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    I dance with all my might when I know no one's watching.
    I love Country music, and currently am loving the U2, Rascal Flatts and Sara Bareilles stations on Pandora!
    Outdoorsy activities make me happy. The warm and fuzzy kind of happy :D
    I am a sucker for furry animals and cute old people. No, really. I am.
    I love, love snowboarding. Seriously. Like I REALLY LOVE snowboarding.
    I love chatting it up with creative minds.
    If I could, I would travel the world with a suitcase full of lenses and my camera, and learn every language I possibly can.

The Holliday Family : Pasadena Lifestyle Photographer

Lifestyle session are about kids being kids. They are only so little once in their lifetime, so what better way to preserve memories than to capture the authentic moments that reflect the true essence of who they are as individuals, as siblings, as a family?!
I love this black and white lifestyle session of the Holliday Family took place in the backyard of their home- in a lovely and quaint neighborhood of the Sierra Madre/Pasadena area.
If you’re interested in having your very own children and pet lifestyle session, email us at:

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Thor and Laney : Pasadena Pet Photographer

This 4th of July, we decided to try something new. Laney (our part Labrador, part Shiba Inu) had her first swimming lesson for the first time. Thor was the example we had hoped Laney would follow. We realized that it being Laney’s first time in the water (not counting the one time at a dog beach she accidentally touched the water playing fetch), Laney would be hesitant and scared. But we never expected her to be as anxious as she was. Because Thor was taught to swim by a professional dog trainer, Thor’s dad shared his knowledge and got Laney in the water. It was a miracle. Haha! To all the doggie parents out there, do you have a furry friend who loves to swim? If so, would you mind sharing tips/tricks? I’d love to hear about your experience!

So this is Thor, showing Laney the “how-to’s” and how fun swimming can be!


Laney goes “in” the water for the first time:

Laney attempts to doggie-paddle for the first time…and freaking out:


Thor jumped in the pool to make sure Laney was ok:



Laney tries again, with Thor by her side:

Laney says “Thank you” to her new friend:
Thor: the gentle giant of Golden Retriever. I love him.  
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July 8, 2014 - 12:32 am

Henry Yu - Thor himself didn’t enjoy his first time at 4 months… it was Oct/Nov when the water was chilly. The second time was also much the same, but we wanted to make sure he was water safe in the backyard. Likewise before we knew it, Thor wanted to swim with us.

July 8, 2014 - 12:35 am

Amber Baker - These are great pictures! I love Thor!

Carli’s 1st Birthday | San Marino Event Photographer

When Baby Carli’s mama, who is also the owner of Designs by Yu, asked me to photograph this very special birthday party, I was ecstatic. Not only because I love photographing children’s birthday events and I get to meet little Carli, but also because Virginia is amazingly creative. I knew the party would be filled with brilliance and awesomeness. And that, it was! The soft color palette of yellow, pink, grey and white, combined with the open field of San Marino Recreation Center’s Centennial Field, was the perfect backdrop for Carli’s “Little Miss Sunshine” themed party. Each guest had their very own personalized Mr. Men & Little Miss character. Complete with an area for story time, games/activities, food, a dessert and candy station, a full size DIY lemonade stand and more, Carli’s fun, creative and diy birthday was enjoyed by the family and their closest friends.

Here’s a brief highlight of the festivity. If you like what you see, please consider booking your next event with Pirouette Photography. We love capturing life’s moments of beauty- the natural and authenticity of who you are.
To schedule your event photography or portrait session, email us at

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Children Birthday Party Ideas

- Event Planner and Stylist, Invitations, Custom Items and Paper Goods, Paper Favor Bags, Paper Baking/Serving Cups, Desserts, Centerpieces, & DIY Lemonade Stands: Designs by Yu
- Little Miss Sunshine Smash Cake: Alice Tseng
- Videographer: Animorefix Media
- Entertainer and Balloon Twister:
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Frozen Themed Birthday Party- Pasadena Children Photographer

I truly love photographing kids’ birthday parties, because it’s really about capturing the moments, and capturing the personalities of the kids just being kids. I LOVE IT. To me, the authenticity captured on camera brings me so much joy, because I know you will look at the images years from now, and say “yes, that’s exactly how my child was at that age.”

Photographing Madison’s Frozen themed birthday party got me in the “Frozen” mood, so the convenience of Redbox allowed me to watch the movie again. For the 4th time. While I processed these images. Haha! Not sure if I’ll ever get tired of this movie. It’s that good. Madison’s 5th birthday was a blast! And Queen Elsa and Princess Anna even made a special appearance for some games and story time.

If you love what you see, and you’d like to have us photograph your child’s birthday parties, please fill out the CONTACT form, or email us directly at:

Here’s a highlight of some images from Madison’s birthday party. Enjoy!

For party decor and supplies, I recommend visiting Amazon, Etsy, and Party City.

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Valentine’s with The Duran Family | Pasadena Children and Family Photographer

Happy Valentine’s Day to you! What are you doing this evening? I was so tempted to hit the slopes at Bear Mountain for their “Ditch Your Date” special, but I couldn’t resist staying in to finish some client orders instead. Besides, spending Valentine’s Evening in with the husband and playing some video games sure beats heading out and joining the crowds. It’s a win-win in my book! ;) The Duran Family joined us for our Valentine Mini’s, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Their lovey-dovey-ness and their awesome choice of wardrobe had me at “hello.” Thanks, Liz, for giving the gift of photography! Love this family!

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Valentine Mini Photo Sessions | Pasadena Children and Family Photographer

Celebrate your LOVE at our Valentine Mini Session on February 1st, 2014.
One day, three Collections, a teepee, and a lot of love :)

**Our setup is customizable for each individual session and will be altered to match your wardrobe.
We also have vintage suitcases, and vintage airplanes to add a more boy-ish touch, as well as elegant soft lace fabric for a more chic-teepee look.**

QUESTIONS? Please email us at

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