Natalie Thomas

Family & Maternity | Last Updated: February 14, 2021

My name is Natalie Thomas and I like to call my family and myself modern-day gypsies. We never stay in one place too long. Thanks to the military, we’ve gotten to explore some pretty amazing parts of our country and the world.

I’m a born and raised Californian, where sunlight is second to breathing. My journey with photography began before I even knew it started.

My Opa was a photographer in the Army during the Korean War and my mom was always the one with a camera in hand during family get-togethers. So I feel like it was almost a part of me before my passion came to surface.

I took my first photography class in high school – black and white photography and development in the darkroom. I was hooked; then reality set in, I had wild hair, joined the Army and became a medic.

Fast forward a few more years, marriage and deployments in between, I separated from the military to become a stay-at-home mom. I found myself with hours upon hours of time I didn’t know how to fill. Add a second kiddo and another move, I picked up and dusted off my Nikon D3100 and my 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor lens and that’s when my passion truly formed.

My husband was on his second deployment and I had two little kids and he was missing everything. I needed a way to connect both our worlds.

I love when my images speak for themselves. No caption needed. Fusing light, movement and connection together is always my goal. I strive to capture genuine feelings and connections.

Nikon D750
This is my main body I shoot with. Its dynamic range is incredible (although I do like to shoot for correct exposure) but when I want to push the boundaries or I’m shooting in non-ideal conditions, it never lets me down.

Nikon D610
This was my first upgrade to a full frame. It was my workhorse for many years and is such a solid camera. I always carry it as my backup during sessions.

Nikon FG
This is the same camera that my mother used to take pictures of me as a kid, so not only is it sentimental, it’s a great option when I get into a creative rut and turn to shooting film.

Sigma ART 35mm f/1.4
This lens is on my camera 90% of the time. I’m really drawn to this focal length because it lets me fit in tight spaces (I will shoot from a client’s closet if need be) but it also lets me get some nice pull backs as well. Wonderful, versatile lens.

Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4
The other 10% I shoot with my 50. It’s perfect for my outdoor lifestyle sessions. My second favourite focal length.

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
My very first prime lens. It got a lot of use in the beginning of my journey. Now I mainly use it when I want to freelens.

Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
I don’t use this lens as much anymore, but it’s always in my camera bag. When I feel like some extra creamy bokeh, and if I remember it’s there, I’ll try and take it out during my outdoor sessions.

Nikkor 20mm f/2.8
Definitely haven’t shot with this lens in a long time. But it was my go-to when I lived up in Alaska and wanted a wide angle to capture the northern lights in all its glory.

Langly Alpha Pro Backpack
I’ve had this backpack for nearly four years now and haven’t needed anything else, so that says a lot. It can hold two camera bodies and two lenses, more if I use the top compartment. But I’ll be honest, the top section is for gummy bears for clients kids … most definitely not for me. Totally not for me …

Extra batteries – Because you should always have a spare.

Spare SD cards – Same comment as above. And I shoot and use both memory card slots for each session, just in case.

Apple iMac 27″
Where the magic happens. But really, I’ve been editing on this for years and I love this thing. | @the.natalie.thomas

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