Nate Nelson has made a career out of his two loves: helping others and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Born on the border of Pennsylvania and Delaware and raised in Florida, Nelson knew he wanted to get back in the woods and mountains.

He picked up photography nine years ago and has been exploring the Smokies with his camera for three years.

Nelson created Smoky Mountain Photography Excursions, a tour business where he teaches beginners and experts alike how to capture the beauty of the national park with their cameras. 

The business was born out of frustration when Nelson was turned away by a photographer in the park who said they didn't help outsiders shortly after he moved to the area. 

"But in the same week, three people asked me how to use a camera so I'm like well, 11 million tourists, it's a great opportunity to help people because, you know, helping people is the goal," Nelson said.

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