A Little Bit About Me...
I'm extremely passionate about photography because it enables me to evoke emotions and feelings as well as expose mine. I literally grew up with art all around me as my dad is a reknown artist. I'm deeply rooted in the arts and have served on several art boards and am a member of several art organizations. I'm very family-oriented and I know what is important for making everlasting memories and keepsakes at different phases of life. I'm dedicated to giving you a great experience in your shoot and delivering products that you'll cherish for a lifetime. And I promise, it'll be fun!
As photography became my means of self-expression, I acknowledged what had once been a hobby as a passion, and began taking classes at Atlanta Art Institute and completed a full curriculum at Gwinnett Technical College. I specialized in portraits, which I later combined with a love for jazz, shooting CD covers, concerts, and posters for musicians. Currently, I am producing work for my musician husband, Dexter O'Neal. A notable photo shoot was Freddy Cole's 70th birthday celebration, which was published in Atlanta Magazine. While in Atlanta, other opportunities arose such as becoming a staff photographer for GN Magazine and shooting major projects such as The Lost Boys of Sudan, a project and photo exhibit sponsored by Jane Fonda, Art Aids Africa, and Atlanta Celebrates Photography, where I served on the Board of Directors. My photographs were also a featured aspect of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, based out of New York, which provides scholarships to inner-city youth. I also exhibited in the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. Currently, I am a medical photographer for Soderstrom Skin Institute and have work featured in the SkinNews Magazine, the Soderstrom Skin Institute website, and on billboards throughout the central Illinois region. My personal work is displayed in the main medical building in Peoria, Illinois.
I sit on the Board of Directors at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, which is a frequently visited, highly active community arts center where my current studio resides. I am a member of CIAO, Central Illinois Artist Organization (CIAO), Illinois Art League, and participate in First Fridays in the Side View Gallery on the second floor of the Contemporary Art Center. Have been on the jury for Sculpture Walk of Peoria in 2018 and 2019. Had a Crowns of Empowerment piece juried into a Carnegie Hall Exhibition in 2017. Won Best Photography Award in National 64 Arts Exhibit. Won Award of Excellence in the Art Guild Riverfront Fine Art Fair 2018. Won Best Photography Award in 2015 Art on Main Art Festival. Juried into two exhibits in Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois 2018.
Natalie Jackson O'Neal