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Alex & Emily | Madrona Manor Wedding

Alex and Emily were married at the Madrona Manor in Healdsburg. This beautiful wedding venue is in the middle of wine country, and of course has an amazing 5-star restaurant included as well. This particular wedding carried a bit of a cultural theme, with Alex bringing his clan’s pattern all the way from Scotland and putting it on display with the groomsmen for the day. I was joined by Peter H. Chang who helped with a second photography perspective. It was a beautiful day, for two very special and wonderful clients. Congratulations!

Madrona Manor wedding venue

Madrona Manor groom photo

Madrona Manor wedding in Healdsburg, CA

Bride getting ready at Madrona Manor

And of course I have more cute children photos from this wedding than I know what to do with…

Flower girls before ceremony at Madrona Manor

Wedding ceremony at Madrona Manor in California wine country

Peter’s photo:

Speech during wedding ceremony

Bride and Groom after the wedding

wedding cake

The Madrona Manor has an abundance of beautiful gardens that fill with late afternoon sun. It made for some great portraits, and of course a wonderful venue quietly tucked into a secluded portion of wine country.

Bride with flower girls and ring bearer

Kids playing with wagon at wedding reception

relaxed bridal portraits at Madrona Manor

Father daughter dance with off camera flash

Night photo at Madrona Manor

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Author Portraits

Rosalind Creasy is a pioneer in the field of Edible Landscaping- namely the art of turning over your lawn in favor of a lush and tastefully arranged garden full of vegetables, fruits and other unlikely edibles. More than just growing food though, Ros is most likely the nation’s expert on the landscaping aspect of this art- using edibles to make a truly beautiful garden that is also wonderfully functional. She has published innumerable garden books, and is working on her biggest to date, the updated  Edible Landscaping (Sierra Club Books 2010). Ros asked me to take a number of author photographs to be used in this book and her other upcoming publications. We came away with a nice mix that she can rotate through for the next several years. Below are just a few, concentrating on the author- but check out the edible nasturtium flowers and cabbage in the backgrounds. Everything has a purpose!

Be sure to check out Ros’ new book next year, and if you haven’t already, think about gardening! I can’t wait for my group of Early Girl tomatoes to come in this summer. Should be about 4 weeks!

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Billy & Arah’s SF Engagement Shoot | Mission District | Crissy Field | Grace Cathedral

With Billy and Arah’s wedding just a week away, we slipped an engagement shoot just in time. Arah wanted an urban look for a few photos, so we took a stroll through some streets in the Mission District of San Francisco. The couple’s new baby Layla came along as well, an 8-month-old ball of furry energy who may not have the best leash manners, but brought some wonderful good humor to the day. After a bit of time on the streets we went to Crissy Field to let Layla stretch her legs while we enjoyed the sunset. We finished the evening at the monumental Grace Cathedral- the site where Billy proposed to Arah more than a year ago.

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Travel Photos from Bolivia

I’m back from my trip to Bolivia. 4 weeks of trekking: starting at the border of Argentina, then 4 days by jeep through the mountains, deserts to the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats (Salar de Uyuni). Then on to Sucre, Cochabamba, La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Madidi National Park rainforest, and back home to the good old Bay Area. Here are just a few favorites, starting with the Salar de Uyuni.

Laguna Colorada, with its myriad of flamingos, red water, and salt bergs.

Nights are cold at high altitude. Everybody needs an extra sweater- even the dogs apparently.

A great frame Nancy grabbed on our hike up past 17,000 feet.

La Paz

Blue and gold macaw at La Senda Verde wildlife refuge.

Isla del Sol, on Lake Titicaca

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  • Olga - June 15, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    Re: House-above-la-paz — have you seen “Up” ?
    great shot!

  • Nichole Baugh - January 14, 2010 - 7:20 pm

    Do you sell your photos? If so, how much. I love the La Paz photo.

  • Noah Hawthorne - January 15, 2010 - 1:10 am

    Sure, just send me an email.


I’ve made it back from Patagonia, and on to the next phase of my South American trip. Nancy and I spent about 10 days in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Glaciers National Park) in Argentina. It is known for the Fitz Roy Mountain range, with spectacular trekking, along with the Perito Moreno Glacier, a huge mass of ice that calves regularly into Lago Argetina with huge booming crashes.  April was a wonderful time to see the area, with fall colors turning the alpine beech trees into little bonzai forests of bright yellow and red, surrounded by jagged peaks and glaciers. Simply spectacular- and beyond the capacity of either words of photos to fully explain. The glacier in contrast was impressive, and well worth a day trip, but nothing compared to the isolated natural beauty of the mountains beyond.

Here is a quick sneak peek from the road.

Nancy bringing sassy Cal girl attitude to Argentina.

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  • Katharine Clark - April 20, 2009 - 12:36 pm

    Noah, these are fantastic. Say hi to Nance for me!

  • Wendy - April 21, 2009 - 5:16 pm

    Simply incredible Noah!

    Maybe Grant and I have to revisit where we’re planning to honeymoon. We’re looking forward to see where else your travels take the two of you!

  • Olga - April 22, 2009 - 9:54 pm


  • carly - June 26, 2009 - 5:57 pm

    Hey, Noah. I’m a new reader and I just wanted to let you know of my presence on your blog. Also… You are living the life I want. At this point, I can only dream about taking pictures like these. Well done. :)

Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and more?

For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently on my way through South America, traveling with my girlfriend Nancy through Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia. Thus far we have made our way through a day in Mexico City, and then down to Chile where we have visitied Santiago, Valpariaso, Pucon, and we’re now on the shores of Argentine Lake Bariloche to get into Patagonia and Glaciers National Park in Argentina. This will be followed by the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Cold, but fun! I’m actually off to buy some gloves after this blog post, as my fingers almost froze last night walking around town. 

Here’s a quick favorite of a dancer we passed in (warmer) Mexico City, in full Aztec regalia dancing in from of the Zocolo (central square).


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