Based in Minnesota, I work at the intersection of commercial and editorial photography – bringing elements of each to my work with regional and national brands, advertising agencies, and editorial clients.
I embrace both portrait and documentary lifestyle photography to capture real people– athletes, musicians, business leaders – doing what they do. I could spend all day learning about their processes and personal stories, which is why I’m always asking questions, keeping the conversation flowing during a shoot.
The insight I gain does more than satisfy my personal curiosity: —it allows me to infuse depth into an image, compelling viewers to take a closer look. With degrees in Geology and Studio Art from Carleton College, I’ve always embraced bringing divergent ideas together.
Previously, I spent 10 years as the staff photographer at 89.3 The Current at Minnesota Public Radio, which gave me the opportunity to photograph and film some of the world’s most renowned musicians. I don’t think I’ll ever get over hearing performers like Lizzo, Tori Amos, Johnny Rotten, and so many more, just filling the studio with their voices (Go find the studio video with over 90million views).
My wife and I are proud parents of a young son and goofy goldendoodle pup. When we can sneak away, we’re out on bicycles rolling on the Twin Cities’ many bikeways or mountain bike trails.
COVID-19: Being married to an epidemiologist means I’m taking Covid-19 seriously - read more about what I’m doing to make work as safely as possible at this time.
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AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY: AP38, AP37, AP36, AP34, AP32
COMMUNICATION ARTS: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014
APA ANNUAL AWARD: 2017
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
American Photographic Artists (APA)
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
One Percent for the Planet
Clarity Coverdale Fury
The New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Taste of Home
Minnesota United FC
The Nature Conservancy
Briggs and Morgan
Sony Music Masterworks
Red House Records
Secret Stash Records
89.3 The Current
Minnesota Alumni Magazine
Star Tribune (advertising)
We Are Manufacture
“Nate is a true talent and collaborator. We had a concept that heavily relied on lighting and Nate and the team worked diligently to make the vision come to life. He’s not only talented as a photographer, he’s listens and strives to bring authentic connections to life. He’s a gem of a human that makes work fun.“
-Molly McCabe (Creative Director, Starkey Hearing)
“We faced the challenge of how to get the job done safely during a pandemic. Nate led our team through that uncertainty with thoughtful and thorough planning, flexible approaches for production, clear guidelines and safety measures on set, and remote shoot access options. The shoot went smashingly and the images turned out as beautifully, but the energy and joy of being able to work together safely in spite of difficult circumstances was the unexpected surprise.” – Beth Elmore (Production Services Director, Preston Kelly)
"I had an assignment in Minneapolis and Nate came very highly recommended by someone I’ve worked with, respect, and enjoy working with. From the start, Nate was simply a joy to work with. I knew I didn’t have to worry after our initial exchange. He went beyond the call of duty. His images were incredibly beautiful. I am very happy we had this opportunity to work together and am looking forward to many more collaborations with him."
– Leslie Dela Vega (RollingStone Digital Photo Editor, now New York Times)
"Nate truly captures emotions and magical moments in his photography… elevating the art form of portrait-taking into a story-telling experience. It is difficult to translate to somebody what you have in your mind for a photo, but Nate took my ideas and exceeded all expectations.” - Irina Meachem
"I've never seen a picture that calmed me down and made me say, okay, yes, it's me. That's me. That's who I am. You were able to capture my truth. Striving to be the calm, proud, intelligent woman in that beautiful chair every day. Thank you Nate for bringing me closer to understanding myself, through your friendship and through these photos."
– Lydia Liza (Musician)
“We asked Nate to do a particularly challenging job - to help us tell personal and heartfelt stories from corporate employees. Nate’s sensitivity through the lens to the interviewees and their stories imbued our video with a level of authenticity and honest, spontaneous testimony that is rare in corporate videos. We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the job that Nate and his team did!"
– Eli Cane (Normal Life Pictures. NY, NY)