A few years after I moved to Idaho and had my photo business up and running, I was asked by a high school student, Noilyn, if I would be her senior project mentor. Always eager to jump into something I’ve never done before, I agreed. Noilyn bought a film camera for her project and over the course of three months created a great collection of images and received many accolades from her teachers, friends, and yours truly. After graduation, Noilyn stayed local and kept with her interest in photography. She was my first intern in 2010 and improved with every gig.
Throughout my relationship with Noilyn, I kept hearing about her beau, Rob. Stories about him piloting bush planes in Alaska to take fly fishermen deep into remote canyons, being a rippin’ skier, their adventures wake surfing the local lakes, and impromptu dates/flights around the West to places like Carmel or Scottsdale, lent Rob this iconic, Indiana Jones, reputation. Well, to be honest, after meeting him and spending time with him, the reputation held true. Only, you should add in there his generosity, kindness, and interest in others to round out Rob’s character; I should say these traits are equaled by Noilyn.
Noilyn is a native of Costa Rica and most of her family still resides near San Jose. When these two began planning their wedding, I was overjoyed when they asked if I would join in the celebration and be their photographer. Two weeks ago, their amazing wedding took place on the small Playa Azucar in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica with 60 or so friends and family in attendance. Noilyn and Rob planned a stunning wedding and feast for my cameras with fire dancers, lanterns, an amazing sunset, and colorful ambient lights. Noilyn’s family brought some tasty moonshine with them that went down easy and reminded you later how many shots you’d had! It was the perfect celebration. Congrats Noi and Rob! Pura vida!