Haley Nelson is a multimedia photojournalist with experience in still photography, video, and writing, and is a licensed drone pilot. Her passion for learning, storytelling and capturing moments on many platforms has drawn her to visual journalism. 

Before becoming the Digital Content Producer for St. Mary's College of California, Haley began her career in visual storytelling as a photojournalist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Haley is currently based in Martinez, California, and is available for freelance work in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.



Saint Mary's College of California

July 2018-Present

Moraga, CA

  • Produces photos, videos, text, and drone footage for use across all print and digital Saint Mary’s platforms and ads

  •  Covers institution-related events on and off campus, directs photo shoots, writes and produces videos on a range of topics

  •  Documented faculty immersion along the U.S./Mexico border in July of 2018 for Saint Mary’s fall magazine

Digital Content Producer

Haley Nelson Photography


Various Locations

  •  Shoots and edits photos for news outlets, events, weddings, and businesses

  •  Has worked with the Bay Area News Group, Erie Times-News, Chevron, Modern Farmer Magazine, Catholic News Service, University of Pittsburgh Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, Penn State University Air Force ROTC, and more

Freelance Photographer

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

May 2016-Feb 2018

Pittsburgh, PA

  •  Shot and edited photos and video for daily newspaper, online, and social media

  •  Covered features, sports, breaking news, and stories on a wide range of subjects

  •  Only licensed UAV pilot on staff at the time creating aerial media for print and digital content

Staff Photojournalist
Additional Experience

The Daily Collegian, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Staff Photographer

Centre County Gazette, Fall 2015

Photography and Reporting Intern

Diablo Publications, Summer 2015

Editorial Intern

Discover Excursions, Spring 2015

Photography Intern


Federally Licensed UAV Pilot

Nikon, GoPro, iPhone

Conversational Spanish

Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, Photo Mechanic



Social Media



Class of 2016

University Park, PA

B.A. in Visual Journalism, College of Communications

B.A. in Spanish, College of Liberal Arts

Minor in International Studies

Minor in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Pennsylvania State University
Contact Me

haleynelsonphoto@gmail.com       Tel: 925-683-6016