night time couples session with him; he immediately put us at ease, provided excellent direction to get the best poses and listened and responded to help us achieve the look we wanted. Overall, a fantastic photographer that I can happily recommend to anyone in Japan."

-Tom Erskine, 2023

"We reached out to Kila to document part of our bachelorette party in Tokyo. Even with a very chaotic start where we had to change the start time/place slightly, he was very responsive and so easy to work with. He was so efficient at getting all of the shots we wanted, while making it such a fun, chill experience. Our group had such a blast with him!!

The photos were edited and shared with us so fast as well, and they were gorgeous - just look at his Instagram/website, his work speaks for itself!! If you’re ever in Tokyo and want to document your trip, Kila is amazing and I’d highly recommend him!"

-Makiko Fujimoto, 2023

"Kila was super great to work with! He was very professional & pictures turned out great! Absolutely would recommend to anyone looking to get some awesome pictures in Tokyo!"

-Jennifer, 2023

"Kila is a very responsible photographer. He is not only professional, but also very funny. So the whole shooting process not only did not have to worry about the quality of the photos, but we also had a lot of happy communication."

-Carol, 2023

"A++ Being a photographer myself I’m always pretty particular about what photographers I book for my own family photo shoots. I came across Kila on Insta and instantly clicked with his work. Communicating with Kila was effortless. Booking from another country can be stressful but Kila was always so great and really put me at ease. He was very clear in his instructions and he made us feel so comfortable at our shoot. If you’re coming to Tokyo I recommend booking your family in with Kila. It’ll be the best souvenir to take home with you."

-Kat Young, 2024



-Masato, 2023

"Amazing portraits! Not only were the pictures beautiful but the process of taking them was so fun with Kilakila. He made me feel so comfortable in front of the camera & have me tips on angles & posing.


He was an absolute pleasure to work with, I will definitely contact him again when I’m in Tokyo. Highly recommended!"

-Lea Louisa, 2023

"Absolutely blown away by the stunning photos captured by Mr.Parnell! The attention to detail and creativity are exceptional. It was a pleasure meeting you, and I'm so grateful for the beautiful pictures you took for me. Highly recommended!"

-J, 2023

"He is very friendly and makes you feel comfortable in the photo shoot. Of course, his photographic skills are also excellent, and I am sure it will be a very good experience!"

-Virginia Carrara, 2023

"I’ve had the honor of working with Kila a few times now and am ever impressed by his skill, talent, professionalism, and energy. He’s a fantastic photographer and person all around!"

-Cam W, 2023

"Kila is one of the few people and men, I would ever ask to take my pictures again! Not only is he talented, professional and kind, but he also made me feel comfortable in front of the camera. He gives great directions when I was not sure about poses as well! The quality of his work is impeccable and I could not recommend him more for a portrait photoshoot session!" 

-Alexandra Thill, 2022

"Kila is an absolute legend! Took excellent photos, super easy to work with and also helped translate when navigating the city. Thanks for taking great photos and making our time in Tokyo so good."

-Josh Kendrick, 2023

"Such an amazing photographer and great prices too!!! He speaks English so it was very helpful as well. We found a lot of cool spots around Tokyo, and he made me feel very comfortable and confident the entire time!!! I highly recommend!"

-Savannah Walker, 2022/2023

"Kila took our cherry blossom family photos and we couldn't be happier with how our family photos turned out. He is so easy to work with and flexible. He is also a bilingual which is definitely a plus. Thank you so much for capturing our precious moments here is Japan."

-Albert Salangsang, 2023

"Our family photoshoot with Kilakila was fun, relaxed, and the perfect way to memorialize our first trip to Tokyo. Kilakila himself was very friendly and easy going. He was responsive whether communicating via DM or email. Our daughter got sick the day before our shoot and we were lucky that he was flexible and able to reschedule us to another day before the end of our trip. We opted for a nature-y photo shoot in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and he knew all the scenic spots. He helped us stay comfortable and natural and guided us with poses. Kilakila threw in some street shots at the end of our photoshoot, which is also his specialty. We received all the edited pictures within a few days of our shoot and are very happy with them. The street shots turned out super cool too! Overall we highly recommend Kilakila and look forward to working with him the next time we are in Tokyo."

-Vivi N, 2023

イケてる写真を撮ってもらうならその辺のカメラマンよりKILA PARNELLくんおすすめです!"

-Verdelet, 2023

"Communication, Punctuality and Professionalism. He is an outstanding photographer that worked with us from start to finish and ensured our vision was met. I cannot recommend him enough for your portrait and videography needs."

-Manuel Serrano, 2023

"We enjoyed our shoot. My husband and I are hermits and don't really enjoy much interaction outside each other but there was some learning as well at the shrine. This increased my comfort 10 fold. I've never been one to enjoy being photographed and this was a good experience. Thank you."

-Morgan, 2023

"Highly recommend KILA! Very professional in his craft and such a down to earth person! Very easy to work with, I’m normally a shy person posing for pictures but Kila makes you feel comfortable!"

-Brandon Perera, 2023

"Kila is always on time and is kind and supportive with his work. If you are shy

he will direct you with the shots and he always sends a good amount of pictures. I’ve always had a good time shooting with kila and definitely recommend him."

-Anna Daly, 2023

"Kila was super professional , he directed me well when I didn’t know what to do , and ultimately made me look way better than I could have imagined.
Would love to work again with him if the opportunity arises ! 🙏🏾"

-Zane Fletcher Johnson, 2023

"Had such a great experience shooting with Kila! I loved the results so much and the edited photos came back in less than a week. Amazing work!✨"

-Maria, 2023

"Kila was very professional during the fun shoot! We love the photos & videos that he took for our business. We highly recommend his services! 💯"

-Kaila Ocampo, 2023

"Kila was accommodating and flexible even though I arrived late! He knew good spots to take pictures at and I was very pleased with the results. "

-Isabella Lee-Rubio, 2023

"I was recently in Tokyo and Kila photographed our group over the span of a week. His photos, energy and professionalism are incredible. He captured images of my daughter and I that I will treasure forever. Kila made us all feel very comfortable and he worked so hard to make sure that we all got the shots we wanted. Tokyo is so full of life and there are so many spots to take photos - Kila easily knew the best spots to go to. I have already recommended him to friends I have traveling to Tokyo next year. He made our time there extra special and he has a way of bringing out the best of you in each photograph. I cannot thank you enough Kila! You're the best. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!"

-Masterson Family, 2023

"I enjoyed working with Kila. He was responsive to my e-mails, and understood my vision right away. He also offered great suggestions on the location. It was my first photo shoot, and I was a bit nervous at the beginning, but he put me right at ease. If you are looking for a talented and professional photographer, I highly recommend him."

-Rita Lwanga, 2022

"Great guy to work with! Just good vibes and high quality photography with a lot of passion behind it. Wouldn’t go to anyone else."

-Ceri Griffin, 2022

"Great shots of my birthday, was an unforgettable experience. Would highly reccomend if you want a friendly, professional, and great Tokyo photographer that speaks both English and Japanese."

-Brandon Lieberman, 2022

"He is amazing!!! 10/10 Great photographer, great at directing any model on how to pose and make her look great. He will take awesome pictures of you, even if you are in front of the camera for the first time. Super friendly and kind so no need to be shy around him. Very professional and fast in delivering the photos. Totally recommended."

-Joselyn Villalobos, 2022

"Kila is an absolutely fantastic professional photographer. He made me feel very comfortable taking photos and he beautifully captured the essence of the moment in an adeptly artistic manner. His editing took less than 24 hours (super quick turnaround to send the photos back), and I now feel like a bona fied Instagram model thanks to his work. He is extremely talented and has a great reputation for excellent photographs. I am so glad to have had this experience with such a PROFESSIONAL! He is absolutely incredible and AMAZING and I would 100% HIGHLY RECOMMEND choosing him for the best business and customer service ever. His unique vision and creative editing style make his photographs the best ever! So so so happy he took photos at so many beautiful spots like Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo Sky Tower, Odaiba Rainbow Bridge, and Shibuya Crossing for these memories of Japan that will last a lifetime! 10 STARS!"

-Liz Turcik, 2023

"My photo session with Kilakila was very smooth. He made me feel very comfortable the entire time and captured some precious moments of me with my dog in the most natural way. The result was wonderful! Thank you and I highly recommend!"

-Paz and Lloyd, 2023

"Even if you think you are unphotogenic, he will be the one to change your mind! He is such an enthusiastic photographer who is super talented and passionate about what he does. 英語も日本語も堪能だし、写真のスタイルも個性的でスタイリッシュなので、将来もっともっと有名になりそう。"

-Chikako, 2022/2023

"Shooting with Kila was a wonderful experience. He carries himself very professionally and creates an environment that really helps you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Whether you're an experienced model or someone who's quite camera-shy, Kila nevertheless provides helpful direction and a variety of ideas. Kila was quick at delivering the finished photos/videos and they didn't disappoint. Thank you!"

-Chloe, 2023

"Kilakila provided a wonderful experience and exceptional photos. His knowledge, perspective and staging were all amazing. His knowledge of Tokyo provided fantastic locations for the best photos possible. He is fluent in English and Japanese and was very helpful in navigating the city. He is also extremely kind and professional. I would highly recommend his for any professional photography needs. A true pleasure to work with."

-Triplett Family, 2023

"Our family of four had the best photo experience with kila! He is a true natural and captured this incredible moment in time for our family beyond measure. Not only is he one of the best photographers in Tokyo, he is also a blast to be around! So full of energy and knowledge of all things Japan. We will miss you Kila! It was a pleasure meeting you and look forward to another photo session on our next trip!"

-Thomas Family, 2023

"Kila has a natural ability to capture the moment in his photography. Thank you Kila, you must enjoy what you do and it shows in your work!"

-Long Family, 2023

"Kila was very easy to work with. Not to mention the pictures were awesome. Overall just a nice guy that does great work!"

-Henry Family, 2023

"Kila is a super knowledgeable and professional photographer. He was very fun to work with and took amazing photos! Thank you again."

-Williams Family, 2023

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