1. PRINTS FOR SALE!
    Good afternoon! I’ve gotten a couple of inquiries recently regarding prints so I’ve decided to open up my Etsy print shop again! I’ll be uploading images over the next few days. If there is a specific image you’re interested in and it is not listed, please shoot me an email!

    Prints can be purchased here: Etsy.com/people/natalye

    website: www.natalyeannestlucia.com

     
  2. Total teen dream time machine the other night. I finally got to see the guys from Brand New kill it live at their home show in NYC and I totally felt like I was 14 again! 

     
  3. Hello,

    I was approached for an interview with Pudge Magazine a couple of months ago and it is now out for you to read- if you wish! Not quite word for word, but you’ll get the gist.

    pudgemag:

    Natalye Anne St. Lucia

    Natalye kept popping up in the “Explore” tab of my Instagram for the longest time, and after I kept stumbling onto her incredible work over and over, I thought it was fate and got in touch with her for an interview. She’s also the sweetest, most patient human ever, who waited for me while I got lost for half an hour two streets away in the scorching mid-June heat. Keep reading to find out about ghost haunting the Beatles, first cameras from Walmart, and cowboys in California.

    where are you from?

    California.

    how do you think growing up there shaped you as a person?

    I found myself always looking for different kinds of people. I grew up in a city that was such a melting pot, and there were so many different types of people - culturally and personality-wise - and I feel more comfortable in an environment where there’s a lot of diversity.

    how did you end up in New York?

    Adventure drew me me out here.

    what’s the first thing you did when you came here?

    I came here, to Brooklyn Bridge Park. I just stared at this skyline.

    I saw that you have done a roadtrip recently on your way here. how was that experience for you?

    I love roadtrips. I love roadtrips more than flying, because you get to see everything along the way. It was a really long journey. We left Portland in the beginning of April, and we went down to California for two weeks to stay with some family and explore around the coast ares. The trip was a lot faster than we thought it would be, and we took a 4-5-day trip out here.

    to someone who’s never seen a single photograph of yours, how would you describe your work?

    I think right now I am in such an experimental phase with my photography. I personally love working with people and taking portraits. I think most recently dabbling into studio work I’ve tried to bring nature into the studio with a lot of colour and florals - plants, flowers, things like that. Gosh, describing it in one word though… Colourful. Experimental.

    it seems that you’re gravitating towards very distinct, yummy colours.

    Yeah, I’ve always gravitated towards pastel natural colours. Natural pinks, yellows. Green is my favourite.

    when did you first start getting into photography?

    I was very little. My godmother was the one who introduced me to it. She wasn’t a professional photographer, but it was a really strong hobby of hers that she pursued. I got my first camera when I was 10, it was a little film camera from Walmart. And I just started taking pictures of everything. As I got into high school, I started pursuing it more as a career, and began shooting friends, and I did a wedding once when I was seventeen, and I realized that I would never shoot a wedding again.

    everyone I talk to says that, everyone apparently hates shooting weddings!

    It’s just not my thing, I don’t know what it is. I should never say never, but for now, it’s not it.

    Digital or film?

    I shoot a little bit of both, mostly digital, because it’s just cheaper, to be honest. But I do film on the side. 

    how do you feel about concept in art?

    I think sometimes I do have a concept in art. A lot of times I find myself really inspired by music and colour. And I kind of like to let things happen naturally, develop a relationship with the person I’m shooting - then it’s more of a collaborative effort and seeing where it goes, rather than having a solid thing that I am looking for. I feel that this is how your best images come out, at least for myself. 

    what else inspires you?

    Travel. People. Music. I’m really inspired by music. Most of my shoots I have music playing. I get inspired by certain songs I’m listening to, certain bands. And then I find myself starting from there.

    what music are you listening to?

    Right now I’m listening to Cat Stevens. He’s really good to listen to on the subway. Nurses, they’re a band from Portland and they’re great.

    have you had any crazy experiences happen to you here yet?

    No! Wait, no, actually that’s a lie, I had a run-in with the cops the other day. They’re getting the loft out next to mine. I heard the workers start to fight, and it sounded like someone was dying, so I called the cops. Everyone was fine though, and it wasn’t a big deal. Citizens looking out for other citizens.

    was there ever a photograph you never took? something you wished you had taken, but didn’t, for any reason at all?

    Not any in particular that I feel really strongly about, but I do remember driving to Santa Cruz in California one time, and there was a cowboy outside his truck. It was the cutest thing, he was painting the mountains. I wish I had that photo, but more for my personal archive, not so much to share with people.

    do you have any interest in filmmaking?

    I do, actually, I wouldn’t day that I have any work that I would show professionally, but it is something that I would like to dabble into in the future, definitely,

    what is your favourite thing about being a photographer?

    Being able to explore and meet new people.

    how about least favourite?

    The business part of it. It makes me so uncomfortable. 

    what has been the most surreal moment of your life so far?

    Being able to live freely in terms of pursuing my dreams, and not being shaped by others, not feeling trapped by what others think I should do, and just going for what I want.

    if you were a ghost, who would you haunt?

    Probably The Beatles, that would be amazing. I think I would just follow them around on tour, and watch them grow as artists.

    what do you like to do outside of photography?

    I don’t know, my life is so absorbed with it. Walking around, hanging out with friends, talking, travelling - which kind of goes hand in hand with photography, I guess.

    website // tumblr // instagram

     
  4. life is cool/funny/weird/exciting/etc… (at Loft Nest)

     
  5. Over the moon about finally getting to submit my passport application! First stop, Canada! 🍁

    Im so looking forward to continuing to explore and meet new folks in new places. If anyone has any recommendations on places to explore (outdoors or indoors) in the Toronto and Montreal areas, I’d love to hear em’! 

     

  6. what are you listening to these days?

    hmm?

     
  7. In elementary school I bared my legs all year round. I remember my knees aching on winter mornings until I started playing in the schoolyard. I warmed up before class started by playing on the monkey bars, handball, or racing my friends… I was also really into being the fastest runner for some reason. I hated pants and I had only one pair of stiff black jeans that I let sit in my drawer.

     
  8. Dear Universe,
    I’m lookin’ to travel to cool places with my baby girl Clem & meet and photograph people, places, n’ things for a living. ✨
    Sincerely,
    Natalye (at Montauk Point)

     
  9. A stormy summer night in Brooklyn.

    (Source: natalyeannestlucia)

     
     
  10. I’ve been sitting on this post for almost two weeks now wondering whether or not it’s something I even have the energy to post, so I’ll try my best to articulate what I want to say, concisely. Friday, the thirteenth, I was alone for the majority of the day and had been thinking a lot about my journey east and the path I was choosing to pave for myself. After hearing some discouraging words, the day before, from someone very close to me back west, regarding my current endeavors, it got me a bit down and upset no matter how much I tried to deny that I was. The next day, which was the thirteenth, I spent the entire day cooped up inside my loft in Brooklyn listening to music and working on a list of things I needed to get done. I had started mulling over everything; my work, my personal life, and who I am. I’d gotten a similar feeling before when I had moved to Portland at 18 and was trying to feel my way about, but this time it hit me harder. I felt really isolated from my environment and any relationship that existed between myself and anyone else and the gloomy weather didn’t help this mood. I let my playlist play, sat on my bed with my back up against the wall, and started cutting up some confetti. John Lennon’s “One Day (At A Time) came on and the room became really dark all of a sudden. A rattle struck through the wall and down my back and I pulled my curtains back to the sight of a massive storm cloud moving swiftly toward the direction of my building. Thunder. It began pouring and the occasional burst of flash filled the space as the storm progressed. The walls continued to shake a bit and soon my consciousness shifted and I didn’t feel so afraid of the future. It was also the first time I wasn’t afraid of an east coast storm, in fact it was oddly rather soothing. No longer did I think about the seed of doubt planted the day before by another and ultimately by myself. I sat at my window and watched the rain pour as my eyes watered a bit and my throat tightened. I stopped thinking about my disappointing conversation, where I’m going in life, who I am or am becoming and I could care less about anything else, because I was solely invested in this moment. The timing on my playlist couldn’t have been more perfect and the gentle reminder of John’s song created a essence where everything in that moment felt just right, even if some thing’s before or beyond it weren’t. I soon realized I was just having some growing pains and I thought to myself, “I should tell my [future] children about this feeling some day” and decided to make this self-portrait.

    While sitting at my window during the storm, I began to realize how dangerous fear can be and how I hadn’t felt it that strongly in such a long time. The entire day I had been questioning my potential “success” and my level of true happiness and soon ended up feeling a pit in my stomach and was completely worn out by my thoughts. Not as productive as I’d like to be. I felt disappointed in myself for feeling upset by the opinion of another, but it was someone close to me and it got under my skin, man. I’m only human. Luckily, I soon remembered that I didn’t need to validate myself for anyone, because we are all different and thus entitled to our own opinions- even those that are unsolicited. I also realized how a lot of my past experiences have been ones where I have been able to mature a great deal and my decision to pursue a career in New York would just be another one of those experiences. There is an importance in willingness to put oneself in uncomfortable situations in order to test new waters, see what the world has to offer, and what one can potentially contribute and over the last few years I’ve made a greater conscious effort in my life to not let my actions become shaped by the opinions of others and found that I had to learn to trust myself and my direction. I realized that once I stopped caring about what other people think and worked on the things that made me happiest, that that’s all I really needed and that’s all that anyone else should need too.

    P.S. the following day was bright and sunny and I was in a far better mood. I documented myself in the light. Life is wild.

    (Source: natalyeannestlucia)

     
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  12. I have been really into tactile still life these days! 

    Check out the rest on my website here: www.natalyeannestlucia.com

     
  13. Marge, a photographer based in Portland, OR, came to visit NYC and we had so much fun!

    I met Marge through Instragram, as I tend to meet most people these days, and although we lived in the same city (Portland) at the same time at one point, for some reason our paths never got the chance to cross. It wasn’t until Marge came to visit NYC for the first time a week or so ago that we met up and explored, ate, shared some stories, laughed, and explored some more. I am so grateful I got to meet up with this sweet soul who is so full of life and optimism. Hanging out with her was like hanging out with an old friend. She is the coolest and most realest chick and I am always excited to see the photographs and thoughts that she has to share with the world. Now, to convince her (and her fam) to move to NYC…

    Check out her work here: www.margaretjacobsen.com

     
  14. I’ve been stuck inside all day so, I took a series of still life photographs. See more over on my updated website! :)

    www.natalyeannestlucia.com

    For daily photographs check out my instragram: natalyeannestlucia.

     
  15. From the woods of the Pacific Northwest to the concrete jungle, we are always ready to explore. (at Times Square NYC)