Doug Birnbaum

Doug Birnbaum

Director of Photography, Photographer (Still), Producer and Accountant

San Francisco, California

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July 2014
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About Doug

I was born and raised in Southern California where during elementary school I attended an afterschool program called Children’s Artwork Shop to guide creativity for kids. As a child, I always dreamt of making movies and making pictures. I wanted to put the silly little daydreams in my head onto the screen and bring them to life. I always saw myself as an artist, and knew early on that I would have an out of the box creative career. I've always loved that mysterious little box called a camera, could see just about the way that we do. How was this possible? My parents were avid photographers so there were always cameras around.
When adulthood snuck up on me I decided I could avoid the inevitable fate of growing up if I got into film school and emerged myself in the imagination and creativity of productions. I earned a degree from Loyola Marymount University in 2004 and worked for several years in television production in Los Angeles. In 2008 when the recession halted my career, I packed up my car and went from surfing beachs in Southern California to pursuing my MFA in Photography at the Academy of Art University. Eventually, I would go on to make San Francisco my permanent home, I fell in love with the wonderful people, amazing food and unique culture.I spent a couple of years dividing my time between assisting and shooting. Eventually, the dream of becoming a freelance artist shifted into a reality. In 2014, The American Society of Cinematographers invited me to join their Master Class in Hollywood, CA. My time is now evenly devided between still photography and cinematography assignments. I have had the opportunity to work with leading brands such as American Express, H&M, Levi’s, Mercedes Benz AMG and Planet Fitness. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with companies like ESPN, NBC, Lifetime and WB.

Unique traits: Director of Photography, Video Production




  • Bostin Sci-Fi Festival Achievement Award

  • American Photographer Magazine Scholarship at Palm Springs Photo Festival


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