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Lady Behind the Lens

Hey there and thank you for stopping by!  I am an artist located in Phoenix, Arizona. My artistic journey began long ago 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.

My work has been featured on photography blogs, check out the features tab for interviews and examples of my work.  I am a pro at In Beauty & Chaos and also a contributing artist with Offset, a premium international stock image company.  My Offset gallery lives here: Natalie Wheeler.

 

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,

Natalie