Natalie Allgyer is a 22-year-old American photographer from Florida specializing in creative digital portraiture. Her body of work is vulnerable and it’s heavily influenced by her desire to document her own journey towards unconditional self love. Natalie’s goal is to share themes of self acceptance and inclusive body positivity with the subjects of her photos and with the people who are viewing them. In this series, she portrayed the beautiful Cassie.
How did the idea for the series come about?
I have been thinking about photographing a set for herbeautymag for several months now, I had no idea what I wanted to shoot specifically but I knew that I wanted whatever I submitted to be a good representation of my overall style and body of work. Right now I feel like I’m in sort of a transitional period as an artist. I think for a while I was caught up in the idea that I should be doing things a certain way in order to be a more ‘successful’ photographer. I was more focused on making content that I thought a large, popular audience would want to see. Recently I am more interested in simply being only what I want to be as an artist. I’d say that I’ve found my own personal success by portraying bodies of all shapes and sizes in their most natural states, because that’s what I want to do and doing what I want to do really feels good. I feel good when I look at this set, I hope it makes other people feel good too.
Can we photograph the female body in a more powerful way?
The most powerful way to photograph any female is to photograph her the way SHE wants to be photographed. But if I’m being honest, I personally think that the female body portrayed through a female perspective is the most powerful. I’ve always been partial to female photographers/artists. There’s something super gross about the ‘male gaze’ in my opinion.
How would you define beauty?
I’ve been thinking really hard about how to answer this but I’m not sure I have a proper response. I think my definition of beauty changes every single day depending on what I see and feel and experience. I will say that I often find myself seeing beauty in small things. Quiet mornings spent alone. The last pink light from a sunset seen through a car window. A few words from a favorite song. The way my mom’s face wrinkles when she laughs. That’s beauty.
What inspires you and what makes you happy?
The resilience of women inspires me. Intersectionality inspires me. Existing with a voice that’s loud enough to make a difference makes me happy.
Film or digital?
I’ve dabbled in film but I think I’ll always be a digital photographer. I’m working on being a more patient person but I’m all about instant gratification, so I think digital suits me more. Although I will say, some of the most moving and striking images I’ve ever seen have been film photos. There’s something really special about film photography that you just can’t replicate with a digital camera.
Lastly, what’s next for you?
I think I’m on a good path right now, I’m excited to see where it takes me. There’s still a lot of things I need to do to be a more active artist. I’ve been working on a website for months now that I can never quite publish and I think I’d like to maybe make a coffee table photo book or something like that. It would be cool to see some of my photos printed out in a book as a collective body of work. Right now I’m just going to keep trying to make images I’m proud of. I want to create as much as I possibly can while I’m on this earth.