WHO IS NATE TORRES?
About Nate Torres
Nate Torres is a seasoned photographer and marketing consultant, providing educational photography content while also teaching photographers how to grow their business and brand through SEO. Beyond the lens, he’s an authoritative voice in the photography industry, serving as a speaker and photography author for renowned photography publications such as Photofocus, SLR Lounge, and Fstoppers. An entrepreneur and lifelong learner at heart, Nate is also the co-founder of Imaginated, an educational platform. Nate shares his insights on his YouTube channel, “Nate Torres,” and on his personal photography blog, Nate Torres Photography. But his expertise doesn’t stop at photography. Whether it’s elucidating the nuances of marketing within the realm of photography or sharing broader marketing insights, Nate Torres brings to the table a wealth of expertise, ensuring readers and audiences benefit from both his photographic acumen and marketing knowledge.
I became interested in photography at University (USC) and I started photographing friends and family, concerts, nightclubs, and events. I photographed anything and everything testing out different editing styles and niches to see what I liked. Eventually, I narrowed my niche down to portraits and their various types as I enjoyed capturing people and their stories. In terms of my editing style, it has changed slightly over the years, but now I strive for minimalist, cinematic, and natural-looking images. Images that look nice, but are not overly edited where they end up looking cartoonish and oversaturated.
While I am not active much on social media these days, I got my start photographing social media influencers, some of who have amassed millions of followers. The images I took of these influencers brought in thousands of likes and views to my images and my following grew like crazy, here are just a few:
While I wasn’t “chasing the likes,” the likes and engagement of these images I took brought me motivation and a sense of encouragement to keep going and to continuously strive to improve each photography session.
To be able to see how images I took of these individuals were able to bring more engagement to their own profiles and brands brought me joy. They would tell me “the photo you took got so many likes, so many people are commenting on the photo and I gained a bunch of new followers!”
It’s crazy to think because looking back on them, they weren’t even the “best” photos (in my mind). Some of my images spread quickly and you can even find some of my images when you Google “What is portrait photography.” You’ll find both an article I wrote as well as my images. I guess you can say I wrote the definition for “portrait photography.”
It was during these moments that photography became both a source of joy and self-fulfillment for me knowing that a “simple” photo can help improve someone’s life whether it’s having a nice lifestyle photo on your Instagram page to help you secure more brand deals or business, or a new portrait you add to LinkedIn that helps you connect with more people. Or maybe you won’t even post it publicly, and it’s just to have private and enjoy looking at every now and then.
These days, I enjoy capturing photos for my own pleasure and creating educational photography content on this blog and on my social media channels. I don’t take as many client photos as I used to, but if you want to work with me on a concept or need photos, don’t hesitate to reach out on my contact page.