Born and raised on the Eastern shores of New Brunswick, Canada, Noel grew up with the Atlantic Ocean for a backyard. Summers spent on the sailboat and at the family cottage instilled a great love of the outdoors. Noel traded the ocean for the mountain ranges of Western Canada in his mid-twenties, and has spent the last ten years exploring the numerous peaks and valleys that the Rockies are famous for.
Noel started his professional photography career shortly after moving to the mountains. He learned early on that to sustain a successful career with his camera he would have to branch out from landscape photography, and has immersed himself in many different aspects of the trade. Today he spends his time photographing Canada's Olympic cross country and biathlon teams, numerous weddings, real estate and architecture, various backcountry lodges, as well as aerial photography.
Noel credits a big part of his photography career to his favorite client, Alpine Helicopters. He has been working and flying with them since he moved to the mountains and, with their help, has become one of the most experienced aerial photographers in Canada. Alpine's tourism base in Canmore is a very busy place, with a lot of different people coming through the doors. After having spent two years running the photography desk for another company, Noel was able to build the contacts and gain the experience needed to start a company of his own.
It was through these contacts that lead Noel to discover one of his favorite places in the world —Mt. Assiniboine Lodge & Provincial Park.
Stuck in the mud and sinking deeper after getting to close to one of Assiniboine's famous reflection pools, Noel met his first group of Muench Workshop clients. If they had not walked by when they did, he would still be stuck there! Marc was kind enough to lend a helping hand and pulled him out. Shortly after, Noel was brought on as a co-leader for the next workshop there. A major advantage Noel has at Assiniboine is that his next-door neighbors ran the lodge for 30 years and have shared a lot of the history and special places the area has to offer with him.
Noel is currently in the process of obtaining his mountain guiding certifications and looks forward to bringing this skill set to future Muench Workshops.