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2002: Natalie Fobes

Tricia Owen poses before her wedding at Seattle’s Stimson Greene Mansion, in this Natalie Fobes image. Tricia Owen poses before her wedding at Seattle’s Stimson Greene Mansion, in this Natalie Fobes image.
© Natalie Fobes

After 10 years, we catch up with our past Photography Person of the Year award-winner, Natalie Fobes, to see how his career has progressed.

Natalie Fobes continues to shoot lifestyle and wildlife stock photography for Corbis, the National Geographic Image Collection, Science Faction and Getty. Her most recent trip was to photograph snowy owls in Canada.

Fobes has photographed more than 100 weddings and portraits in the last few years, using a photojournalistic approach to capturing candid moments and telling the story of each wedding day. To handle the demand, she built a 600-square-foot studio addition for her expanding portrait/wedding business. A popular speaker at photography conferences, Fobes also has been a judge in one of the largest print contests in the world, the Wedding Portrait Photographers International.

In addition to giving numerous presentations and holding photo workshops, Fobes also teaches various photography courses at Seattle Central Creative Academy's Commercial Photography Program and online through Learn more: Lynda.com. She also rejoined the board of the Blue Earth Alliance, serving as co-president with Malcolm Edwards in 2010, after a six-year hiatus. This year, she continues as sole president of the board.

The Seattle-based Fobes and her husband also adopted a second child, Phoebe Waneta YongQian Fobes Sunde. Because both of her daughters are involved in soccer and drama, Fobes says she has "become a soccer mom and is putting [my] years of experience shooting the Huskies, hydroplanes, Seahawks, Sounders and Sonics to good use."

Learn more: fobesphoto.com
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Randy Woods
Story Author: Randy Woods

Randy Woods, editor of PhotoMedia, has been in the magazine publishing world for more than 20 years, covering such varied topics as photography, insurance, business startups, environmental issues and newspaper publishing. He is also associate editor for iSixSigma magazine and writes a job—search blog for The Seattle Times called “Hire Ground.”

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