Events: Epic 4th of July Party

My friend, Shah, throws the most epic house parties. So when he reached out to me to capture his 4th of July party, I had to simply reply with “umm, yes please!”

My favorite part about capturing Shah’s party is the lively energy. How do I capture energy? Good question! A big part of it is definitely the people. People make up most of the party; the laughter, enthusiastic conversations, hugs, silliness and even the occasional alcoholic shots (or three!). Capturing this liveliness, either posed or in candids, are what brings event photography to life, and lets you imagine the sights, sounds, and even the scents as if you’re actually there!



Something I really like to capture at any event are people taking SHOTS! The story is usually three-fold: the pre-shot which is the excitement and the lively group cheers, the actual shot of everyone taking their drinks, and then the reaction shot which usually ends in either a continuation of the energy or a downfall, grimaced expression. You can decide what happened here:

Another capture I enjoy at events: pictures of people taking selfies. Posing for your selfie is something we’re all familiar with, but seeing yourself from a different angle while taking your selfie is quite unique to all.

And now I bring you, cute PUPPY PHOTOS!!!


You just CAN’T have a bad time at one of Shah’s parties 🙂 What a super fun way to celebrate America’s birthday. Thanks Shah for having me!



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