Not many photographers have faced winds of 90 knots and seas of 40 feet while on a fishing boat in the middle of the Bering Sea. Few can describe the bitter cold of a Siberian winter while camped out with Chukchi reindeer herders. Or say that their first client was National Geographic Magazine.
Few others, if any, can claim to be a Pulitzer Prize finalist in a writing category.
Natalie Fobes can. With three books under her belt, a traveling museum exhibit, a thriving assignment and stock business, she is one of the most diverse photographers in the country.
Natalie specializes in people, places and wildlife. In the last few months, Natalie has photographed the construction of the Seattle Mariner's new stadium, komodo dragons in Indonesia, Tarahumara Indians in Mexico, salmon underwater, Microsoft execs, humpback whales and the people who live on "the loneliest road in Amercia"--Route 50 in Nevada. Natalie's Exxon Valdez photographs were entered into evidence before the US Supreme Court.
Natalie has received over 200 awards. She was a Pulitzer finalist, received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, won the Scripps Howard Meeman Award for her Pacific salmon photographs and was second in World Press for her Exxon Valdez oil spill photographs. Many print media and television stories have been done about Natalie and her work, including a 15 minute piece on CBS Sunday Morning Edition and most recently, a feature in Outdoor Photographer and another in Women's Adventure Magazine. In February, KING 5 aired an interview with her.
A few years ago Natalie added fine art portraits and photojournalistic weddings to her photographic repertoire. Since then Natalie Fobes has become a very popular Seattle wedding photographer and Seattle portrait photographer.
Concerned that the number of magazines willing to commission documentary projects was declining, Natalie co-founded Blue Earth Alliance, a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping photographers pursue stories about endangered environments and threatened cultures.
When not on assignment Natalie lives with her family on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound and wishes she was sailing.
For more information about Natalie see her resume.