I first met Natalie over 10 years ago when we were both working retail at a boutique clothing shop in Manhattan Beach called Wrights. It was my first high school job and Natalie immediately took me under her wing. She showed me the ins and outs of the biz: from folding the merchandise to ringing up customers to special ordering store product at a wholesale price (a perk we were constantly abusing). As long as I have known Natalie, she has had an eye for detail, whether she is behind the lens, decorating her home or putting together an outfit. This past year, Natalie decided to turn her passion for photography into a career and Nat En Voyage was born. I recently sat down with Nat to talk about her company and what projects she has in the works for 2016. Read the full interview below and make sure to check out all of her wanderlust-worthy prints HERE.
TSK: How did you come up with the name ‘Nat En Voyage’? It has a nice ring to it.
NO: My sister and I were trying to come up with the name and it came very easily as we wanted something that reflected the images and the nature of the photographs. I think because my last name is so difficult, we wanted to try to confuse people a bit less!
TSK: Your photographs make me want to go on vacation. What/who inspires you?
NO: Growing up in California, I spent a lot of my childhood on the beach. I literally went to the beach every morning at 8:00 am for Junior Lifeguards and wouldn’t come home until the sun came down. I never let go of that love for the beach and as I grew up and went to different seaside locations around the world, I became obsessed with the culture of these destinations. I love observing people on holiday and how they enjoy different types of destinations. Massimo Vitali is an incredible photographer and I think he interprets this idea to perfection – I’m fascinated by him.
TSK: What is your favorite print that is currently available on your website to shop?
NO: It always changes, but right now I love the Tulum prints that were recently added to the site!
TSK: If you could shoot anywhere in the world for Nat En Voyage, where would it be and why?
NO: That list is long – there are so many amazing places across the globe that I would love to go to. Right now I think its probably Zanzibar and Bali. This summer I’m hoping to get to some amazing places as well, such as Portugal.
TSK: What camera are you currently shooting with? Do you have any tips for editing? What is your favorite iPhone app for a quick fix?
NO: There are so many apps these days for when you’re on the go, but right now I’m loving Enlight!
TSK: When you aren’t taking photos around the globe, you are an incredible interior designer. How did you break into this industry?
NO: My mother is a gifted interior designer and my father is a developer, so I grew up with design around me on a daily basis. I was lucky enough to work for Kelly Wearstler while studying at USC, and after I moved to New York I stuck with it. I worked for three designers that had three very distinct aesthetics that helped me form my own taste.
TSK: What are your favorite five pieces of furniture/accessories currently in your home?
NO: It always changes, and I typically grow tired of things somewhat quickly if they have any color – ironic for someone who photographs are incredibly full of color. I have a vintage brass arc lamp that I cherish that I got a few years ago and I just put a 36×48 of ‘The Dunes’ in my dining room that I’m excited about.
TSK: Who is your favorite person to follow on social media?
NO: I actually mainly follow my friends rather than large social media accounts because I like knowing what everyone is up to! Other accounts are @omissamilativ (Massimo Vitali), @onekingslane and @mydomaine because I love to catch up on design.
TSK: Goals for 2016?
NO: To grow the website and get my art on more people’s walls! I have a few projects and collaborations coming up that I’m very excited about, so stay tuned!