Tag : Arizona Lifestyle Photography

23 Jan 2018

Standing Strong

Standing strong > standing tall. In this blog, I am going to explain why this portrait was made.  Much of what I say here could be applied to my other self-portraits as well, because many are built from the same place within me. Because of the major impact my height (4’11”) has had on my life, it has shown up many-a-times in my creative outlets: blogs, stories, photographs, song lyrics, and poems.  However, I have never discussed it this openly […]

17 Jan 2018

Night Moves in Blue

It had been too long since I had taken my self-portraiture medicine.  I was starting to get twitchy-twitchy (yes, doubly twitchy).  I have been unable make space during the daylight hours to accomplish self-portraits as of late- a temporary issue, but one I needed to work around.  In order to make this series of photographs, I had to break from my reliance on the sunshine.  I drew from a completely different light source, a “no signal” blue light from a […]

16 Dec 2017


This was a spur of the moment photoshoot.  I wanted photograph my son and one of his best friends, who we are lucky enough to have as a neighbor.  They were mostly goofy, but you can see the sweetness too, and how wonderful their bond is.  I am hoping to make this a yearly photoshoot for as long as they will let me 🙂   About the Artist: Natalie resides in Peoria, Arizona, with her husband, two children, and two […]

14 Dec 2017

Amelia & Amos 5.0

    About the Artist: Natalie resides in Peoria, Arizona, with her husband, two children, and two dogs. Her artistic journey has taken many twists and turns but photography and writing have become the primary outlets for her artistic expression. She is an artist at Offset.com, and her work/photography has been published by Lensbaby and Beyond the Wanderlust. She can be found on Instagram @natalie_a_wheeler.

02 Dec 2017

Amos at 8

      What is your favorite color? Blue What is your favorite movie? Nacho Libre What are your favorite foods? Ice cream, cake, beans What are your favorite activities? Making slime, football and baseball What are your favorite books? “Dogman” and “Don’t Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus” and… given to him on his birthday, after the interview he wants to add: “The Illustrated Compendium of Animal Facts.” What are your favorite drinks? Soda and Hot Chocolate What is […]

26 Nov 2017

Birdie Lou

This weekend we are celebrating three weeks of life and love with our new family member Birdie Lou Ellen “Snakebite.” This first set of photos below were taken at the Royaile breeder’s house in Tucson, Arizona, the day we brought her home. We had visited previously when the puppies were only about 5 weeks old. During that visit we met their mother, Twitter, and grandmother, Pumpkin. We also met many other adult and adolescent Welshie’s.   The breeders show many […]

21 Nov 2017

What if I stopped?

  What if I stopped? I think about it. Sometimes. What I am… What I see… Might not matter. I’ll lose A game I’m not playing. But I’m pushed By me. By what I am. By what I see. It matters to me… All that is free Is winning.  

07 Nov 2017

Hammock Happy

Forest camping… Being in the forest transcends the written word.  The closest I can get to communicating how I feel, is that an exchange takes place, at a very deep level.  Each time I go, part of me is left there in the forest, and I take part of it with me.  What I take, and what I give is not tangible and it’s not greedy.  It might sound crazy to say that the forest needs anything from us.  Afterall, […]

31 Oct 2017

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! This year for Halloween we welcomed a dead football player and a vampire into our house.  Luckily they were very friendly, handsome and beautiful.  They obliged my desire to take photos of them in the garage with my smoke machine.  The vampire has a strong inner actress, is involved in theater and singing, so she particularly enjoyed showcasing her costume and vampire expressions.  For these photos, I used the following lenses: Canon 50mm f/1.4, Lensbaby Edge 80, and […]

28 Oct 2017

Late Summer Bloom

Morning asthma. It’s always scary. Even when it’s mild. He wanted to stay home. He could have gone to school. We are trying to find the balance. Safe at home. Safe at school. We let him stay home. He wanted chocolate pancakes. I  made him chocolate pancakes. He loves honey. It’s raw. It’s local. It’s late summer bloom. It might help his allergies. It was a beautiful morning. He was fine. He is fine. He will be fine.     […]