Nate was born in Washington, DC, and lived in Charlottesville, Virginia, Athens, Greece, and Chicago before his family moved to Troy, NY when he was 8. After graduating from Troy High School, he went on to attend Middlebury College in Vermont, where he majored in psychology. After college, he competed on the World Cup snowboarding tour for 8 years.

Nate took up photography with the goal of using his images to promote land conservation. Much of his work focuses on landscapes in and around Rensselaer County, New York, and in 2004, he self-published a book of photographs of the county titled Focus on the Land.

After spending several years in still photography, Nate became involved in documentary filmmaking. With film, he found a new medium for his interests in natural landscapes and land conservation. In 2011, he completed his first film, Brunswick, a tribute to an aging farmer who saw his former farm threatened by development.

Currently, Nate is the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He lives in Albany.