MEET. Weston Fuller

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Meet photographer, San Diego local and APASD member, Weston Fuller

Who are you following on Instagram?
Erik Almas (@erikalmas). Kevin Winzeler (@kevinwinzelerphoto), Cade Martine (@cademartinephoto), Art Streiber (@aspictures), Chris Gordaneer (@cgordaneer), Tim Tadder (@timtadder), Chris Clor (@chrisclor1), Matt Sartain (@matty_sartain), Matt Carr (@themattcarr)

What type of music do you listen to when you’re shooting? 
I don’t have one genre that I stick to all the time but lately I’ve been bouncing back and forth between alternative bluegrass and classic rock.

Who were your biggest influencers?
Erik Almas for all around style, composites and narrative, Gregory Crewdson for lighting and narrative, Chris Jordan for meaning and intent, Edward Weston for striving for perfection and passion, plus he has a cool name, Arnold Friberg for defining a moment and Norman Rockwell for moments and humor.

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
Property Management & Hotel Marketing.

When were you first introduced to Photography?
High School, would skip other classes to spend time in the dark room, but after High School couldn’t maintain a personal darkroom so it became a minimal pastime. When digital photography came around I bought a Nikon D40 kit. I think I paid around $1000 for the kit when it first came out, now I think you can buy it for around $100.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing? 
Something in advertising and marketing maybe. If not that, a lawyer?

What do you do when you get stuck? 
Playing with my kids, they make me laugh and help me focus on what’s important. Plus kids have the greatest imaginations, if I could only create what they were thinking half the time. Road trips and taking pictures of anything and everything helps me clear my mind and start thinking of what I want to create and not just what I can take pictures of.

What is your favorite podcast?
The Last Picture (a couple of local San Diego photography friends just started it). I like it because it focuses on the photographer and the stories behind the images, which is always of interest to.

What is your favorite curse word? 
I have three kids, so I don’t curse (wink, wink)

What is your best marketing advice for your peers?
Define and know your target audience and don’t wait to start marketing yourself. Market what you have to those who want to see it.

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years?
Start creating the images you want to be remembered for.

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MEET. J. Grant Brittain

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Meet legendary skateboarding photographer, San Diego local and APASD member,
J.Grant Brittain.

Who are you following on Instagram?
@owlcat @chauncey.peppertooth @filmphotographic @gilesclement @danwintersphoto @blabacphoto @tonyhawk @raycollinsphoto @thelocalproject @lomography @fwo3 @leicacamerausa @nytimes @impossible_hq @dwellmagazine @curbyourlarrydavid @hasselbled_official @mr007 @jasonmpeterson @keithcarter.art @travisburkephotography @jude_allen @mattblack_blackmatt

Who were your biggest influencers?
My earliset influencers were my parents, an art teacher named Doug Durrant, and a photo teacher at Palomar College, Kean Wilcox. When I started shooting skating, the 1970’s skate photogs Warren Bolster, James Cassimus, Jim Goodrich, CR Stecyk, Ted Terrebonne, William Sharp and Glen Friedman. When I started taking photo classes, Ralph Gibson, Walker Evans, Henri-Cartier Bresson, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Minor White and Aaron Siskind. Later on, Keith Carter.

When were you first introduced to Photography?

Watching skate photographers at Del Mar Skate Ranch and thought it would be cool to shoot my friends so I borrowed my roommate’s Canon in 1979.

What is your favorite podcast?
Radiolab.

What type of music do you listen to when you’re shooting?
80s, New Order, Cure, Joy Division, Eno, Roxy Music, Devo, etc for skating
Ambient/Chill for Fine Art

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
Art student at Palomar College and worked at Del Mar Skate Ranch
serving Cokes and Twinkies.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing?
Something in Art, Design or Graphics.

What do you do when you get stuck?
Read a book, listen to music, go to a museum, surf.

What is your favorite curse word?
Shit.

What is your best marketing advice for your peers?
Use every Social Media avenue there is, don’t get stuck in your ways.

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years? Don’t sign any contracts and get everything in writing.

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MEET. Dana Neibert

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Meet Dana Neibert, a Coronado based photographer, former Art Director and long time
APA San Diego member and supporter.

Who are you following on Instagram?
Other photographers, travelers, craftsmen

Who were your biggest influencers?
Ansel Adams and how he prints, Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Theibaud
for simplicity, Albert Bierstadt for light

When were you first introduced to Photography?
My grandfather gave me a Kodak 110 camera probably when I was 7 or so.

What is your favorite podcast?
Sorry, don’t listen to podcasts but VEEP is really funny to listen to while retouching.

What is your favorite curse word?
Too many to list!

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