Iwamoto's Photos

Painting with light.

Brandon Iwamoto is a freelance photographer based in Aurora, Colorado, USA

Finally and after long last, my tea story is running on the cover and across four pages of the April issue of the Denver-based Asian Avenue Magazine. It’s been a year long journey that’s take me to Japan and back and I’m excited to finally see it in print. I’ll link directly to the story for anyone interested in reading it as soon as it’s available online. Special thanks to MidorikaiMusings for making the story particularly special!

Enjoy and thanks for looking!

Another night of Colorado State Wrestling Tournament, this time the finals. This guy here won the championship in the 195lb 5A division.

Colorado State Wrestling Tournament - Day One.

I don’t think there’s such thing as a flattering wrestling picture, but at least it makes for an interesting time. I enjoy shooting State Tournaments, I get to see all kinds of friends from all over I don’t get to see often.

Sushi Sasa, in Denver, CO

Sasa Trio: Spicy tuna, salmon tartare & yellowtail with caviar and sushi rice nori crackers.

French Onion Style Black Cod Soup

Grilled Epice Spice Jumbo Shrimp

Japan Photo Contest



Hello all of my lovely and awesome followers! I just submitted a photo to the Japan Tourism Agency’s photo contest for a chance to win some neat little prizes that would include a trip to Japan and I would appreciate some help in winning.

Check out my photo at the link above and vote! I’ll be posting a few more as time goes on as well, so please help me out! If any of you enter as well, send me a link and I’ll return the favor.


Some cream with your coffee?
Taken at the Royal Hilltop Tap Room in Aurora, CO.

Some cream with your coffee?

Taken at the Royal Hilltop Tap Room in Aurora, CO.

Brandon Iwamoto Photography

My redesigned portfolio website is now live and relaunched! Check it out, let me know what you guys think.

Thanks for following, I know I haven’t been posting a ton lately, been busy working on my latest project, which I’ll hopefully be able to share with you guys here within the next couple of weeks.

Japanese Sensu (folding fan).

Japanese Sensu (folding fan).

A leftover photo I didn’t post earlier, from Harajuku.

A leftover photo I didn’t post earlier, from Harajuku.

I’m not much of a flower person (or flower photographer), but there is one flower that I absolutely love: Higanbana (彼岸花).

I’m not sure what it’s called in English, but the Higanbana is a gorgeous little flower that for some reason has a little bit of an ominous meaning associated with it. Probably partially because the roots are poisonous, but also probably because they grow around temples and cemeteries a lot.

Lindsey found this particular bunch outside of a temple, and I was super surprised when I saw them among the bunches of flowers she had picked for potential use in the Chakai on Monday (they didn’t get used).

I was just glad I got a chance to see them during my trip.