Natali

A California native, Natali has spent the past decade passionately telling stories through her photography. She is dedicated to helping even the most photo-adverse feel at ease and capturing genuine connections and moments. Known for her attention to detail and technical aptitude, Natali loves learning and exploring new ways to bring creative visions to life. Based in San Jose with a love for travel, she embraces any opportunity for an adventure (especially if dogs are involved).


WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS?

Quiet mornings cuddling with my husband, watching my two dogs play with each other, with a delicious cup of coffee in hand. Sunny pool bbq-ing days come as a close second!

WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?

My family photographs. I don’t have many from my childhood but the ones I have are worn and treasured. This ingrained in me the value of printed memories and a strong archival system!







WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SAN FRANCISCO HANGOUT(S)?

Tacos from La Taqueria in the mission followed by a hike to Bernal Heights Park for sunset - magical. Another favorite is the Santa Cruz boardwalk at night - specifically enjoying the sunset from the ferris wheel.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WEDDING MEMORY SO FAR?

It was midnight on the beach in Kauai during the end of an outdoor reception. Spontaneously, the bride and groom ran into the ocean and guests, all fully clothed, decided to follow. It was the magic of the full moon shining on the ocean, tropical music playing in the background, and the truly adventurous guests that made this moment my favorite. Needless to say, I grabbed my camera and ran right in after them! 


Where do you feel most inspired?

WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THAT YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW?

Art museums! SFMOMA is my favorite and I cannot resist a retrospective. Learning about new artists, their craft and processes inspire me to push my creative boundaries.

Spain - for so many reasons! The first stop will be eating ridiculous amounts of paella in Valencia followed by exploring new cities and beaches. I would, of course, end the trip with wine tasting in a beautiful old vineyard with a delicious charcuterie plate. 

Go-tos

NAIL ART

As a creative outlet, I’ve been doing my own gel nails for a few years now. I enjoy adding unique accents and designs (hello gold foil).

HOUSE PLANTS

If my house could look like a jungle, it would. I love rare, architectural house plants and keep almost all of them alive. 

MY DOGS

My two chihuahua mixes bring me endless joy and laughs with their antics. They are both rescues and while they have completely different personalities, they have an unbreakable bond. 

DRAMaTIC HIKES

After living here for 14 years I still haven’t tired of the classics like Lands End and Marin headlands. We are spoiled with beautiful trails in the Bay Area and I take every chance I can to explore new ones. 

MY HUSBAND

My partner and co-parent to my fur babies. He is always up to explore the sights and new restaurants with me. I am lucky to have him as my biggest cheerleader.

SUSHI

Is it an addiction? Possibly. I will eat sushi for any meal, day after day. I generally keep it simple with nigiri but will happily try a creative dish when the opportunity arises.