Not many photographers have faced winds of 90 knots and seas of 40 feet while on a fishing boat in the middle of the Bering Sea. Few can describe the bitter cold of a Siberian winter while living in a tent with Chukchi reindeer herders or say that their first client was National Geographic Magazine. Few others, if any, can claim to be a Pulitzer Prize finalist in a writing category. Or say that their oil spill photographs were entered into evidence before the US Supreme Court.
Seattle photographer Natalie Fobes can. With three coffee table photography books published, a thriving corporate assignment, wedding, portrait, stock and construction documentation business she is one of the most diverse photographers in the country.
Natalie specializes in people, places and wildlife. In the last few months, Natalie has photographed the construction of the Seattle Mariner's new stadium, komodo dragons in Indonesia, Tarahumara Indians in Mexico, salmon underwater, Microsoft execs, humpback whales and the people who live on "the loneliest road in Amercia"--Route 50 in Nevada. Natalie's Exxon Valdez photographs were entered into evidence before the US Supreme Court.
Natalie has received over 200 awards. She was a Pulitzer finalist, received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, won the Scripps Howard Meeman Award for her Pacific salmon photographs and was second in World Press for her Exxon Valdez oil spill photographs. Many print media and television stories have been done about Natalie and her work, including a 15 minute piece on CBS Sunday Morning Edition, a feature in Outdoor Photographer, another in Women's Adventure Magazine and many television and radio interviews.
Natalie's clients range from the Gates Foundation and corporations that need insightful executive business portraits to individuals who want unique portraits or 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 excels at capturing real people and real life whether it is for a magazine photo editor or a Seattle wedding couple. 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.
Please enjoy Natalie’s unique vision as you explore this site.