We had the good fortune of connecting with Drew McGill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Drew, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I was attracted to photography and video from a young age. Being able to capture moments with my friends when we were younger felt like a pretty cool way to document our youth and be able to look back at those moments as we grew older. From surf trips, family vacations, parties and friends’ bands I always had a camera. It is a great and beautiful way to see the world.
Being able to look back at those moments even to this day brings back an almost tangible feeling of that day or moment in my life. To be able to have that and pass it on to generations as almost a historical document just seemed like a pursuit. Little did I know where it would take me in years to come.
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?
My business straddles the line of Business and Artist. Basically I am a photographer but from diverse experiences I have learned to be able to take on multiple roles in the production world. We mostly provide images and video to businesses through the work.
I have been trying to find the time to apply the art side and do some personal work but, between all the things, it has been hard to do lately.
Gaining traction in the photo/video world takes awhile. They always say “it’s not what you know but who you know.” Which is somewhat true for sure. Anyone who is interested in the industry I would advise them to assist or intern with someone or multiple people or entities in the world to help them get an understanding of what they like best.
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.
Wow, there are so many fantastic spots here in San Diego. I’m still finding favorites and gems by the week and I am from here. For starters let say you had a weekend here, and flew in Friday afternoon —>
Arrival to the airport, go for a sunset walk on the bayside trails in La Playa area of Point Loma followed by dinner and a drink at Ketch on Shelter Island.
Saturday; Wake up and get a breakfast burrito at Panchitas Kitchen and Bakery in North Park. Head down to Border Field State Park for a hike. On the way back stop at Pixca Farmstand for some produce and flowers. Mid day, probably eat in, so many great lunch spots but it’s nice to take a break from the mid day sun and recoup the energy. Saturday afternoon, is a great time to hit the beach for some surfing, weather and ocean conditions depending or go for a hike somewhere like, Torrey pines or a canyon//urban loop trail in the North Park//South Park area.
Sunday; Get up slowly then get a breakfast bagel sandwich at Nomad Doughnut shop (so good), take the breakfast to Balboa Park and eat in the grass somewhere then walk off the food for a little bit and take in the sights. Get ready to go to North County… and get lunch from Seaside Market. Go eat at the beach across the street then enjoy an afternoon there. Get ready to go back to the airport and boom you’ve had a good weekend. There is literally so much do to here, I think I just described what an ideal weekend looks like for (in my mind) me, my wife and our 18 month old.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Throughout my personal and professional life there have been so many people who have stepped up to the plate to help me craft what my life is today. I think everyone who I have crossed paths with deserves some credit in shaping what my life is today. Specific shoutouts to people and/or institutions include the following but are definitely not limited to: My immediate family and my wife Kestrel and our daughter Wiley. From early in life; the Island Surf crew and The Coronado Beach lifeguards. Since transitioning full-time to photography; the Mantoani – Williams Studio including Chris Park and Zach Barron.