Hey, I'm Natalie.

I'm a lifestyle photographer based in Minnesota.


I believe the best photos showcase movement and emotion because that's when personalities shine through.


Below you'll learn about my main offers:

story sessions, mini sessions, and creative headshots

Natalie Harry Islay
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What is your photo goal?

Everyone has different needs and tastes when in comes to lifestyle photography. I want to make sure we're the right fit so you LOVE your photos.


If your goal for finding a photographer is to get one or two photos of everyone posed together perfectly--not a collar or hair out of place--then I'm probably not your gal.


BUT if you want to capture your beautiful, messy, REAL life right now--tears and grass stains and all--then I'd love to connect.

On a dating app?

Creative headshots are a great way to spruce up your online vibe.


A top dating coach for men named Blaine exclusively refers me clients in the Minneapolis area because of my experience with dating app photography.

we'll be a great match if:

-you want a laid back photographer who makes you feel comfortable being you


-you trust that I know how to get the best images in any situation and are okay with letting me do my thing


-you appreciate all kinds of images: details, poses, movement, and everything in between


-you love the photos you see here

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What is a Story Session?

More than 1,000 sessions later, I've learned something important: it's the story that shines an extraordinary light on what you might think are ordinary moments.

I've tested out a lot of styles, and much like the hero in a classic tale, I've found myself back home again.


Home, for me, means noticing small, quiet things. They are the all-important details—objects, expressions, or movements—that give depth, or truth, to the moments I capture.


That's when I've created my very best work: when there's truth—something real—at the core of it. Very little fussing and instructing and making perfect, but instead a lot of watching, listening, and just being there.


Your story.

The imperfect moments make perfect photos.

I'll totally be there for the "big" moments,

but when you look back, they're all big moments:


hanging out with grandparents

planting or harvesting your garden

saying goodbye to a pet

first day of school

dressing up in costumes

eloping in the woods

preparing a meal

bedtime routine with kiddos

playing music with friends

hanging by the bonfire

snuggling your cats

game night

walking through the city... decide & I'll capture it.

Story Session idea: saying goodbye to a pet

Saying goodbye to a pet is really hard.


There is so much beauty and emotion in these moments and tiny details. It's the kind of story that candid imagery can only tell.


"We contacted Natalie to arrange for family portraits at home when we learned that our beloved Golden Retriever only had a few weeks left with us. Natalie captured the personalities of our children AND our dog in a very moving, beautiful way. The images are individually stunning, but all put together they represent who we are. I'm so grateful that we reached out to Natalie for these portraits; we truly treasure the photos."


-Kelsey Q.

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story session gallery

IF you love truly candid images, movement, emotion, and how all of it tells a's for you.

Check out these examples of some of my favorite visual stories.


Just need a few good ones? That's what minis are for!

Sometimes time and budget don't allow for a longer session.


Enter mini sessions.


These are quick and easy 15-minute sessions in a studio or park I choose a few times a year.


If you're more of the "everyone look at the camera type," then this might more your vibe.


It's casual posing (no obsessing over collars and necklaces and hair), so if you're a stickler for perfection, I might not be the best photographer for you.

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"Anyone who has a chance to make Natalie a part of the special moments in their life is very lucky."

Beyond being an extremely talented and professional photographer, Natalie is a personable, kind, fun, and all-around wonderful person! Aside from having her there for a practical reason, we were just glad to have her be a part of our wedding day this October. Her enthusiasm extended throughout the day, and we felt both supported in her insights and free to be ourselves. Looking at the photos, which are downright stunning, by the way, everything appears just as we experienced it: full of joy, wonder, beauty, and happiness. Anyone who has a chance to make Natalie a part of the special moments in their life is very lucky. xxx

-Molly B

Natalie is the best if you want inspired, arty photos taken by a down-to-earth, creative and lovely person. She'll make you (and your children) feel comfortable and you will love your photos! I highly recommend Natalie.


-Norah R.

"I can't imagine ever hiring anyone else!"

Natalie is amazing to work with and we absolutely love the family pictures she has captured for us the last three years. The sessions are easy, fun and casual, but capture special moments.


-Gloria D.


"Her calm attitude and professional approach really put two camera-shy people at ease."

Natalie's work is incredible, and she is incredible to work with. I was very particular when it came to picking out a photographer, and I fell in love with Natalie's work right away. She was so fun to work with during our wedding and was great at getting the whole wedding party to relax and laugh and be silly. Her candid shots are some of my favorites of the day. She got amazing and unique shots of everyone, and made our wedding day look even more beautiful that we remembered it. Our venue even had some tricky lighting, with candles and fireplaces and old antique fixtures, and Natalie rose to the challenge and got some absolutely breathtaking shots. I can't stop looking at them!


-Rachel H.

"It would be an understatement to say that we are BEYOND HAPPY."

"I'm so impressed with her work, and I highly recommend her!"

I literally can’t say enough about Natalie! She is probably the most epic photographer I have ever encountered! She photographed our woodys whimsical wedding and our at home engagement photos. We were so thrilled with our photos and even just the honor of meeting Natalie herself! She is so special, she captured things just the way I had envisioned and more! She is just so freaking GREAT! HIRE HER!!!!


-Lauren C.

I don't particularly like getting my photo taken and was not excited about having to be the focal point of our wedding photography. But Natalie made us feel so comfortable and made it a completely fun and relaxing experience. Her professionalism, timeliness and sweet personality made her the perfect choice for us. Let's not forget, the pictures are absolutely stunning works of art. She captured our story and the happiness of the day just as I will always remember it.


-Sara P

"She is just so freaking GREAT! HIRE HER!!"

"I'd very highly recommend her."

We have had Natalie for just over SEVEN years, typically twice a year family photos. There has never been a session that I would not rate with the highest stars/feedback possible. Her talents are beyond belief and her ability to capture true moments with kids is incredible. I can promise an easy going session with beyond 100% satisfaction with your images. True lifestyle and love how she mixes in a few poses or customizes to your needs/wishes. Enjoy!


-Laura R.

Photo AND video


This is a combo I've never offered before but I know you're going to love.

creative headshots

As a photographer, I believe that the best way to connect with your audience is with a strong visual story that compliments your brand.


Check out these creative headshots and branding sessions.


'I took a chance and hired Natalie after searching online for a photographer in the Mpls area.

We couldn’t have been happier with Natalie. She was very easy to work with, accommodating to what we requested, met us at a place we had set up earlier, and communicated well by email and text beforehand and afterwards.

Our 4-year-old grandson normally will not look at the camera or smile naturally, but somehow she accomplished both with him for the cutest photos we now have of him.


At times she suggested that the grandchildren jump up in the air or dance in between poses, making it fun for them. The resulting candid shots are great and it gave the kids some relief from being bored in staged poses.


She edited the photos that we requested certain changes to, and got them back to us just a few days later. It was a pleasure working with her. Our family will now have these keepsakes forever."


-Kathy U.

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