An Evening with J. Grant Brittain

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported An Evening with J. Grant Brittain at Museum of Photographic Arts. It was great to have so many students, photographers and supporters in attendance. Grant’s presentation explored the history of our local skate culture and community, while sharing some great stories of his path to becoming a professional photographer.

A special thank you to J. Grant Brittain for being a long-time supporter of the creative community and taking the time to talk with students before the event.

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MEET. Travis Burke

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Meet Outdoor Adventure Photographer and  APASD member, Travis Burke.

Who are you following on Instagram? 
@redbull, @jimmy_chin, @metroskateboarding, @kookslams, @handsomerobinson

What is your camera of choice?
I just got the Sony A7riii. It’s just an all-around powerhouse for the diversity of things that I shoot.

What do you listen to when you’re shooting?
I’m shooting in nature most of the time, so I want to be present in the moment and just absorb the sounds around me instead of listening to music.

Who were your biggest influencers? 
My parents and my grandmother, who inspired me to be creative and to do something that I was passionate about. I even named my adventure mobile after my grandmother Betty.  

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
I had a number of different jobs, everything from scraping grease out of restaurant vents late at night to professionally editing photos.

What 3 words describe your photography style?
Nature, vibrancy, inspiration.

When were you first introduced to Photography? 
10 years ago while planning my first road trip to Yosemite.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing? 
I would still be doing something creative and artistic—something using my hands.

What do you do when you get stuck? 
I usually try to disconnect and spend some time alone in nature, often on a road trip where I have a lot of time to myself. I always try to disconnect from technology for awhile and be more present in the moment.

Do you have a favorite podcast?
How I Built This with Guy Raz. He interviews highly successful business owners and tells their backstory of how they got to where they are. 

What is your favorite curse word?
I make it a pretty big point to never swear.

What is your best marketing advice for your peers?
To stay true to yourself and to keep things organic. Marketing or advertising is often overdone and becomes really inauthentic.

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years?
Facing your fears will lead to some of the best experiences of your life.

To read more about Travis visit our website.
To view more of Travis’s work and adventures, you can follow along here.

APA AWARDS | Call for Entries


2018 APA Awards
We have big prizes, big exposure, big recognition for winners this year. Now is the time to go big and enter your best image(s) in our annual contest.
Non-Member Entry Fee: $50 Per Image
Discounts for members:
Leader: $15 (save $35 per entry)
Professional: $20 (save $30 per entry)
Associate: $25 (save $25 per entry)
Supporter: $25 (save $25 per entry)
Contributor: $30 (save $20 per entry)

Fine Art/Personal
Still Life/ Food

Final deadline is July 12th, 2018


Who Do You Think You Are?*

Thank you for joining us for Who Do You Think You Are?*, a Branding and Promotion event for photographers. It was great to have the advise and expertise of veteran creative director Scott Mires who talked about best practices and approaches for your branding. We appreciate the continued support of our members, community and our generous sponsors who make these successful events possible.
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An Evening with Grant Brittain


Join us for a special one-night event with APA photographer J. Grant Brittain at the Museum of Photographic Arts on Thursday, June 14th. Grant will be presenting and speaking on his work spanning decades of skate culture.

About Grant Brittain

Grant is a San Diego based photographer who has been shooting for nearly 40 years, capturing some of skateboarding’s finest athletes since 1979. His career in photography began while working at the Del Mar Skate Ranch, where he decided to pick up a friend’s camera and start shooting. The rest, as they say, is history. In 1983, Brittain helped to found Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, where he worked as the Photo Editor. In 2004, he left TWS to form The Skateboard Mag, which he helped run for over 10 years.

Today, Grant is still shooting daily and enjoying life in North County as a resident of Encinitas with his family, a Labrador retriever named Stella and a cat named Rosie.

Aside from his famous skateboarding photography and personal book project, he’s staying focused on both commercial and personal work, as well as speaking at photo events around the globe. Take a look at Grant’s website here to see more of his work.

When: Thursday, June 14th, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (Balboa Park)
Cost: APA, MOPA members: $10
Students and OTL: $5
Affiliates (ASMP, AIGA, LPW, PPSDC): $15
Non-members: $20
Space is limited, reserve your tickets here.

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Who Do You Think You Are?*

*And is it what you want to be known for?


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Join us for an upcoming event focused on your branding and self-promotion on Thursday, May 24th at 6:30PM with veteran creative director Scott Mires.

Do you know your brand? Is it resonating with your potential clients and customers? Did your last promo sound like crickets? We will dive into the world of visual branding and self-promotion to review what works, what doesn’t and why. Award-winning creative director Scott Mires will be critiquing a select number of photography promos and branding submissions and discussing why they are successful – or what they lack.


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Meet Scott Mires
Retired: Founder and Creative Director at MiresBall

For over 30 years I spearheaded major initiatives for industry leading brands. Whether for Qualcomm, Ballast Point Brewing, Taylor Guitars, PepsiCo, Nike, Intel or Pebble Beach my role was to guide and amplify the strategy and creative implementation. My goal was to take a project further than either I or my clients thought possible. Over my tenure it was especially gratifying to be featured in Communication Arts, named one of the globes Top 10 Design Firms by Graphis, and twice being inducted into the Library of Congress.

“My favorite quote: “Eddie would go!”, it’s served me well.”

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Doors open at 6:00 PM, Event begins at 6:30 PM

Marshall Williams & Chris Park Studio, 5343 Banks Street, San Diego, CA 92110

APA|SD Members: Free

Students and Affiliates (ASMP, MOPA, LPW): $15
Non-members: $25 ($5 more at the door)

Register Here

To be eligible to have your branded promotions reviewed, please register for the event and email a pdf to Please note not all submissions may be selected and you do not need to submit a piece if you are attending the event.

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MEET. Myles McGuinness

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Meet San Diego based photographer and APASD member, Myles McGuinness.

Who are you following on Instagram?

@almackinnon @dananeibert @stevenlippman @chrisburkard @cole_barash

What type of music do you listen to when you’re shooting? 
It varies a lot depends on the location. Hopefully something with a local vibe. I’m always
discovering new music while traveling and meeting new people. I’m always like who is this? What’s the artist’s name? Then when listen to that song it takes you right back to that place or memory. Like in Aruba it was  “Makeba” by Jain, or Puerto Rico it was Nas & Damien Marley or Tahiti it was random song that I found on Facebook by Maddie Rogers “Alaska.”

Who were your biggest influencers?
My parents were my earliest influencers and certainly lit the fire.  Artistically the following artists have influenced me for various reasons: Mies van der Rohe – less is more. Edward Hopper – for his realism and simplicity. Edward Weston and Ansel Adams for their surreal landscapes. David Carson for unique vision and his never ending quest to break the rules of the game. Finally, Peter Beard’s unique collage-like photography,
diaries and drawing collections.

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
Living in a bunch of different places with varying cultural, geographic and personal palates inspired my sense of self-exploration, expression and art. This led to majoring in Graphic Design in college, and then a chance introductory photography class. Shortly
after, I decided to double major in both Graphic Design and Photography. Stints as an Art Director at top East- and West Coast advertising agencies followed for the next 15 years. I then decided to do things “my way,” began freelancing full-time and then jumped the fence from art directing photo shoots to shooting, them myself.

When were you first introduced to Photography?
My dad actually worked at the local newspaper as a photographer, and my step dad was a documentary filmmaker and mom also had been pretty crafty behind the lens. So I grew up around cameras and film making from a very young age. My first was a Kodak
Instamatic, which then led to an Olympus OM1, which I still have.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing? 
Creative Director or something related to the arts.

What do you do when you get stuck? 
Go surfing.

What is your favorite podcast?

What is your favorite curse word? 

What is your best marketing advice for your peers?
Know your niche

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years?
Dream bigger. Follow your bliss and trust the path your on is the right one.

Check out more work from Myles McGuinness!