photographer | designer | illustrator | botanist | student and teacher of yoga
"This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary."
Exploring beautiful places and capturing them is my passion.
The beauty in this world is too indescribable to put into words.
Sandhill cranes, Pixley National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Milky Way over the Moraine Lake and the Great Western Divide, Sequoia National Park
Nighttime clouds in the Rock Creek area of Sequoia National Park
And They All Go Home...
Cows in open pasture, Pine Creek, Wyoming
Buffalo in Lamar Valley
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Bisti Badlands Wilderness, New Mexico
Open Land, Open Sky
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Weaving and Winding
Bisti Badland Wilderness, New Mexico
Black and Gold
Henry Mountains, Utah
Little Colorado River Canyon, Navajo Nation
A Piece of Paradise
Purple Lake, Inyo National Forest, California
Tulainyo Lake, highest navigable lake in the Sierra, Sequoia National Park, CA
Floating in Clouds
Clouds over the Central Valley, view from Beetle Rock, Sequoia National Park, CA
Mount Silliman, Sequoia National Park, CA
Heading from Blue Canyon to Hummingbird Lake, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
“A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.”
My professional photographic niche is yoga photography. I work with individuals and studios to capture images of your most authentic self.
Aside from producing attractive imagery, photographic sessions help to document your progress and practice of yoga. Repeated documentation can help the dedicate student to grow by recognizing body alignment, and seeing gradual change over time in advancement within an asana. A graduate of a 200-hour YTT, I can help you with alignment, and adjustments throughout the session.
Contact me for studio sessions or destination half-day or full-day expeditions to capture your beauty in natural settings.
CURRENTLY PLANNING - Bay Area Photo Blitz Weekend: Two days of hour-long sessions offered at a discounted price, held at three locations in the Bay!
1-HOUR SESSION: $120 15-30 hi-res professionally edited digital images Enjoy a full hour of working together to create imagery you are excited about! Let's get artistic and let your radiant self shine!
30-MIN SUN SALUTATION SPECIAL: $80 Up to 10 hi-res professionally edited digital images Work through your own slow flow of basic asanas as you create warmth, and arrive at your own focused state, while I capture your movement from different angles to show your current state of alignment and flexibility in core postures. Choose 2-4 other poses to demonstrate in addition to those in the sun salutation sequence.
1.5-HOUR GUIDED FLOW: $150 20-40 hi-res professionally edited digital images Would you like to capture your flow while you are in a guided yoga state of being? Let me know what kind of class you would like, if there are any specific asanas to incorporate, and I'll design a guided sequence, integrating body-awareness and breathing cues. A private yoga class and photography session, in one!
HALF-DAY AND FULL DAY DESTINATION PHOTOGRAPHY Is there a place that makes you shine? As an outdoor professional, I love exploring new places in nature, and enjoy doing yoga with the sun on my back and wind on my face. Solo or with a few friends, it will be an experience you won't forget!
**I’ve just relocated to the Susanville, CA area for the summer and am planning yoga classes and workshops for the season!**
Every being on this earth is intricate and complex beyond our comprehension.
As a botanist, I'm particularly fascinated by the quality macro capture of flora.
Self expression is the dominant necessity of human nature. -Dale Carnegie
While I am drawn to taking a greater quantity of landscapes than portraits, in capturing a good photo of someone, the mystery in their eyes is perfectly hypnotic, and draws me in much more than any scenery.
A secondary look at the ordinary.
Noticing the little things, the details, the composition within a moment, can speak volumes about the state of the world, and our selves.
Moments are fleeting, and I love to capture the spirit of events as they unfold.
Olga and Teo's Wedding
Earthjam 2017 Dancer
Earthjam 2017 Girl in Crowd
Girl at Procession of the Species Parade
Face Painting, Bahia de Caraquez
Face Painting, Bahia de Caraquez
Face Painting, Bahia de Caraquez
I've drawn ever since I was a child. It was my first art, and the one I come back to, which always falls back so naturally. Painting and drawing are instinctive. In the early 2000s I experimented with oils, acrylics, and other media. Settling on pen + ink and watercolor blends with my nomadic lifestyle, and focusing on botanical subjects blends my interests with the natural world.
The first several drawings were drawn for Ecuadorian botanist Xavier Cornejo, who has described many species new to science, and published in Revista Cientifica de Ciencias Naturales y Ambientales and Harvard Papers of Botany.
Currently I'm seeking to develop and expand on this work. Please message me if you have a potential project for collaboration.
Books + Newsletters.
Unicorns of the Sierra
This series, "Unicorns of the Sierra," consists of 30 glittery unicorn paintings created for for the 2014 30 Day Art Challenge in Seattle, WA. This was inspired by my all-lady backcountry crew constantly talking about unicorns and glitter while we were walking through the wilderness for days on end, chasing unicorns in the fens and meadows of the high country. All originals were distributed to Sequoia and Kings Canyon natural resource and trail crew employees (and a few to some inspiring close friends).
Products based on this series can be found on my brand-new Zazzle store at: www.zazzle.com/glittery_unicorns! Check it out! So far there are products ranging from wine stoppers and handbags to puzzles and night lights. It's impossible to browse the collections and not end up with a smile on your face.
Projects: Interpretive Panels
These panels were designed to inform students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the Evergreen State College about the several Teaching Gardens that had been installed on its grounds.
Projects: Tabebuia Project
The Tabebuia Project focused on creating a field guide to the central coast of Ecuador, as well as educating the local community about plants and ecology of the area.
Natalie partnered with Reserva Biologica Cerro Seco, the Herbarium of Quito, and the California Academy of Sciences to produce educational materials about the plant diversity of the region, particularly focused on the remains of intact tropical dry forest between Bahia de Caraquez and San Clemente, Ecuador.
Cerro Seco provided accommodations, and links to the local community to learn about regional plants. The National Herbarium of Ecuador in Quito provided a place to research collections and make identification, largely with the aid of Carlos Ceron. The CA Academy of Sciences provided access to collections and library. The completed work is published as a rapid field guide at the Chicago Field Museum website. Research has been completed for more comprehensive work.