We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie Jane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalie, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I would like my legacy to be one of comfort, softness, ability to tell stories, allowing photography to be accessible to all kinds of humans, and capturing pure and genuine moments. I want people to remember if I ever made them laugh, feel special, have hope, enjoy life for at least the time they’re with me. I want to be remembered by how I made people feel, not by what I have or have not accomplished. If I can help tell the stories from those whose stories need to be heard, I’ll be happy.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started this photography journey in February of 2020, about a month and a half before the pandemic hit and the world shut down. I’ve never been one to not jump head first into things I want to try. Whether or not I enjoy it AND am good at it, that’s a different story… I wanted to start taking photographs because I wanted to show people how I see them. How others who care and love deeply for them, see them. It started as taking headshots for friends, and then I began to explore the more artistic side. The collaboration between humans can be a beautiful thing. We all have stories and experiences to share in the simplest of tasks. I am most proud that I can be a part of these moments of pure art. I am proud that people feel comfortable with me portraying their visions. I want the world to know that everyone deserves to be in front of the camera and feel confident and radiant.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is my favorite past time. Making travel itineraries. I color code it and everything. You really can’t go wrong with anything you do in San Francisco, there’s Golden Gate Park, beaches under the bridge, restaurants and more restaurants, thrifting, sights, sourdough bread, seal lions, buildings that touch clouds, Karl the Fog, and so much more. The most exciting way to explore and get to know a city is to just walk around and observe.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to take this moment to show appreciate to those who let me take their photos from the time I had a camera in my tiny unknowing hands to now. You’ve all helped me learn and become confident in myself and my abilities.
Photo of me by Gino Lucas the rest of the photos by Natalie Jane