‘Behind the Scenes with Art Streiber and Michele Romero’

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Join us for a behind the scenes experience including a talk and slide presentation at Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park on Thursday, March 14th, 2019.

APA | San Diego presents ‘Behind the Scenes with Photographer Art Streiber and special guest, Entertainment Weekly Photo Editor Michele Romero.’ The two will share their creative working process that helps them achieve dynamic images, discuss their past decade of collaboration and take attendees behind the scenes on a few of their recent shoots from concept, production, to execution.

Michele Romero has been with Entertainment Weekly since the first issue launched in 1990 and has contributed to more than 1500 issues to date. Art Streiber shot his first assignment for the magazine in 1996 and has since photographed over 30 covers for the magazine.

March 14, 2019 | Doors open at 6:00 pm and event starts at 6:30 pm

The Museum of Photographic Arts | 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

APA and MOPA Members: $15
Students: $15
Affiliates (AIGA, ASMP, YBH, LPW): $20
Non-members: $25



Michele Romero is a Senior Level Original Image Content Creator with a focus on Global Pop Culture for a National Publication/Brand with Worldwide Social Media Reach. Translation: Senior Picture Editor for Entertainment Weekly Magazine. Romero has 30 years of experience producing award winning magazine photography and is passionate about the history of Photography, Film, Television, and Literature. She is a concept artist with many original ideas purchased or recreated by movie studios, television studios and record labels for marketing and advertising use. She loves photographers and photography but not necessarily in that order.

Art Streiber is a Los Angeles-based freelance photographer specializing in portrait, reportage, entertainment, and advertising photography. At the beginning of his career, Streiber served as co-bureau chief for Fairchild Publications in Milan, Italy, where he contributed to Women’s Wear Daily, W magazine, and M magazine.  Streiber currently serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Center of Photography and the PhotoPlus Expo Advisory Board. For the last decade, Streiber’s imagery has been selected to appear in American Photography and Communication Arts Photography Annual. He is inspired by the great portrait, fashion and documentary photographers of the mid 20th Century. Streiber was introduced to photography in middle school by his grandfather, an avid amateur with his own darkroom, and has a BA in Communications from Stanford University.

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Instagram Marketing for Photographers: A Crash Course with Ellie Pritts

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Thank you for joining us for our Instagram marketing event with the very talented Ellie Pritts. We were so happy to see a great turnout of old friends and new faces for this informative presentation, which included her approach and some best practices for using Instagram. A big shout out to Ellie, our sponsors and hosts for their generosity and support!

We truly appreciate our local photo community who help make these events possible!

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MEET. Rebecca Joelson

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Meet San Diego based photographer, director and producer, Rebecca Joelson.

Who are your top 5 favorites that you’re following on Instagram?
I am inspired by a lot of people I follow on Instagram. It’s a great platform to see art in many forms. Some of my favorites are: @aestheticamag @aphotoeditor @dustinlane @foundartists @partoscompany

What is your camera of choice?
I’ve been using Fuji’s GFX50s, both as my work camera and travel camera. I love the look and the resolution medium format provides. The color straight out of this camera is stunning.

What do you listen to when you’re shooting?
It depends what I’m working on. Most of the time I ask my subject what they would like to listen to in order to put them in a comfortable and safe space. Some of my favorites right now are Leon Bridges, Trouble in the Wind, and Dr Dog.

Who were your biggest influencers?
My biggest early influencers were Jill Greenberg for her lighting and Annie Leibowitz and David LaChapelle for their environmental portraits. I’ve found that I enjoy creating expressive characters and love telling a story through color, locations, and cinematic lighting.

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
Before I decided to pursue photography as a career, I thought I wanted to be a teacher. Straight out of high school I thought a career in the arts was unrealistic. After earning my degree from SDSU, I never pursued teaching. A few years after graduating, I took a couple photography classes at City College, followed my passion, and began my career in photography.

What 3 words describe your photography style?

When were you first introduced to Photography?
Growing up I had a variety of different film cameras. None of the adults in my life were photographers so I think the interest came from being nostalgic and interested in recording memories. Having a camera was my way to document my life as well as those around me. I still enjoy documentary photography a great deal although most of my paid work is more preconceived and less documentarian.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing?
Though I began my career as a photographer, throughout the years I’ve grown from shooting stills to also shooting motion. I’m a photographer but I’m also a filmmaker. I love both and can’t see myself not creating images in one form or another. Lately I’ve been directing a bunch which I really love. I’m quite opinionated with what I see and how I’d like to see it so directing is a solid fit for me. My years as a portrait photographer have given me a lot of experience communicating with my subjects which I think ultimately has made me a strong director. I also love to write and have been writing short films and creative treatments for commercial clients for years. The goal for 2019 is to shoot more of my personal work I’ve written.

What do you do when you get stuck?
When I get stuck, I stop and review what I’ve just shot and then I shoot more and always seem to find new perspective.

is your best marketing advice for your peers?
My marketing advice is: Do good work and be cool to everyone. People talk and a good reputation will take you far.

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years?
Travel more, always take your camera with you, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes, that is, as long as you learn from them.

Check out more work from Rebecca Joelson!

APA | SD’s Holiday Party and Print Exchange

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Join us and other San Diego photographers at what is now a venerable tradition: arrive at Waypoint Public with a loose print and depart in the wee hours filled with winter cheer, your heart full of holiday spirit, your hands clutching a new and wonderful photograph. It’s a custom. It’s an age-old practice. It’s a party.

Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Waypoint Public  |  3794 30th Street  |  San Diego, CA 92104
Space is limited.

Email director@apasd.org by December 2nd, 2018

Untitled 2018 Winners Announced

APA|SD would like to thank all of the sponsors, attendees and participants who helped make the Untitled 2018 exhibition and auction a success. More than 275 entries were received and our judge, Thomas Werner, curated the top 20. The prints were displayed at Bread & Salt gallery for a one-night only event and silent auction benefiting the Museum of Photographic Arts and prizes were awarded for the top 3 submissions and people’s choice.




1st Prize: Michele Zousmer
2nd Prize: Lisa Griffiths
3rd Prize: Ed Masterson
People’s Choice: Gary Allard

Here are a few photos from the event courtesy of Gary Allard, Ken Hansen, and Bil Zelman.



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Untitled 2018 Deadline EXTENDED to Midnight October 13th!

Untitled2018_FB_cover2APA | San Diego is calling for photography that represents your best work; Images that show your unique vision, creative passion, and individualistic style, titled or untitled. 20 images will be chosen for display at a one-night only benefit auction at Bread & Salt on Saturday, November 10, 2018; proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Museum of Photographic Arts. All entries will be judged by Thomas Werner and prizes will be awarded for the top 3 images. All entries will be represented in the exhibition slide show on the night of the event.

Please visit our contest site to see full list of prizes.

Visit UntitledShow.org for entry information and submission guidelines.

“And Here We Are – A Nature Story” with Bil Zelman at MOPA

Thank you to everyone who joined us at MOPA for “And Here We Are – A Nature Story” with photographer Bil Zelman. It was wonderful to see this unique and beautiful body of work that involved years of traveling around the United States. We truly appreciate the support of our photo community and sponsors who make these events possible!

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MEET. Stacy Keck

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Meet California based photographer, co-founder of @youbelonghereSD and APA member, Stacy Keck.

Who are your top 5 favorites that you’re following on Instagram? 
@danielnjohnson, a portrait photographer in LA. He captures movement and emotion in such a beautiful way.

@jessicavwalsh, a designer/art director in New York. Her #sorryihavenofilterimages series is hilarious.

@brinsonbanks, a husband-wife duo known for their creative portraits of creative
people. They share some great BTS moments in their Instagram stories.

@evanmcginnis, my boyfriend. He has such a good eye for capturing interesting
still-lifes and portraits. He also curates @found_film_photos, where he shares
images scanned from negatives that he’s collected at swap meets. The photos
are timeless and his captions are priceless.

Also, if you haven’t seen @dogs_infood, you’re doing Instagram wrong.

What is your camera of choice?
I shoot work stuff with a Canon 5D Mark IV, and travel/personal stuff with a Sony Alpha 7R.

What do you listen to when you’re shooting?
My musical tastes are pretty eclectic… some might say schizophrenic. My favorite playlist features songs by Wu-Tang and Neil Young, if that gives you an idea.

Who were your biggest influences?
Since I didn’t go to photo school, my influences aren’t necessarily famous historical photographers. I’ve been lucky enough to learn from and be influenced by the community of photographers in San Diego who have supported my interest in photography and helped me learn the ropes along the way. John Durant, scott b. davis, Monica Hoover and Hailley Howard have been there as mentors and friends from the beginning. 

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
I worked in public relations for several years, most recently in the Public Affairs office for Caltrans. I used to do live TV interviews on KUSI, very early in the mornings, wearing a hard hat and reflective vest. Feels good to be on the other side of the camera now.

What 3 words describe your photography style?
Genuine, intentional, honest

When were you first introduced to Photography?
At a young age, by my grandmother. She wasn’t necessarily the best photographer, but she was always taking photos of me and my family. When she passed away a few years ago, she left behind 18 albums full of photographs, all meticulously organized and labeled with the names of her subjects.

What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out?
“Go out and fail. The magic happens outside of your comfort zone.”

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing?
I’d like to think that I can be a photographer in addition to being many other things. I’m in the process of starting a new project called You Belong Here, a creative co-working and event space opening this fall. There’s an area carved out for photographers to shoot portraits and small products, and collaborate with other members. Our vision for the space is that it will become a hub for all types of creatives to learn, work together and share ideas that will help small-business owners thrive. Follow along: @youbelonghereSD

What do you do when you get stuck?
Getting stuck is usually a sign that I’m spending too much time thinking about something, instead of feeling it out. My gut always knows what’s best, so typically getting stuck is just a reminder that I need to pay more attention to that feeling.

Do you have a favorite podcast?
A friend recently introduced me to Being Boss, a podcast based on the book of the same title by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson. They talk shop with other creative entrepreneurs, offering guidance on business advice and lessons on self-care and finding balance.

What is your favorite curse word?

What is your best marketing advice for your peers?
Work hard, be nice to people. Your work may be great, but there’s no better marketing than positive word-of-mouth.

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years?
10 years: Relax, things are about to get really good.
20 years: Take it easy on the cheap vodka. 🙂

Check out more work from Stacy Keck!

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.