APA SF Chapter

American Photographic Artists - San Francisco Chapter

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APA SF Chapter Officers & Board

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DEMETRIUS PHILIP

APA SF BOARD MEMBER

I pride myself as an observant portrait artist with over 10 years specializing in photographing everyday people. The faces in my world are amongst the many that are not being acknowledged. Constantly pushing my eyes and camera to see beyond the surface, each person(s) that graces my lens presents a distinction that challenges me to capture an iconic portrait. This is what I call the essence of individuality. Constantly pushing myself and the medium to curate images that speak volumes and spark conversation. I’m very self aware of who I am as a man, and as an Artist, and I proudly bring my culture with me to each set I step on in effort to expand the world of imagery as it slowly grasps the idea that we, black creatives & subjects have something important to offer. In my photographs, I seek to share feelings, communicate moods & vibes, and present the world through the lens of Black artistry. www.demetriusphilp.com

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EDWIN VARGAS

APA SF BOARD MEMBER

Pronouns: he/him/his

Once in front of the camera, now behind it—meet latinx model-turned-photographer Edwin Vargas. Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Vargas infuses an air of tropical vibrancy into his images, utilizing exotic flowers as props or producing recreations of nature as the back-drop for his bold, neon-hued compositions. From Panama to Mexico and the United States, Vargas’ photography has continued to gain international recognition, landing him clients such as Facebook, Wilhelmina Models, Carolina Herrera, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel and Kenneth Cole, among others. Now based in Oakland, California, Vargas’ vivid, chromatic aesthetic has captured the attention of the local community, earning him exhibitions at Instagram headquarters and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. In addition to his photography, Vargas is a cinematographer and documentarian, applying his unique perspective to the moving image. Beyond his work behind the lens, Vargas is focused on the empowerment of Black women and the advancement of LGBTQIA+ rights, serving as a diversity committee member for the non-profit organization American Photographic Artists. edwinvargas.net

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Portrait of Nicole Morrison

NICOLE MORRISON

APA SF VICE-CHAIR

Pronouns: she/her

Nicole is a lifestyle, product and food photographer based in San Francisco. She likes to create colorful, bold images that help brands tell their story and stand out online. She attended SF State University where she found a love for telling stories through pictures in the Photojournalism department. She is inspired by new foods, places and people; learning their stories and translating them into images. She is especially inspired by people and brands that are working towards a more sustainable and just planet by improving our food systems, paying people fairly, sourcing materials ethically, creating clean products for our bodies and plates, and reducing plastic and other harmful waste. When she's not taking pictures she is most likely to be found petting any dog she encounters or loosely following a new recipe.  nicolemorrisonphotography.com 

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Portrait of Sarah James

SARAH JAMES

APA SF BOARD MEMBER

Pronouns: she/her

Sarah is into all things creative. As a multi-disciplinary artist, they draw inspiration from everyday life; shooting, drawing, painting, or writing daily. Getting started in commercial photography in 2009 after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, Sarah interned and assisted both still life and location shoots eventually leading to a number of years as an in-house photographer for a large commercial studio. Sarah's current role is as a Creative Partner alongside an advertising photographer/director, developing and creating visual narratives. Their work focuses on bringing the imaginary to life, elevating the intrinsic beauty of the ordinary, and creating worlds that inspire.

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Portrait of Lisa Vortman

LISA VORTMAN

APA SF CHAPTER CHAIR

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER (bio forthcoming)

Pronouns: she/her

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Portrait of Peter Belanger

PETER BELANGER

APA SF TREASURER

Pronouns: he/him/his

Peter has been working in commercial photography since the early 90’s, back when everyone was still using film and Polaroid. Photography is a passion that he is excited to have created a career from. Born in Washington, D.C. he moved to San Francisco after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, Photography). Peter is a fan of all kinds of technical innovation and was an early adopter of digital photography. He looks forward to participating as the industry continues to evolve. peterbelanger.com

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Portrait of Steve Babuljak

STEVE BABULJAK

APA SF BOARD MEMBER

Pronouns: he/him/his

I'm a commercial photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. My beginnings were rooted in photojournalism which I now infuse into my work to capture real moments and genuine images. I want my images to look and feel real. Through sincere interactions and a predisposition for spontaneity, I'm either producing real life or taking fully produced sets and making it feel real.

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News

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Advocacy

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APA National CCO Terms & Conditions

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