I'm a lifestyle portrait photographer / blogger / mom-entrepreneur and creative soul living in the moody pacific northwest near Seattle, WA with my geek / creative husband and little girl who's not so little anymore. Sigh
Taking emotive, happy photos of people that capture their fleeting phases of life with their families is my main muse. I want to document the big, photo-worthy moments ofcourse but even more so - all the little details that become blurry memories over time - the glances and the touches, those beautiful baby lashes, the curves of those little faces & those pouty lips, the giggles and even the sad moments in between.
I'm on a life-long mission to celebrate the normal, the supposedly ordinary. Taking photos helps me do this everyday! I think beauty is right here, right now. It's in real life & real people. Yes, I want to make beautiful photos of people BUT not according to a certain societal standard of beautiful. I want them to be real and true to you!, because our unique-ness makes us beautiful!
Having grown up in Pakistan before we moved to the States + living far from our families, I also suffer from a serious case of nostalgia which might be obvious in my photos too sometimes!
MY WORK IS BASED in the Seattle Eastside area, Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Newcastle and the surrounding areas. Beginning this year, I will be taking limited bookings every year for Islamabad, Pakistan too (so excited for that)!
BESIDES TAKING PHOTOS I also offer // BOOK MAKING SERVICES to turn memories into beautiful coffee table keepsakes for busy families // MENTORING for those interested in photography, living the creative-live and more!
I also blog about our multicultural life, about motherhood, making memories and love to share tips for documenting our family through photos.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS // Golden light / random memories / heart-to-heart conversations / endless cups of 'chai' (tea made the Pakistani way) / cozy homes / family reunions / SO MUCH MORE
Nataliya is a gem to work with! She beautifully captured our wedding day and my mayoun ceremony! Now I have the best memories because of all the amazing moments she has captured. She has the unique talent to capture those heartfelt moments that we all want to look back to! Also, she was extremely flexible about timing and location. Just an absolute dream to work with especially considering how stressful weddings can be. Definitely recommend her for wedding/bridal photoshoots! Thank you Nataliya for your beautiful work! You made our special occasion ever more perfect with your talent! Thank you thank you thank you! -(Afrah)
Nataliya is amazing! I was so stressed out on the day of the photoshoot because it had been virtually impossible for me to have my 4, 2 and 1 year olds in a picture that you can display on the wall. But Nataliya was so unfazed, and not only she immediately connected to my older two- but was able to take lots of amazing and happy pictures of our family with our 1 year old who is at his peak of stranger anxiety! The pictures captured were all phenomenal and now I am having a hard time trying to pick my favorites for display:)Can’t recommend her enough! You will love working with her! -(Tayyaba)
We had such a wonderful time having our pictures taken by Nataliya! We had somewhat of a larger group and she was so patient and accommodating. I enjoyed that we did traditional as well as fun pictires and she was understanding of our requirements and temperaments for different age group members our family. Overall a fun and light hearted experience that turned into beautiful photographic memories. Thanks Nataliya! - (Naveen)
Nataliya’s photography has the depth and soul that you will not find anywhere else. Her photographs capture the essence and beauty of the moment perfectly. She has covered many events for my family and me, and her work never disappoints. If you want visual keepsakes, that are both stunning and memorable, then hire Nataliya for your next event! - (Yasmin)
These photos are amazing. Thank you so much for contributing your generosity and photographic genius to our 'nikkah' festivities. We are OVER THE MOON with these first photos.. In fact, everyone is so excited about these photos that we would love to have you photograph our wedding event. Personally, I also really want to extend an extra special thank you to you for sharing these teasers. U and I had such a short window of time together this week. Being able to share the experience of taking and looking at these photos together, and then being able to leave with them is something I don't even have the words to explain. Truly, thank you. (Hirah)
Nataliya was referred to us from a friend for a newborn photo shoot. We were so fortunate to have found her. She is very flexible, patient, friendly, professional and quite reasonably priced for the level of quality in her photos. I was really in a bind and desperate to get my son's newborn photos taken because our first photographer had to cancel on us twice for personal emergencies. Nataliya was very understanding of our situation. She didn't overbook or squeeze us into a busy schedule, and therefore, was very patient and gave our family a long enough window to have a relaxed and stress-free photo shoot. She was also able to accommodate the very unpredictable pace of a newborn while working with us through diaper changes, feedings, crying, and at times a very squirmy restless baby. I wasn't sure that we would have enough good photos to work with because our son had a very rough afternoon. However, when I got the proofs back, I was hard pressed to choose only 40. She captured so many beautiful and precious moments of our family together and was able to get plenty of happy moments with our son. She worked quite efficiently in order to get the perfect combination of poses and lighting to play together harmoniously. Overall, I was quite impressed with the quality of our photoshoot and the outcome. I can't wait to work with her in the future as our little family grows. I highly recommend using her as a photographer to permanently capture family's milestones without having to do any of the work yourself. -(Christina)
Cameras : Canon 5D Mark3 / Canon 6D
Lenses : Sigma ART 35mm mm 1.4 / Canon 50 mm 1.4 / Canon 85 mm 1.8