Monday, October 31, 2011

Moving on over.

I'm starting up my blog in more of a photo format at TUMBLR. It's time for me to head over to a more artist friendly format and I hope you guys all join me there. Click HERE to be taken straight there!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Beat the Monday's VOL 36!!

This beat the monday's comes from one of my favorite Saturday Night Live episodes I've seen recently, when Ben Stiller was a host. Foster the People preformed and made me actually appreciate their music more because of how great they were live. I think this band stands out from the typical hipster indie music we see saturating the airwaves because of the lead singer's unique voice and their on stage presence. See some of my favorite songs below and a couple of clips from the show.

"pumped up kicks"

*i also have never seen a song more remixed than pumped up kicks, you could spend hours on youtube checking them out.

from the show

f-Stop Adventure Photo Newsletter

f-Stop has been an incredible support to me in my career, and their current newsletter features my work from around the world. Any of you that know me know i'm a bit neurotic when it comes to packing, bags, and gear. f-stop has allowed me the ability to travel the world, getting these great images, knowing I have the right gear to get me there. To check out their products and newsletter go HERE

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall is Finally Here!

It's been a dull, flat summer here on the Central Coast...which is probably why I spent most of my time traveling to waves, that is until last week. I almost forgot what it was like to chase the swell here in my home town. We had a magical beginning to the fall here with crisp clear mornings and sets rolling in which give me the opportunity to get back to my roots and to all my local friends. I may be worn down and a couple shades darker, but this is just a taste of why this was worth it!

For more of this weeks beauties go HERE

Surfer Magazine: Photo Annual!

Iceland has always held a special place in my heart. That makes this cover of Surfer Magazine's Photo Annual that much sweeter. My image on this month's cover pays hommage to all the promise and haunting beauty Iceland holds. I can't wait to go back. Everyone go out and pick up a copy, this issue has incredible images from all the photographer's on Surfer's team.

For more of Surfer Mag greatness go to

Friday, October 14, 2011

WATER WORLD Exhibit-Megapixel Photography Festival

"Californian photographer Chris Burkard, Red Bull Illume 2010 winner, presents his WATER WORLD exhibit at Mégapixel - Photography Festival in Shawinigan, QC. On Friday, October 7th, hundreds of people attended the festival opening featuring local photographers as well as Chris Burkard"

I continue to appreciate the international exposure that the Red Bull Illume competition has allowed me. This exhibit is one of the opportunities I've been presented with since the competition and I am so disappointed I couldn't be there to see it in person. In the same format as the Illume, my photos were blown up on light boxes and displayed at a warehouse as a part of a larger photography festival in Canada. Here's some of the photos from the event HERE, and to see the article and interview head HERE

Monday, October 10, 2011

Beat the Monday's VOL 35!!

This beat the Monday is in honor of one of the best films I've seen that documents the ocean, water, and why we are drawn to it. Keith Malloy's new film Come Hell or High Water not only encompassed the passion for the sea in its imagery, but also in it's soundtrack. I strongly recommend everyone takes time to see this bodysurfing film that will be a classic for years to come. Interestingly enough some of the tunes used in the film are some past beat the monday's favorites. Here's a look at them and the trailer.

Surf Madam Interview

Sharing a little bit about me and what I do at an online girl surf magazine. To see the entire interview and more photos, check out the article HERE

Monday, October 3, 2011

Beat the Monday's Vol. 34!!

This past weekend was the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in SF. If you have never been I recommend making the pilgrimage especially if you live in California. The festival draws some of the most unique people and for those who are into people watching it doesn't get any better. Why do hundreds of thousands flock to Golden Gate Park every year? Well the festival not only is FREE, but it continually draws amazing artists. Some of the stand outs this year included Gillian Welch, Ryan Bingham, M. Ward, John Prine, Steve Earle, Jolie Holland, A.A. Bondy, and the list goes on and on. This year it was surprisingly hot in SF and good vibes and banjo tunes hummed through the air. Even though the crowds are crazy and the people would have never seen so many smiling people in one place. So this Monday take time to look at the artist list on the Hardly Strictly webpage and begin introducing yourself to these bands. You will not be disappointed with many. Here is taste of the festival via youtube videos that do little justice to how amazing some of these bands are.

PDN Feature: Surf Odyssey

PDN recently posted a feature on some of my work. The link is below.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sharing Some Knowledge: How to Shoot A Lineup

One of my favorite parts of this job is the ability to constantly learn and evolve, and in turn share what I learn with others. Art isn't always a science, but there are aspects that you have to learn in order to master any medium you choose to express yourself with. Here's some of my thoughts on creating a good lineup shot documented in SURFER Mag online.

GO HERE to see the whole article!

Good Ol' KSBY!

This weekend I had the opportunity to meet up with our local KSBY news and share a little bit about my work and recent accomplishments. I don't know if I'll ever get comfortable being on the other side of the camera but I genuinely appreciate the support of my home town. Hope you guys enjoy.
Arroyo Grande's Burkard making name for himself as surf photographer | | San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Photo Assistant Position Available

Entry level on-site position for image editing, color correction. and social media and marketing for professional photographer.

Duties include:

-Color correct images
-Maintain, Edit and organize files
-Metadata organization
-Social Media management
-Innovative and creative marketing agendas

-Moderate level graphic skills
-Photoshop CS5 knowledge
-Lightroom & Photomechanic proficiency a must
-Proficiency in Mac Operation
-Motivation, creativity, and self-starting attitude
-Video editing skills a plus

Previous experience with photo editing required
Knowledge of Social Media and Marketing a PLUS
Up to 25 hours/week to start

*Advancement possible, surf industry experience and knowledge not required or preferred. This is not an internship, I am looking for someone to join my team and support my business by bringing their talents and knowledge to the table.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beat the Monday's Vol 33! (on a Wed.)

It seems that everything James Mercer touches turns to gold. He is a founding member of The Shins, formed a side project named Broken Bells, and contributed to 180 South movie. So this Wednesday take some time to explore some of Mercer's music and be sure to check out The Shins Bluegrass Tribute CD.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Beat the Monday's Vol 32!!

I'm half way through my Japanese adventure and decided to dedicate this beat the Monday's to Japan. I'm over here for the new Patagonia store opening and I've got to explore this country with some of Patagonia's best Ambassadors and Co-workers. This Vol 32 is for them. This band has some of the best music videos.

Peter Bjorn and John-"Nothing to Worry About"

Peter Bjorn and John- "Young Folks"