Hey, You’re Cool! Photographer Misshattan
“I want people to feel something when they see my pictures”
Photographer Natalie Amrossi, better known by her Misshattan alias, gets her best shots while she’s high. “Seeing any city from the sky is absolutely incredible—you see things you wouldn’t normally see,” says the Queens native. “There’s something I love about the adrenaline rush and excitement I get when shooting from a high vantage point.”
The 27-year-old shutterbug, who who quit her finance job to take up photography full-time, has gained an impressive following for her captivating cityscapes. Misshattan’s aerial shots of the streets have opened up other avenues, too—she was selected as one of four Cadillac ambassadors, alongside Kelly Rowland, DJ Mick and fashion blogger Marcus Troy. “My favorite thing to shoot is when I am outside the Manhattan island,” she says, “across the water, getting the whole city in my shot.”
MASS APPEAL sat down with the shooter who’s been taking Instagram snap by snap to get her insight on her early inspirations, the origins of her nickname, and how she captures the perfect shot.
When did you get into photography?
Ever since I could remember, being able to freeze time to relive a memory fascinated me. I would link up with my friends and take photos of everything from where we were to what we were eating. I really believe that the memories we create is the most valuable thing that we have. Photography helps preserve that.
What were your early photography inspirations?
The energy of New York City inspired my photography career. The moment I graduated college and landed my first job working at JP Morgan in the city, my photography game was growing at a new level. I was constantly surrounded by incredible views and people who believed in me.
That explains the alias, Misshattan.
I was born and raised in Queens, NY. I lived in Brooklyn for a bit too, and in both boroughs I’d see Manhattan from a distance. Each time, I would literally fall in love all over again. Misshattan naturally came to me once I moved into the city.
You seem to be more interested in lifestyle and scenic pictures rather than shooting portraits.
I like shooting portraits as well, but definitely post more scenic and lifestyle shots on my social media accounts. I’m thinking about starting to share some of my portrait work, even though my audience is definitely used to lifestyle shots.
What cities outside of New York do you like to photograph?
I really love exploring all parts of the world. Hong Kong and Tokyo have been sick to witness from the sky. The Blue City in Morocco was also pretty special. It’s always exciting seeing any city from a high perspective.
What’s it like being a photographer in an era in where visuals are becoming increasingly important?
It’s a great time to fall in love with photography. In this new social media world, I see people and brands really lifting the bar when it comes to being creative and getting a dope shot. It’s exciting. I definitely try to tell a story and spark emotions with my images. I want people to feel something when they see my pictures—whether the need to visit the place I photographed or being scared as fuck! [laughs]
Do you think you’ll ever get into doing concert or live performance photography?
I would absolutely love to shoot more concerts and live performances. I’ve shot at a few festivals and concerts but never really had the proper access to shoot artists. It’s definitely something I plan on doing in the near future. Music is a big part of my life and how I work/shoot.
What’s next for Misshattan?
I’ve been working on a few projects for 2018, focusing on taking things to the next level for my brand. One thing I’m really excited for is the release of photography-inspired apparel. There’s one piece I’m really excited for—a bomber jacket. Another thing I’m considering is giving up my apartment lease to jump around from place to place. This is something I’ve always wanted to do but never felt like it was the right time. Lately, I think that it might be. I literally only need a bookbag with my laptop and camera. Why not take advantage before I really settle down in one place?