hello hello!

my love of telling stories through photography has been fulfilled with an app I just discovered.  it’s called steller — and it is S T E L L E R!

I’ve always felt my images do a good job of capturing the moment, the mood or feeling of a place and the thoughts I’m trying to convey – but with WORDS they could do so much more.

My website redesign is focused solely on this ability to combine words/thoughts with my images.  More to come on the new website soon.  I can’t wait to share it with you all.  It’s been months of design, and discussion and rounds of changes.  I hope that it will finally be the site I’ve always wanted and something I will be proud to share with people.  Not that any of my former (or current) site doesn’t make me proud – they have all just been limited in some way or another.

Back to Steller….

What a fun app.  I encourage you to make a mini #stellerstory out of your iPhone images (or whatever mobile device with a camera you are using – scoff).  I’ve spent most of the day today creating stories!  Paris, the #wallumchristmasroadtrip in 3 parts, Beijing, and most recently Joshua Tree.  I’ve also created a few stories for some fine art portrait work from last year – Guarded, Women : Beauty 1, and 2.

Please follow me on the app – I have a feeling there will be a lot of my stories showing up there because my images can now be ordered in the way that I want and my internal monologue added to them.  Oh yeah – Brooklyn (our dog) even got a story today.

While I’ve only been a part of the site for 24 hours – TWO of my stores have already been featured.  Chosen by the Editor of Stellar and given front page viewing.  So grateful.

Here is how to find me: You can get to it from your computer as well.  Let me know how to find you – I’d love to follow you and read your stories!


– natalie

top row #4: Beijing is being featured as I post this blog!   

the process

the process

every one of my photo shoots is carefully thought through. details planned out. clothing, makeup, hair for each set of images I’m working to create. there can be 3-4 looks that have to be built upon and choreographed so that we don’t start with dark heavy makeup and then ask for the next look to be neutral and fresh. everything is considered with this level of detail.

this shoot was a new approach on inBetween. I added a new challenge – a strobe light setup, and for “ease” I set up an additional backdrop on its own stand so that we could switch between it and the tent backdrop quickly.  I invited a young photographer to assist us and shadow me while I photographed, and we had the regular cast with hair/makeup artist and my assistant. M recruited a few hands to help with set up and tear down of the all the gear, and I had 3 models scheduled. the day did not got as planned.

model one showed up on time, and excited to be a part of the concept. our assistants and extra hands all showed up ready to go and there was a cryptic text message about a car accident on M’s phone that we figured out later was model two. I’ve followed up with her to make sure she was ok – but no response. model three has never contacted me to say what happened to her. unreliable model mayhem strikes again!  so, I had one excited model to get at least some of what I had planned accomplished.

we set up on the roof under cloudy skies. everyone came bundled up because San Francisco weather can be very unpredictable, and the element that proved to be the most challenging and unexpected was the wind. Mother Nature was in full swing and her gusts threatened to take the tent, the lights, the additional backdrop, earrings, dresses, everything and blow them off the roof.

it was all hands on deck! all hands that at first seemed extra, were needed and thankfully available.  they planted themselves on the legs of the tent, and we used sandbags to weigh down lights and other stands. the reflectors I use became kites.  the months of planning, the detailed shot lists, the ideas for multiple models all had to be adjusted on the fly to fit the situation I found myself in.

the process is what it is to get me to the day, and then it just acts as a flexible framework that I leverage when things I could not plan for become the reality.  I got some shots I’m really proud of and wasn’t able to do all that I wanted with sculpting the light. the wind played a huge role positively and negatively and I think as with everything – take what you’re given, make it work for you and learn something!

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the color of my skin 

a shoot is coming and all I do is dream about it. literally my dreams are consumed with shot setups, makeup, lighting. oh yeah, I’m shooting with studio strobes for the first time. natural light augmented with studio light. eeek!

I can’t wait to shoot and share with you – the color of my skin.