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Born and raised in Southern California - this California Kid wishes he could wear his shorts, sun glasses and flip flops everyday of the year. Well he can - just not when he spends most of his time in San Francisco. Since 2005, Christopher Kern has had the pleasure of calling San Francisco home. It's always been a place of inspiration to Kern and it only made sense for him to pack his bags and make the move from Orange County to the Bay. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife Nikki, and spends much of his time in his truck traveling Interstate-5 full of gear - back and forth from Los Angeles and San Francisco.

During his MFA studies at the prestigious Academy of Art University - Kern discovered that there is no separation of himself as a photographer or as an individual - his photography is personal. It's about his dreams, memories, emotions and a reflection upon history. Prior to completion of his MFA in Photography - he was awarded in 2006 and 2007 "best of show" at the Academy of Art's spring show. His work has also been featured by CMYK Magazine, PDN and the International Photography Awards.

Kern's fashion spreads have been seen in the pages of San Francisco Magazine, Sactown, LE Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, ZooZoom, and his advertising work has included Hewlett Packard, Sony Vaio, Benefit Cosmetics, Sephora, Mac Cosmetics, AliveCor, Bauer Hockey, Mission Inline Hockey, Goorin Brothers and a hand-full of designers.

Aside from working full-time as a freelance photographer - Kern finds time to educate MFA and BFA students at his alma mater Academy of Art University. Specializing in portfolio development, thesis project, and elevating the overall production and conceptual value of students work to compete in the current market while still expressing a personal artistic vision.

In their free-time you can find Mr & Mrs. Kern enjoying the amazing food that the bay area has to offer, people watching, and jumping into our truck taking spontaneous road trips.
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415.302.3622 (Mobile)

310.717.4131 (Office)


3145 Geary Blvd #424
San Francisco, CA 94118

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