We had the good fortune of connecting with Caryn Sandoval and Brendan Cleak and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Caryn and Brendan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
For us, risk taking has been less about calculating risk vs. reward, but rather, standing by our philosophies, creative perspectives, and aesthetic quality. We held fast for almost a decade – working with like-minded clients only and selectively volunteering our photography and videography services as a way to build our experience and test our theories. We had a gut instinct that video and photo production would change in the coming years – and it finally has. The risk of staying true to ourselves has become the reward.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
One Apparatus, our video and photo production business, has always reflected our values: human-centered stories with depth, beauty, and acknowledgement of the changes occurring in the world around us. For years, this was a difficult thing to sell. We felt ahead of the wave of not only self-realization, but of the changes that have come to video production. Incredible work doesn’t have to follow the paths most traveled. We pave our own path by keeping our visions true – we find the most honest, loving, and true story and we tell it with incredible imagery.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First things first – beer at Rip Current in North Park. Hands down the best blonde ale in the city. For dinner, we’d have to try Ponce’s in Kensington (margaritas can’t be beat).

Can’t miss a breakfast burrito quick drive-through visit at Roberto’s in North Park!

To get outdoors, hiking in Mission Trails and Torrey Pines can’t be missed!

Mission Trails is a great place to view wildlife and get a sense of the original San Diego landscape.

A trip to the Casbah is necessary – doesn’t matter who is playing, it’s always a joy to drink, chat, dance and support local and visiting musicians.
And of course, coffee at Portal coffee (especially Saturday mornings when DJ Graffick is there) and pastries at La Clochette Du Coin (home of Hommage Bakehouse!)

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We’ve received nothing but love and support from our loved ones over the years, but we have to send this shoutout to the first local San Diego businesses that gave us the chance to create videos and photos that best represent them. Not only did they take a chance on us – they took a chance as the pandemic took hold. Here’s to you Portal Coffee in Little Italy, musician and DJ Graffick, and Hommage Bakehouse!

Website: oneapparatus.com

Instagram: oneapparatus

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