Studio - Chris Burkard


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.

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.

Starting as Office Assistant, moving onto the Photo Editor role for a number of years and now being Chris's first assistant there isn't much Ryan hasn't done here at the studio. When he's not taking care of business in the office or on assignment, Ryan is usually hunting down the best waves in the area.

Photo Editor: Hannah Parker

Hannah is one of the few interns to stick around for a second round and has now moved on to be our in house editor. Hailing from South Carolina she 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 Hannah has seen it all, as the resident editor in the studio you seldom find her with her not editing the latest studio assignment she can be found exploring the Central Coast and capturing some beautiful moments along the way!          

Photo Assistant: Matt Foley

Photos of the new intern Matt Foley in Pismo Beach, CA

Matt Foley is from Ohio but having lived in California the last year working in the Bay Area he is handling his adjustment to the Central Coast well. When not in the studio helping the crew with the day to day of the studio living out of his newly converted sprinter van, skating, surfing, snowboarding or taking photos. A man of many talents, he doesnt like to sit still long and is always trying to learn something new! 

Intern: Evan Ruderman

Evan is the latest addition to the studio team here for 2019. A recent Michigan University grad; he's made the adjustment to the Central Coast just fine and has hit the ground running here 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. Signing on for another 4 months he's been a valuable asset and we are excited to have him here for another round! 

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