Natalia Weedy

Oh, Brent

Brent Wilson is an illuminated being. Love shines out from him like a beacon of light. Whether he is gracing the stage or screen as an actor & singer or scooting about town, he is someone that once seen is not easily forgotten. As of this month (May 2015), Brent has been living with HIV for 20 years and in that time he has reflected hope, strength, passion and love. He has hundreds of close friends, a loving and supportive family, and considers himself the most fortunate man ever to have lived.

He is a lover. He is a presence. He is a prince. He is a friend. {Styling by Robbie Forrest}




Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent


Oh, Brent

StepUp Ministry

As of early 2014, I’ve been working on a personal video piece to create an authentic portrait of Liza Butler. This intimate glimpse into Liza’s true story of trial, love, and redemption is one that inspired me and continues to inspire everyone she touches. Once a participant receiving support, she is now full time staff giving back to others with the organization that was instrumental in her success, StepUp Ministry.

Icescapes

There is a magical place in Iceland: boulders of ice from the great glacier Vatnajökull crash ashore the pitch black sands. It’s one of the most incredible sights I’ve ever seen. This beach captivated me so completely, I became infatuated by all of the natural beauty and inspiration it provided. I began the Icescapes series on my first trip to Iceland in 2011 and was able to dedicate even more time on a 2014 trip. This series was featured in a December 2014 fine art show and images are currently available for purchase.




Icescapes


Icescapes


Icescapes


Icescapes


Icescapes


Icescapes


Icescapes


Icescapes

2014 Print Regional Design Annual

I’m honored to have my work for the Addy Awards included in the 2014 PRINT Regional Design Annual. You’ve seen what made it in PRINT now take a glimpse of what went into our shoot!


2014 Print Regional Design Annual


2014 Print Regional Design Annual


2014 Print Regional Design Annual


2014 Print Regional Design Annual


2014 Print Regional Design Annual


2014 Print Regional Design Annual


2014 Print Regional Design Annual


2014 Print Regional Design Annual


2014 Print Regional Design Annual

Todd Coats, CD / Brendan Ward, AD / Robbie Forrest, stylist / Eric Waters, asst / Hannah Hoffman, designer. Special thanks to all of our lovely talent and Brandon McGuffin for capturing behind the scenes!

Southern AIDS Living Quilt

Assembling an AIDS Quilt Panel, 1989

Growing up in NC, my mother worked as a social worker in pediatric HIV/AIDS at Duke Medical Center.  In 1987, she started the first support group for adults with HIV/AIDS in NC.  My mother and step-father first met at an AIDS Service Agency of NC meeting and later became president and vice-president of the agency, respectively.  The fight against HIV/AIDS and promoting education, awareness, and community around the issue has been very important to my parents, thus, a big part of my life from a young age.

In honor of World AIDS Day, I’m sharing my images from collaborating with the Southern AIDS Living Quilt. The Living Quilt is a project of Southern AIDS Coalition, dedicated to promoting awareness of the growing impact of HIV/AIDS on women in the southern US, particularly women of color. Naturally, I was honored when approached to be a part of this effort and am proud to share these portraits with you today.


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt


Southern AIDS Living Quilt

O2 Fitness

At a time when athletic stock photography is commonplace, O2 Fitness chose to commission original photography to feature local talent, their members, and employees. Working directly with O2’s marketing team allowed me to not only photograph, but to direct the vision of their recent rebranding campaign. Enjoy!




O2 Fitness


O2 Fitness


O2 Fitness


O2 Fitness


O2 Fitness


O2 Fitness


O2 Fitness


O2 Fitness

North State Communications

This summer, we had a blast working with Trone and North State Communications in conjunction with Wondersmith of Charlotte. Here are some of the final ads — keeps your eyes peeled for them on billboards, mall and airport displays around the Triad!




North State Communications


North State Communications


North State Communications

And a behind the scenes of our set constructed in an old Mooresville textile mill.  Special thanks to all those who helped to make it happen! Art Director: Todd Parham, Gaffer: Terry O’Deen, DigiTech Asst: Walker Anderson

Digging in at the YMCA

2014 marks the 5th year I’ve photographed for the YMCA’s We Build People Campaign. Each year, I take pride in helping to tell the stories of learning and improvement through my lens. Here’s a glimpse of the stories we told this year.

Photography: Natalia Weedy / Stories Written By: Andy Tennille




Digging in at the YMCA

Twila found her firm ground at the Y when her life seemed most fragile-after a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Twila joined LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, the 12-week health and fitness program designed to put cancer survivors back on track to long-term health and fitness. LIVESTRONG gave Twila the chance to heal outside of a medical setting. She found a supportive environment of fellow survivors and Y staff. Today she gives back by volunteering with the program.


Digging in at the YMCA


Digging in at the YMCA

From his beginning as a young child participating in Y learning and after school programs to his current role as a counselor, the YMCA gave Leo the opportunity to grow and thrive. “There are a lot of people at the Y that have changed my life and helped me out,” says Leo. “the Y is part of my family.”


Digging in at the YMCA


Digging in at the YMCA

Last summer, Kathy, a single parent of a child with autism, thought she had exhausted all affordable child care options for her daughter, Lexi. Kathy saw the importance of the Y in Lexi’s life firsthand while she was at Y summer camp. “Lexi was sitting in the bleachers with a group of kids, and there was this little boy sitting next to her. They were elbowing each other, giggling and laughing,” Kathy recalls. “I broke down crying. I’d never seen her have an interaction like that with a typical child.”

Stokes County, NC

Our State Magazine August 2014 edition, currently on newsstands, features my photography of Stokes County, NC. Just as with advertising projects, a lot of photos shot for editorial features never make it to print. This month my featured work is a selection of my favorite moments that didn’t make the editor’s cut. This is dedicated to all of the people that graciously hosted, guided, and accompanied me from dawn to well after dusk, over several days, to capture the people, places and stories of Stokes County.




Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC


Stokes County, NC

Iceland

I’m thrilled to be traveling unexpectedly to Iceland today! In 2011, I traveled in September, but this year traveling so close to the solstice means days in which the sun sneaks below the horizon for barely a couple hours a night. Below are images from my 2011 trip to the southern half of the island. I look forward to exploring the northern terrains over the next couple of weeks and capturing even more of Iceland’s natural beauty!


Iceland


Iceland


Iceland


Iceland


Iceland


Iceland


Iceland


Iceland


Iceland


Iceland


Iceland


Iceland