June 12, 2017

New Work: Educational Insights


Of all the days I spent teaching in the classroom, the ones that stick out the most are the ones of discovery. It was a scene you could count on, though less than I would hope as a teacher, when you could see the light in a student’s eyes flash on brightly. It could be a book, author, subject, or simply an interesting animal, but to watch a child’s imagination wake up to something they realized, this is something I miss about that job. I remember Amy obsessing about owls, or Xingya falling in love with Beverly Cleary, or Matt asking me to find more out about space travel.

When my own children were able to be outside with thoughts of their own, the best part of the day was to be out there watching them interact with the world and nature around them. Maybe that is why the beach offers us so much joy.

It is another great joy of mine to have had the opportunity to work with Educational Insights to create lifestyle images for some of their products. For these images we were able to spend three days in three of my favorite spots, with some of my  favorite kids. It was fun to spend the time looking for tidal animals and exploring brightly colored flowers under close inspection. All of these products for this shoot were wonderful outdoor activities that encourage children to play and discover the world around them. Here are some of my favorites.

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June 4, 2016

Baby-in-the-sink Bath


The first day I was hired to come shoot for this family I stopped in my tracks once I saw the kitchen sink. How the light fell onto the big farmhouse sink had me drooling to shoot more there. It didn’t work out on the newborn shoot we had, and two shoots later we still couldn’t find a way to fit it into our sessions.

It turns out, if you have an idea in your head, it is healthiest to just get it out, good or bad results aside, just follow your gut. When the news came that they outgrew their charming first home, I knew we had to do something in that sink before they packed up and left, so I scheduled a “fun” shoot, and just invited myself over to play. A joy comes over you when you follow your creative soul, and shooting this was just that. Grateful for this precious baby, and her adaptable parents.

My next idea might be something you can help me with. I am currently looking for a good yard to do a slip and slide in! Email me for another passion shoot just in time for summer.

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  1. myleen

    Hi, gorgeous photo! Would you mind sharing which infant bath tub is the baby on?

  2. admin

    I would share for sure, but I don’t know. It was the customers bath.

May 17, 2016

New Work: Ergo Baby & Orbit Stroller




I still remember that nesting time, right before my baby was born. I scrambled around to make sure I had everything I could possibly need like clothes, toys, bags and such. A few weeks later as I sniffed in that newborn smell on my couch with sweet Kellen asleep on me. Only then could I admit to myself that all that I really needed was a healthy boob, a box of diapers, and my precious Ergo. The first two were inevitable. He will eat, and he will poop. But my survival depended on my sanity, and I usually find that out and about on adventures of the hiking or exploring type. We had countless naps, giggles, snuggles walking around in that Ergo. It was the only essential I recommend to those welcoming a baby in their lives.

Last fall I was lucky to shoot the summer campaign for Ergo Baby, and as the images are starting to pop up, I realize I am now able to share my favorites from that work. Here is our college of iPhone pictures taken with Kellen tucked safely into my pouch called the ergo, at the beach, dodger games, cave hunting, and just walking to school. With this campaign , Ergo announced a few great new carriers, one called the 360, where you can wear your baby facing outwards, and the award winning adapt that allows you to use it from infancy to toddler.


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A special team I was so lucky to be a part of, Raymie, Nicole, Taylor, Perry, Ashley and all the amazing models, big and small. We had so much fun, and I was so so lucky to work with them all!!!ergo team

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  1. Gretchen

    NICE!!! Great group and perfect results!

March 1, 2016

Stella Cove Bathing suit Shoot

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Just before Christmas time, my eleven year old stole presents from under our tree to donate to the Toys for Tots Bin he saw pop up in our neighborhood. Believe it or not, I was a little mad. I mean, those presents were acquired most likely with a wild toddler in tote at target, representing a small portion of my todo list being checked off. Once I forced myself to see the big picture and forgive him, I followed him up to the Marine in his dress blues and watched him gleefully give them away. Parked right next to the bin was a beautiful VW bus restored perfectly. Lucky for me, the owner was the Sponsor behind the event and we exchanged info.

So after convincing a few more star studded models to meet me at the beach, we coordinated the whole day to photograph Stella Cove bathing suits in true California Style. I would like to thank all the people that helped me out this day especially all my gorgeous girls, and my super power friend Catherine Pearlman. But also Jackie, Drew, Raymona, Neda, Ciji, and Kellen who generously threw a wild rumpus party and didn’t get hurt or lost. Lastly, thank you to Pia and Kim over at Stella Cove for giving me this amazing opportunity! Hope we can work together again soon!

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  1. Liz

    Wow Noel, these images are incredible and so much fun! Gorgeous!!!

  2. Drew

    Thank you for including Kennedy! She’s still talking about it :)

  3. admin

    Thank you Liz

  4. admin

    Thank You Drew! She seriously is my fav!!!!

April 13, 2015

A Beautiful Dancer


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There was a time in my young life that I remember the feel of a good toe blister. The blister that may bleed or burst yet you feel no pain that moment you were dancing your heart out. I remember lost time spent in a studio, or that feeling that comes over you while you are walking down the street and you absolutely MUST take a few steps and leap into the air. It was about as close to flying that I am sure I will ever experience. Photographing this dancer was embarrassingly a piece of nostalgia and a sort of “reliving of my past days” of a dance minor where I could clear more than a foot off the ground. Arden has a talent, that I am sure you can see. Beauty is evident as well in her icy blue eyes and radiant smile. But do you see that beauty that lies deep in her heart? The one that makes her love to dance and work hard, and have goals, and put her entire being into something just so she can say that she tried. Well that, I will have to tell you about. :-)

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January 28, 2015

Self Portrait Session

This is what an ideal girls’ night looks like to me. Pacific Ocean, warm golden light, the best of friends, and cameras. The hard part is letting go in front of the camera when it is your turn, but in the end, I am happy to put up with it if I can photograph them right back.  I for one have a hard time facing my personal image, so looking at photographs of myself without cringing is really hard. This was a place that we all felt super comfortable, in front of friends that we knew loved us exactly the way we are, so it was the best possible circumstance.

When I look at Mali Workman, and Michelle Nicoloff I see so much beauty. As hard as I try to see the freckles, and long dark hair, and deep brown eyes, I just see the kindness and love that they have towards the world. I see the unending patience they have with their kids, and their ability to see beauty around them everywhere they go. This gives me hope that they too see past the details that meet me in the mirror each morning.

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July 30, 2014

OC Family Magazine Cover shoot

OC Family magazine work has been a huge source of joy for me over the past few years. Meeting local writers, inspirational moms, and families not only expands my orange county world, it blows my mind with happy and joyful people I would never have had the privilege to meet. One of these local celebrities in my eyes is Becky Brumfield who writes her own version of motherhood on a dare-you-to-not-laugh-out-loud blog at Hippo Brigade, and her husband Pat who designs for Normalcy. To see the cover shot, and how it turned out, see OC Family’s online version.

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July 3, 2014

Residential Homes, Commercial Shoot


When I was in High School I used to drive by a local street that I loved. There was a tiny white house on Italia. It was probably built in the early 1920′s, and most likely in the square footage of under 1000sf! I loved that sweet little house. I imagined fixing it up with a little TLC, raising my kids there, and riding our bikes to the downtown area for coffee. The idea of owning a house was such a dream of mine, that I saved up and bought my first house when I was 23 years old. It was everything. I still remember the smell, the details of the windows, and the way my husband and I settled into our adult lives together. It was so little, but it was my first home, and it was as if I bought a castle on the beach, because it was everything to me.

Combine my love of families, and my love of homes, and you get a job shooting families for a home builder! East Haven is coastal neighborhood of 14 homes in Eastside Costa Mesa. Single-family homes, 3 bedroom plus loft, 4 bedroom or 5 bedroom, Approx. 2,247 sq.ft What a treat! We captured first steps, toddlers, and babies-to-be, as well as couples with the cutest dog kids ever! Here are a few of my favorites.

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