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Last time I blogged was back in September last year. I have received so many messages asking why I haven’t blogged or posted new work recently. Well here’s the answer. Life’s been weird- as it has been I’m sure for all of us.

Since my cat Russia died 1.5 years ago (he was with me for 17 years), things started to get a little heavy for me. Then my husband and I who had been together for 14 years, split up in September and are divorcing… It’s all good though! We are still best friends and will always be family. He’s wonderful and we care for each other very much, just moving in our own directions… Then more and more heavy stuff sort of just kept happening and the whole time I wasn’t feeling like blogging. I guess I needed time to be sort of introverted to a certain extent, like we all do at times. Reaching back into your life and preparing to come back out – experiencing the light, the dark, and everything in between. So, that’s a little bit about where I have been – I am back to sharing my work now and have a ton of upcoming posts from all sorts of shoots and incredible weddings to share, I can’t wait!

I have also used all of these experiences to take me to the next level of my work as an artist as well as in my workshop content – and THAT is what I am seriously excited for…

During the past year or so, my film camera that I have had since I was 11 (my first camera) had a roll in it that I shot on randomly.  I sort of let IT tell ME when to shoot. And I didn’t question it or ignore it. This was all portraiture. Something intuitively documenting a very strange time in my life full of massive changes– I also took some other photos during this time on other cameras (including digital) and when I was asked to do a solo art show at Tin Can via Magick Brotherhood (I was interviewed HERE)- I decided I would make it personal, very personal, and extremely intimate. I could have chosen to show some of the more “well-known” images I have or ones that I knew people would like, but instead I decided to make the show about me and my experiences, for me, and for nobody else- this was cathartic and certainly the most personal joy I had experienced in a very long time…

Intimacy was a huge theme in the show. Showing my first nude photo of myself publicly almost felt like it wasn’t half as intimate as the rest of the images are for me.  I felt like everything was exposed, so I might as well be too. Fuck it. The art show documented everything from when Russia died to a few months ago- And for me tells a very personal story of my experiences during that time, mostly through people as mirrors. This is why the selections I made were strictly portraiture of the people who came in and out of my life during this time, the muses, the friends, the lovers, the inspirations & the conversations that all had a profound effect on me… I dedicated the entire show to my feline love Russia. Which is why the show starts and ends with him. I also had my friend artist Frank Melendez draw a third eye on me that night- in honor of Russia and I and our “third-eye kiss” we used to do.

The idea for me was to document a very difficult, crazy, weird and beautiful time in my life, but to do so as if it was already nostalgic- hence so much high grain, blurriness, out-of-focus shots etc.

The catharsis of putting these experiences in to my WORK as an artist, in real-time, was something I cannot put into words.

Below is the art show as it was up at the Tin Can, in the same order, with the image titles listed under each photo.

DEDICATED TO RUSSIA, THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. 1993- DEC 2ND 2011 (Self Portrait)
At home. San Diego.

THE MOON WILL STRETCH OUT IT’S BEAMS AND KISS YOUR FACE – Stuart Sclater (35mm film)
At home, San Diego.

SOMEWHERE, A TURKEY IS RISING FROM THE ASHES – Sarah Carter (Polaroid)
In my studio, San Diego. For my workshop.

I MET WITH THE DEVIL AND HE ROLLED HIS EYES AT ME – Self Portrait (35mm film)
At home, San Diego.

MUSIC FOR NAKED PEOPLE – Paul and Liliana Marrone (35mm film)
Los Angeles, at HM157.

SOMEONE SHOULD PAY THE WEATHER OFF – Paul Marrone (35mm film)
At Hobbit Castle, San Diego.

AND HER WAILING ALERTED THE ENTIRE COUNCIL OF ELDERS – Liliana Marrone
At Hobbit Castle, San Diego.

SOUNDTRACK FOR THE DUCKS IN THE POOL AND THE COYOTES IN THE CANYON – AJ Croce (35mm film)
At his home, San Diego.

DO YOU REALIZE, YOU HAVE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FACE – Brian Dillon (35mm film)
At home, San Diego.

THE PRETTY SOUND OF BIRDS SKINNY-DIPPING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN – Brian Dillon (35mm film)
Brooklyn, NY.

SHE HAD ME AT CRASH WORSHIP, WITH NOTHING ON BUT A GIANT HEADDRESS – Lady Jane  (35mm film)
Brooklyn, NY.

HER SPIRIT SHINES IN THE KEY OF GOLD MINOR – Rhianna Wassell (35mm film)
At home, San Diego.

WE MET AT CHURCH: WE WERE BOTH BURNING THE SAME CHURCH AT THE SAME TIME – Patrick Shea (35mm film)
At home, San Diego.

MASTERMINDS, MUSES AND FIRE-SNAKES – Jason St. John (35mm film)
San Diego.

I BEEN TO HEAVEN, I BEEN TO HELL. NONE OF THEM PLACES GOT NOTHING TO SELL – Self Portrait.
At home, San Diego.

STARE INTO THE FACE OF GOD – King Russia (35mm film)
At home, San Diego.

And here’s a little bit of how the night went (top two photos by Danica Molenaar of Magic Brotherhood)… A huge thank you to you Danica! And to SACRI MONTI for the beautiful heavy jams, Paul Marrone for DJ-ing, the Tin Can for showcasing so much art and being so rad, and to all the beautiful people and friends who came and supported and hung out with me! LOVE.

  • July 15, 2013 - 6:43 pm

    Erin Leppo - Thank you for sharing your thoughts an as always beautiful intimate photos

  • July 15, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    Kori Bearden - Ah Noa this made tears come to my eyes. Your life from my perspective has always been perfect and so very desirable. In a way hearing your struggles makes me feel stronger. If you can persevere, I can persevere. If you can create beauty from pain, as can I. You are such an inspiration in art and in life. The work you chose for your show couldn’t have been more perfect, the photo of Stuart sleeping is just so emotional and very fitting. You are a brave one Miss Azoulay. Thank you.

  • July 15, 2013 - 7:29 pm

    Patricia Mera - Thank you for your honesty and sharing your beautiful pictures. I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful images in the future.

  • July 15, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    Anna Conroy - Noa, this is beautiful. Having been through darkness and chaos myself over the past year or two, it is the most heartwarming thing to see such a beautiful representation of someones life struggles and joys. And the way you articulate all of it makes me feel like I’m not the only one in the world with crazy s*** going on! You have created such incredible beauty out of the things that have tried to bring you down and somehow I feel like I know you simply from the way you captured moments and atmosphere in your photos. I love the idea of making them seem like they are already nostalgia. Keep thinking that way and they will become memories that only make you stronger.You are quite the inspiration. Much love and hugs xxxx

  • July 15, 2013 - 8:32 pm

    Sean Sloan - The photos are great and the captions are even better. Thank you for sharing these and what’s going on with you. Honored.

  • July 15, 2013 - 8:52 pm

    Sol - Dear one,

    “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” (Edgar Degas)
    You make us see all the emotions between the True and the Lie…
    Sol

  • July 16, 2013 - 1:23 am

    jill - raw, beautiful, macabre. thank you, for you, noa.

  • July 16, 2013 - 10:26 am

    Briana Morrison - I wish I could have been there to see your show in person. This is such a lovely post and it’s good to hear that you are finding ways to heal through your art. You are such a talented, beautiful spirit and I’m so glad I got the chance to know you. :-)

  • July 18, 2013 - 6:24 am

    Kismet - I want to say something but I don’t know what. I thought I would leave without commenting but decided to say nothing just so you know I was speechless.

  • August 12, 2013 - 5:00 pm

    Oscar Rellán - Love yours pictures!! Vintage, beautiful!!

  • August 19, 2013 - 12:43 am

    Amber Skye - I just wanted to say WOW… GREAT… STUNNING…

  • September 16, 2013 - 11:35 pm

    Rachael - I think you are incredible. And beautiful and brave. xxx

  • December 21, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    John - Always an inspiration!

This beautiful wedding is featured on Rock ‘n Roll Bride! For more images and details, click below.

Thank you Natalie & Brynn for everything! And especially for the very kind words on Rock ‘n Roll Bride: “Besides the music, the most important thing to us was the photography. I’ve endlessly and outwardly spoken this, but Noa of Feather Love Photography is the bee’s knees. After our rehearsal dinner, the night before the wedding, we ran into each other in the hotel courtyard and she ended up hanging out with our bridal party and us for the night… while everyone was passing around my brother’s apple pie moonshine. She is so down to earth and such a beautiful person, which her photographs entirely reflect.”

Video: A Bryan Photo / Coordinator: Crystal Q Events / Venue: Ostertag Vistas / Bride’s Dresses: Custom made & Free People / Groom Outfit: ASOS & The Tie Bar /Rentals (Tables/Chairs/Plates): Maggpie Vintage Rentals / Flowers: Jonalee Earles / Hair: Kristin Hoover / Makeup: Tres Belle Beauty / DJ: Jeremy Unleashed from Sol Cat

This wedding is shot on digital, Polaroid, 35mm & Holga







































  • September 12, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Anni - These are incredible. Your vision and voice are so refreshing in a world of what seems like more of the same every day. I’m all inspired now to start incorporating the SX-70 I just bought into my client work!

  • September 12, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    michelle waspe - bloody beautiful!! can only dream of weddings/taking photographs like this! x

  • September 12, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    Sunny - A big beast of beautiful bonhomie! And rather smitten with the touches of the untamed with the gentle.

  • September 12, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    mackenzie - the masks are amazing! i especially love the b&w one with everyone gathering in their masks…
    great job!

  • September 14, 2012 - 1:29 am

    twiggs - oh noah this is absolutely gorgeous and magical!!!! i wish i can one day get clients creative like this couple!!

  • September 25, 2012 - 10:42 am

    Christian - wow looks like a perfect Wedding.. i don’t know why but i always love especially the b&w pictures..

  • October 26, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    Vanessa - This looks like my kind of fairy tale weddings. So fun. Great job Noa!

  • December 10, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    Jessica - Your pictures are timeless.

  • December 19, 2012 - 10:45 pm

    Michelle - I’m not sure how I stumbled across you blog, but I’m so SO glad that I did. Your Images are amazing and such an inspiration to me.

    THANK YOU for such beautiful work.

  • January 8, 2013 - 8:34 am

    Rob Holley - I would love to swim in the creative waters that you play in. More events please.

  • November 27, 2013 - 9:11 am

    Wouter Kingma - Excellent photography. Pictures are perfect.

  • December 2, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    lloyd taylor - i love all of your pictures. You capture every moment so perfectly i love it. i feel like i am a part of everything with you behind the camera keep up the wonderful work. Kind of makes me want to get marry just so i could hire you and then go back through the picture just to see the love and fun all over again,

  • May 14, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    Jessica - Your work reads like paintings- the light and coloring are magical. Awesome work!

  • November 11, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Abbie - I love the mix of the mediums, fab effect!

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.