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Mark + Kimberley Wedding Fusion Film

Mark and Kimberley’s New Years Eve wedding at the Berkeley City Club was a grand event combining the holidays, a party with dear friends and family, and of course a celebration of love between two wonderful people. I always love to look through the story that I tell with still images first, and then compare that to what can be presented through moving images and sound. I feel like the drama of a moment can be accentuated with a still photograph, light can be adjusted to accent an image, and it is easier to bring an artistic interpretation into an otherwise plain moment. However, with film one can find more emotional nuance through conversations and interactions- one that is less subject to the manipulations or interpretations of the person behind the camera – but is an unscripted and real presentation of personality, emotion and character that documents an important moment in an entirely different (but complimentary) way. In our fusion films, my partner Peter H. Chang and myself work to find the best presentation of the moments of the day and weave them together into a blend of moving and still images that is both cinematic and photojournalistic- to document the beauty, the nuance, the emotion, and the unique personalities of the wedding day in a single fusion piece.

Of course, it’s always helpful when our clients are so well spoken, love each other completely, and have such devoted friends and family around them. Congratulations to Mark and Kimberley. Thanks to Peter H. Chang for his primary work on this film, and for the assistance by Christopher Fuzi and Sierra Hawthorne as assistants during the wedding day.

It is always a fun challenge to work on the cutting edge of wedding photojournalism, and we really enjoy putting fusion films together. While we will undoubtedly continue to do a handful in the future, both Peter and I will be stepping back from weddings this year to shoot and develop an IMAX feature film. More details will follow as that project develops.

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  • Vicki Thorne - May 24, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    Love this film. Kim and Mark are very special people and I was privileged to be there for their wedding. You captured the essence of the evening perfectly – I just have one question – what is the lovely cello piece in the soundtrack?

  • Matthias - May 26, 2011 - 8:30 am

    noah, I love how this tells the story of the wedding day. There’s so much quiet happiness in this film, and its great to see your still shots tell stories of their own.

  • John Harris Photography - June 15, 2011 - 5:50 am

    Great work Noah. A really unique mix of stills and video. Makes for a fantastic wedding memory

  • Inspired By This - July 13, 2011 - 12:12 am

    Wow! Amazing story telling,so emotional and strong! These pictures are on the highest level!

Jaime + Kevin | San Jose Art Museum & Stanford Engagement

Jaime and Kevin took a break from their world wedding tour (playing in Chicago, Monterey Bay California, and Singapore) to come meet with me for some engagement photos. We went to the San Jose Art Museum, a place where they were walking, as friends, years before when a stranger came up to talk to them about what a great wedding venue it would be for them. The thought process started, they ended up together not too long after. While the museum didn’t end up as their venue it was fun for a few shots before we headed up to Stanford and the foothills to brave the stormy weather. Their energy, laughter, and chemistry and a brisk hike through through the hills made for a wonderful afternoon.

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Exhibit A on left: standard hiking boots. Exhibit B on right: designer shoes (one of two pairs for the day).

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  • Jaime - April 3, 2011 - 3:53 pm

    Thank you for the most amazing pictures! We had lots of fun braving the inclimate weather with you. You captured our personalities perfectly!

    -Jaime & Kevin

  • Great job on this e-session! Good luck to the happy couple!

  • Cheek to Chic - August 2, 2011 - 12:42 am

    So funny e-session!Love their emotions!

  • RedSphere Wedding Photography - September 1, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    Gorgeous engagement session! Looks like a really fun couple!

  • RedSphere Wedding Photography - September 12, 2011 - 3:13 pm

    Wow, these are gorgeous! Love the ones of the running down the hill, great work!

  • Photographick - September 13, 2011 - 8:29 am

    Great balancing of light and natural emotions, love the images with the mud wall. I am sure your clients love these images, beautiful!

Mark & Kimberley | Berkeley City Club | New Year’s Eve Wedding

It isn’t often that I work on major holidays, but the opportunity to be a part of Mark and Kimberley’s big day, and big New Year’s Eve party was too much to resist. They were married at the Berkeley City Club, one of my favorite locations. It’s an unassuming building from the street, but inside the Julia Morgan architecture’s warm and classy glow is a wonderful sight and perfect for an elegant gathering and celebration. I often find it interesting to look through the common wedding photos on blogs- often filled with shots of shoes and flowers etc. For me these are standard shots, but peripheral to the central idea of a wedding, and wedding photography. With Kimberley and Mark’s photos, my passion for focusing on the flow of the wedding itself, the people, relationships, emotions was easy to follow. This particular wedding was filled with so much emotion and genuine love it was inspiring. I couldn’t resist all the detail shots completely, so just made them small in this post.

Many thanks to Sierra Hawthorne for her help shooting this wedding and to Peter H. Chang and Chris Fuzi for their help with the fusion film that we are working on.

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  • Stacy - February 10, 2011 - 3:38 pm

    WOW – great photos! I love them all, you can really tell how happy the bride was throughout the night!

  • Lisa Grathen - February 23, 2011 - 6:33 am

    Can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures and video of Kim and Marks wedding!

  • Eli - February 25, 2011 - 1:18 pm

    Wow, a lot of emotion in this set. Love the reception shots, and the details.

  • Great job with this wedding coverage, I love the warmth and emotion in all of your images!

  • Very classy and royal capture! Great use of lighting and very clear pictures. Really liked you detail shots and use of shadows and contrast. You captured the emotion of the wedding. Inspiring work.

    ~Gabriel

  • Dallas Wedding Photographer - December 15, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    Very creative and artistic !!! I love these photos !!!

Nina + Peter Fusion Film

Working with Peter to put this film together brought back so many memories of this touching wedding, it’s incredibly powerful moments, and the wonderful people I met that day. Nina and Peter were married last year in a private ceremony at the LDS Oakland Temple, followed by an open ceremony and reception at the Lafayette Park Hotel.

Nina and Peter’s wedding photos (always an interesting perspective when compared to the fusion product) can be found HERE, with examples of other fusions productions HERE.

We would like to dedicate this film to Peter’s sister Kate, who I never knew personally, but whose voice was a light of inspiration at the ceremony, and whose life of love and perseverance will surely be missed.

Thanks to Peter H. Chang for his work on this fusion film and to Nancy Tsai for her photographic assistance during this event.

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  • Tara - January 14, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    Remarkable. This was so beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  • pam finlayson - January 14, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    Noah and Peter!!
    Beyond words… and then some-I experienced every emotion, but was left mostly just feeling happy and surrounded by the love of the day…
    How can I ever thank you or express the depth of my gratitude for your putting this together with such maturity, beauty and, well, every good thing (see , still at a loss for words) — One thing certain however–you gentlemen are amazing; thank you so very much!
    Sincerely,
    Pam (the groom peter’s mom)
    ps–noah, i am getting closer to being finished with digging out from under the busy-ness of some of the sadder aspects of our life –which means I am almost ready to order my photos–my apologies and thanks for your patience.

  • Nina & Peter Finlayson - January 14, 2011 - 10:55 pm

    Noah & Peter,

    We LOVE our fusion film! Thank you so much for all your hard work in putting this together… what a wonderful way for us to remember our special day. You’re the best.

  • christophercandy - January 15, 2011 - 11:01 am

    Peter and Nina,

    I really enjoyed the video of ya’lls wedding..it was beutiful!
    Peter, you looked so Handsome and Nina so Beutiful . I started crying when I heard Kate’s voice on the cellphone than at the reception of her voice recording ! I know she is so proud of both of you ….keep fighting for us Hydrocephlaus folk !! congradulations again to you both.

    Your Hydro Friend,
    Christopher Candy

  • christophercandy - January 15, 2011 - 11:08 am

    Peter and Nina, your wedding video was absolutly beutiful …..
    I started crying when I heard Kate’s voice on the PA system and on the cellphone ….she will be really missed by all that knew and who know of her !!!

    may ya’ll have a grat life.

    your hydro friend, Chris Candy

  • pam finlayson - January 15, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    PS–oops! please send thanks to nancy as well for her beautiful photos! :)

  • James Reyes - January 21, 2011 - 10:52 am

    That’s a great video/slideshow hybrid. I’ve actually just recently started to hear the term “fusion” for these videos, but it is certainly catching on. I’m going to have to consider trying one of these in the future.

  • Peter - October 25, 2011 - 10:50 am

    Noah,
    Just rewatched this (again!) and wanted to thank you for helping capture the wonderful memories. Hope alls well with you up in the city!
    Peter

Kong and Aimee | Nestldown Wedding Fusion Film

Kong and Aimee’s beautiful wedding at the Nestldown Estate brought a wonderful group of people to the tall redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains, after which we went to the famous Dynasty Restaurant for a huge banquet. The wedding was captured primarily with photographs, but Peter and I were still playing around with the idea of fusion films for clients as another form of artistic, documentary photojournalism with a different characteristic than is possible with just images. We didn’t set up any elaborate audio equipment for this wedding, resulting in a fusion set that isn’t as comprehensive as we have done for other weddings. All that being said, with just some candid clips, beautiful images, all we had to do was let this amazing couple (and their adorable “baby” Spike) take care of the rest.

Thanks to Peter H. Chang for his wonderful job editing this film, and Chris Fuzi for his assistance as a third cameraman with this event.

More of our wedding fusion films can be found HERE.

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  • Phannie - January 12, 2011 - 6:46 pm

    Lovely ^_^
    Yet another beautiful film with a beautiful couple

  • Lindsay Hammi - January 17, 2011 - 7:20 am

    So in love with this fusion video! Gave me goosebumps!

  • HD Wedding Videographer - January 17, 2011 - 7:50 pm

    fusion is so cool! great job on this one!

  • Love the library shots! Great job as always!

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