June 23, 2015

Love can take you anywhere

When I was a teacher, one of the perks of the job was the excuse to read children’s books all day long. There were so many beautiful stories that you could read aloud to your students. One of these books was called Grandfather’s Journey. This was a sweet tale of a man who made the huge choice to immigrate to America from Japan. He told the tale and the theme of the story was that once you move from one place to another, you have a huge problem. You fall in love with where you moved to, but you long for that place you once called home. If you moved back “home”, you would long for the distant land you were once new to. What truth! Even just moving counties I can see this to be true. I long for the bustle and energy of a life lived right outside of Los Angeles, but know I would miss the quiet and beautiful outdoors of the place I now call home.

One of my past students contacted me about photographing her and her new husband. What an amazing gift that social media has brought to me. It has the ability to bring people from your past back into your life. I remember this student so well, she was amazingly thirsty to read, learn and write! This brave, beautiful, intelligent girl also made the move to live with her husband in Europe. She was traveling back to the US and asked me to capture them as they are now, young, in love, and with the whole wide world as their blank page to write upon. If you read any of her writing, even as a second grader, you would know that she will have lovely stories to tell. I cannot wait to read them. young couple at beach

ocean couple follow mekiss on tidepools  engagement photos couple at beach beach weddingsecond grade

leave a note close boxes

June 19, 2015

Central Park Proposal

I lurched around the corner of a huge tree hugging the waters of Central Park’s Lake in New York City. The boughs of the tree weighted down heavily, the tips of them rested in the water. Just as I neared the water, a young couple leaned into each other and kissed. Quickly I snapped a photo with my phone. How romantic. Their kiss lingered long enough that the world around them seemed to stop, and they unknowingly drifted into the banks hitting the rocks that lined the water. When I looked at my camera, I decided I loved the picture, and thought not much more of it. Knowing they were just feet away, I excitedly walked up and told them the serendipitous event and asked if they wanted to see the picture. The young girl had a tear streaked face, she was crying! He just asked me to marry him!!! And I said Yes! I couldn’t believe my luck, and now theirs. Photography has evolved for sure. There is not a chance I could have gone home, developed my film and tracked these two down. But with the technology of a cell phone and ten digits, I could share this with them.Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

leave a note close boxes
read the notes hide the notes
  1. Lynne Slouka

    Wow! What a treasure for them!

  2. Michele

    What a moment to capture! Only you.

  3. admin

    Thank you for reading it Lynne, I really really hope so!

  4. admin

    Haha! I could see you doing this too!

April 26, 2010

Balboa Island Wedding: Matt + Becky

Families and children are my first love. It fills my heart to be able to connect to them, and capture their joy. But when I met Matt and Becky it felt like I was meeting friends from a previous life. They were long lost friends, and attending their wedding was such a joy. Becky was the sweetest, nicest, most calm bride I have ever seen at a wedding. It was such an honor to share in your special day! Thanks guys, and thanks to Michelle for all your help!




leave a note close boxes
read the notes hide the notes
  1. jaqui

    great pics… think I should fwd to Karlo…. as a hint…. balboa is right around the corner…. ;)

  2. Cindy Chen

    My friend, you’re wedding work is BEAUTIFUL!!!! You should shoot more weddings. I can feel their love and joy in these images! Love every single one.

  3. michelle nicoloff

    Miss Noel….I love your images!!!the tree shot is just amazing!!!!! it was such a good time working with you!!!! i love how you put them all together:) xo

  4. Mali

    These are amazing! I think you might have found another first love :)

January 8, 2009

My Friends Wedding


No I don’t shoot weddings. Really, I don’t! My friend Stephanie was married last week, and I was so lucky to be a part of it. I was like a guest with a VIP pass. I could go anywhere and take any pictures I liked.

Sorry this took so long to get up, Steph and J. I just took some time to spend with my family and it was great to get my priorities in order. To think it was over 10 years ago that we did this. It somehow means so much more today than it did ten years ago.

one for melissa……

leave a note close boxes
read the notes hide the notes
  1. Michelle Nicoloff

    Girl….you are so gonna have people knocking down your door….these are amazing…fabulous…gorgeous!!! You should be so proud!

  2. Debi (MOB)

    I thought I was done crying — and then these photos popped up! They are beautiful. I can’t wait to see them all. You’re the best photographer, ever :) But I think you had some pretty darned good-looking subjects to work with!
    Debi (MOB)

  3. Michelle Nicoloff

    I just had to come back and say “WOW”

  4. Emily Robins

    What a teaser couple of pictures. More more more. You really have a way of capturing the feeling in each moment. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures. It was nice to finally meet you after hearing so much about you from Steph and Cori.