Local sports photographer logs miles, smiles across the area
Nate Beier drives more than 30,000 miles a year for sporting events
GALESVILLE, Wis (WKBT) — Self employed sports photographer Nate Beier spends plenty of time in his car. This year marks season six of his quest to cover more local teams than anyone else in the area. Off days are few and far between.
“It all started with one or two high schools, and then we added a college in there,” said Beier, a Royall High and Viterbo alumnus. “Then it grew into covering a conference. Currently, I cover 41 schools and two colleges on a regular basis.”
Nate’s brand is unique. The hair, along with the shorts and sandals in the dead of winter make him impossible to miss.
“Going out and meeting strangers every single day, would scare the heck out of a lot of people,” said Beier. “I invite that because I want to meet new people.”
After six years on the job, Beier believes his best work is done away from the big communities.
“My bread and butter has always been the smaller schools,” said Beier. “I am willing to end up in weird, hard to-get-to places. I love to dig out their stories and share them.”
This past fall, the legend of Nate took a new form on social media. With the help of Twitter and his fans, a simple idea became a local phenomenon.
“I just thought it would be kind of fun to create this game, like where is waldo, Where is Nate?” said Beier. “By the time we got to the end of September or October it was everywhere. When we hit the basketball season it erupted like a volcano.”
The popularity has not changed Nate’s approach.
“At the end of the day it is about the people,” said Beier. “The people make this job great.”