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Jorge and Lilia’s wedding in Cuernavaca, Mexico was a beautiful event, a huge party, and a ton of fun. Cuernavaca is a small town about 2 hours south of Mexico City, known to have some of “the best weather in the world.” Indeed, I arrived to find the warm-but-not-hot Mediterranean weather waiting for me in the middle of winter, and made my way to the Hotel Camino Real Sumiya- a tennis resort with boutique Japanese architecture and expansive gardens. I joined my wonderful past clients Ian Balam and Lili Rojo who are turning into amazingly talented photographers from La Paz, Mexico to shoot the event together. The ceremony took place at a small and exotic church overlooking the city before heading back to the resort where carpenters had spent days building the dancing and banquet facilities. Stage lighting, a wonderful band, and 700+ rambunctious guests made for a wedding evening unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

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Lili and Ian. I can’t wait to see where they will go with their new studio.

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Past clients Juliane and Emilio were also there for the event.

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  • Lili Rojo - April 6, 2010 - 11:00 am

    Great photos Noah!! I had tons on fun, learning from you and Balam was really enjoyable

  • Lupe Aguilar - April 14, 2010 - 7:35 am

    Noah, great job on the night shots…I really like the last image of this series.

This particular engagement shoot was a fantastic excuse to be a kid again. Kris, Jayson and I walked through the amazing Chabot Space and Science center for a few hours, looked at the telescopes, played with the space suits, touched the space craft and had the whole museum just about to ourselves for the evening. Kris and Jayson went to the Chabot museum for their second date, so it was a fitting place to head back to for their engagement photos. Here are some of my favorites!

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  • Renee Cobb - March 22, 2010 - 8:54 am

    Really fantastic photos!

  • Natasha - March 23, 2010 - 3:27 pm

    oh such an awesome location idea! Looove it!

  • Brandon - March 24, 2010 - 5:30 am

    Great shot in the capsule! That’s a fun session.

  • Rudi - March 25, 2010 - 12:51 am

    Beautiful! Love the space suit and capsule shots, what a great place for an engagement sesson

  • Kim Cavanagh - March 25, 2010 - 3:47 am

    Great images, I love the one of them nice and cosy in the capsule.

  • Holly L - June 6, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    WOW Noah, I’ve been looking at your photos- simply breathtaking…the best!

I’m back from Cuernavaca, an enchanting town south of Mexico City. I met with my wonderful Mexican associate photographer (and past client) Ian Balam and his wife Lili for the wedding of Jorge and Lilia. They were married at the Camino Real Sumiya Hotel, a luxurious Japanese garden resort with a huge, stunning, 700 person event. Here’s a teaser- more images coming soon!

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This past weekend I took a break from weddings and got to do a fun portrait shoot with Nathan, a local Taiji (Tai Chi) instructor in San Francisco. He was looking for some photos that he could use on his website, brochures, health club listings etc. It was fun to work with another small business owner, and we had a blast with the short creative project. We’ll be doing more shooting together at a later time, so stay tuned. And, if you’re in the market to get fit, flexible, and centered, see Nathan’s website HERE.

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  • Rich Pizzuti - February 23, 2010 - 5:22 am

    Love the high-key… nice!

  • Robert Newman - March 3, 2010 - 5:49 am

    Great images, love the bottom two, they show great piece and harmony.

About a year ago Canon released a camera that promised to revolutionize the photography industry. The Canon 5D Mk II takes high definition video, in addition to exceptional still photographs. I picked up two of the cameras, and it changed the way I photograph weddings — opening me up to whole new realms of possibility with low light photography and industry-leading image quality across the board. However, it took some time to warm up to the idea of video. Videography is a completely different genre, requiring different equipment, software, and a honed eye. With these new cameras anyone can take high definition video, but doing it well is another story completely.

After working with my associate Peter H. Chang for the past two years, we finally decided to give wedding videography a try. Peter is a well-known television and movie producer, and he is an expert at making video as good as it can be. After working together for so much time, we have been able to sync up with my approach to weddings: anticipating moments, and working with people and light in a creative and artistic way. We are proud to present our first wedding fusion production, blending my still photographs with Peter’s video coverage from Alex and Giselle’s wedding. In addition to careful editing, our approach to wedding fusion attempts to be world class. This video goes beyond your average wedding coverage with a technique called color grading, adjusting the tones of each clip for a color-balanced cinematic look. Combined with the shallow depth of field unique to DSLR video recording and outstanding low-light image capture, this video is something that I’m very excited about.

This is a first iteration video shot by Peter alone, as he also helped out with still photography for the wedding day. Future video coverage will now be available for my upcoming clients, and will include more advanced sound recording, and an extended video crew. Pricing for video coverage will be released shortly.

Feel free to click on the full screen option on the video below. Also, since this is an HD file, playback may be a bit jerky on some computers. To optimize playback, allow for the player to download the entire video stream before watching. Enjoy!

Alex + Giselle Fusion Wedding Video from Peter H. Chang on Vimeo.

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  • Alex Arteaga - February 1, 2010 - 8:54 am

    Wow this is AMAZING! did not know what to expect and this brought me right back to the wedding day, i’m still smiling from
    ear to ear.

    Great work.

    Thanks,

    Alex Arteaga

  • George - February 1, 2010 - 12:35 pm

    This is excellent, Noah. Beautiful fusion of stills and video. I am inspired to put my 5DII to a video test.

  • Phannie - February 1, 2010 - 1:19 pm

    Love it Noah! Peter did a great job with the video – we’ll need to talk more ;-)

  • Glenda - February 1, 2010 - 1:21 pm

    AMAZING!!

  • James - February 1, 2010 - 1:44 pm

    Wow! Wow! Wow! This is no ordinary wedding video- I’ve rarely seen video color grading like this outside of Hollywood. I love the integration with the photos, and the way that the video flies through the scene stopping at perfect little moments. It’s almost dreamlike. Very polished and beautifully done. If this is your first one, I can’t wait to see how far you guys can take this.

  • olga - February 3, 2010 - 1:52 am

    Awesome job Noah and Peter!!

  • Kim - February 9, 2010 - 11:49 am

    Noah! I love this, I wish you had this available for our wedding!

  • Corinna Hoffman - February 16, 2010 - 9:46 pm

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Truly inspiring :) Well done and thank you for sharing this with us :) PS-I’m loving the music too!

  • Giselle Sancen - March 15, 2010 - 1:45 pm

    Noah – words cannot express how AMAZING this video is! Every time I watch it, I’m transported back to the best day of my life and I’m overcome with happiness! :) I cannot thank you and Peter enough for beautifully & artistically capturing such a momentous day! You two are truely masters of your craft :)

After a day of pouring rain, Phannie and Richard were understandably wondering if we should continue with our plans for an engagement shoot in Golden Gate park last weekend. I decided that we should go ahead, and was treated to one of the most adventuresome and fun photoshoots I’ve ever had.

Richard and Phannie met in dental school. Ironically, it was during a lab where their teacher informed them of the statistic that 30% of their class would get married to each other. Side by side, they looked at each other and said, “no way!”. Statistics are there for a reason though- and three years of school wore them down (or better yet, brought them closer together) to where we are today.

We started at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park for a few beautiful portraits under an overhang, and then headed out into the unknown. We played with some geese at a nearby lake, and made it down to the ocean where howling winds and rain gave us plenty of excitement. It all worked out beautifully, and added an environmental aspect that I rarely get with my photos. Plus, it was a ton of fun. Here are a few favorites.

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Yes, it really was that windy.

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The Cliff House in San Francisco, overlooking the stormy sea, and Ocean Beach.

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  • Phannie - February 1, 2010 - 1:16 pm

    Noah! They came out BEAUTIFULLY! :)
    We had so much fun with you that day – during the engagement shoot and after too. Thanks for the sneak peek!

  • Phannie and Richard - February 1, 2010 - 8:05 pm

    Hi Noah! After looking over the photos again and seeing Rich’s horrible haircut, we were wondering if you could photoshop some hair to the side of his head – especially in photos #11 and 15. hahaha…

    He’s not joking though – he wants a miracle done.

  • Joe - February 2, 2010 - 5:06 am

    Lovely photos! Looks like you and the couple had a lot of fun doing them.

  • Rich Pizzuti - February 6, 2010 - 7:53 am

    brilliant imagery in this entry…what a spectacular engagement session, the couple’s happiness really comes out. Great work!

  • Matthias Giezendanner - February 7, 2010 - 7:57 pm

    Great work, great day, I think I shot the same day and was praying the whole time that the rain would start pouring down again so we could get more drama. No dice, but I think the bride and groom were happier that way :)

  • James Brown - February 26, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Very lovely work, as always! Well done :)

  • Andy La - July 16, 2010 - 5:48 am

    Excellent photos the lighting’s and angles are awesome love the shots you did take wish I could also have this kind of talent

Kristen and Jahan used to be nearly my next-door neighbors in San Francisco. Sadly, they have moved away from the Inner Sunset to a beautiful new home in Oakland. We decided to do their engagement shoot in their new neighborhood, just off of Lake Merritt in Oakland. After a week of rain, we got a beautiful burst of sunshine for a few hours, right in time for the photos. As I’m editing the photos I can’t help but get a huge smile when I look at Kristen’s laugh. It’s absolutely infectious.

So here are a few favorites from Kristen and Jahan’s engagement shoot at Lake Merritt. I’m so lucky to work with amazing clients. How could you not love this pair?

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  • Steve Shipman - March 24, 2010 - 4:38 am

    I love your engagement shoots, really fun and happy. Their chemistry as well as yours shows through. Lovely.