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Hot shots: Local photographers share their most prized photos

Asking photographers to select their favorite image is like asking parents to select their favorite child – while there may be an answer, providing one isn’t so easy.

Asking photographers to select their favorite image is like asking parents to select their favorite child – while there may be an answer, providing one isn’t so easy. But what if they could pick only one? Shutter at the thought…  

 

Arielle Levy

Age: 27
Birthplace
: San Diego
Current neighborhood: La Mesa
Website: ariellelevyphoto.com 
Facebook: Arielle Levy Photo
Instagram: @ArielleLevyPhoto

How long have you been into photography?
I took one film photography class in high school and fell in love. I picked back up my camera two and a half years ago and have been shooting ever since.

What do you do for a living?
I am a full-time photographer for bloggers and fashion companies.

“This photo is of Gigi Hadid walking down the runway during the February 2017 Tommy Hilfiger fashion show. I love how she is the focal point, but you can still see all of the people behind her in awe.” (Arielle Levy)

Aaron Chang

Age: 60
Birthplace: Tucson, Ariz.
Current neighborhood: Carlsbad
Website: aaronchang.com
Instagram/Twitter @AaronChang
Facebook: Aaron Chang

How long have you been into photography?

My whole life.

What do you do for a living?

Own and operate two art galleries, in Solana Beach and at The Headquarters downtown, that feature my work exclusively.

“This photo, titled Black Pearls, is an abstract photographic image of a set of waves breaking on a North County reef set against a fire-red sunset sky. Black Pearls is a favorite because the image floats between reality and the abstract. The tones of color captured are dramatic, intense and timeless. The composition is strong and compelling. The image captures the emotion of why we live on the coast.” (Aaron Chang)

K.C. Alfred

Age: 44
Birthplace
: Burbank, Calif.
Current neighborhood: Clairemont
Website: kcalfred.com
Instagram: @KCAlfredPhoto

How long have you been into photography?
I have been a professional photographer in Southern California for 25 years. I specialize in portraiture and sports photography, but have a number of personal projects such as underwater photography.

What do you do for a living?
I’m a professional photographer. (Editor’s note: Alfred is a staff photographer for PACIFIC’s parent company The San Diego Union-Tribune.)

“Model Marley Luciano skateboards in a backyard pool. I grew up skateboarding pools and thought it would be a fun to have a skater underwater. I love underwater photography because every frame is different.” (K.C. Alfred)

Matthew Dela Cruz (Brew Stills)

Age: 32
Birthplace:
San Diego
Current neighborhood: Mira Mesa  
Instagram: @BrewStills

How long have you been into photography?

I’ve been involved with photography for about seven years.

What do you do for a living?

I am a Disability Analyst for the State of California.

 

“This photo is showcasing the beauty of a beer. It is my favorite because beer is my favorite.” (Matthew Dela Cruz)

Brogen Jessup

Age: 24
Birthplace: “Texas, but I grew up a military brat.”
Current neighborhood: Kensington   
Website: brogenjessup.com
Instagram: @BrogenJessup

How long have you been into photography?

I picked up my first DSLR (camera) at the age of 16 when I started shooting for the high school newspaper. That puts me at about eight years of shooting.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a destination-wedding photographer, but I also shoot food and lifestyle content for various brands.

“This is actually a self-portrait of me and my fiancé in Iceland. We decided to set up the tripod and get me in a few frames since I’m hardly ever in pictures. I believe is this exact moment David is laughing about how everyone is taking pictures and enjoying the massive waterfall Seljalandsfoss to the left of us. This photo cracks me up because it’s a perfect depiction of our time in Iceland. We were chasing light rather than tourist attractions.” (Brogen Jessup)

Eric Scire

Age: 35
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Current residence: City Heights
Website: ericscire.com 
Instagram: @Eric_Scire

How long have you been into photography? 

Five years.

What do you do for a living? 
I am full-time freelance photographer and part-time pizza enthusiast. 

“This photo was actually taken on my birthday, kind of a birthday selfie. I was out with a friend, and we were exploring Mt. Laguna when we came across these cool rocks. The Milky Way was lined up perfectly, so we set up and took a photo, relaxing under the stars. It captures such a fun moment – and that feeling of being a kid just looking up at the stars wondering what’s out there.” (Eric Scire)

Arlene Ibarra

Age: 36
Birthplace: San Diego
Current neighborhood: North Park
Websites: arlenecollective.com, arleneibarra.com
Instagram: @arleneibarra, @arlenecollective

How long have you been into photography?

I’ve been a professional photographer for six years and started Arlene Collective three years ago.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a freelance photographer and own Arlene Collective, which books photographers and videographers in San Diego. I specialize in food, cocktails and fashion.

 

“This is a side dish of asparagus from a restaurant in Las Vegas called Hearthstone. There’s not a lot going on with this dish, like many of the dishes I shoot, but I love the simplicity. The char on the asparagus, the preserved lemon vinaigrette and hazelnuts all add different textures, and the color pops. I focus on textures when I shoot food or drinks because I want the audience to feel and taste the dish, or at least have their mouths water.” (Arlene Ibarra)

Larry Marshall

Age: 61
Birthplace: Newfoundland, Canada (grew up in the United States)
Current neighborhood: La Costa
Websites: larry-marshall.pixels.com, larrymarshallphotography.com
Instagram: @LarryMarshallPhotography

How long have you been into photography?

I have been shooting for over 30 years. I started off shooting for surfing and skateboarding magazines, then went on to pursue my true passion of landscape photography.

What do you do for a living?

I am a full-time professional photographer, social media influencer, educator and adventurer, and I was named one of San Diego’s best Instagrammers. My approach to photography is not only to capture beautiful images, but to tell a story of each destination through a series of images, including the people, landscapes, accommodations, tourist attractions and culture. I successfully worked on large social media promotions with the Indonesian Tourism Ministry and Hawaii’s Big Island Tourism Bureau. I am also a product promoter/ambassador with many clients worldwide.

“The setting sun on Mt. Rainier in Washington. I like the way the flowers in the foreground are reaching for the last rays of the sun, while they patiently wait for tomorrow’s sunrise. The sunburst makes the flowers explode with color. Washington is such a beautiful state with so much natural wonder. The one thing that you don’t see here are the millions of mosquitos that were swarming all over me.” (Larry Marshall)

Rob Hammer

Age: 37
Birthplace
: Albany, N.Y.
Current neighborhood: North Pacific Beach
Website: robhammerphotography.com
Instagram: @robhammerphoto

How long have you been into photography?

Photography has always been a hobby, as long as I can remember.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a commercial photographer, mostly known for shooting professional athletes, sport and fitness for clients like Nike and Under Armour.

“This is part of an ongoing personal series photographing decaying basketball hoops all across America. I like it because it’s quite unique and shows that basketball is played even in the most remote parts of the country.” (Rob Hammer)

Todd Glaser

Age: 32
Birthplace: San Diego
Current neighborhood: Solana Beach
Website: tglaser.com 
Instagram: @toddglaser

How long have you been into photography?

Started shooting photos of my friends surfing and bodyboarding when I was 15 and have been taking photos ever since.

What do you do for a living?

Make images, both still and moving, that share what it’s like to be in and around the ocean.

“The current world champion, John John Florence, is in the tube, while the 11-time world champion, Kelly Slater, watches on. This image was made while shooting for the film and book project with my friend Taylor Steele called Proximity. This image is on the cover of my book. Shooting underwater is my favorite way to make images, and having these two in the frame is something that might not ever happen again. This image was Kelly’s idea and, without his quick decision-making to duck dive in front of me, it would have never come out like this.” (Todd Glasser)

Donald Miralle

Age: 43
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Current neighborhood:  Leucadia
Website: donaldmiralle.com
Instagram, Twitter: @donaldmiralle

How long have you been into photography?

I picked up my first camera while completing my degree in Fine Arts at UCLA in 1995 and haven’t put it down since.

What do you do for a living?

I’ve been a full-time professional photographer since 1997. I spent 10 years at Getty Images and the last 10 years as a freelancer working for major publications and commercial advertisers.

“This was from a recent assignment this summer for Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, where I had to travel around the world in 30 days, hitting over 12 countries with nearly 30 flights. It was a trip of a lifetime, but a crazy busy one to say the least. This was my POV from a horseback ride on the pristine Paniolo Ranch on the North West end of the Big Island of Hawaii. The light, the scene, the horse, it just doesn’t get much better than this. The sunset was just stunning on this ride, and I had a nice wide frame of it about 20 minutes before this shot.” (Donald Miralle)

Brevin Blach

Age: 39
Birthplace
: Yuma, Colorado
Current residence
: Solana Beach
Website: brevinblach.com
Instagram: @brevinblach.photo

How long have you been pursuing photography?
17 years.

What do you do for a living?

Photography.

“Tiger Woods is playing at Torrey Pines. He hit an errant tee shot into the right rough. This image was his second shot out of the rough, which ended up being a beautiful shot onto the green. I love the emotions of all the people in the back. Tiger has kind of a smirk on his face. You can almost hear him saying to himself, ‘This is so easy.’ ” (Brevin Blach)

 

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