Archive for May, 2010

Album samples

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Check out the sample albums from last year’s class. Remember to read the assignment carefully to make sure you are providing everything I’ve asked.

And have fun with the design and creative techniques! by Natalie Fobes

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Had a fantastic five days with a video team from  They followed me around for a series called “Creative Inspirations.” They filmed while I taught my class at Seattle Central Community College, while I shot portraits of my friend and CEO of Science Faction Roger Ressmeyer and while I photographed the amazing old-growth forest of the Olympic National Park.

The documentary will be out in June or early July and available for viewing at

Thanks David, Scott, Ben and Jacob for making it such a fun experience!

And yes, there is a Lynda of A charming, thoughtful and insightful woman who put together a fantastic online learning community.

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Thursday, May 20th, 2010

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Wonderful World of Weddings by Natalie Fobes

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

©2010 Natalie Fobes

Most of this quarter to date has been spent working on portraits and lighting. You’ve learned to use flash on camera as fill and a bounce main as well as reflectors. You’ve learned a few rules of posing. You know the importance of mixing up your lenses and using a shallow depth of field to bring attention to your subject.

All of these tools are used when you shoot a wedding. You will be working for fine light whether it is available, enhanced or totally created by your flashes.

You will be posing people for group shots and romantic couple shots.

You will be the director if there isn’t a wedding coordinator. Especially during the day other vendors will count on you to manage the flow ot the wedding day. Most of the time the DJ controls the timeline of the reception.

I’ve broken the wedding day story into chapters with hints about lighting. It may be a handy reference for you.

The main set of photographs that I think are the most important are the couple shots. This is their day. They are spending a lot of money for me to capture not only the story of their wedding but also those memorable portraits of the two of them. My goal is to create fine art photographs of them. I’m not content with just giving them the standard shot. Yes, I take those standard shots but only to loosen them up a little.
The rest of the day I’m looking at photographing them in natural, artistic ways.

Check out my wedding galleries at

May Savings for the Bhutan Trip

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Save $200 on the Bhutan trip by booking in May. Check it out at Then email me to find out more. This’ll be fun!

Model fees

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

As you know, the school is paying for two sets of models and you will be paying for the third. Each one of you needs to give Raquel $11.25. Everyone needs to do this by the 24th.

Those who have not paid will not shoot the models on May 27th. If you have extreme circumstances please let me know.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2010

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Trek Bhutan with Natalie

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

I’m leading a tour to Bhutan this Fall and am so excited. We will be there for almost two weeks. The trip is timed so that we will be able to photograph the harvest and the celebrations.

For more info check out Bhutan 2010.

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

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