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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 Peterโ€™s video coverage from Alex and Giselleโ€™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 Iโ€™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.


    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Well done and thank you for sharing this with us ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot thank you and Peter enough for beautifully & artistically capturing such a momentous day! You two are truely masters of your craft ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚
    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    Very lovely work, as always! Well done ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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.

Juliane and Emilio’s destination wedding in Mexico City was a stylish, full-blown Mexican wedding. We started early in the morning as they got ready at the homes of their parents, then went on to the full Catholic ceremony attended by 300+ guests, and then on to the infamous Mexican wedding reception. Two bands, a dinner, a DJ, desert, second dinner, and on into the early morning again. It was a wonderful, joyous affair full of culture, elegance, and a lot of happiness. The reception took place at the Hacienda de San Isidro in Atizapan, Mexico City.

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Getting ready at home, there was so much history all around. Juliana got ready in her own room where she grew up, facing her mirror in this photo with a list of adjectives spelling out the kind of woman that she wanted to become as she grew up in this same place.

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Dad and brother help put everything together.

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From Juliane’s house. Small details that mean the world, including the cutting boards that each of the siblings made in school and brought home to be proudly displayed by Mom and Dad.

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There were so many guests with cameras at this wedding- I’m sure that every angle was covered.

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Generations: Juliane’s mom gets her own well deserved congratulations while Grandma checks in with the bride.

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Media coverage from all angles. Belive it or not, this little iPhone video user is actually learning from Dad on his left with the real thing.

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Mexico City destination weddingJuliane and her brothers.

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  • Hooman - January 15, 2010 - 5:24 am

    Awesome set of photos! (as always!). I was really taken by the on in the VW with wht must be the dad, the ceremony paparazzi is so good, and the last one toss in the air is perfect timing. They’re all great!

  • Daniel - January 18, 2010 - 3:10 am

    I love the photo with the guests taking pictures of the bride and groom! What a way to make a bad situation into a great one. Beautifully captured wedding. Great wedding photography!

  • Mastin Studio - January 18, 2010 - 5:18 pm

    This is one of the nicest weddings I’ve seen in some time. The images are fantastic. Creative. Wonderful compositions.

  • Somerset - January 19, 2010 - 4:47 am

    That last shot is awesome, i just love the expression on the grooms face. Looks like they had an amazing day as you’ve captured the fun and emotion perfectly.

  • Scott - January 20, 2010 - 5:06 am

    Awesome wedding photography. You did an outstanding job at capturing the love, happiness and passion that the bride and groom have for each other. Looks like the had alot of fun!

  • Natasha - January 20, 2010 - 8:09 pm

    OMG such a beautiful wedding! I think preparation images are my favorites, love how meaningful they are.

  • Ted Johns - January 22, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    As always, lovely work, Noah. Love the second and third from the bottom. Fantastic!

  • Mark Andrew Higgins - January 22, 2010 - 8:28 pm

    Really clean images! Great composition and love your B&W work!

  • Martha H - January 24, 2010 - 3:09 pm

    Great images! I think my fav is the one of the bride and father of the bride in the car. Great use of selective focusing.

  • Nick - January 28, 2010 - 2:11 pm

    Great photos, loving the last two, great capture of the Bride and groom Dancing and groom being thrown in the air!

  • Scott Allan, Photographer - January 29, 2010 - 7:34 am

    Noah, your work is awesome. You had me with the header image, and the images just kept coming. Beautiful work.

  • Michael Kent - April 10, 2010 - 11:26 am

    This is some beautiful wedding photography. My favorite is of the bride and her father in the car – such a wonderful expression on the father’s face. This is the a great example of what wedding photographers should strive for.

    Michael – Philadelphia, Pa

  • Andy La - July 16, 2010 - 4:19 am

    I love the awesome timing of the last photo and I also love the lighting in the 2nd to the last shot its really amazing

  • I really like weddings - January 4, 2012 - 7:18 pm

    She is such a gorgeous bride! Love the picture of them dancing at the reception

Mexico is one of my favorite places to travel and a simply perfect location for a destination wedding. It has an abundance of beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, friendly people, amazing food, beautiful beaches…ok, you get the idea. I’ve spent lots of time in Mexico, even living in La Paz in the state of Baja California Sur. However before this destination wedding I hadn’t spent a lot of time in Mexico City, Mexico’s sprawling capital city. Interestingly enough, Mexico city is also one of the largest cities in the world, with over 20 million people. Juliane and Emilio wanted to get away from the bustle of the big city, choosing the Desierto de los Leones (Desert of the Lions) monastery for their engagement shoot. This beautiful secluded retreat dates back to the early 1600s, and stands outside the city in a beautiful pine forest, light years away from the city below.

The lighting was absolutely beautiful, and we had the afternoon to wander through the building and the gardens outside. See some of my favorite photos from the engagement shoot below:

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The Desierto de Los Leones Monastary – founded by Carmelite monks in 1606.

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As with any engagement shoot, this was a great opportunity to get to know this fantastic couple. We worked in English and Spanish, had a ton of fun, and I already can’t wait to get back to Mexico for another visit. While this was a local wedding for Emilio and Juliane, it was a destination wedding for me – and I really can’t say enough about how welcoming and open everyone was. Thank you, thank you, thank you! When I get clients who are this fun, loving, and outgoing (and I get to work in such beautiful places) my job really doesn’t get much easier.

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  • Konstandinos Goumenidis - January 14, 2010 - 9:58 am

    These are great! what a nice place for photographs! great job

  • Scott - January 20, 2010 - 5:09 am

    Wow, what an awesome location for an engagement session. Your photography not only captured the beauty of the location but made sure that the love the couple has for each other isnt over shadowed by the venue. Fantastic shots.

  • Jay Hsiang Studio - September 21, 2010 - 9:58 am

    Wow! Great photos. My favorite one is the 4th to the last one. Good stuff!

I’m almost done with the images from my last wedding in Mexico City, where I joined my friend and fellow photographer Ian Balam to shoot the wedding of Emilio and Juliane this past December. We did a portrait shoot at the old monastary Desierto de los Leones, and then had a spectacular full day wedding the following day, with festivities centered at the Hacienda de San Isidro, in Atizapan (part of Mexico City). Here’s a quick, lighthearted moment I captured from the reception. More to come shortly.

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  • Daniel - January 5, 2010 - 4:10 am

    Now there’s a great capture! Awesome photo!

Kim and Jon’s wedding album has just arrived, and I thought I’d share it. This is an example of my digital flushmount album. For this type of wedding album the layout of each page is done digitally, and then printed onto a photograph that is about 12×24 or 10×20 inches (depending on the album size), and then laminated onto the page. Cover options range from a simple single leather color, to photo inlays, to multiple tones and colors at the same time. For this album, Kim and Jon wanted a cover that was a bit more fancy, so we had fun! Each album is designed from scratch with custom layouts and custom covers based on a detailed consultation with each client. These are a work of art on their own, even better with the wedding photos inside.

I also do matted wedding albums, and will post some examples of those come in.

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  • Tim Halberg - January 4, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    beautiful album!!! (finao?)

  • Daniel - January 5, 2010 - 4:11 am

    Such a nice wedding album cover. Love the look of it. I’m sure your wedding clients will love this!

  • Hooman - January 8, 2010 - 5:10 am

    Really nice album! Great cover design and love the square spine and pages.

  • Scott - January 20, 2010 - 5:17 am

    Really nice combination on the cover choices for the couples wedding album. I really like the way this book turned out.