Student Art Spotlight Photography with Natalie Zunker

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Art major or not, we want to find out what kind of creative work MSU students are up to. In this issue, we spoke with Natalie Zunker, an avid photographer on campus and beyond. She is currently a senior professional writing major with an emphasis in editing and publishing, but hopes to incorporate her love of photography and creativity into whatever career she pursues. 

How did you get started with photography?

I started my experience with photography by working as a wedding photographer’s assistant my freshman year. I still work for the same wedding photographer based out of Royal Oak, Mich., but this experience was what pushed me to pursue photography and join the photography team for VIM Magazine last fall. Right now, I am a print photographer for VIM and a freelance photographer myself. 

What inspires your work?

I’m still developing my “style” but I think looking back, a lot of my work is really feminine. I would say my photos stem from feminist ideals a little bit, and I guess they are also inspired by movement. I used to dance ballet growing up, until college, so I like to incorporate a lot of movement and feminine traits into my work — to sort of continue to keep that interest alive.

Favorite work?

Shooting fashion for VIM has been my favorite work. It’s really rewarding to see my photos in a print publication.

Do you want to continue with photography as a career?

I don’t think I want to solely be a photographer, but it’s definitely something I’ll always continue to do.

What is your dream career?
I don’t necessarily have a dream career. I would like to implement photography into my future career. I’ve always wanted to work for a publication; I think something that allows me to be a storyteller in written and visual ways would be kind of ideal for me. 

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