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I’m so excited to see my sweet friend and client Nicki Bluhm in a national ad campaign for GAP! What an ICON! See more from Gap’s “Icons Redefined” collection HERE.

See my past shoots with Nicki HERE & for Tim & Nicki Bluhm HERE. And the little video I shot them singing in my living room HERE.
Also, see them play live at my Bay Area workshop HERE!
My photo of Nicki in the Tomboy Style book HERE, and my work in her Driftwood album HERE.

Congratulations Nicki! So well deserved : )
If you haven’t already heard my favorite current female vocalist, check her out here and here

(photo: facebook via Corby Anderson)

  • August 8, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    Erin - she’s awesome! what a talent :)

  • August 10, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    aimee - Congrats to Nicki! Very cool!

  • August 30, 2012 - 9:06 pm

    Kate - Do you have any idea who made the boots she’s wearing in this ad? I’ve been searching all over the internet and haven’t had any luck!

  • November 30, 2013 - 3:29 am

    Wouterkingma - She is very beautiful….
    Congratz

My beautiful and talented 2nd-shooter Kristin Genna who I first met at one of my workshops and who has worked with me for over 2 years now, has become a very dear friend. She came to Washington DC & Maryland last weekend with me to shoot a stunning wedding out in the countryside of MA. I took this Polaroid of her when we visited my friend Amber (also a former workshop attendee of mine) in DC. I have lots of good stuff to say (and show) about Amber, coming very soon… but I had to share this Polaroid I took of beautiful Kristin using Impossible Project film.

I have spent the past 3 weekends with my dear friend, actress/musician Sarah Carter. First when she came out to model for my San Diego workshop, 2nd when she played a show with her band SanguinDrake in San Diego, and lastly when she was down here last weekend for Comic Con with the TNT show she stars in, Falling Skies. I’m sad I won’t get to see her for a while as she is off to shoot Falling Skies Season 3 for several months, but so happy to get some much-needed time in with her these past few weeks… what an inspiring and loving girl!

I will be posting my shoot of her from the workshop very soon, but in the meantime, Sarah took some Polaroid portraits of me yesterday as we were all lounging around by the pool at my house, and not only do I LOVE these, but I am also so excited to see her get into photography- she clearly has immense talent in this art form as well!

You can read the interview I did with her for my Artist Interviews project HERE, and see my first shoot with here HERE.

All Polaroids below by Sarah Carter, except for the last one by my husband Stuart — (all with Impossible Project film).

Below left is my little brother Ben and I, also shot by Sarah. And on the right, photo by Stuart <3.

  • July 16, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Jonas Seaman - Love these : )

  • July 16, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    Lee Anne - So beautiful Noa, all of them. The last one is very intriguing – I’d love to see a larger version of it :)

  • July 17, 2012 - 2:17 am

    Sketchofsenses - Love Polaroids! It´s so nostalgic….

  • August 1, 2012 - 11:46 am

    Erin - you are beautiful. really and truly. i love your energy. xo

  • August 16, 2012 - 10:35 pm

    Fashion photographer - Amazing pics.. I enjoyed watching them. I was looking for the best photographs when reached here. I am glad I visited here.

THIS WEDDING IS FEATURED ON GREEN WEDDING SHOES TODAY!
Venue: The Sierra Estate in Palm Springs, CA
This Cinco De Mayo/ Super-moon wedding was more like a huge party (3hr cocktail reception!) than anything else…. and I’m IN LOVE with their dog Bobo! Just utterly in love! His bowtie is from one of Angel’s companies Bobo Bandits / on fbook.
Angel is also a Holistic Living expert: House Of Vitalia, and has her own vintage clothing store, launching soon Vintage Valentine.
Read all about what the bride had to say about this beautiful wedding, plus tons more photos on Green Wedding Shoes!!























  • July 6, 2012 - 9:46 am

    Anni - This is breathtaking – I thought I’d just be dying over Palm Springs (I’m pining for it, we just went on our honeymoon there) but I couldn’t take my eyes off her headpiece and tattoos. Just gorgeous!

  • July 6, 2012 - 11:14 am

    Kristin - Absolutely gorgeous! Great work. Thanks for sharing :-)

  • July 6, 2012 - 11:48 am

    Sara - There’s a magic rainbow in Bobo’s ear! LOVE!!

  • July 6, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    Amanda - this wedding looks like so much fun! and what a beautiful bride… just lovely and authentic.

  • July 6, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    twiggs - how could i not love this wedding??? oh amazing!!!!! you are so incredibly lucky and talented!!

  • July 6, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    Natalie T. - Gorge!

  • July 6, 2012 - 4:16 pm

    Naz Films, Inc. - Noa…….words can’t describe. XO

    Oh…

    A post script to Dear God, I would like for one of Noa’s couples to fall in love with my style of wedding super 8mm films so that we work together a make beautiful images and cinema for them.

    thats it.

    have a beautiful weekend!

    Naz

  • July 6, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    maria - you’re a genius! these images are freakin’ awesome! the best thing i can say is you capture all the usual elements in the most unusual way. wow!

  • July 10, 2012 - 8:30 pm

    Briana Morrison - Love this wedding, Noa! Your portraits of the wedding party are stunning….along with everything else. haha Now THAT’s my kind of wedding. ;-) Beautiful.

  • July 19, 2012 - 10:27 pm

    Alan - Do you ever get your photos printed? Back when my job had a LightJet, I got a sample roll from Fuji called Deep Matte. Your photos would look absolutely gorgeous on that paper!

  • September 14, 2012 - 12:53 am

    Ian Marshall - Hi, some very interesting styles of photos, some looking paparazzi style thanks for sharing

  • February 25, 2013 - 1:36 pm

    Michelle Stone - those bridesmaids dresses are TDF!! do you know where they are from? and beautiful work, as always!

  • June 5, 2014 - 2:19 am

    Ignacio Genzon - I was at that wedding. Totally stumbled upon the tattooed brides article and saw the Photo of Angel, and followed it all here. First time seeing these photos. Great great stuff.

The 2-day workshop at my house & studio was awesome. It might be the only workshop in history to ever partially take place in the pool…! I will have a full post soon with tons of photos etc, but in the meantime here’s a photo of me in my studio, taken by Briana Morrison Photography during my shoot with Sarah Carter… Thanks to everyone for the best time!!

  • October 28, 2012 - 1:06 am

    jennie hill - I love this photo what camera do you have in your hands?

I’m really excited to have a wedding coming out on July 6th on Green Wedding Shoes! Will post it here too then.

A clip from an interview in a short documentary about my workshops by cinematographer / filmmaker Drew Dorsey & his lovely fiancé, producer Rachel Blair. Documentary coming soon! I’m also really excited to hang out with those two when they come to visit in a couple weeks. And I’m shooting Drew & Rachel’s wedding later this year! Anyways, here’s a sneak peek at one of our interviews…

  • July 30, 2012 - 9:41 am

    Guusje Wannet - Love it!

    When is the documentary due?

    <3 Guusje

BELATED BIRTHDAY POST- I’M 35!

June 19th was my bday, and lots of crazy rad stuff has been going on! And also I thought it would be appropriate to share photos of me as a kid, because well, it’s my bday! And also because I’m feeling a little vulnerable…

(above left to right. (1) In Israel- fucking up dad’s tapes, incidentally I did this with his rolls of film too. what a little asshole. (2) Israel, contemplating in the garden. (3) four! (4) chillin’. (5) It’s my dolly, bitch! (6) ? (Photos 3-6 all taken in S.Africa. All images by dad)

You may have seen this post I wrote about the epiphany I had a few days ago where I decided to donate my next San Diego workshop for free to struggling artists who wouldn’t regularly be able to afford it, but who could really benefit from it. I knew of some people who had been in contact with me for years, wanting to come to a workshop but not being able to make it happen. But I did not expect the absolutely overwhelming response I got! We had so many people register that it was like 10 times over-sold-out within a few minutes! When I checked back a couple days later, I had to shut registration down right away. I really did not expect that. People wrote the most amazing messages, they donated money, and the overall feeling I had was just *speechless*.

Years ago I attended a workshop that changed everything for me. I didn’t have the money for it. In fact, I scrounged up the $900 which was my entire profit for the year and told my husband that I just had to do it, and fortunately he totally understood and supported my decision to go. And I was so glad I did. I had no idea how I was going to survive financially, but I just knew I would be ok because it felt like it was the right thing to do. Plus I was so used to always being broke, I figured- “What the hey! It’s not like it really makes any difference anyway!” That’s exacty the same feeling I had when I had my epiphany a few days ago- I had no idea how I was going to afford the expenses I have to pay for the costs for this workshop I was giving out for free- but it felt right to do it and I just trusted that, and I trusted that everything would work out because my body told me so.

(Above: for all the dogs I’ve loved before… photos by dad in S. Africa)

I followed my intuition because it’s never failed me, even when, especially when, it’s a risk. I approach my art in the same way: I use my intuition. In fact, I would never be where I am today if it weren’t for the risks I took, the finances I sacraficed, the struggles I had, the extreme ups and downs, and the commitment to follow my gut as often as possible, always knowing that everything would work out somehow if I trusted it. *Follow your bliss* I always hear Joseph Campbell’s voice in my head at times like this. And it has always worked out. I didn’t die (yet), I always managed to figure it out, find a way, and learn from everything I have had to go through. Taking risks, following my gut, especially during times where I didn’t know how I would make it – combined with my hard work, has been the MAIN reason for any of my accomplishments thus far. And that’s the truth. THAT is what connects you to that place where your art grows from. And THAT is what I am so focused on in my workshops. I want to help people realize that the connection is right there, waiting to happen, if they engage it. We are Artists: we sacrifice, we take risks, we step into the unknown… fuck, we live in the unknown. Our job is to try and learn to get comfortable there… And then it gives back to us when it sees the evidence of our efforts, our ability to face our fears. It starts to notice us and therefore begins to feed us…

(Above: Nasty teenager in need of a major attitude re-adjustment. (1) For my fake I.D. Santa Fe, NM (2) Nice Outfit. La Cienega, NM at the hippie school Nizhoni (3) S. Africa, photo by dad.)

I am so excited about the San Diego workshop next week, meeting all these amazing people, and sharing what I can at no charge. A one-time opportunity for people who could really use it. I’m terribly insecure and it feels like it kills me everytime I talk to a group of people about things of such importance to me. But, it’s all those responses and results that keep me wanting to do it- although I often think of quitting, to be honest, because of the challenge of facing my fears and speaking in public, and speaking of subjects so close to my heart. But I am going to continue to do this type of work because of all of you who responded & sent such heartfelt messages. And because of everyone who has attended my previous workshops and have just blown my mind with the work they have accomplished & produced since then. The risks they took. The connections that they made to the true work. Beautiful. They listened and they grew balls and they did it and continue to. I am so grateful to you for sharing time with me and listening to me babble and for making the efforts you have made to make the changes that have resulted in such great accomplishments.

So it’s all happening in a few days! I am excited, to say the least. This whole thing happened just a few days before my birthday and it’s been a whirlwind ever since trying to organize it all. I have to say it’s the greatest birthday I gift I could have ever received. I just want to say thanks so much for making me realize how my work is affecting people. I have gotten long, beautiful, sweet & honest emails from so many people who have made changes to their art and to how they approach it. People who have realized that it’s right there in front of them- they had to take risks, follow their gut, sacrifice, and listen to their work – and they made it happen. Like I always say: It’s not magic, it’s work.

And I also want to say a huge giant thank you to beautiful & brilliant Stacy, my Workshops Manager, who has been working her ass off, busting her balls, putting in tons of hours to make this all happen. I couldn’t have done this all without you, Stacy. And I know you think I’m a fucking nut (I am), but the fact that you have still been willing to put so much into this, sacrifice so much, really means the world to me, really. I know I’m a perfectionist/anal freak and that my ideas are crazy, and I know it’s not easy for you, and I am so grateful for everything you do.

(Above: Destroying flowers since 1977! smug. pleased with myself. S.Africa. Photo by dad.)

I promise to keep working hard on all of this stuff, it means so much to me and is becoming an even more important job than I had ever imagined. I also recently started a project: Artist Conversations with Noa Azoulay-Sclater where I plan to bring you many honest and revealing interviews with artists as an opportunity for us to pick their brains and discover more about ourselves and our work.

  • June 23, 2012 - 11:22 pm

    Kismet Nakai - I think photo number 6 in the first series is you going like, ‘a belly button? What’s that all about?’

    After I listened to your Musea interview the other day,all I have been thinking about is my art. I realised suddenly I am doing shit for other people and not for myself. You reminded me what is important and I hope to keep that in mind and evolve the way I want to. If that happens,it will be largely because of you.I hope I can catch you somewhere in the world soon-I would love to meet you and spend all I have in my pocket to attend one of your workshops.

    Love from India xx

  • June 24, 2012 - 10:29 pm

    Stacy - *Sigh* Oh, Noa :) Loved this post and your pics! This week is going to be amazing!!!!!!!!

  • June 26, 2012 - 9:26 am

    Amanda Mae - Love it. Your generosity is beautiful. I was sad that I didn’t see your announcement right away and missed registration (doubly sad that I’m actually IN Southern California and could have made it!). Have a wonderful workshop!

  • June 27, 2012 - 4:58 pm

    Patricia Mera-Silva - Your honesty continues to inspire me; to seek for something better! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and pics of you growing up! You are a beautiful soul-inside and out!