Natalie McComas grew up on the east coast of NSW spending her high school lunch times in the dark room, inspired by the magic of developing black and white film and prints by hand.

For the last two decades she has freelanced to national and international clients and publications as a lifestyle, commercial and documentary photographer. Her documentary work has been recognised in competitions such as the Moran Photographic Prize, The Leica/CCP Documentary Award and, most recently, by VSCO’s Artist Initiative.

Now based on Bundjalung Country in Northern NSW, Natalie draws creative inspiration from the stunning region that surrounds her and holds a deep appreciation for the rhythms of nature and the simple pleasures of life. Through her personal work, she has the opportunity to evoke a sense of wonder and reverence for Australia’s unique native flora and landscapes, fostering a greater sense of responsibility towards preserving them for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

In 2015 McComas was awarded funding by VSCO's Artist Initiative to undertake her documentary project, In This Skin and travelled around the world to share the stories of 23 people living this life with a prominent birthmark. (The stories from this project can be found here). A limited edition book will soon be published from this project. Please subscribe to my mailing list to find out when it will be released!

Bachelor in Photography (2003) with First Class Hons. in Social Documentary Photography (2005). Queensland College of Art / Griffith University. Brisbane

United Airlines, Monocle, Condé Nast, Domino, Airbnb, Hardie Grant, Woolworths, News Corp, Adobe, VSCO, Frankie, Virgin Australia, Girl Gaze, Getty Images, Dove, FT Weekend, Jetstar, Green Magazine, Etsy. 


2023 - One week Artist Residency @ Boketto, Brooms Head, NSW

2023 - Photography workshop @ Byron School of Art, Mullumbimby

2023 - Solo Exhibition In-Florescence @ The Old Pacific, Newrybar

2023 - Group Show Flower Power, Brisbane

2019 - Selected as a VSCO x Adobe Stock Premium contributor

2019 - Photographer for Project #ShowUs #2 with Girlgaze, Getty Images & Dove

2019 - Selected to be a Girlgaze Ambassador

2018 - Photographer for Project #ShowUs with Girlgaze, Getty Images & Dove

2017 - Photography Judge for Frankie Magazine's Good Stuff Awards

2016 #GIRLGAZE a frame of mind, Group exhibition & book. Annenberg Space for Photography, LA

2016In This Skin exhibition with Head On Photography Festival, Zigi's Art, Wine & Cheese Bar, Sydney

2016 - Shortlisted in Head On Photography Portrait Prize with portrait of 'Enler'

2015 - VSCO group exhibit, Photoville Festival, New York

2014 - 2016VSCO Artist Initiative Grant - Awarded funding for documnetary project In This Skin

2014 Cactus Wonderland, Solo exhibition at Saint Cloche, Sydney

2011 - Mentored students at Bangalow Primary school during their involvement in the INSIDE OUT international portrait project

2009 - 2011  Visited over 30 QLD & NSW primary schools holding one day photography workshops on behalf of the Moran Arts Foundation and their national program.

2009 - Finalist Moran Photographic Prize with ‘Sarah giving Misty a bath’ from the series Tails of the City.

2008 - 2009 - Completed a documentary commission Tails of the City for the Museum of Sydney on behalf of the Historic Houses Trust.

2006 - Finalist Qantas SOYA (Spirit of Youth Awards) with the series Birthday Wishes & Tina & Paula.

2006 - Finalist Leica CCP/ Documentary Award with the series Birthday Wishes.

2005 - Finalist Thiess Art Prize Exhibition with ‘Five-year old Ryan’s superhero party’ from the series Birthday Wishes.

2006 - Birthday Wishes Starter Space Exhibition, Watermall Café QLD Art Gallery.

2006 - Held & designed 2 x children's art workshops, QLD Art Gallery

2005 - Tutor in Photography, Griffith University

2005 - First Class BA(Hons) in Social Documentary Photography, QLD College of Art, Griffith University.

2004 - Queensland Arts Council Photographer For a Year Scholarship

2003 - Finalist International Energex Contemporary Art Prize - The Family with ‘Chloe and Courtney’s bedtime’ from the series Paula.

2000 - 2003  BA Photography, Griffith University 2000 – 2003


What's Inspiring Us - Urth Magazine

Frankie Magazine - The Freelance Shuffle

VSCO Artist Initiative - Introduction

VSCO Artist Initiative - Work in Progress

A Quiet Observer - VSCO Profile

iGNANT Feature

The Planthunter

All Images © Natalie McComas 2023 and may not be reproduced without prior permission.