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?
F U C K

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.

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?
nada

What is your favorite curse word? 
shit

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!

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.

Check out more work from Weston Fuller!

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.

Check out more work from J.Grant Brittain!

 

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!

Check out new work by Dana Neibert!