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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 !!!