CHRIS BURKARD STUDIO TEAM
We are a full service production studio based on the Central Coast of California
Photographer & Director: Chris Burkard
Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere. Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure, surf, and lifestyle subjects, Burkard is known for images that are punctuated by untamed, powerful landscapes. Through social media chris strives to share his vision of wild places with millions of people, and to inspire them to explore for themselves. His visionary perspective has earned him opportunities to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, speak on the TED stage, design product lines, educate, and publish a growing collection of books. Along with his team, Burkard is based out of his production studio and art gallery in the Central Coast of California. At the age of 32, Burkard has established himself as a global presence and influencer. He is happiest with his wife Breanne raising their two sons Jeremiah and Forrest in his hometown of Pismo Beach, California
Operations Manager: Mike Sandifer
As Director of Operations, Mike is Chris' right hand man, overseeing the "big picture" of Chris Burkard Studios. With a strong background in management and a love for the outdoors, Mike brings not only expertise to the Director of Operations role, he also keeps the stoke level high. While he does love snowboarding and wakeboarding, since moving to the Central Coast he is quickly getting frothy about surfing and other ocean-based activities.
Photo Editor: Hannah Parker
Hailing from South Carolina, Hannah has taken well to life on the Central Coast and her ability to tackle any problem that arises here at the studio has made her a valuable asset to the team. Starting off as an intern in January 2018, she's seen it all. Now as the resident photo editor in the studio you seldom find her not editing the latest studio assignment, but on her off time she can be found exploring the Central Coast and capturing some beautiful moments along the way!
First Assistant: Ryan Hill
Ryan interned with Chris in 2015, and his strong performance during that internship led Chris to offer him a full-time position in 2016. A Cal-Poly grad, Ryan's love of science and the outdoors is a combination that fits in perfectly at Chris Burkard Studios. His logical approach to problem-solving makes him well suited to handling office logistics, and his stoke for all things outdoors (particularly surfing) is right in line with what we're all about.
Photo Assistant: Evan Ruderman
Evan has worked his way through the ranks to the Photo Assistant position after coming on as an intern in May, 2019. Originally from the East Coast, he's adjusted well to California and has enjoyed exploring all it has to offer, whether surfing, snowboarding, or shooting photos. Working to keep the studio running smoothly and traveling with Chris on the road for photo assignments, his days are never dull. We're psyched to have him as part of the crew here at the studio!
Intern: Brendan McClennon
Brendan is the latest addition to the studio team here for 2020. Hailing from Calgary, Brendan left the mountains and made the trek down the coast to help out at the studio. Organizing the space, scheduling social media posts and overseeing the shipping operation here at the studio he's had his hands full and is taking it all in stride.