I am a video story catcher at the community level and a media arts educator. Born in 1987 + a native of South Central Los Angeles, I am passionate about stories that examine history, document truth and reimagine the future through the voices of youth, women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. I believe storytelling is a creative tool for social change. 

I am currently in Los Angeles working on a new short form documentary and I was previously a cinematographer and editor at Fusion. 

In 2017 I was named the Student Video Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographer Association. My work has been recognized by ViewFind, NPPA, the Online News Association, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, The North Carolina Press Photographers Association and more. I was a participant of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, and the 2nd Annual New York Times Lens Blog Portfolio Review.  I've interned at The Seattle Times, The Tampa Bay Times and The Chicago Reporter.  I've taught photo and video to youth in Chicago and Los Angeles and I am a grateful recipient of the Chicago 3Arts Award, a $25,000 grant for my work as a teaching artist.

I am a graduate candidate at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying documentary filmmaking and I received my B.A in photojournalism.  




sophia.nahli@gmail.com | 708.228.9968 | IG |  @yagurlsophia

sophia.nahli@gmail.com | 708.228.9968 | IG |  @yagurlsophia