Andrew Hertel came of age toting a camera around the Midwest, but never pursued photography professionally until moving among the gorgeous seascapes, cities, and mountains of the West Coast. Now Andrew and his wife are award-winning San Diego restaurateurs and he is following his calling for landscape, wildlife, and urban photography.
Andrew is passionate about telling stories through photos. While those might one day include subjects ranging from pets to people, his greatest inspiration currently comes from the ocean, mountains and landscapes of the West and the West Coast. Most recently, Andrew has found a special place in his work for long exposure astrophotography—especially featuring the Milky Way. Sacrificing sleep and steeling himself against utter darkness, he combines his passions for photography and nature on overnight excursions into the mountains for hard-to-capture glimpses of these special moments.
Andrew has grown to love the lifelong learning process that most successful photographers embrace. He enjoys exploring new techniques that make him feel like a budding photographer all over again and delving into the tasks today’s photographers must master; including editing, printing, curation, and management.
Honoring the belief that beautiful scenes are captured on camera instead of created on a computer, Andrew’s photographic style is realistic and recognizable. When viewing his photos, he hopes people feel they are inside each beautiful setting or recall happy memories made somewhere similar. He specializes in one-of-a-kind landscape, wildlife, and urban photography for private collectors as well as editorial and advertising work for an assortment of clients.
Whenever they have time off from shooting and busy restaurant life, you can find Andrew and his wife Maeve hiking and camping with their dogs; Sligo—featured in the Andrew Hertel Photography logo— and Mr. Rowley Bug, all over Southern California. Andrew also enjoys surfing, mountain biking, and dual-sport motorcycling.
2018 - San Diego County Fair Exhibition of Photography: Honorable Mention