San Francisco Roadtrip

I asked myself a serious question: if I were to leave California tomorrow, what is the one thing that I would wish I had done? It was a no-brainer  to drive along the Golden Coast. I’ve been jealous of friends who have done the drive from LA to San Francisco as I’ve heard that the drive along Big Sur is stunning. So I decided to knock this one off my bucket list.

After some sweet talk and convincing Mike that it would be a good idea, we decided to do the shorter drive (5hrs) to get to San Francisco, and the longer route along the coast on the way back.

San Francisco Roadtrip   Golden Gate Bridge

I’ve been to SF several times and it’s always been a different experience depending on my trip objective. Usually I’m there visiting friends, or attending conferences for work so it’s never been a tourist-y trip. But not this time! I was that typical, Asian tourist with the camera down the neck and posing in peace signs at every photo opp. Our 3 days were a good mixture of touristy and local activities. We covered a range of stuff like drinking Irish coffee at the Buena Vista, eating ice cream at Ghiradelli Square, crabbin’ at Fisherman’s Wharf, boat ride to Golden Gate Bridge/Alcatraz, fireworks along the pier, drunk dancing to some street music at midnight, and visiting the Japanese Tea Garden. To balance, we did SOME local stuff like go for a jog around Golden Gate Park and eat at this awesome sandwich place that’s apparently well-known among locals. Alright, it was mostly touristy stuff 😉


San Francisco Roadtrip

San Francisco Roadtrip

Crabs at Fisherman's Wharf Ghirardelli

On Saturday morning (the same day the Asiana Airline crashed into the SF airport), we began our coastal drive heading back to LA. Little did we know that it would take us 11 hours (!!!) to get home because of what seemed like every other car pulling over to take pictures of the beautiful scenery. But I couldn’t blame them, the scenery really was stunning!

Big Sur

I’d love to do the drive again, even though it took us that long to get home. Honestly though, I would’ve liked to spend maybe one night in Monterey, a city along the coast, so that I can enjoy the drive a little better. Regardless, glad I crossed this one off of my bucket list!



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