Inspired by his father’s love of photography, he took his first class at age 14, and within a year, he was a Pepsi Skateboard Team photographer. He’s come a long way since then. Raymond recently shot stills on three Cisco films (two in Japan), including a 2020 Olympics film called Shokunin. He’s shot twice for Salesforce Tokyo, and also for Lexus, IBM’s Annual Report, Nobu Hotels, and Kamakura Shirts Japan. He has photographed mavericks from Ferran Adria to Anthony Bourdain, with whom he shared a post-shoot drink, and even shot a Lexus GS Hybrid at Fuji Raceway as it topped 150 miles per hour—from the cockpit.
For Raymond, one of the great pleasures of shooting all over the world is constantly encountering things that blow his mind, whether it’s whiskeys he’s collected all over Japan, a cool jacket in Florence, a stunning painting in Buenos Aires, hand-painted ceramics in Capri, or pottery in Marrakesh. For him, this is what life is about: working hard and enjoying the moments of discovery and surprise along the way.