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I’m back from a wonderful trip to the East Coast of Australia, starting in Sydney and then on to Cairns. Sydney is known for having the best (and one of the first) New Year’s Eve fireworks events in the world, with over 1.4 million tourists, myself included, coming to the city of just over 4 million people to see the show. It was a bit overwhelming to be honest, but a wonderful time to enjoy the southern hemisphere’s summer and get away from San Francisco for a while. Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, helped put me out to sea for a week on the Taka boat, cruising with no land in sight for days to the most remote portions of the reef. It was absolutely spectacular, and by far the highlight of the trip. I’ve been scuba diving since I was 15, and this certainly could have been the most spectacular trip I’ve done to date, made all the more fun as I tried my hand at underwater photography for the first time. I now really have the bug and can’t wait to get out for my next trip. The frequent flyer miles are already being saved….


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  • Matthias - April 12, 2012 - 12:57 pm

    these are gorgeous noah. looks like a spectacular trip.

  • Jess and Tim - August 14, 2012 - 7:26 pm

    Noah, these photos are amazing! Are you sure you didn’t rip them off from Finding Nemo? We’ve missed your beautiful photography. We are planning on getting married again just to make you take more photos

Julia and Stuart scheduled their engagement shoot long in advance of any weather forecasts, and then drove up from LA to meet with me for our shoot, with pouring rain greeting us on the way to meet in Palo Alto. With another stroke of brilliant good luck, my second engagement shoot of the weekend just managed to avoid any torrential downpours, have a bit of fun with a drizzling winter rain, all while taking some amazing images. Beyond just getting some good images for clients, engagement shoots are a great way to get used to photography in preparation for the wedding day, get to know the photographer (and vice versa). After playing around Palo Alto (even some time around the Farmer’s Market) we headed over to the back alleys of Stanford for a different look.

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Julia and Stuart met at a Salsa class, and when I left them alone, it seemed like the couple just couldn’t stop dancing.

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I’ll be looking forward to shooting Julia and Stuart’s wedding at El Mirador in Montecito (by Santa Barbara) this May.


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It doesn’t seem wise to plan an engagement shoot in the pouring rain, but a little bit of water seems to add a nice touch to an engagement session. Salina and Elijah braved the Winter storm, some admittedly frigid weather, and joined me at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco for their engagement shoot. And best of all, after rain all day, the clouds parted just in time for us to have the perfect lighting for an afternoon of photography.

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  • Joni Schrantz - January 27, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    LOVE the silhouette shots, especially the tree one! Great work!

  • Grace Chu - March 8, 2012 - 9:12 pm

    Beautiful pictures!!!

Tatyana and Julian came out to the Bay Area from Illinois for the holidays, and took the opportunity to meet up with me for some engagement photos after Christmas. We wandered around Palo Alto, into the foothills for beautiful California oaks and golden hills, ending up downtown with the holiday lights sparkling around the city.

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  • Olga A. - December 29, 2011 - 12:19 am

    As always…AWESOME photos Noah! Love the couple framed by the tree

  • K - July 6, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    Would you be able to tell me where the first photo was taken? It’s beautiful and so are all of your photos!

Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate with photoshoot plans, with a grey and rainy day instead of a beautiful sunset on the beach. However, aside from a bit of anxiety as I’m pushed to be even more creative, I absolutely love the challenge of working in difficult photography situations. With fading light, scattered showers, and the twinkling lights of Christmas just starting to go up around the city, I headed out with Matt and Caroline to get some photos of the two of them before they get married in February. As Texas transplants, Caroline had always wanted to go to SF as a tourist, taking photos around the town. Now as Bay Area residents the Golden Gate may seem a bit less glamorous, but we still had our chance to grab a few city view photos for them to bring back with them when they head back home for the wedding. We had a wonderful time, only got a little bit wet and I think that these photos are absolutely worth it. A few quick favorites are below.

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  • Dallas Wedding Photographer - December 15, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    I love these photos !!! Great Photography !!!!

  • Mitchel - February 12, 2012 - 7:58 am

    Awesome photography, i love the eye you have