Photography has been my biggest passion since I was a little girl. My father was a hobby photographer so I grew up with a dark room in my house. I watched him develop film for hours every week and from a young age I became obsessed with creative imagery, visual story telling, and the power of freezing time with a photograph.
I come from a family of creatives. My brother is a director and videographer for commercials and documentaries, my sister is a passionate writer, and my mother is a interior designer.
I recently left the corporate world to pursue my passion for wedding photography. I jumped all in, heart first. I left the comfort of a stable paycheck and job security. Although it can be scary at times, it's the best decision I've ever made. I can't tell you how grateful I am to do what I love because it means everything to me.
When I'm not shooting weddings, I like to travel and document different cultures and world issues. Before I was a full-time photographer I managed projects to fight plastic pollution and climate change in Alaska, South Africa, Panama, Maldives, Paris and Jamaica. When I'm not documenting the beauty of life you can find me doing yoga, sailing, skiing, rock climbing, surfing or hanging out with friends at the beach. I love exploring everything that mother nature has to offer.
Natalya went to University of Colorado at Boulder and studied Business Administration. She grew up in New York City, but has lived in Maine, Connecticut, Colorado, Australia, and Los Angeles. She moved back to Maine in 2015 to be close to family, the ocean, and to pursue her photography career. She's currently living between Portland and Cape Elizabeth with her sweetheart and french bulldog, Olive.