CHRIS BURKARD STUDIO TEAM

We are a full service production studio based on the Central Coast of California


Photographer & Director: Chris Burkard

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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 36, 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

Direction of Operations: Mike Sandifer

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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: Jeremy Bishop

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Jeremy interned with Chris in 2017 and  later came to join the team full time in 2020. Born and raised in LA, Jeremy's  love of the ocean and the outdoors are two qualities that make him a perfect fit here at the studio. Today Jeremy both travels to shoot assignments with Chris and is our Photo Editor, organizing, sorting, and editing endless stream of images we shoot. His optimism and stoke for anything photo related is right in line with what we're all about.

Photo Assistant: Jeffrey Brundage

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Jeffrey joined the studio crew in 2020. Hailing from Bend, Oregon, Jeffrey  made the trip down the coast to help out at the studio in any way he could. Organizing (and building) the space, whipping up in house video projects, overseeing gear, doing design work and much more, he has his hands full and takes in all in stride. Jeffrey is a jack of all trades and a valuable asset to the studio team.

Studio and Social Media Manager: Joel Barger

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Our latest addition to the studio, Joel Barger joined us in early 2022. Hailing from Washington, Joel came down to help manage the studio and oversee social media efforts. With a military background, Joel is organized and detail oriented and doesn't shy away from any outdoor adventure. We're psyched to have him on the team!                 


Intern: Mason Casey

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Joining us as the latest and greatest intern is Mason Casey! Helping to keep this place running day to day, Mason manages the gallery space, heads up shipping, pulls photos from the archive, and has a hand in anything and everything else the studio needs. We're lucky to have him around for the days he pulls himself out of the water and off his board!


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