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Meet Natalie Chiles of Natalie Chiles Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Chiles.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Natalie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I got started in photography by way of blogging. As a new mom I was trying to take better photos of my craft projects and kids. I took a class up in Orange County, and things very quickly shifted from blogging to photography.

Before this career change I was a music teacher for 13 years. My experience with children during that time, plus being a mother to my own three children, has been an excellent foundation for working with kids of all ages. I love one-on-one work with kids the most!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I would say the learning curve was pretty steep at first. While I did take a class to get started, much of my photography knowledge is self-taught. When I was starting I took a lot of really bad photos, and that’s okay! I am constantly learning new techniques and tricks; I am a lifelong learner, for sure!

Starting a business in San Diego has also been challenging, as it is a very competitive market, and there are a ton of photographers who are willing to shoot for free or for a discount. I was super lucky to find a group of women photographers; without them I think I would feel very different about this profession.

Please tell us about Natalie Chiles Photography.
I specialize in one-on-one work. My passion is high school seniors and creative/lifestyle headshots. I love working with women, and especially women entrepreneurs. I also specialize in modern school portraiture. I love offering schools a new, fresh take on school photos.

What sets me apart is that I take my time with people. I love helping them prepare, and when we start their session I do everything I can to encourage my clients, and let them know that they CAN look great in front of the camera! Anyone can have a gorgeous photo- and they should, especially if they are a business owner.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Sometimes I wish I could go back to school and study photography for an undergraduate degree. However, I was in a very different place as a college student- I don’t know that I would end up in the same place. I can’t imagine not doing photography now- it’s become such an integral part of my life.

If I did get a chance to start over, I would definitely reach out and find more colleagues sooner; finding a group of peers I can trust has been a huge blessing.


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All images by Natalie Chiles.

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