A TRIBUTE TO AN ENDLESS SUMMER VACATION
Seaside holiday vibes portrayed in pastel shades of palm tree green and vivid hues of seawater blue - dip into that summer feeling of freedom through the stunning photography of the talented Natalie Obradovich
Fine sand that sticks to your sun kissed skin, lounging under the palm shade secluded by the seaside and nothing but a boat in sight gently rocked by the tranquil dance of the waves - Natalie's photography has a postcard-worthy feel of endless summer vacations. To see the world through her camera lens is to dip in the warm waters of European beaches, to spend the day relaxing by the rainbow sun umbrellas that cool down Capri's coastline and to allow yourself to enjoy the moment for all its freeing, glamorous joy that only summer can bring.
With vivid hues of blue and pastel shades of green, Natalie Obradovich's artistic style has a unique way of capturing the viewer's attention. Her photography sets a mood that feels every bit dreamy and indulgent. The seaside has always been present in Natalie's life as she grew up in Manhattan Beach, California. She started capturing the slow pace of beach-living at the gorgeous Cali strips. Later on, that passion led her to pack up her camera and head abroad.
As a New York and Los Angeles based travel photographer, Nathalie balances her job with her lust for chasing the summer sun. Her adventures to the shores of Europe are encapsulated through a collection of beautiful prints, each of which reflecting the charm of that carefree summer living we all know oh-so-well. If you are still in the process of planning your next trip, Natalie's work will no doubt inspire your itinerary. From the Italian Riviera to the pristine coastlines of Croatia, following in this photographer's footsteps will take you to some of the most incredible locations you can imagine.
From the reason she decided to pick up a camera in the first place to opening up about what sparks her inspiration, Natalie kindly shares her experiences with our editors, while giving us insider tips on her go-to summer destinations.
‘‘I love the joy and carelessness of summer. I feel people are their most relaxed and happy versions of themselves.’’
Natalie Obradovich for NOMADSofORIGIN Magazine
NOMADSofORIGIN: You have a signature photography style. How do you describe your work and what do you strive to embody in it?
Natalie: That is so hard! I'm trained as an interior designer and I essentially fell into this career, it was never planned. I am clearly very attracted to Italy. Other than that, I try to embody a feeling of being somewhere in a moment that you don't want to forget. The perfect day with your friends, your partner, your family or even alone - when you feel truly content and joy in a moment. To look at a photo and understand what it feels like to be there. Because I'm selling my work in a commercial capacity, the feedback that means the most to me is that my photos remind those who buy them of a special day, memory, or part of their lives. That makes doing what I do gratifying and I'm grateful to be on anyone's wall.
NOMADSofORIGIN: From Italy to Croatia, your work has taken you to some incredible places. What are your favourite destinations you've been to?
Natalie: Capri is my first choice as you can see in my photos - I've spent the last three summers essentially living there and it's somewhere I will (hopefully) spend time in the summer for the rest of my life. It's a truly magical place and a place that feels like home to me.
Kenya was another truly remarkable experience, every person should experience Africa at least one time in their life.
Other favorites are Bora Bora and Anguilla.
NOMADSofORIGIN: What inspires you?
Natalie: Beautiful things, places and good friends, family and nice people. Watching the way people live on holiday in the summer in Europe.
NOMADSofORIGIN: What camera models do you prefer to work with?
Natalie: I shoot only with a Canon R5, I'm by no means a camera nerd - my camera is a means to an end. I could honestly use a photography course, ha! Ignorance is bliss for how I shoot I think.
NOMADSofORIGIN: Summer is a prevalent aspect of your work. Why do you choose to shoot this beautiful season and what's your favourite thing about summertime?
Natalie: I grew up in Manhattan Beach, California and my childhood on the beach has greatly impacted how I like to live. I spent my summers at the beach from sun up until sundown - my parents couldn't even get me to wear shoes. I love the joy and carelessness of summer. I feel people are their most relaxed and happy versions of themselves.
NOMADSofORIGIN: There's a vintage feel to your photographs that stands out as both chic and nostalgic. How do you achieve that balance?
Natalie: Part of the process is taking the photo and a huge part is editing. The vintage feel comes from editing (I think). When I set out a goal to shoot something specific my photos are largely terrible. If I live in the moment and happen to have my camera, those are usually the best photos I take. The lack of trying to achieve a balance is oddly what works best. Although I do try to avoid cell photos, pool toys, anything that stands out.
NOMADSofORIGIN: Which artists and photographers do you look up to?
Natalie: Massimo Vitali, Slim Aarons (I think that one's pretty obvious).
NOMADSofORIGIN: What's in store for the future for Natalie Obradovich Photography?
Natalie: My coffee table book which comes out in the fall!
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NOMADSofORIGIN x Natalie Obradovich
This interview appears in NOMADSofORIGIN Magazine print #06 The Trailblazers Issue
NOMADSofORIGIN is an independent annual publication with a focus on sustainable travelling and global cultural values. Each issue features interviews, engaging articles and photo guides, which take our nomadic readers through different destinations and introduce them to local people's perspectives.