I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California and moved to a wonderful, little artesian town in Marin County 20 years ago. My loving husband and I have been committed to each other since 1990 and we have two sons who fill me with pride and joy. The weekends that I am not photographing a wedding I am usually sitting in the bleachers watching my boys play baseball, football or rugby. My other passions are cooking healthy meals, riding horses, sailing, traveling, and staying physically fit and spiritually connected.
I first fell in love with photography in my early teen years and bought my first 35mm camera with my babysitting money that I saved. I took as many classes that I could and always had my camera with me. Something about capturing the beauty that I see and creating a memorable piece of art has always felt like my natural calling. I have been working in the photography field since 1990 doing lab work, schools, sports, bar mitzvahs, portraits and weddings. I am a member of the Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area where I attend seminars to stay current in the photography world.
My favorite quote by Rumi, “Let the beauty you love be what you do,” pretty much sums it up.
“We were 100% delighted with Natalie’s photography of our special event. She was professional, friendly, helping everyone feel at ease. She was very sensitive to our family’s needs in terms of who should be photographed together. Natalie’s artistic flair provided us with many candid photos in addition to beautiful family poses. We recommend Natalie with the highest recommendation!!”
—Jim and Chandra Zieff
“Natalie is a great photographer. The pictures she took of our wedding are wonderful. She did a great job with the portraits and traditional photos but what we ended up loving the most were the candid shots. Her eye for detail and ability to catch the important moments of the ceremony and reception made our pictures so special. We have had many compliments from friends and family. We love our photos.”
—Julia and Michael Roath
“Natalie is an incredible photographer. Her passion and ability to create art with the camera is truly amazing. We are so grateful for her hard work and dedication to creating a wedding story with pictures that we will cherish forever. Her spirit and grace with the camera made our wedding day so special.”
—Monique and Louie Azevedooto
“Natalie is amazing in so many ways!!! All of our wedding photographs came back so beautiful and she caught all of the special moments of the day. These weren’t just the “regular” wedding stock photos we’ve all seen. Natalie caught the spirit, the love and the beauty of the day with so many unique shots that we cried when we saw them for the first time. She even risked her life hanging outside her car window as she drove behind us on a windy road and shot a fantastic picture of us in our “getaway car”. But besides Natalie’s natural talent as a gifted photographer—it was a huge blessing to have such a welcoming, kind and ever-smiling person there during what can be a stressful time. We all felt like Natalie added to the celebration with her warmth and everyone we’ve recommended her to has said the same.”
—Rachel Hannah and Kerry Loeb
“Natalie unquestionably brought beauty and harmony to our wedding—she has the “eye” that designers like myself dream to work with, and she truly captured the atmosphere we aimed for. She was so patient, and had wonderfully unique ideas that were both comfortable and appropriate. We had a challenging garden terrain with no aisle and lots of steps and paths, and Natalie was in all the right places at all the right times—with the grace of a wood nymph—climbing on boulders and maneuvering around trees to get that perfect shot. The “getting ready” photos were the most fun; Natalie took full advantage of the room, using mirrors and skylights for a natural, exotic look. Natalie’s beauty as a person genuinely shows in her extraordinary work.”
—Kristine and Brian Hamilton
“We loved Natalie! She was extremely professional while having a friendly, laid-back attitude. She listened to our ideas, wasn’t pushy and patiently handled our family during each stressful situation. We’ve gotten so many compliments on our photos from family and friends, and we love to see their eyes pop in disbelief when they find out how affordable Natalie is. I’d recommend her to anyone looking for a top-notch photographer.”
—Cher and Manfred Yu
“Natalie Calder’s skill was quickly recognized by our family and friends. While we were wrapped up in the excitement of our day, she gracefully captured so many of the details critical to its memory with a knowing eye. The beauty of her work was borne out as we poured over our fantastic proof book and CD. Our familes loved her work. We were grateful for her talent and will cherish our photographs for our lifetime together.”
—Dr. David and Nicole Collman
“I have had the pleasure of working with Natalie Calder on three occasions. In each case Natalie’s photographs were wonderful and truly captured the spirit of our event. In addition, she is delightful to work with, putting the guests at ease in a warm, yet professional manner. I can’t recommend her highly enough.”