NATASHA RIGG

DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER

TIME IS A PRECIOUS GIFT

AND AT LEAST FOR ME, THERE’S NOTHING LIKE HAVING KIDS TO MARK THE PASSAGE OF TIME.

I think everyone agrees that family photography is important, but I’m not sure that I fully understood how important until recently. 

Pulling together the story of my grandmother’s life – with all her photos and memoirs – is nothing short of a gift – a legacy that grounds me on this planet and in this lifetime.

My kids now see that they are part of something bigger. I know a day will come when they will share it with their kids (and I hope that day takes its sweet time to get here).

Photos of our families make us realize how quickly it all goes by. How big our kids are getting every day and every year. How generations are passing by.

How it all adds up to something: a story worth telling.

I’m a family Photographer and Filmmaker

(…and a geologist)

Yeah, I guess I’ve got a thing for storytelling

Since 2016, I’ve switched from telling stories of ancient geologic environments to telling stories of families and children. Over the years, I’ve polished my craft, like water polishes rock. Through trial and error and more workshops than I can count, I grew from a hobbyist to a professional photographer and filmmaker.

My camera feels like an extension of my body and mind. This means I can really focus on the moment — be aware of the light, notice the emotions, and document the connections happening right in front of me.

Photography is science and light, I think that’s why I love it so much. These are my superpowers.

I’M A FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER AND FILMMAKER

(. . . and a geologist)

YEAH, I GUESS I’VE GOT A THING FOR STORYTELLING.

Since 2016, I’ve switched from telling stories of ancient geologic environments to telling stories of families and children. Over the years, I’ve polished my craft, like water polishes rock. Through trial and error and more workshops than I can count, I grew from a hobbyist to a professional photographer and filmmaker. 

Now, my camera feels like an extension of my body and mind. This means I can really focus on the moment — be aware of the light, notice the emotions, and document the connections happening right in front of me.

Photography is science and light; I think that’s why I love it so much. These are my superpowers.

Stories give us a sense of place and belonging

I WOULD GIVE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING TO HEAR THE SOUND OF MY GRANDPARENT’S VOICES AGAIN.

THAT’S WHAT LEGACY SESSIONS ARE ALL ABOUT.

Time is painfully short. If I could bottle up my grandmother’s laugh, or the many couch sessions with my dad discussing Wendell Berry or the state of modern-day politics, or the sound of my daughters chatting with their grandmother in animated and giggly voices, not to mention the pitter-patter of little feet as my kids run up the stairs for the weekend cuddle puddle in bed …. you bet I would. 

The ability to remember family stories and relationships, even after people are gone, is sacred. It’s an honor to be able to help you remember yours.

I WOULD GIVE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING TO HEAR THE SOUND OF MY GRANDPARENT’S VOICES AGAIN.

THAT’S WHAT LEGACY SESSIONS ARE ALL ABOUT.

Time is painfully short. If I could bottle up my grandmother’s laugh, or the many couch sessions with my dad discussing Wendell Berry or the state of modern-day politics, or the sound of my daughters chatting with their grandmother in animated and giggly voices, not to mention the pitter-patter of little feet as my kids run up the stairs for the weekend cuddle puddle in bed …. you bet I would. 

The ability to remember family stories and relationships, even after people are gone, is sacred. It’s an honor to be able to help you remember yours.

“Natasha is passionate about turning this chapter in your life into heirloom albums and video so those nuances and unfiltered personalities will go down in history to be remembered for generations.”

L. Hickey

This is what i want for you…

  • IMAGES THAT CAPTURE THE LOVE IN YOUR FAMILY.
  • VIDEOS THAT TELL YOUR FAMILY STORIES.
  • PHOTOS THAT WILL LAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS.

get to know me a bit BETTER …

01.

family

I live here with my wonderful husband and two inspiring daughters. We’ve been here since 2007 and enjoy all the outdoor opportunities that abound. I serve the Boulder area and surrounding mountain towns, but will fly just about anywhere.

Because of my kids, you may have seen me taking photos or videos at school or one of their extracurricular activities. It always brings me joy to create images of them doing what they love.

02.

VALUES

  • My family and friends – near and far – inspire me daily.
  • I believe in continuous learning and am never bored.
  • My kids crack me up all the time.
  • Laughter truly is the best medicine.
  • Yes, Black Lives Matter.
  • Yes, Love is Love.
  • I teach my kids that with great privilege, comes great responsibility.
  • I strive to leave the world a better place than how I entered it.
  • Yes, I can be intense sometimes, but mostly, I just want to laugh all the laughs and give big hugs.

03.

TRAVEL

In “the time B.C.” (Before Children), my husband and I traveled quite a bit all around the world – to China, New Zealand, Italy, Peru, Argentina, and more. Such adventures felt like a dream. I can’t wait to take my kids to some of these amazing places.

It should be no surprise that I love to camp and ski and run rivers and spend time laughing with my kids, my husband, and friends. There’s no better light show than Mother Nature’s thunder storms, and no better place to find peace in my soul than the wilderness. I guess you could say that Mother Nature is my religion.

04.

BOOKS

Some of my favorite poets: Mary Oliver, e.e. Cummings, N.Scott Momaday, and recently, Amanda Gorman.

Some of my favorite authors: Isabelle Allende, Wallace Stegner, Sherman Alexie, N.K. Jemisin, and recently Kristin Hannah.

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan – kind of have to be with my kids, but even in the time B.C. too.

05.

GEOLOGY

I am a professional (retired) geologist and have studied and worked in some of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Though retired, I still teach field camp occasionally, and provide educational outreach to local schools and universities. I am passionate about paying it forward and supporting other women in STEAM roles.

06.

ammonites

(Or, geology cont’d)

If you noticed my logo, you might recognize the ammonite shape on the end. Ammonites are considered “type fossils” because they evolved quickly enough through geologic time that they can be used to relatively date a formation of rock within which they are found. In this way, ammonites can be considered “time keepers” of geologic history, very much like photographs are time keepers of our own histories.

Additionally, ammonites reflect the fibonacci spiral – a sequence found throughout nature and which when applied in art creates balanced and visually pleasing compositions, much like I do when I create photographs of your family.

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Because your life is a story worth telling.

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