Natalie excels at documentary stories about real people and real life for magazines, corporations, and wedding couples. She knows that those moments of life are the ones that too often go unrecorded. Each moment reflects a life. Each photo tells a story.
Natalie's clients range from the National Geographic Magazine to the Port of Seattle to the Gates Foundation; corporations that need insightful executive business portraits to individuals who want unique portraits or Seattle wedding stories. Natalie Fobes was one of five photographers chosen to photograph His Holiness Dalai Lama up close and personal during his visit to Seattle.
Natalie was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for her articles and photographs about Pacific Salmon. She continued this groundbreaking work for National Geographic and her first book, Reaching Home: Pacific Salmon, Pacific People. She has won over 200 awards and has had three books published of her work.
Natalie's documentary coverage of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill is considered one of the most comprehensive collections of that disaster. Her photographs were included in documentation presented before the US Supreme Court.
Trust Seattle wedding photographer Natalie Fobes to capture the joy, excitement and pageantry of the day you start your life-long journey together. A National Geographic photojournalist and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Natalie sees wedding photography as a chance to candidly photograph real people and real life on the most important day of their lives. Her story-telling wedding photography albums are loved by her couples.
Seattle photographer Natalie Fobes photographs Seattle weddings and location weddings, in a photojournalistic style. Her goal is to capture “moments of life” during a wedding as well as create artistic couple shots that people are proud to hang on their walls.
The Seattle wedding photographer and author of three coffee table books has won over 200 international and national awards, and was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.
Natalie's collections begin at $3000 and she books up fast. Drop by her booth 217 at the Seattle Wedding Show or click here for her Wedding FAQ.
corporate and construction photography Natalie Fobes
Natalie's diverse skills show in her commercial work. As both a DBE and WBE she has done pre-construction and construction documentation for contractors in the Northwest. Her book on the construction of Safeco Field was published by the Mariners.
Natalie also photographs corporate reports, business portraits, operations and events. Past and current clients include the Port of Seattle, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Marler Clark, Hensel Phelps Construction, Washington State Convention Center and others.
Natalie Fobes is an artist. The joy of creating leads her to explore different media from photography to drawing to painting to three-dimensional, kinetic pieces. Natalie's latest series is a series of photographs cut into tiles and incorporated into mosaics and mobiles. She was selected as a featured artist for the Arts in Nature Festival where her mobile “Spring/Fall Convergence” will be displayed. Natalie was recently selected for the Seattle Arts and Culture Artist Roster 2017-2020.
Natalie’s fine art prints are in many public, private and corporate collections. Her work has been exhibited at over 30 musuems and galleries. She has received commissions to create new work including grants from the Seattle Art Commission, the Alicia Patterson Fellowship and the Skagit Watershed Council. Her traveling museum exhibit based on her first book “Reaching Home, Pacific Salmon, Pacific People,” has been seen by over a million people. The 43 piece exhibit was recently purchased for permanent display in its King Salmon, Alaska, Visitor’s Center by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
Prints are available of any of the photographs you see on this site.
Natalie Fobes loves photographing people. She believes a portrait should tell a story about the person. Natalie was lead photographer on Microsoft's book "Inside Out." She often had less than 5 minutes to find out what the person did and create an environmental portrait that included reference to that. For the Gates Foundation she's created interesting group shots of VIP's in minutes. Each time Natalie photographs she considers it a chance to learn about different people, different cultures and the natural environment. She hopes her photographs will educate, illuminate and entertain. Natalie wants to make a difference.
Natalie Fobes compares photographing wildlife to shooting a football game. A photographer must learn the rules of the game, anticipate the action, capture those decisive moments and yield the right of way if a football player—or brown bear—runs his/her way.
She has photographed wildlife for many magazines. Bear, eagles, salmon, fox, whales, auklets, geese, walrus, seals and sea lions for National Geographic Magazine. The Resplendant Quetzal for GEO. Komodo dragons, timor deer and boar for Travel Holiday.
Natalie enjoys photographing animals in their world and not in animal farms. She has certainly had some close calls, like being brushed by a 1300 pound brown bear or surrounded by 12-foot-long komodo dragons, but feels it is worth it in order to photograph animals’ true behavior. Her hope is that when people see her photographs they will understand why it is so important to save the wild places the wild animals call home.
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS: Natalie’s photographs are in many public, corporate and private collections. One of her “Construction” series prints was just selected by 4Culture for inclusion in King County’s art collection. “High Iron” depicts ironworkers on beams during the construction of Safeco Field. Many others on the website are also available as limited edition prints. Contact Natalie for more information.
workshops, private lessons
LYNDA.COM/LINKED-IN LEARNING: Natalie has authored three courses for Lynda.com.
Join nationally-recognized photographers and storytellers Natalie Fobes and Kristie McLean for an intimate, day-long workshop celebrating artistry, education and self expression. Explore how essential elements of design and light can enhance your photography of people and place. This interactive workshop includes activities to inspire your creative spirit, technical tutorials and indoor/outdoor practice sessions to try out new skills and ideas.
Bring a digital camera with manual mode options aperture and shutter speed.
Coffee, lunch, and afternoon snack included. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
CRUISE ALASKA GLACIERS: Natalie Fobes will be a featured presenter on the UnCruise’s May 17-24, 2018 Alaska’s Glacier Country cruise. May is the ideal time to see the snow-capped peaks of Glacier Bay, sea and shore birds, marine mammals and whales, bears and wildflowers. Mention Natalie’s name when you book this cruise of a lifetime! Save $150 per person when you book before Dec. 14th.
Contact Natalie to learn more.
PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: Natalie works with many professional and amateur photographers to improve their work. Contact her about private lessons.
SMALL GROUP WORKSHOPS: Natalie Fobes offers small group workshops. Two of her most popular: Digital Done Right covers the functions of digital cameras, composition, color, lighting and portraits. Lighting for Photography goes deeper into lighting and exposure.
GALAPAGOS CRUISE IN 2020: Natalie and Karen Kasmauski, both former National Geographic photographers, are exploring the idea of a boat-based Galapagos Island tour for 2020. Details are not firm but it'd be on a 16-guest luxury yacht with 9 staterooms with private heads (toilets), for 9-12 days. The cost would be ~$9000 per person for the boat, meals, beverages and guides. Not included is airfare to Baltra Island Airport, crew gratuities (normally 5-15%) and government fees ~$150. If interested, please message me.
WHALE AND WILDLIFE CRUISE RECAP: This year’s Whale and Wildlife Photography Tour to Alaska was a rousing good time. Whales, eagles, seals, forests, conversations with Native Alaskans, cultural explorations…. Please let Natalie know if you’d like to get information about next year’s tour.