Hi, I'm Natalie!
I'm Natalie, if you haven't picked up on that already,
and this is my little piece of the internet. Welcome!
When I was a kid I never really had one solid dream of what I wanted to be when I "grow up," so I can't sit here and tell you I've been doing this since I was a kid, and always knew I wanted to be a photographer, blah blah blah.
In a strange order of events, I found myself in Italy, struggling to be ME. I know that sounds insane, but it's a long story.
"If you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life." - someone famous, probably.
That's what I'm doing. I fell in love with photography in high school, thanks to a really awesome photography teacher who quite literally made my life. Starting off in the dark room and working with b + w rolls of film. I set out on this passion and haven't looked back. The first session I had after I started had me craving more. Seeing someone in a light they don't normally see themselves and watching their reaction to it being captured was an adrenaline I'd never experienced before.
I'm licensed to jump out of a plane. I love cats. And my dog, but she's kind of a cat. A 55-60lb sherpherdcat. Lexi Bear Kitty. I love people. Especially those who have really good souls. Coffee at inappropriate times of the night.
I LOVE love. I love people who are in love. I love being in love. I love the way a mamma looks at her baby and the way a man looks at his wife.
Natalie is a fine art photographer, focusing on weddings, portrait and lifestyle photography.
While living in Greenville, NC, she is available for travel around the world!
Random questions I get from time to time
What kind of gear are you working with?
For my photographer nerds, I'm shooting a Canon Mark III 5D with a couple prime and L lenses.
Want to learn about you camera? Ask me! I'm always happy to teach beginner classes.
Where did you learn how to shoot?
My official training came when I took a b+w film photography class in high school with the best teacher ever (I can say that now that he doesn't give me grades so it's not considered sucking up). I learned all the ins and outs of my camera before we even stepped foot in the darkroom. I started shooting manual mode at 16 and haven't looked back. Auto mode makes me twitch. From there, I was hooked. I taught myself everything else I craved to know from that point.
What's your "style?"
I feel like I'm constantly learning and growing into "my style," but I've always been drawn to the bright, vibrant, fun images. You'll notice my work has very bold colors. I have an obsession with b+w images. There's nothing better than a b+w image with those solid blacks, whites and all the grays in-between.
How do you edit your images?
I edit every single image by hand. I do not use "actions" or anything like that. Sure, it takes more time, but it's worth it to me. I want to make sure the images represent ME. I have an insane passion for what I do and I genuinely love going through every image from your session, remembering every laugh, silly face, and blooper.
Natalie, as seen in her natural habitat: