Join me October 14th from 730-830 PM at the Apple Store on the Third St Promenade in Santa Monica as writer Adam Kulakow and myself share images from my newest project: Fatherhood. Apple Store | Third Street Promenade 1415 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401 FREE ADMISSION This event is first come seating but you can also register for this event directly on the Apple Store, Third Street Promenade: www.apple.com/thirdstreetpromenade Photographer Kwaku Alston documented the first three years of his […]
Venice is making way for a new coffee shop with a lot of history. Although Menotti’s has just opened at 56 Windward, its Venice roots are strong-as is the head Barista’s, Christopher “nicely” Abel Alameda. Alameda was a force working in Intelligentsia followed by Handsome Roasters, and has won the title Coffee Fest World Latte Art Champion three times. His passion and love of coffee is apparent through not just his intense decisive pours, but also through his 4 tattoos […]
Almost every photographer dreams of their own studio–a special private space to freely create and brainstorm, where inspiration and its precise execution is the only thing that matters. A place where you walk in, and are warmly greeted by light as it splays across decorated walls, books new and old, and your unique tools of the trade. At least, this was one of my many dreams: to own and operate my very own studio. An artist’s studio is a reflection […]
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The tools of the trade have changed a lot in the past 5 years–while I still carry my favorite camera equipment, my iPhone is always at hand, ready to capture moments wherever I go at the simple touch of a screen. I fell hard and quick for Instagram when I joined in May of 2012. It soon became embedded into my workflow, so I’m honored to say I am one of Instagram’s suggested photographers to follow, alongside other incredibly talented […]
Last Friday, I was lost in the endless to-dos of production for an upcoming photo shoot. I’ve been there many times before. I enjoy what I do and the countless responsibilities that go with it. But in the past year, I began a new important job: being a dad. So, amid all the preparation and paperwork for the shoot, I was also preoccupied photo-shopping images of Kaveh’s favorite toys to print and decorate the walls of our living room for […]
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2014 is a fresh beginning and a chance to learn and adapt. To set the new year off, I will be lecturing at Imaging USA in Phoenix, Arizona on January 13. Come say hello and listen in on my lecture at 10 AM: Access Granted: The Business of Photographing Icons. Register for the convention here. You have the chance to win 2 free passes to the Imaging USA Conference and be my special guest at my lecture- just enter my #paperbagcontest […]
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It was an honor to be featured by Professional Photographer Magazine as their cover story this month and have their support. Read the article here. Also in collaboration with Professional Photographer Magazine is my participation in the Imaging USA event in Phoenix, Arizona January 12-14. You can find me lecturing on Monday, January 13th from 10-1130 AM about the art of photographing icons. See the full schedule boasting a wide range of talent on their website. — […]
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Just got this TOMS magazine in my mailbox with my photograph on the cover from our Nepal adventures. Enjoy these film images from our travels around Nepal!
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On a recent trip to the East Coast, I stopped by DC to present a lecture at Bakery Street Studios, invited by fellow photographer, Derrell Todd. It was a wonderful experience to be surrounded by my family, friends, and colleagues as I spoke about some of my favorite and challenging photo shoots.