We had the good fortune of connecting with Nathalie Gordon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nathalie, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
The one book I seem to read over and over again is The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. I’m drawn to this book largely on the story but also the journey of the characters. The key character of the book travels through Peru looking for a set of insights. The people he meets along the way and the situations he is faced with are gripping and entertaining. It’s a great eye opener to a world of insight, inspiration, synchronicity and adventure. Each insight provides reflection and discussion on real life situations. In a fictional setting it is definitely the most entertaining map to spiritual growth I’ve read in a long time, and keep rating again and again.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career into photography and fine art has been a bit of a roller coaster… I took a general media production degree at university, as I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I just knew I wanted to work in the media. Our course was designed for us to try everything in the first year, and then specialize through the second and third years. My first photography lecture was awful. I didn’t understand the relationship between f/stops and apertures, plus I’m scared of the dark, so developing film was a complete nightmare. Year two came along and I accidentally submitted my preferred lectures too late and got stuck with having to do an entire year of photography. I was so annoyed, because at that point I’d decided that I really wanted to shoot music videos. However, something magical happened in that second year. I absolutely fell in love with photography. We were given so much more creative freedom than the previous year’s course, and while I still didn’t quite understand what an f/stop was, I learned to shoot on about two different settings and made my way from there. I fell in love with developing and was no longer afraid of the darkroom Fast forward a few years after shooting music gigs, concerts and artists for record labels I found myself shooting for my mum’s hair salon. I initially started working reception and then noticed the walls were looking tired so I started to shoot her hairstyles. Word somehow got around, and suddenly make-up artists started to contact me for shoots. This then led to a few meetings here and there and one day I’m shooting for Vidal Sassoon! Being a photographer is definitely challenging and can be quite lonely. Seeing as I turned what was once a hobby into my career, I felt like I needed another hobby so I turned to fine art photography. I created Beauty Meets Art to produce large scale works of art form some of my existing beauty images. I’m constantly working on new ideas and themes about Beauty to produce and showcase which is different from being commissioned to shoot for someone else. This gives me more freedom to express my creativity in my own way.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh, there is so much that I’m still learning about LA. So, let’s start on say a Thursday, for sure we have to hit either Nobu in Malibu or Moonshadows. Both equally chill amazing places to eat drink and relax. I like to go there during the week in the afternoon when it isn’t so busy and stay just past sunset. We’d continue up the coast and with a weekend bag packed take a long weekend break to Santa Barbra. It’s so surprisingly different to LA but with equal amounts of amazing restaurants and places to be. Wine tasting for sure! the cute boutique hotels have ample facilities for a nice long relaxing weekend. We make our way home by Monday and take in some more of LA sights. Runyon Canyon is a must for checking off boxes and the views up and over Griffith Park are divine. For a clear view of the Hollywood sign I would take you on a route I like to call “The Secret Stairs” a cute little hiking route that starts at Beechwood Cafe and goes up through the homes in the hills, past some breathtaking views of the Hollywood reservoir and up close and personal in front of the infamous hollowed sign. The remainder of the week would be very “fly by the seat of our pants” and by that, I mean very care free depending on what’s on in town for that week. It could be an exhibition or galley opening the release of some new music or a big sporting event,

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that have contributed massively to where I am today, so it’s really hard to pick one person out. I will have to give a little shout out to my good friend Chrissa, she is the director and brainchild behind http://www.amwadesigns.com. I went to Chrissa’s one day because I was in such a low place with my photography career. I couldn’t seem to make anything stick or work or be seen, at the time she worked in advertising and I thought she’d be able to give me some insight I don’t even remember what advice she gave me, all I remember was her offering me some food and a cup of tea. Flash forward to an overdue catchup and I find Chrissa is taking a textiles and design course and would I help her take a few photos of her work in progress. I was so amazed at her talent and drive to take control of her dreams and passions that I think it kickstarted something new inside me again. The short version is, you never know who or what inspires you to keep going but I remember Chrissa being one of those little nuggets of light in and amongst all the chaos.

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Image Credits
Nathalie Gordon Anthony Merante Jason Bolden Bethany Garita Richard Grant Yolanda Denise Kim Bonset Xavier Le Bron Rian Calhoun Rania Leon Amber Rose