I am a mother first, goofball second, and photographer third. I originally went to college to minor in photography, and then I realized that a creative eye is not taught in classrooms, but in life and loads and loads of practice...
What made me get into portrait photography? People!
I love capturing those tender moments and interactions between loved ones and little ones. Life happens so incredibly fast...cherish these moments in the here and now. By taking a photograph, you freeze that moment, if only for a mere second. That, right there, is what I live for. Telling your story through still picture.
Okay, okay...enough of the photography talk. Here is me, in a nut shell...
I am a Star Wars fan, and more specifically, a Boba Fett lover. I also do a pretty killer 'Miss Swan' impression...
I played softball for 12 years & had a pretty mean 'drop ball' as a fast-pitcher.
I was in band all through elementary, middle & high school, played the flute...and yes...I went to band camp. (How dare you laugh!)
I am a music lover, to the core! Without music in my life, I would not be the person I am today. Other than listening to country music, I am a happy woman with any beat to bob my head and tap my foot to. I have the biggest sweet tooth! I have no shame in eating 3 cupcakes in one sitting, and I have been known to do so on more than one occasion. I will always have some sort of chocolate in my purse at all times. I am the fastest sunscreen applier you have ever seen: 50 SPF, baby.
I have the most amazing little family that I could have ever asked for. My fiancé proposed this last Christmas 2011, and I could not have been happier! (It was about time!) We just moved into a new (to us) house and my big baby-of-a-pit bull finally has a back yard of his own! Finally, my son, who is the most perfect creature to ever walk this planet (and no, I am NOT biased), will be turning 1 year old soon. I tear up just thinking about how fast he has grown and how much he already does and says, at not quite even 1 yet!
I feel like I have earned my bragging rights & any woman who has given birth IV, drug/medicine-free, can tell you that. I gave natural (nearly pain-free) birth to my very healthy 8 pound, 5 ounce son on June 13th, 2011. It was the best day of my life and I will never forget it. Ever.
I am a big softie. Seriously. I cry at literally, 25% of those cheesy commercials you see on TV. I'd rather call it "emotionally-connected" rather than a cry baby, or "having a huge heart" sounds way better... ;0) Maybe this is perhaps why I choose maternity & newborn photography as my "specialty". I love being emotionally connected to such an amazing little human being.
Well, I guess you know a little more about me now, other than just taking pictures. I feel that by sharing a little bit of myself, reveals how much I absolutely LOVE doing what I do, and could not be doing it without people like you, reading this, looking at my images, following me through this awesome journey!!! I hope to get to know more & more of my clients and sharing our lives with each other.
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Natalie Bee is a Spokane, Washington-based Birth Doula and Photographer, a mother of four willings, and a PNW native.