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 from the parking lot, so very accessible for younger children and older generations.

Silly family candid moments!


The [L] Family was such a fun bunch! Grandpa got a little cheeky and wanted to give his loving wife so many kisses. I absolutely love those authentic moments that defines the family – you can’t make this stuff up!


Grandpa has so much love!






The beauty of childhood is authenticity. They show us how it is 🙂 The sisterhood bond between these two lovely little ladies was so sweet – there was no posing involved in capturing these special moments.








Just a short walk up the trail, we come to the beginning of the hiking path, which fortunately is very secluded. Grandma and Grandpa were such troopers – they were excited about the light exercise!






It was such a pleasure photographing the [L] family. If you’d like to have your next family session at Bailey Canyon, please let me know!



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