CHRIS BURKARD STUDIO TEAM
We are a full service production studio based on the Central Coast of 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.
Studio Manager: 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. When he's not taking care of business in the office, Ryan is usually hunting down the best waves in the area.
Photo Editor: Josh Brandli
Studio Assistant: Ryan Valasek
Ryan Valasek hails from Orange County. He has been refining his craft while focusing on the storytelling elements of photography. His body of work encompasses the outdoor lifestyle genre while also highlighting surf/skate, which is what caught our eye. Ryan impressed the team with his positive attitude and willingness to dive into learning what it takes to succeed in commercial photography.
Intern: Michael Clark
Intern: Hannah Parker