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I’m so proud to have my work in ASTRA’s 2nd album, The Black Chord. Below are photos of the “Die Hard” edition vinyl (sold out!) which includes a huge poster and a crazy-cool medallion. The beautiful design was done by artist Arik Roper, who also designed their first album The Weirding. The photos I took that are in the album are from European tours, live shows, travels etc… and there’s even a photo of Stuart (bass player/my husband) and I in there from some super 8 film footage that Son Of Shark Pig took of us walking the streets of Italy. The Black Chord is my favorite album (obv) and the last pic (by my friend Meredith) is of me wearing my ASTRA pendant at their show last week… groupie
I also made a short experimental art film featuring the members of ASTRA and their music here.




I love shooting for Rue Magazine (remember this shoot at the Elvis Honeymoon home?) – and I also have another shoot for them coming up in their next issue that we did for my Bay Area workshop in April.
But this time I was paired up with the wonderful husband & wife event planning and design duo Aleah + Nick Valley | Valley & Co who styled the shoot and created the tastiest appetizer & cocktail recipes featuring Rhuby, a delicious Rhubarb spirit from Art In The Age – you can buy it here.
We did the shoot at my house & I tried out all the recipes & can’t wait to make them again this summer to enjoy by the pool!
You can see the feature in Rue Magazine here on pgs 53-54.
I wanted to share these scrumptious drinks & snacks here & I couldn’t help putting together a little design of my images to go along with it… now I’m fully starving… and thirsty.

{Recipes at the end of this post.}

ALL RECIPES COURTESY OF ALEAH + NICK VALLEY | VALLEY & CO

Rhuby Garden Sparkler
1.5 oz. Rhuby | ginger ale | 2 tsp. basil simple syrup {sugar, water + a bundle of basil leaves} | lemon | orange | green apple | strawberries {Triple the recipe to make in a carafe in advance} | ice
Make the simple syrup by bringing 2 parts water to a gentle boil. Add the basil bundle and reduce to medium heat. Slowly add 1 part sugar, stirring and keeping at a simmer. Stir until the mixture becomes thicker. Remove from heat and strain out the basil. Cut the lemons and oranges into thin slices and cube the green apple and strawberries. Add ice and 2 tsp. simple syrup to a tall bistro glass. Add several slices of lemon and orange and strawberry cubes. Add a handful of apple cubes and 1.5 oz. Rhuby. Top with ginger ale and stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge or strawberry.

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Honey-Brushed Prosciutto
Ingredients: baby potatoes | goat cheese {herbed or plain} | honey | prosciutto | olive oil | micro greens
Pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees. Slightly scoop out the top of each potato with a melon baller and cut the base of the potato so that it will sit flat and upright on a baking sheet. Coat the potatoes in olive oil and place on a baking sheet upright and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from the baking sheet and let cool a bit so you can handle them. When cooled slightly take the prosciutto and wrap tightly around the potato. Secure with a skewer through the side of the potato. Brush with honey and cook the prosciutto-wrapped potato on medium-low heat on the stove top, just until the prosciutto is crisped. Fill a plastic bag with goat cheese and trim the end {to make a piping bag}. Fill the hole on the top of the potato with goat cheese and top with micro greens. Serve while warm.

Minted Crush
Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Rhuby | | 2 oz. strawberry nectar | 3 oz. Limonata or sparkling lemonade | mint | ice | pinch of sugar
Place 3 mint leaves and sugar in the bottom of a highball glass. Muddle and add ice and 1.5 oz. Rhuby. Add 2 oz. strawberry nectar. Top with sparkling lemonade and stir. Garnish with a strawberry and mint leaves. *Strawberry nectar can be purchased at the grocery store or at home by blending a dozen strawberries with 1/4 cup of water.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Crisps
Ingredients: baby purple and fingerling potatoes | strawberries | goat cheese | basil | 1 tsp. olive oil | sea salt | pepper
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Using a mandoline, shave the potatoes into paper-thin slices and drizzle with a teaspoon of olive oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and cook for about 20 minutes, or until crisp {turning over only if necessary}. Remove and place on a paper towel to drain oil. Pat dry. Once cooled, lay a thin slice of strawberry atop the crisp. Pipe goat cheese onto the top of each strawberry berry using a plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Finish with a sprig of basil. {Optional: you can add a drizzle of balsamic glaze if they will be served immediately}

Balsamic-Dipped Watermelon Bites
Ingredients: watermelon | 1 container of small mozzarella pearls | basil | good balsamic vinegar | sea salt
Cut the watermelon into bite-sized cubes. Cut the basil into threads by rolling into a cigar-shape and slicing thinly. Skewer the mozzarella pearls on top of the watermelon cubes. Take the cube and dip it into 1/4″ of balsamic vinegar, leaving for 30 seconds, or until it’s soaked in. Top with basil and a crack of sea salt. Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator, covered, for up to a few hours.

  • May 25, 2012 - 5:53 pm

    Aleah and Nick - LOVING all of these images, Noa! You are incredible. Such fun working with you – hope to again soon! Aleah + Nick

  • May 30, 2012 - 3:34 am

    Chris - Looks all soo yummie. Especially the rhuby garden sparkler. Love that close up shot.

  • September 11, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    Super Bowl Entertaining Essentials | Rue - […] forget. It’s easy! Grab your favorite cocktail recipe and serve a signature drink (we love these!), show off your delicious cheese spread on a gorgeous slate plate, impress the boys with a super […]

This post on the Bust Magazine blog of Life Magazine’s 1944 sartorialist-esque spread ““Beautiful Girls in New York” (shot by Alfred Aisenstaedt), reminded me of my maternal grandmother Olga – fashion designer, Milliner, and fabulous fashionista!

This photograph below, taken somewhere in Russia/Romania, is my favorite of her & my stylish grandfather- the handsome Ramish (who was a caricature artist)- prancing around the streets with their little dog. (** the feather in her hat! **)
I posted and entire blog with images of them back in early 2009 HERE.

6 reasons why my workshops are different – my post on East Side Bride.

Alt Photography Workshop + POOL PARTY


Technical photography workshops are awesome, necessary, and extremely productive – but this is not one of them. Here are six reasons why my workshops are different:


1) I’M NOT A ROCKSTAR

I am not a “rockstar photographer.” I’m just a person who is sometimes totally full of shit, but I also spend a lot of time working on myself as an artist and I really really care about my work. My focus is on the quality of work we put out there, and most importantly our personal relationship to that work & what it can teach us. I am honest and revealing and have no intention of pretending to be someone I am not. I am not going to tell you how to skip the hard part & become a successful photographer overnight – QUITE THE CONTRARY.

2) FOCUS ON THE ARTIST

One of the main subjects I cover in the workshops, is how critical I believe it is to connect with our work & put ourselves into our art. Often times, photographers will focus on finding more expensive equipment, or spending hours looking at the work of other photographers in their industry for inspiration. As artists, we need to put ourselves & our experience into the work we are producing in order to create something that stands out & resonates with us. A majority of people who attend my workshops are photographers, but because I focus on The Artist, I often have other creative business people in attendance too – like bloggers, calligraphers, magazine editors, writers etc.

3) BREAKING THE RULES

My work is certainly not for everyone. I focus more on what intuitively clicks inside me while I’m shooting than I do on perfection in composition, lighting etc. In fact, I often do what would be considered “technically wrong” in order to get the results I want. I have seen a million pretty photos, but it’s often the blurry, strangely-cropped, under/over-exposed images that stand out for me the most. Why? Because I can personally relate to them. Because they reveal something deeper, more beautiful, more honest, more human. Let’s just say that if I had to choose between Ansel Adams and Diane Arbus, I’m going with Arbus.

4) ROUNDING IT OUT

Besides my more philosophical lectures, I also cover real-world examples from my experience, discuss experimentation, how to get the clients you want, self-branding and many other practical subjects. I leave ample time for Q & A to structure each workshop around the attendees. I invite incredible guest lecturers to focus on subjects that are vital in running your own creative business. For example: Anne Sage on the important role of social media in self-branding (Bay AreaSan Diego Workshops), Chloe Aftel giving a hands-on Polaroid class that will blow your mind (Bay AreaSan Diego Workshops), Emma Case on not compromising (London Workshop) etc. These are artists & creative people whom I admire and respect and have learned so much from.

5) THE AFTER PARTY

Yes, we spend a few good hours discussing all sorts of deep, intense and important topics – I pose vital questions that we need to ask ourselves… blah blah, BUT I also believe in not taking stuff too seriously. If we’re going to work hard, we’re going to relax and/or play hard too. Some of my workshop after parties have included: glamping sleepover in a giant beach house overlooking the ocean with musical guests Tim & Nicki Bluhm (here’s video by Bay Area workshop attendee Sara Wilbur Photography), dirty-hip-hop dance parties (London & Italy video by Son Of Shark Pig), … and sometimes celebrity guests! The beautiful Sarah Carter will be our model for the San Diego workshop. Wine & friends, plus clean & tasty gourmet food is of utmost importance! (Nicole of Gjleina is catering!) … And we will also be taking some hard-core pool breaks.

6) CONNECTION

I love how people keep in touch after my workshops – they become friends, ask for help reviewing an edit, travel across the country to hang out together, do awesome photo projects together, or even start a Facebook group specifically for all the people in the workshop they attended, including me. It’s RAD.

I am so extremely super-excited about my upcoming 2-day workshop on June 28th & 29th at my house and studio in San Diego! You can learn all about it HERE. Find out more about my workshops, content I discuss, videos & interviews with me, attendee testimonials and more HERE.

I was delayed at the airport on my way to SFO for my recent Artist Workshop, and sitting right across from me were these 2 nuns- I loved that their habits where completely navy blue and that ALL their luggage matched their outfits- everything navy blue- cute! (shot on 35mm film)

  • May 25, 2012 - 5:21 pm

    julia wheeler - holy shit. i kid you not… those were nuns from my high school in nor-cal. trippy!!

Wow! What an awesome and fun and full 2 days we had at my Bay Area Workshop.
I am currently gearing up for my next few workshops- 1 in San Diego (at my house!) on June 28th & 29th (sign up HERE) and New York at the end of July (mailing list), plus another London workshop coming up later this year (mailing list).

This was such a wonderful 2 days in so many ways! We had a husband and wife team, 2 sisters, and 2 babies-in-utero there – a first time ever at one of my workshops. Plus so many friends, guest lecturers, shoots and stuff going on all at once- we covered pretty much everything from my deeper more philosophical subject matter, to technical, business, creative, editorial, workflow, portraiture and lots of hands-on stuff. Plus eating, drinking, music and so much more. In fact, I couldn’t have said it better than the attendees themselves! Read all about it in the AWESOME attendee reviews of this workshop HERE, HERE, HERE, HEREHERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

I have organized tons of photos taken by the attendees as well as sweet Kaz from Woodnote Photography who provided coverage of the entire event.  Thank you Kaz! I love the photos and so happy to have such a rad new friend!

All photos credited above each set of images.

Photo below: Studio 222

I rented this gorgeous giant beach house in Pacifica, CA- this was the view we had to deal with! The house had tons of secret rooms and lofts with hidden doorways that led to other rooms.

Photos below: Woodnote Photography

Photos below: Shutter Sam

Above, Chloe‘s Polaroid lecture and her stunning work!

Photos below: Rory Amber Photography

Above, Chloe‘s dogs paid us a special guest visit during our Polaroid project! The last image is of our shoot for Rue Magazine with the amazingly talented styling skills of Erin (Apartment 34), produced by Anne Sage of Rue Mag/ City Sage blog. We did a shoot featuring Three Babes Bakeshop (and then we ate their delicious sweet & savory pies!) Images coming soon in the next issue of Rue!

My dear friends and clients Tim & Nicki Bluhm hung out and sang at my workshop after party, an exclusive little performance just for us! We also gave each attendee a copy of their beautiful cd Duets.

You must watch this little video shot by attendee Sara Wilbur Photography of one of the songs they played!

Photos below:  Patti & Russ of Ressull Salvi Photography

On Day 2 of the workshop we had my friends, special guest lecturers Anne Sage (Rue Magazine / City Sage Blog) discussing social media and creative business, and master photographer Chloe Aftel teaching us about Polaroid cameras using Impossible Project film. We also received some discount coupons from Impossible!

Above left, Nicki and I getting a little snuggle in on the couch. On the right- me talking to the cops at the after party: The neighbor decided to flash my guests his private parts through his window, and then had the audacity to call in a noise complaint on us! So I asked the officer if we could file a counter-complaint at his genitals… he said No. But still… Anyways, we had a blast that night! Dinner, wine & live music… I loved hanging out with everyone there- what an epic group of people! After that, everyone crashed out in the house…

Chloe Aftel lecturing the next morning… Photo below: Studio 222

Photos below: Woodnote Photography during our Polaroid session. We teamed up into pairs of two as Chloe allowed us to use her slew of cameras to create some Polaroid magic…


Photos below: Jetkat Photo – waiting for the Polaroids to develop and then hearing all the excitement and gasping around the room as we slowly turned each one over to look at it…

Photo below: Woodnote Photography

And here are all the Polaroids everyone took of each other! So beautiful…

Kaz & I teamed up and shot these of each other. But the middle photo with my head replaced by a blast of light (what it looks like when my “mind is blown”) was taken by the fantastically beautiful Véronique Roch-Lefebvre.

My favorite one that Kaz took of me below.

The beautiful Rachel who produced the video that her fiance cinematographer Drew Dorsey shot of the workshop, interviewing the attendees. Photo below by Sarah Layne Photography

The crew! Group shot & all other photos below by: Woodnote Photography

The gift bags for my attendees!
Customized canvas tote bags from FBS Print – I use mine all the time now / Customized notebooks from Paper Coterie – everyone loved these!/ Had to share the beautiful sounds of my dear friends & clients Tim & Nicki Bluhm‘s Duets CD’s / Gorgeous art magazine Sioux Magazine / Cookies shipped from my favorite place to eat in LA Gjelina /  Discount coupon specifically for my workshops from my lab George’s Camera

FOOD! I wanted the BEST- Clean, super yummy food for my group- and I hit the jackpot! Catering provided by Square Meals (SO GOOD!) and delicious breakfast & baked goods by Batter Bakery – we ate like royalty!!!

And a few more from Kaz (Woodnote Photography) below…

I cannot say enough about Stacy, my workshop intern assistant who was so awesome that I ended up offering her a job as my Workshops Manager / Social Director … She completes me. Thank you Stacy!

Special thanks to Cinematographer & friend Drew Dorsey for video coverage (coming soon!) and his gorgeous fiancee Rachel for producing the little film we’re making. So glad we all got to live together in that giant rad house for 3 days! Also a very special thank you to my best friend Rob who set up the AV for us and gives the best hugs in the world- I love you , brother.

Read some AWESOME attendee reviews of this workshop HEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHERE and HERE.

I am currently gearing up for my next few workshops- 1 in San Diego (at my house!) on June 28th & 29th (Sign up HERE) and New York at the end of July (mailing list), plus another London workshop coming up later this year (mailing list).