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Will & Shirley | UC Berkeley Engagement Shoot

I’ve known Will and Shirley from back in our days at Berkeley. They are now on to medical school (and getting married!) while I of all people happen to be taking a lot of photos lately. We met this past weekend to take their engagement photos around the UC Berkeley campus. After driving over from the city, all three of us took a few moments to marvel at how quiet and peaceful the campus seemed after the fast-paced rush of city life. Getting over our nostalgia, we continued to stroll through campus for a set of photos- visiting Doe Library, campus lawns, and even the incredible building I found during a biostatistics class (which was finally open after hours)! Take a look below:

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  • LibbyJames - August 27, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    Love the last image, that sun flair is fab!

  • Mackenzie - February 26, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    Which building on campus are those photos from? They’re beautiful!

Jen & Josh | The Holly Farm Wedding | Carmel, CA

Jen and Josh were recently married on the Holly Farm in Carmel. It was a beautiful event full of beautiful and fun-loving people, a gorgeous location. And yes- the photos turned out ok too. See a few of my favorites below. Thanks so much to Nancy Tsai and Sierra Hawthorne for helping me with the photography for this wedding.

The bride’s brother put his skills from band camp to good use, with a very “Love Actually” sendoff after the ceremony. A rather unique compliment to the “All you need is love” being played by the string quartet in the background.

I rarely post details on my blog, but I always take them. It’s great for wedding albums and a way to record the feel of the wedding day. Here’s a try at a collage from various little bits I found around the Holly Farm throughout the day.

A toast from Mom.

And believe it or not, this is my past roommate. Party on Dr. Larry.

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  • Jennifer & Josh - August 23, 2009 - 6:26 am

    Noah, Sierra, and Nancy-

    Thank you so, so much for all of your hard work. The photos look amazing! You captured our wedding day so well. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Josh said he put the hat on the little rooster in your photo board, and so we are so glad your attention to detail caught that one. We love your style- we are so glad we picked you for our wedding.

    We thank you SO much for all of your work!!

    Jen & Josh

  • william and anne - August 23, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    Noah…

    we love your photos and the wonderful mood and lighting. These are great… love the high dynamic range of some of the shots..
    Topaz perhaps.

    Bill and Anne Grisaitis

Jen & Josh Rehearsal Dinner | The Holly Farm | Carmel, CA

Here is the first of two posts for Jen and Josh’s beautiful wedding at the Holly Farm, in Carmel, CA. I arrived on a Friday night to cover the rehearsal dinner- a relaxed affair where guests built their own pizzas to be cooked on the wood fired oven that the Holly Farm puts to good use. The food was delicious, and when the sun went down the lights in the trees turned Holly Farm into an absolutely magical little oasis.

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Photos from the wedding are coming shortly.

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  • Marilena Santiago - September 17, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    Hi,I’m a photographer from Brazil, I’ve just found you site internet and a loved you photos

Sam & Jason | The Green Room, SF War Memorial Wedding

Sam and Jason came in from the East Coast to get married in San Francisco, starting their whole move back to our side of the country. The wedding day was full of spirited celebration, emotion, excitement, and of course lots of love as well. The wedding took place at the Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco. The ceremony location was fantastic, with a view of the church buildings that could have been from old Europe, with the towering buildings of San Francisco peeking in over the top. From there we went to one of my favorite wedding locations for the reception- the Green Room at the San Francisco War Memorial Building. After some photos downtown around City Hall and Davies Symphony Hall we settled in to dance the night away in style. My assistant for the day was Peter H. Chang, who also brought along the new Canon 200mm f/2.0 telephoto lens, a beautiful piece of equipment for capturing weddings.

Congratulations to Sam and Jason!

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Mark & Andrea | South Lake Tahoe Destination Wedding | Lakeland Villiage Resort

Mark and Andrea had their beautiful destination wedding at the Lakeland Villiage Resort in South Lake Tahoe, with the reception following at the Riva Grill, just a few hundred yards down the beach. Both Mark and Andrea have been coming to the Tahoe area to ski for years, so it was only natural that they come back to this beautiful place in the summer for their wedding. The ceremony was held on the beach, complimented by a few Canadian geese in the background, and a bit of a High Sierra thunderstorm to make the ceremony even more interesting. We had some absolutely beautiful light and clouds that came with the rain, and had SO much fun running out to take photos. I love the mountains, and this was a wedding were I really got to engage with that genre.

A few favorites are below. You can tell how much fun Mark and Andrea had!

The slideshow is below, or just click HERE.

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  • Emily Fehr - September 21, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    I love the pictures of this wedding. Can you tell me where in Lake Tahoe this wedding was at.

From blog to blogsite

You may have noticed that my old blog has now become the homepage of my website. After much deliberation I decided to make the change for a few reasons. First off- I love the large photos and easy navigation of an HTML site/blog. I love when you can go to a website and start seeing relevent content right away, without having to click on a puny little splash page. Plus, you can also view a blog on an iPhone and other mobile internet devices, most of which don’t have the flash support needed for viewing my main portfolio site. Additionally, I thought back to the saying – “you’re only as good as your last job.” In a way it’s really true. Potential clients should look for consistency in their photographer, and the work that they produce every week. And, sure, I’m well aware of the fact that having and HTML site as the home page is helpful for search engines too.

My traditional website is still here, just click on the “Portfolio” link on the navigation bar above. Enjoy the new look!

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Norway | Oslo | Jotunheim | Tromsø

I’m just back from a beautiful 10 day trip to Norway, where I met with my friends Fredrik and Elin for a whirlwind tour around their country. We started in Oslo, then headed out for some hiking on the beautiful Besseggen Mountain in Jotunheim (central Norway). We ended things with a trip to the far north to visit Fredrik’s family in Tromsø. That far north nightime never turned into total darkness. Instead, the sun would set at around 10:30, and we would enjoy a beautiful sunset/sunrise for 5 hours until the sun rose again. I absolutely love the country and am so glad I had the chance to catch up with my friends and take advantage of a wedding-free weekend this summer. Here are a few shots:

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