Lisa and John hosted a lovely intimate wedding ceremony at Muir Woods last month. Just a 30 minute drive from San Francisco, Muir Woods boasts a towering grove of redwood trees, and once the hordes of tourist busses head out at 4pm, it provides a magical and quite natural escape perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony. The pair finished off their day with a reception at the Pelican Inn just down the road.
After living in the Bay Area for the past 14 years, it was certainly time to get out and discover the beautiful Angel Island just offshore. A quick 40 minute ferry ride from the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Angel Island has a huge swath of hiking trails, eucalyptus forests and some stunning views of of the San Francisco skyline as well as the Tiburon and Sausalito area. Jen and Ryan wanted to do something special so we set up an engagement shoot on the island. It’s usually blocked off from commercial photography but Jen has some nice connections so we were able to make it happen for some extra special images that you just can’t get anywhere else in the Bay Area. There was a fair amount of hiking involved getting around the island, but 25,000 steps later on my pedometer we had some fantastic images and an even better adventure to show for it.
Looking forward to their wedding next month at Leal Vineyards in Hollister, CA.
I wandered along the San Francisco waterfront with Alex and Angie for their engagement shoot. We took some photos along the Embarcadero area next to the Cupid’s Span sculpture with the symbolic bow and arrow backlit by the sunset and the city skyscrapers, as well as a unique view of the Bay Bridge that I’ve never photographed before. We then went to Crissy Field for some classic shots of the Golden Gate Bridge that Alex really wanted for the couple’s wedding day portfolio. Some great photos from the day with a fun and beautiful couple making the work rather easy for me.
Natalia and Kendall had a beautiful sun filled wedding at the Campovida Winery Estate in far flung but beautiful Hopland, California. With a combination of acres of vines and a luscious garden complex for the ceremony and reception it was truly a magnificent affair with the “close to nature” feel that embodies a true California wedding for me. Natalie and Kendall couldn’t have been a nicer power couple, gracious, fun loving and totally at ease with one another. Natalie took a break from ultra marathon running and Emergency Medicine, while Kendall put away his own running shoes and business suit to relax and enjoy a beautiful day with their guests in this fun filled affair amidst the grapes and under a warm starry night sky.
Campovida has a host of cottages and houses on the property for a self contained full weekend wedding getaway for the wedding party and immediate family.
Venue: Campovida Winery
Photographer: Noah Hawthorne Photography
Event Planner: Sadie Waddington – One Big Fish Events
Rehearsal Dinner: Dry Creek Kitchen at Hotel Healdsburg
Catering: Grapevine Catering Company
DJ/Band: Denon and Doyle DJ Company
Transportation: California Wine Tours
Just back from a great dive trip to the Revillagigedo Islands, also called the Socorro Islands. Hundreds of miles south of the Baja peninsula, blue pacific waters bring in some of the most amazing pelagic animals that you can see underwater. Diving with sharks, manta, whales, dolphins was an incredible treat.
Special thanks to the team from the Solmar V for making this possible.
Chris and Kelly were married at the Marines Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco’s Union Square over this past Christmas holiday. It was a rainy day to start, though luckily the wedding was all in the cozy indoor hotel space with Christmas trees and lights in abundance for a magical experience and some wonderful photo opportunities.
This past week I had the change to meet up with past wedding client Jess Dang for some fun food photography in support of her startup business CookSmarts. This cool business is basically a meal planning service. No more wandering to the grocery store without a plan or trying the same old recipes over and over. It’s a great way to eat fresh, healthy and creatively. But of course with any web business, you need some great photos for advertising- so off we went to the kitchen! Below are just a few images, some for website headers, email and blog post images and more. Jess has a new extensive online cooking class that’s about to be up and running so stay tuned!
It’s been great fun to stay in touch with past clients and work on new business ventures. Jess has a great thing going. I’m also working in telemedicine with past client Dave (Dave and Uyen) with his company Direct Dermatology– a fun chance to combine my photography and medicine backgrounds and explore new opportunities outside of the world of wedding photography.