our 5 true north tenants

The idea of a “true north” is central to Safeena Noah. This company isn’t just about me and my (*sparkling*) personality, but it’s about central values. Values that run deep within myself as a human, photographer, business owner, and values that I hope run deep with you.

Malibu Beach El Matador Adventure Engagement Photography by Safeena Noah of Little Boat Photography
Malibu Beach Wedding Engagement Session by Safeena Noah of Little Boat Photography

Because when I create, I’m not creating for you, I’m creating with you.

So it’s important we’re on the same team, yeah?

these are the things that guide what we do and how we create:

1. The marriage will always be infinitely more important than the wedding.
Vows are too sacred to get lost in the riffraff of throwing the most Pinterest-worthy party. I do this work so that when things get hard, you have images to hold and remind yourself of why you fell in love. It’s not for the features or followers or to meet the expectations of everyone under the sun, but for you and your loved ones alone. It’s not about a day and how perfect everything looked, but the unfolding of a bigger story than you know.
2. Real connection is everything.
Cordial and stiff isn’t my thing. I’ll be your friend, your third wheel, and your confidante. Sometimes I’ll even be your potty-mouth pack mule and your enneagram consultant, but the point is that you’re getting the real me, not a 2-D wedding vendor version of me. The best way I can serve you is by truly knowing you, and that stuff tends to be a two-way street.
3. Love is more about giving than taking.
I’ve gained immeasurably more from my experiences doing this work than I could ever put a dollar sign on. 25% of photographer resources go toward non-profits. $500 from each full-day wedding goes toward non-profits.
4. We are chasing and creating what is on earth as it is in heaven.
This earth is so good and has given us so much to appreciate. Traveling and experiencing the outdoors with couples in love has brought me so close to my idea of heaven. Every shoot feels like a tiny miracle. So we give back to the world and respect nature in gratitude for what it’s given us.
5. Basic human goodness.
We are affirming of all our friends who live kindly and love well. Safeena Noah does not discriminate on the basis of race, ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, etc. We do not cast judgement; we do not tokenize. The only thing we are intolerant of here is intolerance.


The following local, national, and international organizations have been selected for their mission and impact to receive a portion of profits. $500 from any full-day (8+ hour) wedding or elopement booking will be donated on a rotating basis. 25% of all print purchase proceeds will be donated to Preemptive Love Coalition. I (Safeena) have vetted them all personally (I had to use that Non-Profit degree for something, right?) and believe in these organizations, and I hope you do too. Hover over any name to learn more.

Operation Underground Railroad

Cause: Child Sex Trafficking; international


O.U.R has gathered the world's experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. In the past six years of existence, O.U.R. has rescued 3,800 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 2,100 traffickers around the world. Once victims are rescued, a comprehensive process involving justice for the perpetrators and recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors begins.

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Saving Innocence

Cause: Child Sex Trafficking; local


The mission of LA-based Saving Innocence is to recover and restore child victims of sex trafficking through strategic partnerships with local law enforcement, social service providers, and schools, while mobilizing communities to prevent abuse and increase neighborhood safety.

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Sierra Club Foundation

Cause: environmental; national


The Sierra Club Foundation promotes efforts to educate and empower people to protect and improve the natural and human environment. Their goals are to solve the climate crisis, protect public lands and water, expand opportunities for more people to get outdoors regardless of socioeconomic barriers, and build a diverse, inclusive movement that prioritizes connections between environmental health and social justice.

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Preemptive Love Coalition

Cause: humanitarian; international


PLC is a global movement of peacemakers committed to unmaking violence by confronting fear with acts of love. PLC aims to stop the spread of war, reduce the risk of war, and change the ideas that lead to war, with impact focused on relief (medical, food, asylum services, rebuilds), jobs, and community in conflict-torn areas.


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Homeboy Industries

Cause: social services & recidivism; local

Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community. Each year over 10,000 former gang members from across Los Angeles come through Homeboy Industries’ doors in an effort to make a positive change.

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The Innocence Project

Cause: exoneration and criminal justice reform; national

The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.

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charity : water

Cause: water + poverty; international

charity: water is a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. They work with local experts and community members to find the best sustainable solution around the world. Over 57k water projects have been funded in 29 countries since 2006.

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International Justice Mission

Cause: Slavery; international

IJM is a global organization partnering with local justice systems to end violence against people living in poverty. Their model is to rescue and restore victims of slavery, bring criminals to justice, and strengthen justice systems worldwide. IJM protects people from brutal violence worldwide, including land theft, sex trafficking, police abuse of power, citizenship rights abuse, sexual violence against children, and forced labor slavery.

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My Brother's Keeper Alliance

Cause: racial inequality; national

MBK Alliance leads a cross-sector national call to action focused on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity. The Alliance, founded by President Obama, tackles challenges of social inequalities, rooted in structure and institutional racism.

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The Trevor Project

Cause: LGBTQ youth; national


The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. They also offer guidance and resources to parents and educators in order to foster safe, accepting, and inclusive environments for all youth, at home and at school.

Learn more.

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