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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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Filoli Gardens Engagement Session

I met with Evangeline and Jason at the Filoli Gardens near Redwood City for a shoot with some of the amazing Spring flowers that they are having there now. We carefully wove our way through the crowds oggling over the daffodils, and even found our way into a side road where there was an amazing classic Volvo. We shot right through some spring rain, and yes, my camera’s advertised waterproof qualities do seem to be functioning correctly. Evangeline and Jason both work for Adobe, with Evangeline being part of the Lightroom team there (I use Lightroom for a lot of my photo processing…I hope it’s up to par!).  These photos are being blogged from way down in Patagonia (Chile). Here’s to laptops and internet!









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Lauren and Ozant | Tensing Pen Destination Wedding | Negril, Jamaica

Destination weddings are a wonderful opportunity to stretch my skills, engage my creativity in a novel setting, and ok, maybe have a little fun too. Lauren and Ozant’s fun-filled international celebration brought me back to the Tensing Pen Resort in Negril, Jamaica. Ozant’s family came in from Turkey, Lauren’s from Toronto, the couple came from Dubai, and friends from the USA, UK, South Africa and more. Heavy storm clouds and a spattering of rain made for some amazing backdrops and easy shooting. Ozant is a photography student in London, prompting me to even take a few frames during the wedding with his Leica M7 rangefinder…a true photojournalist’s dream. Take a look at some of the photos below.

A flash forward to what my own wedding will most likely be like…

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  • Kate - March 30, 2009 - 9:08 pm

    Noah, I just stumbled upon your site. I love your work! It’s very inspiring to a “new to the scene” wedding photographer!

  • Scott - January 20, 2010 - 5:14 am

    I love destination weddings at such a gorgeous beach location. The bride and groom look so good and you have an eye for the emotional moments through the day. Very inspirational wedding photography.