About Me


Nathaniel-Mark "Nate" Bernardo

I am a freelance documentary and travel photographer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Since I was little, I've always wanted to document special moments through photography or on film. On family vacations, I would always ask to operate the camcorder or camera, documenting the journeys we went on. This love for documenting the now, to preserve memories for the future has been a major reason I fell in love with photography. My curiosity of documenting aquaria grew into an addiction to landscape photography and documenting current news events in high school. This led me to the Academy of Art University where I obtained an Associate of Art in Photography. My college experience cemented my love of photography and has allowed my career as a photographer to blossom. Inspired by the likes of Ansel Adams, Edward Burtynsky and Chris Burkard, my passion is in landscape photography. From capturing moments in high school sailing, to documenting my travels around the world, my images have been shown in numerous shows and published in magazines and ad campaigns. I currently shoot landscapes and lifestyle portraiture and care for my fish and travel in my spare time.


Work Experience

Photo Assistant - Sari Dress Tent; Adrienne Pao, Robin Lasser - 2018

B Camera Operator - The Factronauts; Bryan Hewitt - 2018

Photo Intern - Young & Hungry Agency - 2018

Spring Show Student Liaison - Academy of Art University - 2018 

Photographer/Videographer - Infinite Aquarium 2017-Present

Volunteer Photographer - Golden Gate Yacht Club Youth Sailing 2012-2017

Photographer - Neptune Aquatics 2012-2015

Lead Photographer & Reporter at the John F. Kennedy High School Titan Tribune 2009-2012

Accolades & Publications

Academy of Art University Spring Show - 2018

ANTIDOTE by Jennifer Wang - 2018

Academyart.edu - 2018

Academy of Art University Spring Show - 2017

Sustainablesiren.com - 2016-2017

Happinez Magazine Germany - 2016

Academy of Art University Spring Show - 2016

Fairmont San Francisco Student Showcase - 2015

Academy of Art University Spring Show - 2013

Finalist, Photographers Forum The Best of High School and College Photography 2013

Changing Tides Golden Gate Yacht Club - 2012


Photography: Documentary, Photojournalism, Sports, Landscape, Travel, Fashion, Location and Studio Lighting

Computer: Adobe; Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, InDesign, Microsoft; Word, PowerPoint