VALE: Nadine Ohara

Discussion in 'Wedding and Event' started by william_w|3, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. William Michael

    William Michael Moderator Staff Member

    Nadine Ohara died quietly and gently Friday 15th February around noontime.
    Nadine had been ill in the latter part of 2012 and was hospitalized in mid December diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer.
    She was treated with Chemotherapy, with initially good results during January 2013.
    Sadly though, it was a fight that she could not win.
    The Ohara Family requested this information be not made public, until now.
  2. Nadine was a wonderful photographer and a very kind, enthusiastic, friendly and above all, helpful soul to all of the community. I thanked her multiple times for all that she did here, but I somehow doubt that it was ever really enough considering all that she had brought to the site.

    One of the last projects that she worked on for the site before her health started failing was to help judge last November's wedding photo contest. Knowing now that she must have been exhausted and not feeling all that great, I remain even more impressed at all the energy she had to spare for

    My thoughts go out to her family and loved ones. And I hope that they can take some small measure of sunlight during a cloudy time in knowing just how much Nadine meant to those of us in this little corner of the internet.
  3. William Michael

    William Michael Moderator Staff Member

    I met Nadine on this forum several years ago.
    A colleagueship developed between us, initially based upon our mutual love for Photography; but our chats developed wider and encompassed more - from swapping recipes to religion to family and so on, just as close friends do . . . I have been in touch with Nadine by email and telephone, for several years.
    I have lost a very close friend.
    Nadine’s Professionalism and Dedication to the Craft and to her Clients was of the highest order and she contributed an incredible amount of time and effort to the people who visit Photonet. The contents of her posts here are indicative of her vast knowledge and experience and also her gentle and pleasant personality.
    Nadine Ohara, is a name which is recognized by many Photographers around the world – I mentioned that to her once, or twice: but in her humble way, I believe she thought I was kidding her: I was not.
    “In any photography I do, I strive for simplicity and honesty--to show what is in front of my lens in its most basic and true form. I also apply this concept to my dealings with people and in my product offerings. I never forget why a client is hiring me to photograph their wedding.” - Nadine Ohara
    With love,
  4. I started missing her posts a while ago and wasn't sure what to make of her silence. Now I know.
    I've learned from a lot of photographers here, most of whom I have never met. But Nadine was very, very special. Her skill, wisdom, good sense, shined in every one of her myriad posts. She was a remarkable presence here. I owe a lot of whatever little bit I have learned about wedding photography to Nadine.
    Anyway, I am very sad to hear this news. I will miss her greatly. I will say a prayer for her and her family.
  5. Although I've not posted much (if anything) over the past couple of years. I always read every single email notification I get and noticed that Nadine had been quiet the past few months. will be a lesser place without her but I am grateful for all the wisdom she (so patiently) imparted. Not a lot of successful people are as willing to give so freely of their own knowledge like Nadine did.
    My thoughts and prayers are with her family, too.
  6. She was very classy and most helpful. Her guidance and beautiful image will continue to be an inspiration.
  7. I feared the worst when I noticed a lack of posts from her - especially on topics where I know she would have had a strong opinion.
    My prayers and condolences to her family and friends.
    The world lost a good one in her.
  8. Thank you for letting the PN community know. I am so sorry to hear. I haven't been on here much in the past few years. Nadine is one member I will always remember for her talent and always kind ways of helping others. Sympathies to her friends and family.
  9. I just heard from Josh about Nadine's passing. She graciously accepted to take responsibility for the Wedding Forum when I was up to my neck in moving and so on. I've not been back since - at least not to interfer or contribute - knowing the forum was in good hands - great hands actually. Further - I always always respected her cool head and extrodinary knowlege and her willingness to share her gems with us all. She was not only a talented and dedicated photographer but a wonderful person and a generous one as well. She will be so so missed. Bless you Nadine and your family. Mary Ball
  10. Nadine was always very helpful and giving of her time.

    Sincerest condolences to Nadine's family and loved ones.
  11. Wow, that is awful news. Nadine was always very helpful and even handed on any question presented. I emailed her several times off list with lighting questions etc. and she was always extremely helpful and positive. My deepest condolences to her family loved ones and friends and to those that have worked with her on for several years and got to know her better than most of us. She will be sorely missed by all of us.
  12. How very sad, I always enjoyed reading her point of view. Her posts were always very knowlegeable and constructive. She will be missed. My condolences to her family.
  13. Nadine Said: "So I would say to someone wanting to get into wedding photography—first and foremost, keep your mind open, remain humble, and keep learning."​
    She taught us so much and with such kindness and patience. Our world is a poorer place without her. My prayers are with her and with her family.
  14. My condolences to the family. She touched my life in ways that I use every day, from gear selection to approaches to Wedding photography. I'll think of her when I use that softar filter this weekend or pop open the parabolic for a new shot I have in mind for next week. I am sorry I never had a chance to meet her when she was just 90 miles away in SF.
  15. Wow. Always the voice of reason on these pages. This is sad.
  16. I'm so sorry to hear this. I never met her in person, but she is one of the few people on I wish I had met. With respect to her professional / photographic collegiality, she was exactly as described by the many previous posts on this thread -- the voice of reason, kind, helpful, knowledgeable, etc. She was undoubtedly the same way in the rest of her life, and, as in her photography, tried to improve the quality of the lives of those around her.
    My best wishes to her family. She was a true gem. We all will miss her.
    Tom M
    Washington, DC
  17. Nadine was one of those people who represented the best of us through her patience in sharing her expertise and encouraging others.
  18. Oh, heavens. For the last several years, I've harbored a quiet hope that one day soon my wife and I would make it to California and I'd find some excuse to shoot with Nadine, simply because I suspect she would have been such a pleasure to talk to and work with. I'm so sad, and yet so grateful to have participated on this forum when she was active here. I hope her family knows how she touched and helped countless strangers simply because that's the sort of person she was: someone who chose to be a blessing to others.
  19. A tear broke upon my keyboard just now.
    A soft soul has passed from this world, and we all will be the poorer for it.
    That one could become thought of as a friend, yet having never met, is a testimony to Nadine's way of being.
    Held in heart and mind, she will live on until my days are also done.
    Goodbye Nadine.
  20. There is no doubt she will be, and has been, missed. I know that over the past few years I have learned much from her, and have always found her advice to be helpful and constructive. I will remember her, and I can only hope that in the future, I will know know others like her.
    Today is a sad day. The rain mirrors my feelings.
  21. This is very distressing news. Nadine was a wonderful person, endlessly giving of her time and her considerable knowledge. I will miss her greatly. My heart goes out to her family.
  22. To Nadine's family and PN community: We lost a great treasure.
  23. Wow, that is shocking and very sad news. For me, Nadine was a fountain of knowledge and always contributed way over and above. She will be missed.
  24. I am very sorry to read this news. I remember, in a thread I can't find, naming her as one of my favorite teachers on When it was announced that she was becoming the moderator of the wedding forum, the response was enthusiastic. David Schilling said, ". . . I can't think of a better choice." There is a thread, Thanks a million Nadine, whose title is worth repeating. Thanks a million Nadine. You were so good to us.
  25. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    This is shocking. Nadine and I exchanged messages last November, as her mother had just passed away in Hawaii. And my own mother was gone a month before that. Little did I know that Nadine herself would be gone so soon, and apparently so early.
  26. A big loss, mostly of course for Nadine's family and close friends, but certainly also to these forums. Even if one isn't or wasn't active in wedding photography, Nadine's posts were worth reading: among the most pleasant, level-headed and practical I've ever read. Like few others, she could always deliver constructive comments, in a gentle, pleasant tone and with a clear love for what she was doing. I will sure miss that.
  27. Sad news. Nadine will be missed.
  28. My sincerest condolences to Nadine's family and friends.
    I was thinking about her just the other day, wondering why I haven't seen her posts here in threads I knew she would always like participate in. Her knowledge and her willingness to share and help others here will be sorely missed.
  29. Thank you, Nadine, for all the help you provided here. We will remember you fondly.
  30. I only knew Nadine from her forum posts here, but it was obvious she was always willing to help and offered a kind word of advice when needed. It was also obvious she was very well-respected. I am sorry to hear of her passing.
    William, my sincere condolences to you for your friend. May she now rest in peace.
  31. She set an example by her clear, lucid and patient explanations of her art. The site is diminished without her friendly and helpful presence. She is missed.
  32. Very sad news. My deepest condolences. We can never take for granted some of these longer standing on-line
    associations, sometimes all of a sudden they just stop and we're left only with the conversations we had along the way.
  33. Although I have never photographed a wedding, I have read this forum off and on over the years. I always took special note when Nadine offered her wisdom and experience with measured patience. This is very sad news. My condolences to Nadine’s family.
  34. Nadine taught me the most from this forum, thank you Nadine and I miss you so much. My deepest condolences to the Nadine family.
  35. I was sad after reading about the Nadine O's death. She will be missed.
  36. It is such sad news indeed. We were thinking of making a donation in her name from everyone at the pnet community. The ideas so far are this great organization in her area: "Your gift will help SF Camerawork make a lasting impact on the entire community, from life-changing experiences for low-income youth in First Exposures, to the creation of new work by emerging artists, to the innovative exhibitions that you will not see elsewhere."

    Or we could also donate to the American Cancer Society:

    Do any of you have any other thoughts/ideas? Something that she felt passionately about that we could contribute to in her honor?
  37. Wow....i am stunned by this news. I considered Nadine a never met her in-person. That was the kind of soul she was...and the effect she had on people just meeting her on line. I feel such a loss not having met Nadine in person.......
  38. Oh, what sad news! I never had the pleasure of meeting her but always read her posts her with great interest. I offer my deepest sympathies and condolences to her family and to her friends.
  39. When I read of the passing of Nadine Ohara, it was as though a ton of bricks had fallen on me. It has taken me two or three days to be able to sit and write my goodbye to Nadine.
    Like many of you, I read all of her posts answering other fellow Pnet members questions with clarity and simplicity.
    I did not know Nadine as some of you did, but from her advice to others, it was clear that she loved what she was doing, and cared enough to try and make better wedding photographers out of all who sought her wisdom.
    My condolences to her family and friends.
    Rest in Peace Nadine, and thank you for making Pnet a truely place of learning.
  40. "Do any of you have any other thoughts/ideas? Something that she felt passionately about that we could contribute to in her honor?"
    An annual "Nadine Ohara Prize" (to be defined) in honor of her and our effort to move forward in the same spirit in which Nadine approached her participation on Pnet.
  41. I never knew Nadine apart from here on PN...and I don't do wedding photography. BUT, I always read what she had to say because I soon learned that she was a voice of much, much experience. She always gave freely from her years of experience to up-and-coming wedding shooters (and others). I'm very sorry to hear the news.
  42. This is extremely sad news. Nadine was always such a helpful person and such a treasure. Her personality always shone through, and her voice of reason was always a calming force on these forums.
    I developed a good professional relationship with her over the years, seeking her advice and counsel. I had hoped that this year, finally, we would get to meet face to face but alas! So fleeting life can be.
    I welcome the idea of an annual prize in her honour...
    My thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go out to her family during this trying time.
  43. I'm very sorry to hear the news. Sincerest condolences to Nadine's family and loved ones, she will be sorely missed.
  44. Very sad, Nadine had incredible patience, a gift for diplomacy, and was always willing to share her love & experience with photography. She will be sorely missed. Love & prayers to her family and friends.
  45. Nadine was someone I could count on for the best answers on the Wedding Forum. She was the epitome of class. Her death is saddening and numbing. I will miss her.
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    Very sad. She was a calm and extremely helpful person around here.
    I'm sure she will be missed by many people.
  47. Just sick to my stomach. My heart is sadly broken. Your kind heart filled everyones hearts. God Bless
  48. Gup

    Gup Gup

    I'm saddened at this news. When I think of Nadine I will always be reminded of her generosity.
    One morning, some years ago I turned on my computer to find an email from Nadine. It was the first email I had ever received from an online acquaintance and I will never forget it. She was responding personally to something I had mentioned in the wedding forum and we exchanged similar experiences we'd had. I was struck then with her giving nature and have since 'paid it forward' many times from the example she set. I will miss her.
  49. Very sorry to hear the sad news.
    My sincere condolences to Nadine's family and friends.
  50. Shocking and sad news. RIP Nadine. Condolences to her family and friends.
  51. I could always depend on her for a clear eyed response to any issue raised on these forums. I will miss her even hand and good advice. My deepest sympathy to all who are close to her, and were fortunate enough to know her.
    Tom Meyer
  52. Had never met Nadine but the loss of an obviously much admired photographer and person, is everybody's loss.
    Kind thoughts for the Ohara Family.
  53. I don't do wedding photography, but enjoyed reading her posts anyway, as she conveyed well her knowledge, wisdom, and good heart together with the calm and maturity so valued in a forum moderator. I had missed her here recently, and now know why. Her spirit came through in her words, and made a better place. I will miss her gentle and steady presence.
  54. Sad to hear that! My best wishes to her family.
  55. I'm more of a reader than a poster in this forum, and I always read Nadine's post with great interest - always spot-on and about the best advise one could find around here. I will certainly miss her presence.
  56. No man is an island,
    Entire of itself.
    Each is a piece of the continent,
    A part of the main.
    If a clod be washed away by the sea,
    Europe is the less.
    As well as if a promontory were.
    As well as if a manor of thine own
    Or of thine friend's were.
    Each man's death diminishes me,
    For I am involved in mankind.
    Therefore, send not to know
    For whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls for thee.
    John Donne
  57. I was so sorry to read about Nadine's passing in the newsletter today. When I first started my own photography business, Nadine was very helpful to me. Every piece of advice she had was useful and practical, and her criticism was constructive and correct - and all of it well-said in a way I could absorb. She had such a good way of putting things. My sincere condolences go to her family and loved ones, and I hope they know just how many people she has helped over the years. May her spirit rest in peace.
  58. Oh, dear. I enjoyed reading her many helpful and informative posts--a stalwart figure on the wedding forums. My deepest sympathies for those who knew her. She will be dearly missed.
  59. A true loss to deepest and sincerest condolences to her family and loved one. May she rest in peace.
  60. Nadine helped me fix a problem with a location event I did in her neck of the woods, and she was first class all the way. A true professional.
  61. Thank you Nadine for all your advice here on I feel so sad you are no longer able to talk to us. I will miss your calm voice on this forum.
  62. Love and light for your next journey Nadine. Warm regards. Jorge.
  63. Stunning and tragic news. Though never meeting her in person, I always envisioned Nadine as a warrior princess.
    Full of warmth and kindness but able to neutralize adversity with grace and strength.
    I cannot even say that "she will be missed her on photonet", for that is a gross understatement. We have lost a vital component of photonet. I can't imagine the grief her family must be dealing with.
    Peace to you, Nadine...and peace to your friends and family.
  64. It was always nice when I got a response from Nadine when I posted a question. I didn't know her personally, but I respected her knowledge and experience. Photonet will be a lonelier place without her.
  65. So sad, she was voice of reason.
  66. Very sorry to hear this. It was very obvious from Nadines posts that she was both very generous in spirit and kind of heart. My condolences to her family.
  67. My condolences to Nadine's family. Pnet won't be the same without her.
  68. Godspeed Nadine. May you have a safe journey to the other side. We will all miss you.
  69. I am so sad to hear this. Nadine has been a great moderator, advocate of good practices, champion of good causes and generally a wonderful person to have gotten to know a little.
    I will miss her and, offer her family and loved ones my most sincere condolences.
  70. Rest in peace and thank you. To her friends and family my condolences.
  71. A class act.
  72. I have visited this forum less than 20 times maybe, and not for months or a year or so, and even I noticed this calm and generous lady. Condolences to the regular members.
  73. Wow, I just read this and I am so saddened by this news. I had backed away from wedding and events for the last 6 months or so because things had got so busy and hadn't been back to pnet up until now. Nadine was such a sweetheart and always willing to share and help others. I learned so much from Nadine. She will definitely be remembered for helping others. My condolences goes out to her family she will be missed...
  74. Nadine was a well respected person on this site. I enjoyed reading her comments and I learned much from her. Although I have not been on the site as much as I would like, she was the one person who shared a vast amount of knowledge. She never made anyone feel out of place and ecouraged anyone willing to learn become better. Thanks Nadine for your knowledge. Photonet will definately miss your input. May God watch over her and her family.
    David Fong
  75. I found Nadine via and I had her shoot my wedding. One of her favorite shots she mentioned in one of the interviews was of me hugging my mom. Nadine was a incredible class act, so smart, and amazingly talented. I am saddened to hear of this news as I haven't been on PN for a while. Her skill was one that was simple, yet captivating. She will be missed.
  76. So sorry to hear the news about Nadine. I've been an infrequent visitor on this thread since retiring but I do still check in occasionally.
    I remember when Nadine became moderator of this thread. When I was starting my second career shooting weddings she was a great help. She always had a way of explaining things with a simple clarity, which moved me up the learning curve very quickly.
    She will be missed. RIP
  77. Nadine was very generous with her time and advice. I don't think there's a single wedding thread she wasn't involved in. I always admired her patience with new photographers, especially those whose questions were attacked by others. Her kindness was an inspiration.
    Perhaps someone would be willing to go through her posts and make up a "Best of Nadine Ohara" article? It would be a nice tribute to all her efforts here at
    May she rest in peace.
  78. Aw gee.
    Nadine was so very helpful to me.
    I will miss her.
    At least now, she no longer has to suffer with the pain of cancer.
  79. I haven't posted before but have read this forum often and especially appreciated Nadine's kindness and knowledge. For someone who is learning the craft of photography and wedding photography this forum is a wealth of knowledge. I will miss her posts and my sympathy goes to her loved ones.
  80. As a frequent reader and commenter on PNet since about 2005, I always enjoyed Nadine's gentle manor, imparting her wisdom, but never in a "know-it-all" way. She obviously has been around from film days into the digital era, and thus made her observations and instruction all the more valuable and instructive to newer photographers.
    As someone mentioned earlier, she was/is a very special person to all of us in this corner of the internet and in the photography fraternity if you will. Thank you Nadine and may you rest in peace, your contributions made a difference to many and I am sure your customers and family loved you as well.
    Mark from New England
  81. OMG. Like everyone else I learnt so much from her and wondered about her absence.
  82. Wow...I have been MIA for a while...I am so sad to hear of Nadine's passing. She has contributed so much to the pnet community and directly to my knowledge in photography. She was always very kind and willing to share her knowledge. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones.
  83. I recently came across Nadine's name and wondered how she was doing. We worked together back in the mid to late 70's -- she was an amazing young woman and I learned a lot from her. She was just starting out in the business world -- working with her was a joy -- her creativity and talent were amazing. Some of my greatest treasures are photos Nadine took of me and my late husband. I love that she became a well-known wedding photographer.
    I am deeply saddened by her passing...
  84. I'm just aware of the news recently. RIP Nadine, and thank you so very much for your contributions here.
  85. I realize this is almost a year after the last post in this thread. I haven't done wedding photography in a while and just stopped frequenting this forum.
    There is nothing I can say that others haven't, yet I could not just ignore the fact that I had to acknowledge Nadine. I wrote her directly many times and learned a lot from her, as others have as well.
    Tears came to me when I realized why I was having trouble finding her posts in the forum.
    I will miss Nadine immensely.

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