Events: Birthday in San Gabriel Country Club

Out of all the types of photography services that I offer, my favorite is photographing events. Shhh… let me tell you a secret about me… I LOVE parties! And if I can do my job at a party, THIS is it! As a photographer, one of the aspects that I absolutely adore about photographing event parties is the opportunity to meet new people and observe the event as a fly-on-the-wall. I am privileged to have a front-row seat to witness the genuine interactions, emotions, and connections that unfold throughout the event. From the laughter and tears during heartfelt speeches to the


Family: South Pasadena Library

Sharing another post at one of my favorite (gem) locations in the Pasadena-area, the South Pasadena Library! Why do I like this spot? Well, let me tell you… First, it’s not crowded! When we’re doing a photoshoot, it’s SO much easier to be at a location where there’s less people. Sure, we can always turn to Photoshop to erase the unnecessary background, but it’s better to work with a clean slate. Second, we get a little bit of everything that this charming city has to offer; patch of green, trees, architecture and brick walls! Pasadena has pockets of beautiful architecture


Newborn: At-home Session

There’s no greater joy than welcome a new little bundle to your family. Whether it’s your first or fourth little one, these special moments fly by in a blink of an eye so I always encourage new families to capture this simple, yet exciting, new chapter in stills.   I recommend clients to do their newborn sessions when the baby is between 1 to 4 weeks old. This is an age when babies still sleep for most of the time, and they’re very flexible (aka. moldable!). But if your baby is older than 4 weeks, don’t worry! You’d still get


Generational Family: Bailey Canyon

One of my favorite photo sessions are those that include extended families, such as grandparents. It brings me joy to get to know a family where multiple generations are involved. The candid laughs, inside jokes, and being able to photograph a variety of groups makes photographing this type of session so gratifying. Bailey Canyon is a very secluded pocket in Sierra Madre that is perfect for larger groups. It gets beautiful lighting during golden hour (~30mins before sundown) and it has a nice ‘nature’ feel that’s still very accessible for those in the Pasadena area. There’s also very minimal walking



I call myself a ‘people’ photographer, specializing in capturing the personalities of people through family, newborn and event photography. I’m originally German-Japanese and was raised embracing both cultures. I was raised in Japan and in many parts of Europe, until I finally settled in Los Angeles to call it my permanent home. My love for photography started at an early age. A fun hobby eventually turned in to a passion when I found joy in taking candid photos of my friends. Naturally, my love for photography turned in to a lifestyle and I was asked to photograph people’s milestones and celebrations. And so, my photography business was born in 2010.