Natalie Arriola Photography


What is it about portraits that is so fascinating? From old family photos to J.C. Penny’s studio portraits to high fashion editorials and fine art, the portrait holds a timeless allure. Portraits tell our stories, they tell us where we’ve been, who we’ve been, and who we want to be. While I do not believe that portraits present us with a realistic portrayal of the individual we find captured there – forever frozen in a single fragment of a second – I do believe that portraits tell us something about our humanity. They also provide us with a window into the past. All photographs exist solely in the past; they become relics the moment the shutter clicks.