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Ten Tips for choosing your Seattle wedding photographer by Natalie Fobes

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality!

Almost everyone includes photography files with their wedding collections. I do too.

However, some photographers will tell you that they give you ALL the photos taken of your wedding.

Sounds like a good thing, right? WRONG!

I worked for National Geographic Magazine. I’m friends with some of the world’s best photographers. We know that you can’t make a great image every time you press the button.

Instead, those photos are the ones that lead up to the great shots. The mistakes, the misfire of the flash, the blinking Uncle Joe. These should not be included in the files that are given to the clients.

Let me ask you this: would you rather spend your time enjoying optimized files ready to print or wading through more than a thousand photographs trying to find the good ones?

Part of my job is to do the initial edit for you.

This doesn’t mean that you get a handful of photographs. Last year I provided between 550 and 980 photo files for each wedding.

It does mean that the 10-20 hours I spend preparing the photo files ensures you don’t have to!

See me at the Seattle Wedding Show  Booth 219

Photo lectures and print judging

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Just got back from a great, but short, trip to LA and Las Vegas. I gave a presentation on documentary photography at the Annenberg Space for Photography. The space was wonderful and the crowd enthusiastic. Lynda, Bruce, David and Ben of were there.

The next day I went to Las Vegas to give a presentation titled “The A-Z of documentary projects” and judge the photojournalism categories of the print competition. The experience of the  people at my talk ranged from just a few months to over 42 years. They were incredible and had lots of great questions.

I was in awe of many of the fantastic images I judged at the competition. Susan Stripling continues to do sweet work. A desaturated and vintage printing style is one of the trends right now. It adds a timeless quality to the photographs. Long narrow crops were also striking. Most winners were printed smaller than the 16×20 board and matted. Some were so small the judges had to get up to see the detail. In my mind, this doesn’t help the image. Make it big enough to see.

Another tip, especially for the photojournalism categories, GIVE THE PRINT A TITLE!  Too many compelling but confusing photographs were untitled. These are categories where the story is often as important as the imagery.

I was pleased to learn that one of my  portraits was honored in the Senior Portraits category. Riley is in his first year of a full-ride scholarship at Juilliard. I processed the file by pulling back the saturation, adding warmth and then creating a mask to bring back color in the grass.

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Friday, January 7th, 2011

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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.

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!

Vocational Biographies story about Natalie Fobes

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Found this great article about me done by Vocational Biographies a few years ago. It deals with my wildlife photography and general business attitude. Hope you enjoy it!

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Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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