We had the good fortune of connecting with Nate Dorn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nate, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
That’s a tough one, luckily I enjoy what I do, so often the line between work and play is blurred. As I’ve gotten older I have realized that I have a certain amount of real creativity in me for each day, and I do my best work in the mornings (behind a computer or camera). In the afternoons, I need to shift gears and do something else because the real productive focus is gone. To decompress I like working with my hands or mountain biking, it’s still creative, but requires a much different part of the brain.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My bread and butter revolves around Ad work, shooting and editing both motion and still photography. I’ve been working in production professionally for almost two decades now, so I’ve been at it for a while. Working in this type of creative field really requires one to think on their feet, everyday requires some serious problem solving, working in different locations with multiple personalities, all types of lighting and gear, dealing with deadlines and sometimes difficult clients, integrity and patience is a must! I became pretty well known for a lot of my personal projects and art work which often has a surrealist quality to it and is pretty easily recognized. In the last few years, I’m most proud of my underwater series “Undercurrents”, it’s won several awards and is really unique in its own way, but mostly it was very challenging and I learned a lot. I’ve also enjoyed working with “The Flying Hero Club”, a charity event where I get to photograph special needs kids dressed and looking like super heroes, it’s fantastic and I know it’s because of all the work I’ve put in one the years that I get to be a part of this group. I can’t stress enough the importances of giving back.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, in non-pandemic times, Atlanta has some incredible restaurants and the fall weather here is amazing. Since the pandemic started I’ve been biking a lot more. Atlanta is really becoming bike friendly city. And if you’re into mountain biking, there are some really badass trails a little north of the city. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The RiTE Media Group I was invited in to share a studio with these creatives and it’s been a pretty amazing few years and a blessing to be around such an innovative, forward thinking and considerate team. The culture we have made here is primed for progress.
Image and Edit by: Nate Dorn