After spending hours and sleepless nights over the past years looking for a luxury album company that stands out from the rest, I'm happy to announce I've found a company who's product line I can call my own and officially introduce our collection of flagship fine art linen albums. Tucked away in an industrial area of Glendale California, this little photo lab produces custom flush-mount albums using traditional bookbinding methods for select few photographers. Creating one of kind, hefty, rigid and elegant albums that will last for generations to come. Creating your first heirloom as a newly wed couple. Photo pages are printed on the coveted Fujifilm Luster Type PD paper, the same paper I print your proofs on. In proper conditions, these prints and print pages will last you at least 100yrs. The new line will be available in square sizes of eight, ten & twelve inches, eight luxurious covers, dust jacket and cameo options. Pictured here is a 10x10 album in a Natural cover along a companion 8x8 guestbook.

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I’ve been following Tanja's work since I caught her on the [F]Network during FILM Season 1. By the fifth episode, I desperately wanted to learn more on her unique way of directing. To my surprise, Tanja announced a one-day Art of Directing workshop up in #sanfran a week after I added her on Spacebook. Giving me the excuse to finally visit San Francisco for the first time. Rented a #kia, rented an apartment for the weekend through #airbnb and had my best friend @_starfire04 tag along for the journey. Unlike most, I took the 5fwy, seeing all the happy cows along the way. On our way up there, we stopped at a local market and picked up almonds of different and tasty flavors, some not so tasty. When we finally reached the city, we were so exited, we couldn't wait to see it! We drove around getting stuck in traffic for at least 2 hours. Our host was not happy when we got to the apartment almost three hours late. After unpacking we drove back to the city, had an #italian #sammich and walk around town, saw the same things everyone sees the first time around....

On the Second day of the #sanfransisco trip, after some much needed #coffee, we drove across the #baybridge, through #downtownsf, crossed the #goldengatebridge, finally arriving at #goldengaterecreationarea. And yes, I arrived late at the workshop, recurring theme no? Considering how @_starfire04 and I rented an apartment at the foot of the Bay Bridge. You walked out the building and there it was, in all is glory, ocean and all. Since I'm a country bumpking from the valley flats, I can only afford places off the beaten path, which makes for slightly more interesting photos I think. When I finally parked the car I walked around for at least five minutes looking for the room where the workshop was held, I asked the cooks in the kitchen for help. I walked in, my heart was racing, I was hella nervous to meet Tanja Lippert, I heard her voice, looked up and there she was. I was beyond starstruck. After a brief lecture we were sent out to wild and practice what we learned. The group was divided into three smaller groups, I was lucky enough to be in Tanja's group. Pictured here is the couple that modeled for us. At the end of the workshop, (which went way too fast, though it was close to a 6hr. thing) Tanja gave me a roll of #portra400 and a shout out for doing a good job out there. The purpose of the workshop was to get directly involved with your models and not tell them what to do, but show them what to do, acting out what you had in mind for them. Because lets face it, the people who hire us aren't models and may feel uncomfortable in front of the camera. With every assignment, I put into practice what Tanja taught me and because of it, has made me into the photographer I am today. Thank you @tanjalippert.

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According to its Facebook page “Tijuana Te Quiero es la primera iniciativa de TE QUIERO A.C. para mejorar la experiencia del cruce fronterizo entre México y Estados Unidos.” In the brink of all the ugliness (according to the news) going on in México, I’m surprised to know that there are organizations like this one that do their best to promote México and Tijuana as a tourist destination. Over the years I’ve noticed there’s been less and less people that visit the city. Which I’m sure has something to do with what the media shows us on television on a daily basis, follow my Instagram feed for my thoughts on this. I remember it would take hours to get back into the U.S., and now, it takes about an hour or so to cross the border. Granted I usually cross at night which might a contribution factor. On my last trip, I was inspired to photograph T.J. in a way that’s seldom seen by tourists, as most concentrate in the downtown area. Which after all these years, have yet to visit. On a side note, the last seven pictures are from Downtown L.A. I had a few shots left over and didn’t want to waste them, so I took a walk around town, Nikon F3 on hand.

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