Our Tree Up Close

I love browsing online for Christmas tree pictures. They all look so magical and cozy with their twinkling lights and sentimental decorations.

As I sit on the couch, I look at our tree and realize that most of our decorations have a story behind them. Some are his that he’s had for a while, and some are mine, but we are gradually starting to grow our collection together. For instances, since our first Christmas together (err, last year), Mike and I buy one ornament from Disneyland that represents “us” of that year. Last year, it was one of Mickey and Minnie riding a horse, and this year it was Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. Hmm, now that I think out loud, I’m not sure how that represents “us” in any way, but there was some sort of logical thinking at the time of our purchase 😉




I also love our Mr. and Mrs. Claus in Hawaii ornament. We purchased that one in Maui this year on our anniversary trip. At the time, Christmas seemed so far away, and I had completely forgotten about it until we started decorating our tree. It’s probably one of my favorites 🙂


And of course, as a sports fan, Mike just HAD to deck our tree with his favorite teams 😉



Cuddle up with your loved ones and have a Happy Holiday!



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