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Adam and Cathy were married at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Oakland, with a reception at the Berkeley City Club. The Berkeley City Club is one my my favorite locations, with sweeping Julia Morgan architecture and warm golden light throughout the building. The couple had a bluegrass band, and waltzed away the evening with a wonderful group of family and friends. Looking through the full set of wedding photos I am again reminded of how lucky I am to be able to share in the wonderful wedding transition for such genuine, warm and kind people.

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My partner for fusion films coverage Peter Chang came along to my past wedding with Julia and Stewart at the El Mirador private estate in Montecito, CA. Peter is getting a great new set of equipment ready for our upcoming IMAX film, and has founded a new high-tech 3D films production company called Golden Gate 3D. As a friend of the couple, and a groomsman in the wedding, Peter brought along some help in the form of Benjamin Casias on Steadycam who came up from LA, and Paul Leeming with the technical setup and focus pulling. I was, of course, shooting the still photos for the event. Below is a fun trial of a few clips Peter put together. It looks great in 3D (and will look funny on a regular 2D monitor). This is likely one of the first weddings to be filmed in ultra high 5K resolution AND 3D at the same time. Of course, in addition to the best of the best technology, you still need to capture wonderful moments in an artistic manner – and that full involved production is still underway for this event. Till then, here’s a taste of some of the visuals that are possible with this great setup! The full film and photos will be coming along shortly.


Red Epic 3D wedding video


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  • David Briggs - January 26, 2013 - 8:29 pm


    Have you seen glasses free 3D viewing? Its a far superior demo and sales medium than other 3D displays. We think its amazing and many other people do too. Check it out and share it!


Salina and Elijah were married at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, a beautiful church nestled in with the redwoods, and wide open windows bringing the trees right to the doorstep of their altar. We then went to the Windy Hills Preserve down the road for a few wedding photos in grass fields just turning into summer gold. The reception was at the San Jose Women’s Club, including Lion Dancing (a Chinese wedding tradition), tea ceremony, and even a first dance set to an operatic “Take me out to the ballgame,” which fit nicely with Elijah’s suave new Toronto Bluejay’s cufflinks that Salina gave him for the day.

Many thanks to Ian Balam for assisting me on the wedding day.


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  • Wynham Ku - June 10, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    Congrats to Salina and Elijah!

I met up with up with past wedding clients Rebecca and Christian for a family photo shoot last weekend. It’s been about 5 years since I photographed the pair’s wedding, and they now have two beautiful little children running around. Rebecca is also a professional photographer, and after several years of taking all of the family photos and not being in nearly enough of them the two decided to get the full foursome on camera once and for all. It was absolutely heartwarming to see the love and affection this fun-loving family has for each other.


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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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