To Inspire: Summer Shimizu

Have you ever met someone who you have been instantly inspired by?

Summer is one of those people for me. Another former student of The Photo School, Summer was a year below me when I first met her but what I definitely remember is the late nights she would spend perfecting a shoot in the studio and I remember thinking how I wished I had that much patience and dedication.

Having experienced a lot since her move to New Zealand from Japan when she was only 18, Summer has plenty of inspirational words for you to read…


How do you think being from Japan and moving to New Zealand has shaped who you are today?

Living in New Zealand is just normal for me now. It is more the experiences with cultural differences and language barriers I have had since moving to New Zealand that have made me strong, independent and patient.

What got you into photography and what do you love most about it? 

After working at a IT company, I found my passion for photography while photographing the company events, also while posting the photos to my blog I had which was in Japanese about the experiences I was having in Wellington City  which included the food I had eaten at cafes.

I joined a night class in Wellington for photography as I enjoyed taking photographs.


Where do you find inspiration? 

I find inspiration in a lot of places like the Internet, Feature Shoot which posts funny, conceptual images and articles, the photo books in the Wellington City library, through meeting new people especially internationally, travelling, NHK a geographic, documentary Japanese TV station on Sky, I attend WOW (World of Wearable arts) every year, the NZ Royal Ballet and NZSO I find inspiration from the stages from all the shows I attend and their beautiful lighting. I also find inspiration at museums and galleries including City Gallery, Toi Poneke, Photo Space, Te Papa and 30 Upstairs.

Doing Japanese calligraphy helps to focus my mind.

What advice do you have for someone wanting to pursue their passion?

You need to have a strong, big and clear dream because if you don’t have a solid strong dream you will give up on it.

It needs to be big because if its easily reachable you can easily loose your dream which can leave you feeling lost.

At the same time you need to prioritise your family and friends, you will regret it if you don’t, so DON’T FORGET!



You can find Summers work on her Facebook page and website she is an incredible photographer so be sure to check her work out!

Thanks for being apart of this series Summer, you are a true inspiration xx