We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie Beck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalie, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I love the quote “What if I fall? Oh, but Darling, what if you fly?” by Erin Hanson. So many times, I hear people of all ages criticize themselves for not looking good enough. It breaks my heart that as humans we are so hard on ourselves, to me everyone is beautiful and to hear them talk about themselves that way is so disheartening. And this quote reminds me that we all have fears and that little voice that says we aren’t good enough, but we’ll never know if we are good enough until we try. When clients see themselves in their images and they are wowed by what they see, I know that they are flying. Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have always loved photography, even as a young child I was fascinated with the camera. I am pretty sure my parents gave me empty cameras to play with because they were sick of me going through the film so fast. I am still that excited about photography! I feel like there is still so much to do and every client is another opportunity to do something different! I can be very versatile and photograph the sunny and happy individual and turn around and photograph someone who is a bit more serious. My work is usually bright and airy, I love bright colors and a lightness to the photograph, but if I need to make the mood darker I can. I love capturing those in between moments, the more journalistic images, the sideways look, the laughter. When I am working, I am very laid back and easy going. For clients, there are so many things to be stressed about, I don’t want to add to that. Early in my career, I interned with several photographers and the ones who were stressed out and wanted everything perfect tended to get in their own way and then things went haywire. I have also worked with laid back and easy going photographers and their style just fit me better. For me, whatever happens is perfect. Even when it’s not. Often times, years after their session, clients will say “remember when…” about a kink in the session and they always say it with a smile. Those memories are what perfection is! Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First, I would get some wine, coffee or tea and we would hang out and talk and talk! Then I would take them to the Lost Cajun in Dillon for lunch. Then we would head over to the Snake River towards Montezuma and hope that the river is a perfect beautiful teal color. Even if it isn’t, we would sit there and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the water. We may stay in the mountains for a few days or we may come back and go to Meow Wolf (once it’s open! I can’t wait!) or Wonder Wonder in Boulder. There are so many great places to eat in either location, but I would definitely take them to Zoe Ma Ma in Denver by Union Station or Two Fisted Mario’s for pizza and beer. I think walking around both cities is a must, just to give us more time to talk and connect! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Wow! There are so many people that have loved and encouraged me! I have so many friends who sing my praises and I love them so much for doing that! It means so much to me when they love my images and refer me to their friends and family! I would have to say that my family has been my biggest support system. They have put up with me being gone on the weekends, weeknights and sometimes for weeks while I photograph weddings, high school seniors or family portraits. My husband has been an amazing help! He helps me set up complicated studio sets or goes on location just to haul out a bench or couch for me. He helps me load bathtubs, used doors, couches and such things I purchase into the car. I love chairs and have an odd collection of them and he is always there helping me move them or buy another one… I couldn’t do it without him! I have 3 kids and they have helped out in various ways, they have either helped out with sessions, or letting me try out new equipment on them or even helping me edit! The biggest thing they have all done is to make accommodations to spend time with me when I am not out photographing – they have sat with me while I ate a late warmed up dinner so I didn’t have to eat alone or met me at a park in between sessions or brought me Starbucks right before I meet with clients and I’m tired there is so much more. I could go on and on. This has all meant the world to me!
Headshot – Sherry Chance