Engagement: Larissa + Matt

I first met Larissa at a women’s event called Pov.la in Los Angeles. I’ve introduced myself as a photographer to the group, and naturally became the event photographer for various events that Pov.la held. So when Larissa needed head shots taken for her sports website, I was honored that she thought of me first! Shortly after our first photoshoot around Pasadena, I was excited to hear that Larissa got engaged to her now fiancé, Matt! I was even more so excited when she asked me to shoot her engagement photos!

After brainstorming for a few locations (and yes, Los Angeles has A LOT of wonderful locations), we decided on the fun, yet romantic, atmosphere by Santa Monica Pier. What’s not to like? Games, beach, fun… all of their favorite things 🙂

We started the shoot above the pier, and let me tell ya, we had TONS of fun. Matt and Larissa have such big personalities; they were full of fun and giggles for the rest of the day. Can’t wait to shoot their big wedding day in New Orleans this October! Check out their adorable “Save The Date” idea that we shot!

Santa Monica Pier Engagement Santa Monica Pier Engagement

I think the most beautiful portraits are taken when we’re in our natural element, meaning, candids! I’m a HUGE fan of candids – it makes everyone feel a lot more comfortable, and of course, more fun to shoot! So we let Larissa and Matt’s fun personalities shine and went over to the Santa Monica Pier arcade to play a few rounds of air hockey and foosball! Because, well, why not?!


Oh, and did I mention how they met? Forget online dating, swiping right, and all that modern stuff… they met while sitting in traffic – no joke! He asked her to roll down her window, and they started talking. Isn’t that adorbs? Here’s a somewhat of a reenactment of their meeting 😉

We made our way to the end of the pier and had some fun spots to shoot along the way.

For the formal look, we caught the gorgeous sunset from underneath the pier. Larissa’s white dress blended in nicely with the ocean waves in the back, and created a soft, romantic look. Underneath the pier is one of my favorite locations to shoot in Los Angeles; I’m always excited to shoot here!



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.

Family: Eaton Canyon

There’s never a dull moment capturing three young children! We photographed the session at Eaton Canyon, a hiking trail in the mountains of Altadena, shortly past 5pm just before sunset, to catch the best light


Event: Barbie-themed Birthday Party

Capturing the essence of childhood wonderment, I had the delightful opportunity to photograph a Barbie-themed birthday celebration. From the moment I stepped into the venue, it was like stepping into Barbie’s dreamhouse – if Barbie