When Noah Sahady reached out to us about working together, we were instantly hooked by his portfolio. His images evoke a carefree, laid-back sense of fun: beautiful people in beautiful surroundings, whether it’s a city street or a mountaintop. After scrolling through his stories, we always end up with a wistful sort of wanderlust: they’re the sort of wonderfully-lit and composed photos that you wish you could just jump right into. Originally from Pittsburgh, Noah is in the middle of a move to New York City and we’re wishing him all the best (and plenty of weekend escapes to nature) as he navigates the concrete jungle.
Noah wears the BOLTON STREET BACKPACK in Smoke.
ONA: How did you get into photography/videography?
NS: When I was growing up, I was surrounded by tons of artsy things. My sister played the violin, my parents constantly played interior designer in the many homes we lived in, and my dad…let’s just say my dad is a creative guy. He’s gone from interior designer, to make-up academy, to owning a successful hair salon for 25 years. He taught me how to draw and he introduced me to the guitar. I think it’s safe to say my creativity stems from my family.
Getting into photography just happened naturally. I remember always wanting to use my mom’s film camera when I was young and that picking up processed film was my favorite part of running errands with her. I’ve always been the type who needed many creative outlets. If I wasn’t making music, I was drawing. And if I wasn’t drawing, I was making videos. I fiddled around with some digital cameras in high school and it just stuck. I went on to photograph many of my friend’s bands, both live and promotional. It was then that I realized that I could make a living doing something I love, all while collaborating with my friends and new people.
ONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your “go to” lens of choice?
NS: I primarily shoot with a 5dmk I/II, but still love carrying around my trusty AE-1 – that thing is a tank. I favor my 35L for its versatility but I still have a soft spot for the 50L.
ONA: What sort of project drives your creativity? Follow Up: What is your dream project?
NS: I am so inspired by the people around me who are all just doing what they love. Collaborating with these people drives me creatively more than anything. It is so awesome being able to help shape and tell their stories. I want to continue this process of collaboration, so I’d have to say my dream project is just riding the wave together. I know, it’s not really a single project and it’s more of an on-going process, but having an end goal like a dream project scares me. I love what I do too much to eventually feel content.
ONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer/videographer?
NS: For me, it’s staying on top of my business and the idea of selling. I always just want to be outside exploring what’s around me or climbing a mountain or doing some other manly activity. But in reality, I have to spend a lot of time in front of a computer. The fact that I’m technically just selling a service also bums me out. We have enough to buy into in our society.
ONA: Describe your style of shooting.
NS: Candid but intentional. Production is important, but I try to have everything happen as organically as possible.
ONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give to a photographer/videographer just starting out?
NS: Don’t listen to what the critics say, follow your heart, and never forget about the amazing people around you.
ONA: How did you hear about us?
NS: I was visiting NYC a while back when my friend, Kayla Clements, showed me her ONA. I instantly fell in love.
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Note: photos of Noah were taken by Cody James Photo.