Natalie Allen, the desert girl

Natalie was born and raised in Arizona, she’s our desert girl at Pathport. Her Instagram is a dangerous case of wanderlust as she captures the magical beauty of her surroundings. Imagine camping near a turquoise waterfall, swimming in secluded lakes, driving along the road of a magical desert, hike to the most incredible views… Well, that’s just another day in Natalie’s life!


1. What’s your story?

I’m Natalie Allen, a 21 year old photographer, yoga teacher, strayed exhibitionist, coffee/tea extraordinaire, film buff, and world conqueror. Currently residing in the sunny state of Arizona as a recent graduate of two bachelor degrees in Global Studies + Anthropology from ASU. Constantly surrounded by good company and the smell of the desert floor — life is good. Forever pained with curiosity from a terrible case of wanderlust. I hope to travel the world and take an endless amount of photographs.

LIKES: tea, coffee, yoga, Tarantino films, Wes Anderson films, Leo Dicaprio, traveling, camping, hiking, rucksacks, combat boots, southwestern sunsets, rooftops, my 35mm lens, national geographic magazines, summer skinny dipping, laughing till my stomach hurts, art, gardening, my dad’s antics, my mother’s care, my friend’s company, my lover’s warmth, a good book, astronomy, road trips, volunteering, culture, passport stamps, and a scrapbook of my continuing memories.

DISLIKES:negativity, red bell peppers, stagnation, 3% battery left, and the smell of something burning on the stove.

2. If Arizona were 3 words?

Magical, unpretentious, and never-ending.

3. What do you like most about photography?

Photography graces humans the responsibility to preserve a memory for an infinite amount of time. I feed into my obsession with nostalgia with my camera.

4. What’s a typical day for you? 

Every day is SUPER different than the next, which always keeps things fun! However, I must maintain some type of routine throughout the weekdays to keep me sane. I enjoy waking up at 6:30 to hit the gym, take a long bath, get ready for the day, answer some emails, edit photos, continue with errands in the middle of day, and shoots during the beautiful golden hour. Weekends are my play time — if I’m not traveling then it’s road trips, hikes, nightclubs, and/or sunbathing near the salt river.

5. Who inspires you? 

  • Molly Steele
  • Sally Mann
  • Ansel Adams
  • Theron Humphrey (@thiswildidea)
  • Foster Huntington
  • Benjamin Heath
  • Joe Greer
  • Kevin Russ
  • David Alan Harvey
  • Steve McCurry
  • Parker Fitzgerald
  • Colin McCarthy
  • Rick Smolan

I also highly encourage readers to view a recent blog post that profile this very topic and how to sustain this kind of inspiration over a period of a creative career!

6. Where do you go to clear your mind? 

Either a quiet expansive space in the wilderness or an eucalyptus infused bubble bath.

7. If there was only one destination you could go to, where would you choose to go? 

Gosh, how can I answer that with just one answer or place?! There are SO many incredible places I wish to travel to. On my bucket list, I’d love to photograph Jordan, relax at the Maldives, paddle the hot springs of Pamukkale, and attend a bathhouse in Japan. If I had to just pick one of these places for my upcoming adventure — I think either Jordan or Japan would take the cake! Check out my bucket list or travel dates on my portfolio if you folks are interested.

8. Where will you travel next?

Hawaii at the end of this month — then I’m off to Iceland and Zambia! Let the games begin.

Natalie’s guide to Arizona.