Hey there folks and thank you for stopping by! I am an artist located in Phoenix, Arizona. My artistic journey began long ago taking several twists and turns, but it wasn’t until I entered my 30s that photography became the primary outlet for my artistic expression. I threw myself into it with everything I had, so that I could translate the way I see the world and the moments surrounding me into photographs. There is so much to be inspired by: light, shadows, contrast, shapes, lines, colors, words, nature, adventure, music, and of course, the people (and animals) I love! I like to remain behind the scenes as a quiet observer as much as possible and I strive to document moments authentically and honestly. For this reason, I choose not to take on typical stylized/posed sessions. I love projects and collaborating with other passionate artists.
I have been published with National Geographic Your Shot and my work has been featured on photography blogs. Check out the features tab for interviews and examples of my work. I am an artist with Offset, Lensdrop, and Adobe Stock (premium international stock image companies). My Offset gallery lives here: Natalie Wheeler. I also serve as a moderator for @theechoesinsdie, an Instagram hub that shines a light on other self-portrait artists.
Current work on display:
Self-portrait work at the Herberger Theater, then to be moved to the AZ State Capitol Museum.
5 piece self-portrait collection at Shaneland Arts Gallery.
2 self-portraits in the “Women by Women” exhibit at the Desert Foothills Library.
Most of my personal work in the social media world can be found at @natalie_a_wheeler and @natalie-films.
You’re still here? Here’s a little more…..
I am music obsessed. I have it on ALL THE TIME for real or in my head. As a kid, I constantly sought out the basement jukebox for tunes or was carrying around my Fisher-Price cassette player.
I depend on and trust the artistic process to keep me present, engaged, and fueled.
I love camping, fires, cooking out, chocolate, tea, good beer, and red wine.
I enjoy writing and am a bit of a word nerd. Also reading. Also movies.
Every animal is my spirit animal.
Traveling and my studies in anthropology has largely shaped my world view.
I used to walk on my hands a lot as a kid and I’m working on it again mid-30s- also climbing street poles! Yeah!
Fun and laughing are things I need everyday. It feels even better when I can make others laugh.
I strive for and am attracted to authenticity.
I don’t like rules or too much order.
I think compassion, kindness, and love are really the only necessary foundations to guide the way.
I go for deep conversation, leaving the small talk behind. Small talk is just not in my skill set.
I am a night owl, and NOT a morning person. My folks often tease that my first words were “Here’s Johnny (Carson).”
Peace and love,