Venice at Night

One random Thursday, a little while ago, I got a little tipsy. And when I get tipsy, I tend to become very inspired and creative…

I was browsing through photos on Flickr and was amazed at how different a location I knew so well, such as the main intersection in Venice, looked in these pictures. I found myself becoming frustrated at myself for not taking the initiative to go out on a night-time shoot around Venice, despite having lived in the West Side for nearly 2 years! I began having an inner dialogue, contemplating whether I should do this tonight… right now… this very moment.

After finishing the glass of wine that I probably shouldn’t have had, my inner self won the battle. I told my roommate that “I’M FEELING INSPIRED! I’M GOING ON A PHOTOSHOOT!” and that she should send the search and rescue team if I’m not back in 2 hours.

I hopped on my bike, and paddled to the intersection with my camera bag hanging off one shoulder, and a tripod in the other hand. When I arrived at my destination nearly out of breath, just to my luck, there was a film crew shooting at that particular location and had a large section of it blocked off. I was told to “Miss, step aside” but I wasn’t going to give up. I set up my tripod as I was being told to “MOVE!”, and fought off the crew that “I NEED THIS SHOT!” After arguing with the crew and pissing them off, I was only able to take 8 shots at my location. But now that I see the photo, I’m satisfied with what I was able to get, given the circumstances.

Venice Intersection at Night

To counter my disappointment, I felt a strong desire to take more photos at at least one more location before heading home. I decided to stop by the Venice Canals for an experimental, nighttime shoot. What I mean by experimental is that I had no plan on where or how I was going to shoot. I aimlessly crossed bridges until I found a lit-enough location, giving me some lighting to work with. The more I experimented with the settings, the more excited (and somewhat relieved) I got for capturing interesting shots.

This image required very little editing; just some color balancing but I feel the lighting captured the stillness really accurately.

Venice at Night

I think my spur of the moment nighttime photoshoot was fairly successful. Perhaps I should act upon instinct more often…



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