Who is Taku Kumabe?
With a love for nature and landscapes, Taku Kumabe is a Toronto-based explorer dedicated to showcasing the natural beauty of the city and its surroundings.
Taku has uniquely positioned himself to be one of very few people dedicated to showing Toronto’s natural environs.
With an Instagram following of more than 115,000 and access to the local community, this refreshing perspective gives brands a new avenue in showcasing their product or service to one of Canada’s most vibrant and sought-after Instagram communities.
Taku is proud to be an ambassador for Nikon Canada.
Taku Kumabe is a freelance photographer, and art director (in the publishing industry) based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Taku is a Nikon Professional Services member and a Nikon Canada Ambassador.
With a love for the outdoors, Taku makes it a point to explore where he lives and travels to.
He is known as the sunrise photographer, and has his own Toronto Sunrise Series.
Taku has been interviewed and featured on a number of websites, written about in the nation’s largest daily newspaper, The Toronto Star, and has been on the nation’s largest radio station morning show, CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.
Toronto Sunrise Series
Taku’s Toronto Sunrise Series is an extensive collection of high quality images designed to document and showcase the city of Toronto during the early morning light. Taku has managed to capture some of the most breathtaking images of the city during sunrise, sometimes bringing tears to viewers’ eyes.
How Can Taku Help You?
An Instagram post that shows your product in a way that seamlessly integrates with the rest of my feed can always be done. By adding elements of nature and landscape to photos with your product, it can offer a non-intrusive way to introduce Taku’s followers to your products. Alternatively, he can take over your Instagram account with his photography. This has the added benefit of Taku cross-posting to his account, in addition to having refreshingly new photos for your account.
High Resolution Photography/Design
Taku’s services can also include high resolution images for you to use in any way. Many companies have used these for their own marketing purposes. If you require an advertisement made for a print publication, Taku is also capable of providing this design service as he is an established print designer as well.
A blog review allows for a more in-depth analysis of your product. Coupled with professional photography, your product will not only look great, but will have accompanying explanations as to why they are great. Reviews are written with honest opinions—good and bad—about the product. The benefit of a blog review is its evergreen nature; Taku’s blog can be accessed anytime, anywhere—and with the domain established over 15 years ago, it is SEO friendly.
Contests conducted on Taku’s blog, Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook accounts are a great way to add more exposure to your product in addition to gaining more interest from the potential of winning something.
Behind-the-scenes activities or exclusive tours and access to places not generally seen by the public are great ways to drum up interest to your product and/or event.
Advertising a product/service through photography before it launches to entice potential clients is an effective way to garner additional interest.
A customized experience can also be created to best suit your needs. Whether it be a combination of Taku’s offerings or something totally different that you may be interested in, Taku is always open to starting a conversation with you.
Taku welcomes your ideas on how to best work with your brand.
Previous partnerships with brands include contests, blog product reviews, behind-the-scene activities, Instagram posts, and more.
Grain Farmers of Ontario
The North Face
Pilot Coffee Roasters
Social Print Studio
My Cinema Lightbox
Tourism Nova Scoatia
Henry’s Canada—a leading Canadian photo and video chain—created a Spotlight Video on Taku’s photography, which provides a good summary of what he does as a freelance photographer. Please click on the video below to view the Spotlight.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Taku.
He can be reached by email at tkumabe [at] smaku [dot] com or through the Contact link in the menu.
Taku looks forward to hearing from you soon.