Nate Ryan is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work is driven by a deep curiosity about the world around him and his desire to learn, and he finds joy in the surprising doors that only a camera can open.

For 10 years Nate was the staff photographer for 89.3 The Current at Minnesota Public Radio, where he photographed and filmed some of the nation’s most popular musicians. With a degree in Geology and Studio Art from Carleton College, Nate brings a diverse range of knowledge to his projects.

Keeping things easygoing is the goal -  Nate specializes in portraying real people in inspiring ways. He loves to infuse advertising projects with the same depth and personality as he does with his documentary photojournalism and portrait work.

Otherwsie you’ll likely find Nate out on a bike on a trail or road around the Twin Cities.

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.


American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
American Photographic Artists (APA)
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
One Percent for the Planet



COMMUNICATION ARTS: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014


Olson Advertising
Pocket Hercules
Clarity Coverdale Fury
Preston Kelly
Evology Creative
CPC Intersect
The New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Smithsonian Magazine
Outside Magazine
Lifetime Fitness
Specialized Bikes
Redwing Boots
Minnesota United FC
The Nature Conservancy
Sleep Number
Merrill Lynch
Briggs and Morgan
Minnesota Orchestra
Sony Music Masterworks
ATO Records
Red House Records
Secret Stash Records
Doomtree Records
89.3 The Current
Classical MPR
MPR News
Minnesota Alumni Magazine
Cincinnati Magazine
Carleton College
Star Tribune (advertising)
We Are Manufacture
Good Measure
Donkey Label
Search and State
De La Salle High School 


“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)

"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)

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