Fashion photographer, alumnus exhibit opens Oct. 16 in Hermann

During his first year of running his own photo studio and gallery, business was so slow for Jason Noble ’99 that he used to sit on the front doorstep and play guitar for the thousands of people rushing back and forth.

Boy how things have changed since those early days in 2002. Now Noble, along with his wife, Danielle Boettcher Noble ’99, runs one of the busiest and most popular photo studios in the Cleveland market.

Noble is now excited to share some of his photography success during “What a Long, Strange Trip it’s Been,” an exhibition on the Third Floor Gallery at the Hermann Fine Arts Center. The exhibit opens Homecoming weekend with a reception from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16. Noble’s photographs will be on display until Dec. 5.

“My photography career has come full circle in a sense, with my upcoming exhibit at Marietta College, 10 years later. One chapter ends as the next one unfolds before my eyes in this crazy journey we call life,” said Noble, CEO/Photographer of Noble Images, Inc. “My exhibit is appropriately titled ‘What A Long, Strange Trip it’s Been’ and covers my 10 years of finding myself as a photographer since my time at Marietta.”

Noble Images, Inc. Studio & Gallery, has been going strong since 2003 shooting weddings around the world, as well as senior class portraits. In their seven years in Cuyahoga Falls, Noble Images, Inc. has won many awards, including “Best Photographer in Cleveland & Northeast Ohio 2007” from the Cleveland FOX station, beating out more than a hundred area studios, including some of the biggest names in Ohio. Noble’s work continues to win awards in photography and he has been published in both wedding and fashion magazines across the U.S.

Noble has branched out in recent years. In 2008, a friend asked him if he wanted to shoot the runways at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion week for an Indianapolis-based magazine. Noble jumped at the opportunity.

“I built a strong enough portfolio to prove my runway skill and was soon recruited to shoot for the man in charge of the ‘pit,’ which is home of the hundreds of photographers and videographers who flock to New York City to cover the runways,” Noble said. “In three short seasons, I have gone from a nobody at Fashion Week to now being an official ‘front-and-center’ photographer of Fashion Week, shooting right next to guys from Getty Images, The Associated Press and Vogue.”

Noble’s photography career began at Marietta College on the staff of The Marcolian, the College’s student newspaper. His first assignment was the Sternwheel Festival. “I didn’t load the film properly in the camera and nothing turned out. Needless to say, I learned my lesson early on.”

Noble, who earned degrees in Advertising & Public Relations and Radio & Television, conducted his first photo exhibition—“Take a Little Trip with Me”—at Marietta during his senior year.

“In the decade since my graduation from Marietta, photography has taken me all over the world and has introduced me to many influential people. I have had the pleasure of photographing icons like Vera Wang and Betsey Johnson. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be backstage talking to and photographing supermodels like Heidi Klum or Tyson Beckford, I would have laughed. It's amazing where hard work will lead you.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.